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Mthembu Lodge nestles on a spectacular bend of the Imfolozi River and has a strong focus on conservation and community upliftment – active participants in sustainable eco-tourism practices. The lodge is entirely off the grid and has been carefully hand-built by members of the Mthembu clan, stone by stone - enveloping you in African luxury. KwaZulu-Natal’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve is Africa’s oldest declared reserve, known for its prolific wildlife sightings and allowing you to walk in the footsteps of military genius, King Shaka Zulu - who once used this land as his hunting ground. In the 1950’s, Dr. Ian Player launched ‘Operation Rhino’ here, and saved the southern white rhino from the brink of extinction.


These lands fostered the rise of the mighty Zulu nation, and is where a unique combination of Zulu history, culture and wilderness experiences come together to create a safari sojourn unlike any other. Plus, the northern region of Kwa-Zulu Natal is known for its game reserves and gorgeous coastlines, making it the ideal location for a bush and beach getaway.


  • Traverse the Hluhluwe Game Reserve – 96, 000 hectares of pristine wilderness
  • Learn about mighty Zulu nation on historical tours
  • A birdwatching mecca with over 400 species
  • Game drives that take you closer to endangered wild dog, cheetah & hyena
  • Indulge in spa treatments
  • Swim in the rim flow pool overlooking the Imfolozi River


  • Guided walks
  • Private game-drives
  • Private guide
  • Spa treatments


Family Suite

The luxury Family Suite features a king-size bed and two twin beds with views of the Imfolozi River. There is a free-standing bath in each unit, as well as an outside shower. The Luxury Family Suite comes with its own private plunge pool and welcomes children over the age of 10.

Luxury Suite

Mthembu Lodge features seven luxury one-bedroom suites with breath-taking views of unrivalled nature. Each suite is tastefully adorned and furnished with creative flair, beautiful furniture, and locally sourced artifacts.

The luxurious, stand-alone suites are designed with the guests' privacy, wellbeing, and comfort in mind. The suites have been decorated with a combination of modern elegance and traditional Zulu elements, resulting in pleasant, calm, and naturally elegant settings of neutral, earthy tones.

The suites provide emperor or twin beds with the freshest cotton linens, an indoor and outdoor shower as well as a free-standing bathtub. There is a sitting area which leads onto a private decked balcony, overlooking the river below.  All suites have Wi-Fi access, are air conditioned and come with fully stocked mini bars for your comfort and convenience.


Sit back and relax at Mthembu’s guest lounge with a gorgeous viewing deck, sunbathe in the pool or retreat to the spa for some much-deserved pampering. You can catch up with family or friends around the fire pit and capture the essence of storytelling, or head to the dining room for a delicious meal prepared by the lodge’s restaurant. With Wi-fi access and solar power, you can stay connected and charge your devices to document the memories being made in the wilderness.


Enjoy the open spaces of Mthembu, which create a relaxed atmosphere where a variety of delectable fish, meat, and vegetable dishes are prepared. All meals are inspired by the cuisine of the region and paired with carefully chosen South African wines.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available


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Dates Board Price
2021-12-16 — 2022-10-31 Fully Inclusive (All meals & selected beverages) $435

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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