Set on the banks of the White iMfolozi River in the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve, Mthembu Lodge promises up-close wildlife encounters and luxury accommodation. This is the place where Dr Ian Player initiated what would become a global movement to save the rhino from extinction.
The comfortable accommodation at Mthembu Lodge comprises seven one-bedroom and two two-bedroom family villas, all with private decks and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The views of the bush and river are continuous. The main lodge offers expansive decks and a swimming pool perfect for cooling off after game drives.
The morning and evening game drives are led by rangers intent on tracking the many species that live in the reserve, including the Big 5. The walking safaris are an immersive bush experience not to be missed. It is not just the sighting of wildlife that is exciting here but also hearing from the rangers about the cultural significance of the area and the local stories attached to this wilderness gem.