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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONUmfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve, South West of Hluhluwe Game Reserve POOLSwimming pool in main area and private plunge pool in selected suites
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAAfricology Spa at Biyela Lodge
OFF ROADYesAIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNALLimited
CHILD POLICYMthembu Lodge - No children under 6
Biyela Lodge - No children under 10
MALARIA AREAYes
WI-FIYesWHEELCHAIR FRIENDLYNo


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • The uMfolozi Wilderness area is where 5 descendants of King Shaka’s Chiefs have given tribal land to increase the capacity of Hluhluwe iMfolozi,the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa
  • Each private villa was hand-built by members of the local Mthembu clan. Each stone set in place and the floors lovingly smoothed over by hand.
  • 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.
  • Biyela Lodge Villas come equipped with a modern lounge area & own balcony - an ideal place to view the wildlife that roam below. Elephant, buffalo, baboons, crocodiles, hippos and wild dogs can be spotted frequently.
  • Biyela Lodge is a testament to the modern safari lifestyle. It is tiered on a descending cliff overlooking an oxbow lagoon in the White iMfolozi River. The lodge's clean minimalist theme provides the perfect contrast to the ever-green Zululand bushveld.




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 September - 30 April 2020 Mthembu Lodge R 3,280 per person per night sharing Opening Special Offer - stay 3 nights or longer !
(SA Residents)
Biyela Lodge R 3,280 per person per night sharing Opening Special Offer - stay 3 nights or longer !
(SA Residents)
Mthembu Lodge From R 3,645 per person per night sharing Opening Special Offer for Advance Bookings!
(SA Residents)
Biyela Lodge From R 3,645 per person per night sharing Opening Special Offer for Advance Bookings!
(SA Residents)
ALL RATES & SPECIAL OFFERS LISTED ABOVE ARE VALID FOR SA RESIDENTS ONLY – PROOF OF SA ID WILL BE REQUESTED UPON BOOKING / CHECK-IN AT THE LODGE.

LONG STAY SPECIAL OFFER FOR S.A. RESIDENTS!
From R 3,280 per person per night sharing 
- valid 25 September 2019 to 30 April 2020
- accommodation at Mthembu Lodge or Biyela Lodge
- long stay special offer based on a minimum 3 night stay

- subject to availability

*surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS AT UMFOLOZI BIG 5 GAME RESERVE
MTHEMBU LODGE:
7 x One-Bedroom Private Villas
2 x Two-bedroom Family Villas of which:
- only one two bedroom villa has a private plunge pool
- Minimum 3 guests required to book a two-bedroom villa
- sleeps up to two adults and 3 children sharing

BIYELA LODGE:
12 x One-Bedroom Private Villas
(only 10 x one bedroom villas have a private plunge pool)
RATES INCLUDE
• Accommodation
• All meals
• Two game drives per day
• Selected Local beverages
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
CHILD POLICY
• Children 6 years and older are welcome at Mthembu Lodge.
• Children 10 years and older are welcome at Biyela Lodge
• When sharing with two full paying adults, children under the age of 12 years are accommodated at 50% of the adult rate
• Children sharing in the Luxury two bedroom Villa at Mthembu Lodge will be charged at the normal adult sharing rate.
• Children 12 years and older are considered and will be accommodated int their own room at adult rates
• No children under the age of 13 are permitted on guided bush walks
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
• Game drive
• Spa
• Swimming pool
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents and proof of SA ID will be requested upon booking & check-in. Special Discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Rates quoted exclude the uMfolozi conservation Levy of R 460 per person per stay, which will be added to the invoice for the accommodation at the time of booking. (Subject to change)
• Set Pick up times at the gate is at 11:00 and 13:30
• Departure time is at 10:30



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
6.5 drive from Johannesburg 
2.5 hours drive from King Shaka International Airport (Durban, Kwazulu Natal)
Transfers can be arraged on request from Richards Bay or King Shaka International Airport. 

ACCOMMODATION

Mthembu Lodge:

7 x One-Bedroom Private Villas
2 x Two-bedroom Family Villas of which:
- only one two bedroom villa has a private plunge pool
- Minimum 3 guests required to book a two-bedroom villa 
- sleeps up to two adults and 3 children sharing
 
Biyela Lodge:
12 x One-Bedroom Private Villas
(only 10 x one bedroom villas have a private plunge pool)
 
ABOUT UMFOLOZI BIG 5 GAME RESERVE BY MANTIS
 
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, unbeknown to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation long before the concept was coined by European settlers. It is here, amidst these timeless, undulating hills, where visitors will be able to walk in the footsteps of giants, past and present.

