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.

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The Private Villas

barefoot luxury in the umfolozi wilderness

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 two-bedroom family villas that sleep up to
two adults and 3 children.


  • Generous viewing deck
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Stocked mini bar
  • Coffee and biscuit tray