Biyela Lodge / Mthembu Lodge– iMfolozi Game Reserve

Mfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve offers its guests the opportunity to experience the excitement of the bush and the Harmony it brings. In an age of celebrity, uMfolozi is a space where travellers can encounter the true Stars – the beasts of the wild and the council of Zulu Chiefs who support them. Embrace the excitement that only the Stars of the wild can bring, indulge in our heritage.

Here, in the uMfolozi Wilderness area, is where 5 descendants of King Shaka’s Chiefs have given tribal land to increase the capacity of Hluhluwe iMfolozi, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa. uMfolozi’s “Big Five” conservation pioneers include the iNkosis Mthembu, Biyela, Zulu, Mthembu and Mthethwa. Their forward-thinking will result in land usage that benefits their people for generations to come and allows species with the reserve to reproduce in a larger protected area. A true wilderness experience from two exquisite lodges in a private concession area strategically positioned along the White iMfolozi River, Mthembu Lodge and Biyela Lodge.


A true wilderness experience from one of the first of two Lodges to have a Concession area along the White iMfolozi River. Biyela Lodge is nestled on a spectacular bend on the river. From afar – the thatched peaks perched on a flat stone roof are reminiscent of a traditional Zulu homestead. On the other side of the river are dramatic cliffs which are used by vultures in the early morning to launch to the skies on thermals. To the right, when one is on the lodge viewing deck, another set of cliffs mark the entrance to the valley where one of King Shaka’s most rebellious commanders, Mzilikazi, and his clan hid from the wrath of the King.

On the banks of the river, the scarce sighting of wild dog has been noted amidst the steady stream of animals that come to quench their thirst and the roar of lions punctuate the wilderness night. In this heady symphony of natural wonders, a privileged few can luxuriate in private stand-alone villas, with access to a central lodge with a pool, boma, restaurant, bar, and lodge viewing deck.On the doorstep of nature at work, a mere 32 guests at most can enjoy their luxurious private stand-alone suites, with access to a central lodge with pool, restaurant, bar, spa and viewing decks. Biyela Lodge is ideal for those who enjoy indulgent luxury and comfort and especially suited to safari-goers that yearn from privacy. If you need to connect with the world, complimentary WiFi is available in the main lodge area. Biyela Lodge is set to open its doors in January 2019 to offer a private safari for mature travellers and families. Elevated on an embankment of the White uMfolozi River, optimal views over the landscape towards the mountains. Villa locations offer optimal views and located some distance from the main lodge, golf carts and rangers are on-hand to escort guests through the property.Families with children are encouraged to stay in the Family Villas for comfort. Children 10 years and older are welcome.

Activities include Big 5 game drives, Special interest safaris, Bird watching, and Stargazing.


A true wilderness experience from one of the first of two Lodges to have a Concession area along the White iMfolozi River with 11km of river frontage, guests can experience incredible birding and wildlife sightings around and in front of the lodges. Star -gazing can be enjoyed from the lodges as well as night drives – being within the newly established iMfolozi Game Reserve, our concession area we may go off road for certain species. Bush walks are available and can be conducted within the 30 000 ha Wilderness area. There is a strong Zulu culture in this area and this culture is shared and enjoyed through storytelling and dancing.

Mthembu Lodge lies low on an embankment of the White iMfolozi River and allows you to get up close and personal with the bush. Seated on your private deck, you can watch different bird species fluttering through the thickets in front of you, and spot some larger animals drinking at the river. There is no shortage of wildlife here.

When you step inside each luxurious villa, you are immediately pulled into the iMfolozi Wilderness through the floor to ceiling glass doors featured in each space of the villa. From the lounge to the bedroom, to the bathroom – you have continuous views of the bush and river and access to your private deck.

Activities include Big 5 game drives, Special interest safaris, Guided walking safaris, Bird watching, and Stargazing.

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed protected Game Reserve area in South Africa, dating back to 1895.
It is in these valleys where King Shaka of the Zulus, unbeknown to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation long before the concept was coined by European settlers. It is here, amidst these timeless, undulating hills, where visitors will be able to walk in the footsteps of giants, past and present. The DNA of all white rhinos alive in Africa today can be traced back to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Once the royal hunting grounds for the Zulu kingdom, this is where the first steps with Operation Rhino were taken almost seventy years ago under the guidance of revered conservationist, the late Dr. Ian Player.

Includes: Accommodation, all meals, two game drives per day and selected local beverages. 

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