The rolling hills and verdant valleys of Zululand were formed millennia ago by glaciers on the southern-most polar tip of Gondwanaland and the subsequent drifting apart of the continents. The Umfolozi Big Five Reserve experience will bring guests deep into these valleys. Wherever they will step, the spirits of giants swirl.

Where the White and Black IMfolozi Rivers meet, crocodiles and hippo rule the waters and the roar of lions accents the wilderness night. Some species, like the pre-historic Rhino, are large by reputation; others are large in numbers. One of the most impressive sights remain the sizeable herds of buffalo on the move. Then there are those that tower above the rest, moving earth and wind by their sheer proportion to all else around them.

Guests will traverse the wilderness area on open safari game vehicles, in small groups of no more than six under the careful guidance of experienced rangers and trackers, or on foot. The Umfolozi Big Five Reserve wildlife experience should have been named the Big Ninety-One given that, in addition to the famous and fabulous big five, the reserve is also home to a further 86 special species.

MTHEMBU LODGE lies low on an embankment of the White iMfolozi River and allows you to get up close and personal with the bush. Seated on your private deck, you can watch different bird species fluttering through the thickets in front of you, and spot some larger animals drinking at the river. There is no shortage of wildlife here.

Each private villa was hand-built by members of the local Mthembu clan. Each stone set in place and the floors lovingly smoothed over by hand. The building of Mthembu Lodge was the first phase of skills upliftment uMfolozi Big Five brought to the community.
 
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.
 
Mthembu Lodge is intimate with only 7 private villas that sleep two, and 2 x two-bedroom family villas that sleep up to two adults and 3 children sharing. 
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BIYELA LODGE is a testament to the modern safari lifestyle. It is tiered on a descending cliff overlooking an oxbow lagoon in the White iMfolozi River. The lodge is home to 12 private villas. Biyela’s clean, minimalist theme provides the perfect contrast to the ever-green Zululand bushveld.

Each private villa comes equipped with a modern lounge area and its own balcony. The balcony is the ideal place to view the wildlife that roams the thicket below. Elephant, buffalo, baboons, crocodiles, hippos and wild dogs can all be spotted
frequently. Biyela’s middle chalets flank the main lodge and encompass a wide angle view of the bushveld, river, cliffs and the beautiful facade of private villas cupping the oxbow lagoon. Some of the villas are situated lower on the embankment, providing more privacy and views of the river.
 
The restaurant and various lounges all lead onto a balcony with a fire pit and rim flow pool. Our secluded Africology Spa is equipped with two treatment rooms, ideal for a peaceful revival of mind and body. Whether you experience the wonder of the wild from the lodge or on a game drive in the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Big Five Reserve, you can rest assured that your experience at Biyela Lodge will be an exclusive one.

LODGE FEATURES

  • Restaurant
  • Bar 
  • Pool at Main Lodge
  • Curio Shop
  • Africology Spa at Biyela Lodge
  • WiFi throughout Lodges

VILLA FEATURES
 
Twin/King bed
Bathroom with bath and shower, including outside shower
Mini bar
Deck
Air conditioning
Hairdryer
Wifi
Telephone
Generous viewing deck
Stocked mini bar
 
 




GETTING THERE


DIRECTIONS
FROM KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DURBAN, KWAZULU-NATAL)
Exit King Shaka International Airport and turn left onto Ldloti Street
Travel for 2.3km
Merge onto the N2, heading north
Travel for 126km
Exit at 327 onto the R34 towards Empangeni
Travel through Empangeni on the R34 for approximately 23.3km.
Continue straight until you see uMfolozi signage. Continue to follow uMfolzoi directional signage.
Umfolozi Big Five Game Reserve entrance will be on your right
 
FROM RICHARDS BAY AIRPORT
Head southwest on Fish Eagle Flight towards Kolgans Dans
Travel for 1.7km
Turn right onto Nkoninga Road and travel for 55m
Turn left onto East Central Arterial and travel for 4.2km
Turn right onto John Ross Highway (R34)
Travel for 24.7km
Travel through Empangeni on the R34 for approximately 23.3km.
Continue straight until you see uMfolozi signage. Continue to Follow uMfolzoi directional signage.
Umfolozi Big Five Game Reserve entrance will be on your right
 
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