Mantis Mthembu Lodge
A Mantis Eco Escape Experience
A genuine wilderness safari
In the heart of Zulu land, in the private uMfolozi Big Five Reserve, Mantis Mthembu Lodge offers a soul-reviving safari. The lodge lies on a low embankment of the White iMfolozi River and allows you to get up close and personal with the bush.
The evenings at Mthembu are quite social, with private and party dinners set in different locations around the lodge and inside the restaurant. The main lodge has an inviting lounge with a fireplace, a huge deck with a telescope and a boma with a fire pit. All this overlooks the White uMfolozi River.
Mthembu Lodge is set among the thickets of a low embankment of the White Umfolozi River. Close enough for comfort, and built to accentuate private views – each private villa is joined to the main guest areas by a raised wooden walkway. Unlike traditional safari lodges, Mthembu’s modern interiors are minimalistic with a touch of Zulu influence. From the lounge to the bedroom, to the bathtub – the forest and river are in full view from every space.
Mthembu Lodge is intimate with only 7 private villas that sleep two, and 2 two-bedroom family villas that sleep up to two adults and 3 children.
7 Private Villas
7 Private Villas
Mantis Mthembu Lodge has 7 private villas which sleep up to 2 adults. When you step inside each luxurious villa, you are immediately pulled into the uMfolozi 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.
2 Family villas
2 Family villas
These two-bedroom villas at Mantis Mthembu Lodge offer a comfortable family vacation for two adults and up to 3 children. Keeping to the modern Zulu-inspired aesthetic, the Family Villas are stylish, well-appointed and spacious. Both have a large viewing deck, and one features a private plunge pool. Your family will have a spacious lounge that opens onto a viewing deck that overlooks the White iMfolozi River. The lounge leads to two bedrooms with King-size beds and full en-suite bathrooms with a bathtub and indoor shower. The master bedroom features a separate entrance.
Food & Drink
Mobile coverage throughout
WiFi in the main lodge
Guest lounge with viewing deck
Peace of mind
Transfers on request
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.
Direct Hotel Phone: +27 35 161 0300
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.