Welcome To Zululand Rhino Reserve

The reserve lies within the Msunduzi valley in northern Zululand in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The area falls under the Mkuze Valley Lowveld vegetation type, varying from open Savanna thornveld, bushveld to riverine woodland, characterized by Acacia’s and Marula tree species. The reserve has over 70 Mammal species and an exceptional diversity of birdlife.

The Zululand Rhino Reserve was established in 2004 and comprises of 17 landowners who have dropped their internal fences to create a big 5, endangered species reserve. The WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project was the conduit for the formation of the reserve.

The Reserve was chosen as a release site for the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and in 2005 a founder population of black rhino were released into their new home. In 2009 the reserve was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve under the Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 acknowledging the reserve as a site of biodiversity importance that makes essential contributions to the conservation of species and habitats and is an important system that provides ecosystem services.


To develop a pristine protected area as a conservation site for indigenous and endangered species in northern Kwazulu-Natal.


To actively conserve the biodiversity of the reserve including the landscapes, ecosystems and processes upon which this biodiversity depends, in particular to actively promote the conservation of black rhino. To assist all members of the reserve to ensure the sustainable use of consumptive & non-consumptive resources.


Game Diary


   Latest Sightings

 Black Rhino Male after a mud bath





Black Rhino Male after a mudbath on a hot Zululand day

– ZRR May 2014


Marabu Stolks enjoying a breeze






Maribu Stolks fanning their wings and enjoying the breeze

– ZRR May 2014


 Leopard having a drink






  Leopard having a quick drink under the fever trees

– ZRR May 2014


 3 Male Lions






3 Male lions laying low on a cold and windy winters day 

– ZRR  May 2014



 Red Billed Oxpeckers







Two red billed oxpeckers with their intriguing eyes looking downward inquisitively

– ZRR May 2014


 Hippo caught on camera trap






Hippo seen foraging, caught on a camera trap 

– ZRR May 2014


Special Offers

Contact our various lodges to find out what specials they currently have on offer.  



Elephant Interaction

Come and enjoy an up close and personal meeting with Rambo, Rachel and Jabulani our habituated elephants. One of our knowledgeable rangers will talk you through Rambo and Rachel’s history and provide you with interesting facts about elephants. You will be given opportunity to feed Rambo and Rachel as well as touch Rambo’s ears, behind his tusks, between his legs and even get to feel his tongue! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 (0) 35 595 8089


 Rhino Darts

Rhino darts and notching is part of the reserve's rhino management program and guests are invited to participate in this unique rhino management activity. Please contact the General manager for further enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 (0) 82 885 1824 


Big 5 Walking Safaris

Africa on foot is something that nobody will forget. “Walk with one of our experienced guides as they lead you professionally through the African Bushveld. Encounter some of Africa's larger game like the BIG 5, Hyena, Hippo, Cheetah and get closer to some of the smaller animals, such as insects and reptiles”
Contact +27 (0) 86 111 4789 or +27 (0) 76 412 1131 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The area is known for its diverse bird life, and is one of the top ten bird-watching areas in Southern Africa.
Over 450 species have been recorded and the bird watching is excellent all year round! 

Other Activities

Day Tours include:

·         Jozini Dam tiger fishing

·         Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

·         uMkhuze Game Reserve

·         Hippo and Croc tour in St. Lucia Wetland Park

·         Whale watching (seasonal)

·         Sodwana scuba and snorkel trips

·         Cape Vidal beach

Art & Culture Tours include:

·         Ilala Weavers

·         Emdoneni Art Gallery

·         Zamimpilo market

·         Dumazulu cultural village

Educational Tours include:

·         Emdoneni rehabilitation centre

·         Elephant interaction

·         Zulu Croc Reptile Centre

Contact one of our lodges to make a booking!




Latest News

2013-08-30 13:07:00

Adventure Ride a Hit! 


The second ZRR Rhino Adventure Ride was held at Bayete on the 17th and 18th August. Fortunately the weather held out, unlike last year,  and by all accounts it was a major success! We had a total of 142 riders and everyone was highly complimentary about the route and the reserve. The event raised significant funding for the ZRR Foundation which is a non profit organization with proceeds going into security and wildlife management. Apart from the direct financial benefits, it was also excellent exposure for the reserve and a fantastic example of great teamwork. 
The 2012 rhino adventure ride proved a great success with the foundation raising R132 833, this was used to employ and equip an additional Rhino monitor for the ZRR for the 2013 year. Our target this year is even higher, every bit counts.


The first day was a 40Km route which was fairly tough under the zululand sun, that night we had the band, No fly Zone, play for us. The second day was a much more relaxed 30km route through a tranquil riverine area.