uMfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve offers its guests the opportunity to experience the excitement of the bush and the Harmony it brings.
In an age of celebrity, uMfolozi is a space where travellers can encounter the true Stars – the beasts of the wild and the council of Zulu Chiefs who support them.


Embrace the excitement that only the Stars of the wild can bring, indulge in our heritage.

Here, in 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. uMfolozi’s “Big Five” conservation pioneers include the iNkosis Mthembu, Biyela, Zulu, Mthembu and Mthethwa.
Their forward-thinking will result in land usage that benefits their people for generations to come and allows species with the reserve to reproduce in a
larger protected area.



‘The lodge itself offers villas that run along a ridge overlooking the White Mfolozi River. The villas are spacious, private and beautifully decorated with a subtle, chic African style. There’s an easy interaction between guests in common areas such as the pool deck and bar, as well at the fire pit. On our first morning, we opened the curtains to an elephant peering over our deck! You can imagine our delight.’

Bridget & Murray Gardiner – October 2018


“My family and I spent 3 nights in December/January at the uMfolozi Big 5, Mthembu Lodge. It was a wonderful experience!! The food was 1st class, breakfast, High Tea and Dinner. The staff are so friendly and always willing to please. The room was very spacious with the most comfortable large bed and linen. Love the decor in the lodge and the rooms, 5 star!! The game viewing is spectacular with 1st class rangers who are very knowledgeable and informative. The history behind the wilderness area and where the lodge is situated is most interesting. All in all our time spent at Mthembu lodge was superb in all aspects and a wonderful place to see in 2019!”

– Mcmullg