Luxury Safari Lodge
Umfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve

Essence of Africa
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Mantis Biyela

Biyela Lodge is nestled low on a spectacular bend of the White iMfolozi River. On the other side of the river are dramatic cliffs which are used by vultures to launch to the skies. On the banks of the river a steady stream of animals come to quench their thirst and the roar of lions punctuate the wilderness night. In this heady symphony of natural wonders, a privileged few can luxuriate in private stand-alone suites, the essence of luxury in the African wild.

Luxury Lodge

The 5 star lodge has been decorated and designed in a chic and contemporary style and there is a central area that features a rim flow swimming pool, restaurant and bar as well as a viewing deck to take in the ambience of the natural surroundings. Whether you experience the wonders of the wild from the lodge, or on a game drive in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, home to the Big 5, you can rest assured that your experience at Biyela Lodge will be an exclusive one.

Each luxury private suite comes equipped with indoor and outdoor showers, plus a modern lounge area and a private viewing deck. There are 12 one-bedroomed suites with 10 out of the 12 having their own private plunge pools. In addition, there is a secluded Africology Spa that has 2 treatment rooms and is ideal for a peaceful revival of the mind and body.

Game Drives

Two guided game drives daily with drink stops and sunset bush breaks out in the wilderness.

Traverse over the hills and valleys of old, right here where King Shaka of the Zulu hunted for need long before conservation was a buzz word. uMfolozi Big Five game drives are a wilderness safari for the soul; an immersion into nature as it was intended to be. Enjoy being a guest as the wild plays by its own rules. Here in the oldest proclaimed protected wilderness in Africa, the game drives are respectful of the habitat and the animals.

There are many rarities to be seen in this place where Dr Ian Player started Operation Rhino over five decades ago. The DNA of every White Rhino alive today can be traced back here. Conservation is a way of life here, and it is evident in the thriving species of wild dogs, vultures and Black Rhino.

Zulu dance

Culture is an ever-evolving celebration of life, and what you experience at uMfolozi Game Reserve is just that – a celebration of contemporary Zulu life as experienced in the villages around the reserve. Various traditional dances and singing that warriors and maidens use to express emotion and to communicate rites of passage, and daily rituals.

You will meet warriors clad in skins, shoulder coverings called ‘imbata’ and aural ornaments that create rhythmic sounds as the young men canter and kick. Their dances vary, including a dance called ‘ushameni’ which tells tales of boy herders performed with no drums and the men to wear shin coverings made of the hair from cows’ tails called ‘ishoba’. Young warriors also perform ‘indlamu’, which is performed to the beat of drums and the men wear sheepskin adornments.


Prices are per person per night based on 2 people sharing.

Included: Luxury private villa with pool, full board and 2 game drives per day.

*Single supplement applies

Please contact the team at Scuba Dive Adventures on 0113 4681100 or for more information or to book on this fabulous Scuba Adventure.

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Mantis Biyela # Luxury Safari