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  • Hilltop location in the lush and wild Manyoni Private Game Reserve offers majestic views
  • Big 5 game drives and guided walks make for an epic safari adventure
  • Excellent service, intimate luxury chalets, tranquil spa and full-board accommodation make for the perfect retreat

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

31km from Mkuze


-27.8137, 32.0316


Leopard Mountain has received many awards confirming the very high standards of service excellence that the Vivier Family has set for the Lodge. They pride themselves on the quality of service and value for money that they offer. The luxury chalets are nestled in the clifftops overlooking the river below, providing a haven of peace and tranquillity where you can watch the sun and moon rise over the African horizon. By day, relax in your hammock or private plunge pool and watch eagles soar at eye level over the plain below, and by night, marvel at the magnificence of the African night sky.

For lunch, build your own picnic basket for two from the selection of salads, cold meat, crudités and pates to enjoy at your own leisure around the bird pond, on the main lodge deck, or simply relaxing on your private balcony. Dining at Leopard Mountain is a sensory celebration with delectable cuisine served in the Boma to the accompaniment of surrounding bush sounds. Select a wine from the award-winning wine cellar to complement any occasion or palate. 

A rejuvenating array of natural body, skin and beauty treatments is available on request in the tranquil Africology Spa. The reserve is home to the Big 5, a wide variety of antelope, some inquisitive giraffe, as well as black rhino, jackals, genets, hippos, hyenas, porcupines, and endangered wild dog and leopard tortoise. Morning and sunset game drives, culminating in a night drive in search of the elusive nocturnal animals and birds, are led by knowledgeable rangers.

Join your ranger for an incredible wildlife experience on the midday Waterhole Lookout Activity at the superb hide. On walking safaris, experienced guides will lead you through the bushveld. Encounter some of Africa's charismatic big game and discover a wide variety of insects, reptiles, plants and birdlife. This is a birder’s paradise, home to over 400 bird species including the pink-throated twinspot, Neergaard’s sunbird, African broadbill and the endangered ground hornbill and red-billed ox-pecker.

Enjoy a unique hands on experience with African elephants, Rambo, Rachael and Jabulani. Learn about their history; touch and feed these majestic giants. White Rhino Monitoring offers guest the unique opportunity to witness the process of micro-chipping, notching, and measuring the horn and spine of the Rhino. The Reserve is also in partnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the World Wildlife Fund in the Black Rhino Range Expansion Programme.

Rates include three guided game activities per day including game drives and a visit to the unique hide at the watering hole. Children 12 years and over are welcome, and may partake in the full standard itinerary.

On departure a conservation fee of R150 per night will be levied to enable you to contribute towards saving the reserve’s precious endangered species.

Rates & Summary

8 Stone & Thatch Chalets

Spacious, light and airy
Fully air-conditioned
Large open shower
Private viewing deck
Private plunge pool
Outdoor shower
Spectacular views


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Full Engllsh breakfast, a light picnic basket lunch, high tea, and a 4-course dinner included
Tea and coffee available all day


Regretfully no children under 12 years.

Why Stay Here?

Leopard Mountain is a 5 Star, Multiple Award winning, Big 5, Family Run Safari Lodge situated in the 58 000 acre Manyoni Private Game Reserve, an Endangered Species Protected Area, and offers peace and tranquillity with friendly hospitality in luxurious, well-appointed, air-conditioned chalets and a relaxing spa. Spectacular views overlook a vast expanse of unspoilt bushveld and riverine forests, from the Umsunduze River meandering below, to the distant Lebombo Mountains. Big 5 game drives take you through well-stocked, unspoilt bushveld and endless rivers winding through indigenous forest, a birders paradise. Guided walking safaris offer an intimate encounter with the African bushveld, taking you to places beyond the reach of vehicles.


  • Hilltop location in the lush and wild Manyoni Private Game Reserve offers majestic views
  • Big 5 game drives and guided walks make for an epic safari adventure
  • Excellent service, intimate luxury chalets, tranquil spa and full-board accommodation make for the perfect retreat

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching and game spotting.

Road Conditions

The approach is 12km of gravel road.

Activities & Attractions

  • Africology Spa
  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Waterhole lookout activity
  • Birding
  • Elephant encounters
  • St Lucia lake tours
  • Tiger fishing
  • Zulu cultural visit
  • Whale watching in season


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Private swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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