South African Lodges
uMfolozi Reserve
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
Lodge Type
Big Five, Game Lodge

Current Specials

This lodge is currently running 1 special!

Mthembu Lodge Reviews & Information

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Be ready to feel unreservedly spoilt by staying at Mthembu Lodge, on the Umfolozi Game Reserve, in KwaZulu-Natal with 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.

Lodge Features:

  • 7x One Bedroom Private Villas
  • 2x Two Bedroom Family Villas
  • Dining Room
  • Guest Lounge with viewing deck
  • Each private villa features a private pool
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • WiFi throughout
  • Swimming pool at the main lodge
  • Local, international and USB sockets
  • Solar powered.

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 game 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.

Below detailed information about the Mthembu Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Viewing Deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 13:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Room service
  • Walking safaris

Available Rooms

Family Unit

Single Room R18630
Double Room R18630

Family Unit with Pool

Single Room R20250
Double Room R20250

Luxury Suite

Single Room R13970
Double Room R18630

Mthembu Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Opening special at Mthembu Lodge. Stay 3 nights and pay for 2.

Included in the rate:

  • Inclusive of all meals, two game drives per day, option of guided walk, selected local beverages and 14% VAT.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Excludes premium branded beverages, telephone, transfers, laundry, spa and curio shop purchases, and any additional expenses are for settlement on departure.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2020
  • Subject to availability

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -28.369672

Longitude: 31.725588


By Transfer:
Leaving from King Shaka International Airport, transfers can be arranged – please arrange a booking with us.
Driving time from King Shaka International Airport to Biyela Main Gate is approximately 190km.
Driving time from Richards Bay Airport to Biyela Main Gate is
approximately 80km.

Self Drive:
Using Google Maps for directions is not advised.
A self-drive is possible, but we do not suggest driving from King
Shaka International Airport to Biyela Main Gate after 14h00.
Please let us know if you are planning a self-drive, and advise us of your expected arrival time and we will send you directions.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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