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Mantis Biyela Lodge – uMfolozi Big Five Reserve



Walk in the footseteps of giants on this historical piece of land which was once King Shaka Zulu’s hunting ground. In addition to the great Zulu kings, conservation legend Dr Ian Player also spent his time in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park where he began Operation Rhino in the 1960s.

uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a private concession adding 6000 hectares to the oldest proclaimed protected wilderness area in South Africa. Offering luxurious, eco-sensitive lodges, which are completely off the main power and water supplies. Operating off the grid in a pristine cosystem, the luxury lodges are elegant with a Zulu-inspired style. Guests at Mthembu Lodge are treated to safaris over 6000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness and games drives within the greater Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve.

The Experience Collector can join in the drumming and singing as Zulu youth showcase their warrior dances. Hear tales of old, of wild animals, and historical personalities as you end the day around the fire pit.


Biyela Lodge is a spectacular showcase of modern safari lifestyle tiered on a descending cliff overlooking an oxbow lagoon in the White uMfolozi River. Biyela Lodge has 12 Private Villas perfectly appointed with a minimalistic sense that suits the humid Zululand bush; each Villa has a lounge area with monochromatic accents and cool greys, whites and creams. This clean, crisp theme is a beautiful contrast to the dense ever-green bushveld and a welcome reprieve from the humid atmosphere. The guest lodge has various lounges and a large restaurant which all lead onto a balcony with a fire pit and rim flow pool. There is also a bar and Africology spa with a single and 2 double treatment rooms. A range of wellness experiences is offered in the spa which is on a lower level beneath the main lounge making it a cool sanctuary where you can enjoy a peaceful revival of your mind and body.



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.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve No 17439 At the Farm, uMfolozi Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, 3901, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa


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