Our Rating
8.5
Overall

Leopard Mountain

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Manyoni

from R 1970 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Leopard Mountain

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Manyoni

from R 1970 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Take in the gorgeous views of the Lebombo mountains from the private plunge pool or hammock on your deck at this 9-room lodge offering excellent value for money!

Our Ratings

8.5
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
7.5
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

Our Ratings

8.5
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
7.5
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • Drink in the spectacular views of the Lebombo mountains with the Msunduzi river winding below from the lodge’s superb new deck – or even better, from the comfort of the hammock or plunge pool on your private deck!
  • The game viewing at the reserve is really coming into its own now – with the chance to see the reserve’s pack of wild dogs a special highlight – and the scenic beauty of the reserve is another massive bonus
  • After breakfast you can head off to the lodge’s excellent hide to do some close-up photography of the animals coming in to drink at a nearby waterhole – or why not wallow in comfort yourself in your private plunge pool or head to the Africology Spa for a pampering massage!
  • Lodge guests consistently rave about the friendliness of the staff and service, whilst the excellent dining also gets singled out for special praise – it’s going to take a fair amount of willpower not to return home with an expanded waistline!
  • Leopard Mountain really offers excellent value for money – lodges with private plunge pools, 5 Star views and such attentive service usually come in a lot more expensive! It’s little wonder then that the lodge has become so popular


What's Not

  • We’re not crazy about the tiled floors in the rooms which have a slightly dating effect and don’t match the chic stylishness of the rest of the room – would prefer a nice screeded cement or wooden floor for example

Leopard Mountain

Leopard Mountaingaze out at the stunning views of the mountains and Msunduzi river winding below from the comfort of the cavernous, soft bed or from your deck complete with hammock and plunge pool!

Lodge Profile

Take in the gorgeous views of the Lebombo mountains from the private plunge pool or hammock on your deck at this 9-room lodge offering excellent value for money!

Quick Overview

Location
Manyoni Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Drive Time
7 hours from Johannesburg & 3 hours from Durban
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Hilltop location
Rooms
9
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - private plunge pools
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
No - just elephant wire
Tracker
Yes - ranger and tracker

Lying on cliff tops just off the banks of the Msunduzi River in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve (previously known as the Zululand Rhino Reserve), Leopard Mountain’s 9 stone chalets are welcoming and warm and the most luxurious and upmarket accommodation available in the reserve. Though made from stone, these chalets also exhibit some chic and contemporary features like private plunge pools, air-conditioning and frameless glass showers so that they offer a perfect blend between old-style warmth and contemporary style.

“Light and spacious” are the words used on the lodge’s website to describe the rooms and it’s immediately clear why: ample windows and wide, floor-to-ceiling doors open up effectively to let the space breath and there is very attractive seamless open-plan flow linking the sleeping area into the bathroom with its chic feature shower and twin vanities. The effect is clean, unfussy and airily spacious – altogether very attractive indeed!

Best of all, you can gaze out at the stunning views of the mountains and Msunduzi river winding below from the comfort of the cavernous, soft bed with its top quality linen or even whilst you take a shower – otherwise a few steps will take you out onto your small private deck complete with plunge pool from where you can gaze out across the rolling mountains of the Lebombo range. So you’re never more than a few steps from a refreshing dip or those mesmerising views that Leopard Mountain is so widely renowned for. And there’s even a hammock to laze in. Our suggestion? Grab a bottle of bubbly and take some time out on your deck to let all that beauty roll over you.

If you can drag yourself away from the tempting comforts of your room, the good news is that the safari experience at Leopard Mountain isn’t shabby either. The rangers are knowledgeable and keen to show you the very best that this scenic reserve has to offer. The Manyoni Reserve is one of the more recent private reserves to have been established in KwaZulu Natal. The 23 000-hectare reserve formed in 2004 was previously known as the Zululand Rhino Reserve, a name reflecting how in 2005 it was chosen as a release site for a founder population of black rhino as part of the WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. A herd of elephant from Kruger followed, with cheetah re-introduced in 2009, lion in 2011, and the reserve’s latest introduction being a pack of Africa’s most endangered predator: wild dogs!

Game viewing has improved steadily over the years and whilst perhaps not yet at the same level as longer established reserves like Phinda, it provides for very decent game viewing in one of the county’s most scenically attractive reserves.  The Manyoni River, teeming with bird life (Manyoni means “place of birds” in isiZulu) winds its way through the centre of the reserve also characterised by rolling hills and valleys. A highlight not to be missed is heading off after breakfast to the lodge’s excellent hide where you can enjoy close-up views of the animals as they come down to drink at the waterhole!

Back at the lodge guests consistently rave about the friendliness and attentiveness of the service from the staff as well as the excellent dining on offer. From the delicious brunch after your morning game drive, the sumptuous spread of sweet and savoury that is the daily High Tea to dining by candlelight under the stars in the traditional wood-fenced boma complete with crackling bonfire, you will no doubt be delighted by the fare on offer (although the scale might be protesting a little if you’re staying more than a couple of days!)

Pricing

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Booking Notes


Child Policy

  • No children under the age of 12 years.
  • Children are welcome to share a standard chalet with parents (triple only) but a single room will have to be booked to ensure the lodge is not overbooked.
  • All children will be charged adult rates.