Zululand’s mFulaWozi Wilderness Private Game Reserve reopens its two newly-revamped lodges
Located in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu Natal, mFulaWozi is not just about magnificent game viewing, delectable cuisine, and stunning décor, it’s about a journey of purpose, and the creation of a culture of mutual respect, says co-founder Barry Theunissen.
Hand-built by members of the local Mthembu and Biyela Zulu clans, all suites have a private viewing deck. Designed by architect Peter Whitehouse both lodges – Biyela and Mthembu – operate off the grid with solar power. Water is sourced locally and supplied via a filtration plant.
Biyela Lodge is named after a King Shaka descendant and comprises 12 luxury standalone suites with private plunge pools. An oasis of privacy and eco-luxury, the suites are styled on a modern apothecary theme. The lodge is built into the hillside of the wilderness, with sweeping views of the imposing flood plains of the White iMfolozi River below.
Mthembu Lodge, set on the embankment of the White iMfolozi River, commands game-watching views from seven, luxury one-bedroom suites and two-family villas. Mthembu welcomes children from the age of 10. It combines fresh innovative design and stylish African touches, with natural materials such as earthy woods, leather, and brass.
The mFulaWozi Wilderness Private Game Reserve stretches across 16 000 hectares of untouched African bushveld, 6000 hectares of which are incorporated into the Hluluwe iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. With the dropping of fences between the parks, it is now one of the last havens where large numbers of animals, including the Big 5, can roam freely.
This unique wilderness area embodies the spirit of the Zulu nation and unlocks the tourist appeal of the rich culture, history, and biodiversity of the land. It offers a thrilling game drive experience to resident guests of Biyela and Mthembu Lodges exclusively. Spa treatments are available, while other wilderness experiences include birding, guided walks and trails, and excellent photographic opportunities.
mFulaWozi offers a unique combination and insight into Zulu history, culture, wilderness, and wildlife. Shaka Zulu conserved this land to protect the endemic game as part of his hunting ground and conservation area. Its purpose today is to continue protecting and preserving both the wilderness and its communities for generations to come.
mFulaWozi is championing a sustainable model to uplift disadvantaged communities. It allows the communities to run various initiatives, creating a resilient economic environment as part of mFulaWozi’s legacy to commit to the preservation and conservation of the Zulu culture.
- SA Residents Special: R4 500 per person sharing per night at Mthembu Lodge and R5 950 at Biyela Lodge, including meals, local drinks, and game drives. Valid until 31 October 2022.