Nestled along the southern bank of the White Umfolozi River, Madwaleni River Lodge offers an exclusive retreat with its luxurious safari tents arranged around a central gathering area housing a restaurant, lounge, and captivating library. The lodge takes its name from the isiZulu phrase meaning “The place of the rock,” paying homage to the picturesque granoliths mountains found in the reserve. With a fusion of sophistication and wilderness, this ultra-luxury tented camp promises a truly remarkable experience.
Madwaleni River Lodge is unfenced, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the surrounding natural beauty. The lodge features twelve luxury tents, accommodating a total of 24 guests. Each tent is renowned for its unique design and has received award-winning distinction, offering unrivaled comfort and style.
Madwaleni River Lodge takes great pride in its dedication to sustainability and the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The lodge’s restaurant showcases an innovative rooftop vegetable garden, ensuring a direct supply of organic produce and delivering a farm-to-table dining experience that is both delightful and exceptional. The lodge’s gym offers state-of-the-art facilities with panoramic river views, including treadmills, spin bikes, and an indoor water rowing machine. Yoga mats are also provided, allowing guests to engage in peaceful meditation and gentle stretching exercises with riverside views.
The lodge’s library serves as a serene sanctuary adorned with shelves filled with captivating old photographs, maps, and history books. Here, guests can escape into enthralling stories and delve into the rich history of the area. Leather couches and an 8-seater table create inviting spaces for reading, gathering, or engaging in board games. Overlooking the river, the infinity pool provides a breathtaking vista where guests can cool off, soak up the sun, and observe wildlife drinking. Seamlessly blending with the natural environment, the pool’s location and design provide an immersive and unforgettable experience. In addition to its other remarkable features, Madwaleni River Lodge boasts a magnificent 2000-bottle wine cellar with a curated collection of the Cape’s finest, rarest and most unusual wines.
Luxury Tents: Indulge in the epitome of luxury within the seven exquisite tents at Madwaleni River Lodge. Each tent is a haven of opulence, featuring its own private heated plunge pool, inviting you to unwind and bask in the tranquility. With indoor and outdoor lounges boasting breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness, you can relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. The elegant copper bathroom fixtures add a touch of sophistication, while the air-conditioned rooms are equipped with cutting-edge technology, including iPads for seamless food and beverage orders, ensuring a convenient and effortless stay.
Luxury Family Tents (available on request): Madwaleni River Lodge also offers two sets of interconnected tents with a walkway, creating a shared space perfect for groups of friends. The communal lounge and dining room area provide a gathering spot where you can enjoy delectable meals together and create lasting memories.
Romance Luxury Tent: For a truly romantic escape, a secluded Romance Tent awaits, complete with an outdoor shower and bath. Here, guests can revel in privacy and immerse themselves in nature while enjoying luxurious amenities.