Introducing Our Designs at Mdluli Safari Lodge
Edition 4 | June 2019
Mdluli Safari Lodge:
A luxury safari lodge inspired by the rawness and beauty of South Africa’s Kruger National Park
The new lodge will be operated by Tourvest and will offer travelers 50 luxury en-suite tents, each sleeping a family of four and featuring air conditioning, private patios, and indoor as well as outdoor showers. Amenities include a restaurant and bar overlooking the river, an observation deck with 360-degree views, two pools, a gym, a spa, outdoor dining ‘bomas’, and group/conference facilities. True to the Luxury Frontiers ethos, the off-the-grid lodge was also designed with environmentally responsible materials and construction methods.
Luxury Frontiers designed the lodge as a place where guests from all over the world could celebrate the African safari experience. One of the defining features is a spectacular Marula tree, which canopies over the lodge’s central meeting place. The layout of the buildings around this majestic Marula tree pays homage to the traditional ‘lekgotla’—a meeting place for village assemblies and meetings of village elders.
The use of materials like canvas and timber poles give a true safari feel to the lodge. Meanwhile, grey, green, and natural timber shades make up the palette for the interiors, which are inspired by the tones and textures found within the surrounding landscape. The singular style sets the scene for relaxation in the African bush, and furniture pieces chosen for comfort—combined with subtle detailing and patterns—all create an environment that announces: “Welcome to Africa!”
Feel Good, and Leave Some Goodness Behind
Luxury Frontiers is proud to champion the development of Mdluli Safari Lodge as an innovative partnership between the Mdluli Royal Family and Community and Grovest Venture Capital. The project is committed to generating direct financial benefits and significant socio-economic impact for the Mdluli Community.
Over the course of a two-decade battle over land restitution, the Mdluli Community reclaimed ownership of the 2100 acres (or 850 hectares) of land from which they were forcibly removed during South Africa’s Apartheid era in the 1960s.
And through a thriving hospitality venture on this reclaimed land, the community will be able to share its rich culture and protect its valuable natural resources for generations to come. Furthermore, the lodge aims to improve the state of schools, roads, and clinics, as well as eradicate poverty through education, job training, and employment opportunities.
Each guest’s visit will have a far-reaching positive impact, on the vitality of the Mdluli Community and improvements to basic local infrastructure
Photos provided by Mdluli Safari Lodge