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Mdluli Safari Lodge

2. Mdluli Safari Lodge

About Mdluli Safari Lodge

Accommodation type: Safari tents 

Location: Southern Kruger National Park

Nearest Kruger gate: Numbi Gate (5km)

Food: Restaurant (Breakfast & Dinner included)

Budget: $$

Perfect for… A sustainable & affordable luxury safari experience

Mdluli Safari Lodge is the story of one man’s vision for the land, and for the Mdluli people. Today this land is significant for many reasons. We invite you to be part of our story – a tale of the wonder and beauty of the Kruger National Park, the authentic charm of Siswati tradition, and a deep-rooted commitment to conservation.


The lodge is a sustainable tourism initiative through its proud partnership with the local Mdluli Community. After a long journey of land restitution, the 45,000-strong Mdluli Community have freehold title of 850 hectares of land, inside the borders of the iconic Kruger National Park. The Community, who live in villages adjacent to the Park, receive direct financial and indirect social and economic benefits from the lodge’s operations.


Alongside skills-based job creation, whereby nearly 90% of the lodge’s team comes from the Community, the lodge creates sustainable small business opportunities as well as increased land value. Mdluli Safari Lodge is a blueprint for best practice community development projects in South Africa.


The reception and main area of the lodge are designed around a central _lekgotla_, which means ‘the meeting place for village assemblies’. The layout of the main building surrounds the majestic Marula tree, which canopies over this central meeting place, and gently shades the bronzed statue of the late Chief MZ Mdluli, who’s outstretched arm welcomes guests into this special place.


Each area of the lodge is intentionally positioned to maximise views into the Park, creating a feeling of always being connected to the beauty and serenity of the natural surroundings. The main area offers guests a bar, restaurant, deck and infinity swimming pool, each looking out across the Park and the adjacent riverbed.


Visitors can stay and enjoy our organised game drives or can use the Lodge as a base for self-driving in the Park – just let us know your preference when booking.


The ambience of the safari tents and main areas is created through a carefully curated fusion of raw timbers and canvas textures with the authentic charm of Siswati tradition. Each area of the lodge is designed to create a feeling of being connected to nature, whether indoors or outdoors. The deck, restaurant, boma and oversized infinity swimming pool are cleverly positioned through their open architecture and proximity to the lodge’s fence line to allow guests to find their quiet space while a herd of elephant or buffalo amble past to the river that lies adjacent to the fence line.

Facilities & services

  • Game drives & bush walks available

  • Swimming pool

  • Restaurant & bar

  • Conference facilities

  • WiFi

Types of accommodation

50 luxury safari tents

Each of the custom-designed safari tents has an en-suite bathroom and can comfortably sleep a family of four. Each tents’ interior is approximately 70 square metres and features air conditioning, lounge area, indoor and outdoor showers and private patios.  The lodge has 4 disability-friendly tents.


The style sets the ideal scene for relaxation in the African bush.  With oversized patios and views into the Park, your elevated tent & private patio is both spacious and indulgent, with all the amenities you’ll need for your stay with us.  There is no better place for relaxation in the African bush.


The use of canvas and natural timber materials gives each tent a true safari feel.  The interior palette takes inspiration from the tones and textures found in the surrounding natural environment.


Mdluli Safari Lodge is located in the southwest of Kruger National Park, near to Pretoriuskop rest camp.  The closest park entrance gate is Numbi Gate (5km). 


The nearest town is Hazyview (23km), while Skukzua Airport (65km) and Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (46km) are easily accessible.

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All enquiries for Mdluli Safari Lodge are handled by our wonderful and carefully selected partner Danielle Sheedy of Safari Creators, and she can help with all your Kruger and other African travel requirements.

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