Mantis Biyela Lodge – uMfolozi Big Five Reserve
A Mantis Eco Escape Experience
Mantis Biyela Lodge. A place in the heavens, face to face with rocky cliffs where vultures launch to the skies. This is one of few the places in the world where you can still see these scavenging birds of prey thrive. Another endangered species to look for from the sprawling lodge decks and private balconies is the African Wild Dog; there is a thriving population in this newly formed concession to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
Come to the heart of Zululand to coexist with nature as it was intended to be. Encounter the Big Five, hear tales of old and historical personalities around the fire as drum beats and song of Zulu youth usher in the night. Elevated above the valley and cocooned in luxury; you’ll be lulled into a deep rest by the sound of the river, and nocturnal sounds of the African bush.
Wake up with the sun to find your encounters with the wild. Look around – everything sun touches is the Chiefdom of the Biyela clan; you are their guest and their land is now home to a conservation model that has increased grazing territory for the wildlife of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. With a vested interest in your satisfaction; the men and women of Biyela tend to your Villa with pide. They prepare each dish with love and serve you joyfully; knowing that you will share your experience with the world and their community’s legacy will be a success.
Cool private villas overlooking the river
Disengage from the ever-busy world in a spacious, modern safari suite. Twelve Private Villas tiered on a descending cliff overlooking an oxbow lagoon in the White uMfolozi River.
12 Private Villas
Modern safari suites
12 Private Villas
A large villa that flows from a lounge to a bedroom area with a dressing room behind the bed, on to a full bathroom with a walk-in double shower and bath with set against a large window. Each villa has a private balcony that runs down the full length of the villa and features an outdoor shower, and either a plunge pool or day bed.
Food & Drink
Zulu cultural experience
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, unbeknownst to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation long before the concept was coined by European settlers. It is here, amidst these ancient hills, where uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is located.
Access – Transfers:
Transfers can be arranged from King Shaka International Airport – please enquire with reservations regarding.
Driving time from King Shaka to Biyela Main Gate is 190km – 2.5 hours
Driving time from Richards Bay Airport to Biyela Main Gate is 80km – 1.5 hours
Helicopter Transfers can be arranged – 40min from Durban
Access – Self Drive:
Please do not use Google Maps.
A self-drive can be done but we do not recommend driving from King Shaka International Airport to Biyela Main Gate after 2pm.
Please inform reservations if you are planning a self-drive, and advise of your expected arrival time – our team will send you directions.
Please contact the lodge on +27 35 161 0400 for any direction-related enquiries.
7 days of safari