Be ready to feel unreservedly spoilt by staying at Mthembu Lodge, on the Umfolozi Game Reserve, in KwaZulu-Natal.
Stunning views and equally as luxurious as, its close by, sister lodge Biyela Lodge. Lifted higher off the river than its sister its panoramic views of the waters and the forest, giving you a broader perspective of the African bush.
The famous international conservationist Dr Ian Player who stabled his horses in the spot where Mthembu Lodge now stands, which led to this area becoming the first wilderness area to be protected in South Africa and leading to the initiative to save the rhino from extinction.
With the option of both morning and afternoon safari drives focusing on tracking a multitude of species that make the reserve their home. The beautiful morning sunrise is a special memory in its own right, added to this is the possibility of following a pride of lions starting their day hunt.
An early evening safari traditionally has a sundowner stop to take in the beauty of the surrounds as you watch the colours of the African veld change in front of your eyes. Leading from this a night-drive with a 4x4 designed to give you a magical glimpse of the lesser-known night rituals of those creatures who move by the light of the stars.
By sitting outside during a full moon evening in the bush listening to the sounds of Africa speaking through the sounds of the wildlife is a sound that will remain with you for eternity. Choose to take a safari by foot with an experienced tracker and get to see up-close the flora and fauna and a range of tiny creatures otherwise often overlooked.
Be capsulated by the stories from Zulu culture told by the trackers, be guided by their animal experiences, the Zulu history, and their inter-connection to this magical space.