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Ghost Mountain in Mkuze in Zululand - KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Ghost Mountain Inn, Mkuze

Ghost Mountain Inn
Mkuze - Zululand - KwaZulu-Natal - South Africa

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At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, northern KwaZulu Natal lies the privately owned 4 Star Ghost Mountain Inn - a perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort. Zululand hotel accommodation at its finest.

Ghost Mountain Inn provides affordable alternatives to Zululand bed and breakfast accommodation and Zululand guest house accommodation.

This intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast. 

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Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendors of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks and boat cruises in the company of knowledgeable rangers.
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Ghost Mountain Inn provides affordable alternatives to bed and breakfast accommodation in Zululand and guest house accommodation in Zululand.

Back at the hotel, the spa offers a range of skin and body treatments and healthy lunches in a tranquil environment. Those who prefer the relaxing sound of birdsong and the warmth of the African sun will find their respite at the poolside within the glorious gardens of Ghost Mountain Inn.

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Weddings and Conferences

We are the ideal Zululand venue for weddings and special events. The spacious gardens provide an ideal setting while our professional staff will assist with all areas of planning and execution of your function. Meetings or conferences can be catered for in a variety of venues depending on size and specific requirements.

Ghost Mountain Spa

Escape to our Spa for a couple of hours or the entire day. Pamper your body, revitalize your mind and leave with a renewed sense of wellbeing. Indulge yourself with a massage, facial, manicure, or luxurious body wrap treatment. All performed by highly qualified therapists.


The Ghost Mountain Inn provides healthy food and friendly service. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served on the terrace or in our air conditioned Restaurant.
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There are two bars on the premises; Tshaneni outside on the terrace and Mtwazi which is air-conditioned and has DSTV to catch up on sporting fixtures. 

Curio Shop

Offering a variety of curios from beaded artefacts, carvings to Nguni Cow hides and clothing the curio shop also offers toiletries and other sundries you may have left at home. The curio shop is located in the reception area.

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The hotel offers two pools

The larger of the two situated in the garden in front of the hotel surrounded by umbrellas and loungers. The second, a rock pool in a more secluded area of the Spa.

The 5 acres of beautiful gardens stretch down to the water on the boundary of the property. Our goal is to keep the garden as indigenous as possible. All new planting is indigenous and we are slowly removing the remaining exotics and replacing them with indigenous species. The beautiful old trees and fruit attract many of species of birdlife for which Mkuze is well known. The garden also features a bird hide and jetty for birding or relaxing.

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The Ghost Mountain Inn offers 50 guest rooms, including a large Suite, 26 Executive Rooms and 23 Standard rooms. 

All rooms have en suite bathrooms, television, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities.

Furnished patios offer guests a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the surrounding nature. Each guest room has been tastefully decorated to give a residential feel with a touch of Africa.

Executive Suite

Our spacious Suite offers great comfort and privacy. It features a large bedroom with an extra length king size bed and a comfortable down duvet. Both the bedroom and separate dressing area have large retractable doors to maximise the view of the Lebombo Mountains.  The luxurious bathroom with a freestanding bath leads out into a private garden with an outside shower, while the living area has a separate guest bathroom.

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Executive rooms

Recently added, the Executive Rooms have been designed to maximise comfort with carefully selected fabrics, furnishings and linen. All rooms look out over the rolling lawns and stretch of water that runs in front of the hotel towards the soaring Lebombo Mountains and Ghost Mountain.

Well lit bathrooms have separate bath and shower. For business guests the desks are large to allow more workspace.

All rooms have twin beds however these can be combined into a double bed should you so request. There are a variety of Executive Rooms including 7 larger family rooms with sofa beds for children.

Standard Rooms

The original rooms of the hotel provide comfortable accommodation with private patios that face either parts of the garden or pool area. Bathrooms feature combined shower and bath.

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The Area

The Elephant Coast, situated in the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal, borders Swaziland in the north-west and Mozambique in the north. This area is commonly known too as Zululand and Maputaland. The Area offers an unforgettable opportunity to retrace the paths of past traders, explorers, and tribesmen, to view traditional homesteads amongst tribal communities and to revel in the areas unspoilt beauty. Ghost Mountain Inn provides an idea base to explore all that the area has to offer.

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Why not go south to Lake St Lucia, a World Heritage site and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, north to Ndumu Game Reserve or Tembe Elephant Park, home to the last wild elephants of southern Africa, or view traditional fish kraals at Kosi Bay?  A trip eastward will lead you to Lake Sibaya or Sodwana Bay, where endless golden sand hugs the coastline of Maputaland and some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving reefs are to be found.

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Ghost Mountain Safaris

The Elephant Coast and Maputaland (Northern Zululand) offers exciting activities, many available through Ghost Mountain Safaris in our open safari vehicles, boat or on foot.

Our qualified guides are passionate about game, birds, botany, craft and Zulu Culture. Should you have any specific interests they are able to tailor-make itineraries for you.

Our aim is to help you enjoy your whole time with us and, hopefully, bring you back to our beautiful and diverse area. Our safaris cover three main areas:

Game Safaris - Boat cruises and tiger fishing on Lake Jozini:

Lake Jozini lies in a dramatic setting at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains and is one of South Africa's largest dams. There are several exquisite gorges which abound with cycads and a wide variety of birds.  On the western side of the dam one might see elephant, rhino, hippo and crocodile. The 13 varieties of fish found in the dam include tilapia, catfish, mud fish, carp and the sought after tiger fish. A catch and release policy for the tigers is promoted and anglers are encouraged to retain only one trophy fish each per day, releasing the live smaller ones.  3 - 4 Hours, Half and Full Day (weather permitting).
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Mkhuze game reserve game drives
Mkuze rhinos in Zululand Game Reserve Safari

Mkuze harbours an astonishing diversity of habitats ranging from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo mountains to stretches of rolling acacia savannah, swamps, woodlands and riverine forest. Wildlife includes black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and a multitude of plains game. The birding is exceptional - 420 species recorded. A walk in the fig forest is an awesome experience for both birder and those interested in nature.  Half and Full day

Hluhluwe game reserve game drives

The oldest game park in Africa (along with nearby St Lucia), this reserve was proclaimed to prevent the white rhino from becoming extinct. Eighty species of mammal (including the big five) and in excess of 300 species of birds are supported in this 96 000 ha reserve.

3 Hour, Half and Full Day


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Night Drives

Experience the African night with its magnificent skies and the possibility of nocturnal species such as ant-bear (aardvark), leopard, genets, night jars and a host of smaller creatures. The night also allows one the opportunity to use other senses and to relax to the sounds and aroma of Africa

3 - 4 Hours

Birding Trips

With more than 420 bird species on record, Mkuze and the surrounding area is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers. Some of the specials one might go in search of are: Mangrove King fisher, African Broadbill, Pink Throated Twin Spot, Blue Billed Fire Finch, Narina trogon.  3 - 4 Hours, Half and Full day

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Cultural and Scenic Safaris - Scenic drive

A leisurely drive up the Ubombo Mountains through some extremely attractive scenery with views of Jozini dam experiencing rural Africa as it is today. If the drive is arranged in the evening, sundowners up here should not be missed.  3 - 4 Hours

Cultural trip
Visit one of the Zulu homesteads community in the area of the Ghost Mountain. A real Zulu beer tasting can be arranged while we observe and learn more about the Zulu way of life. We also visit a traditional to take a deeper look into the mystical world of the Inyanga.  3 - 4 Hours.

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Africa today (by prior arrangement)

Experience some of the areas problems and rays of hope. Get a glimpse of Zulu culture in today's world. A flexible tour that takes into account the fluctuating day to day activities of the people involved. One can organise to visit a school and/or orphanage as well as any community projects that are happening at the time of your visit.

Exploring Safaris - Horse trails

Novice to experienced riders welcome, there are horses to suit every kind of rider from very spirited to very docile.There is ample opportunity for those who wish to trot or canter and novices can be instructed to do the rising trot correctly. On the trail you may expect to get within 100m of Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe and various antelope. 2 - 3 Hours
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Horse safaris in Zululand Game Reserve Safari

Ghost mountain hike

Hike to the top of the Ghost Mountain (Tshaneni) and take in the expansive view of the area including the battle grounds of the 1884 Battle of Tshaneni. Local legend has it that the mountain is haunted and there are claims that, at times, lights can be seen emanating from the summit and eerie sounds can be heard. This intriguing mountain is a protected site of cultural and historical significance. Hike up the eastern side and learn more about the history and folk lore of the mountain and the surrounding area.  3 - 4 Hours.

Scenic flights

Zululand Mission Air Transport (ZUMAT) was established in 1975, and is a Christian Missionary organization. They transport doctors, health workers, patients, and emergency cases between hospitals and to larger medical centres as far south as Durban. Funds raised by taking guests on scenic flights help fund their activities.

They have compiled three routes around the Maputoland area that they have found from 30 years of experience to be of significant beauty.

  • Lake Jozini
  • Coastal Flight
  • Maputoland Tour
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Location of Ghost Mountain Inn
The Ghost Mountain Inn is 500km east of Johannesburg and 300km north of Durban, en route to Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Mozambique.

Driving directions from Johannesburg (5 hours)

  • N4 or N12 towards Witbank and Middleburg
  • N11 to Hendrina and Ermlo
  • N2 to Piet Retief - Pongola - Mkuze
  • At Mkuze turn left off the N2. Continue straight past town to a T Junction and then make a left. After 400m the hotel will be on the right hand side.
Driving directions from Durban (3 hours)
  • N2 North past Empangeni - Mtubatuba - Hluhluwe - Mkuze
  • Be careful not to take the first brown sign. This is the road that leads to Mkhuze Game Reserve. Take the Large Green sign which is about 15km further north.
  • At Mkuze turn right off the N2. Continue straight passed town to a T Junction and then make a left. After 400m the hotel will be on the right hand side
Mkuze airport
2km from the Ghost Mountain Inn
  • S 027 38.0 / E 032 03.0
  • ICAO code: F A M U
  • Runway Length: 1846m
  • Runway width: 29m
  • Height: 121m / 400ft
  • Surface: ASP
Road and Air transfers from Durban and Richards Bay are available on request.
  • Mkhuze Game Reserve - 16km
  • Lake Jozini - 12km
  • Hluhluwe/Imfolosi Game Reserve - 65km
  • Sodwana Bay - 95 km
  • Lake St. Lucia - 130km
  • Richards Bay - 160km
  • Durban - 300km
  • Kruger Park (Crocodile Bridge)- 400km
  • Johannesburg - 500km
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Ghost Mountain Inn

Fish Eagle Road
MKUZE 3965 
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa

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