Babanango Game Reserve has announced the opening of its newest luxury tented lodge this September. Madwaleni River Lodge is positioned along the banks of the White Umfolozi River, and marks the fourth property in the 49,421-acre “Big Five” game reserve.
Located in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, Madwaleni River Lodge has 12 luxury tents, accommodating a maximum of 24 guests. Each luxury tent offers a private heated plunge pool, with indoor and outdoor lounges offering views of the surrounding wilderness. The air-conditioned rooms, along with the custom-made beverage cabinets, are complemented by copper fixtures in the bathrooms.
The lodge includes a fine-dining area, bar, lounge, library, gym and infinity pool, each affording views of the rolling valleys of Babanango. Additionally, Madwaleni River Lodge houses a 2,000-bottle cellar with a selection of wines from the Cape region of South Africa.
Guests are hosted by experienced safari guides for two game drives a day to explore the diverse landscape and wildlife of Babanango Game Reserve.
Babanango Game Reserve, established in 2017, is one of the largest private rewilding projects in South Africa in the past 30 years. Approximately 74 percent of the land has been invested by three Community Trust Landowners—a partnership that is not only vital for the long-term conservation success of the reserve but in the economic well-being of the surrounding communities in the region. The reserve is committed to ecological restoration and wildlife conservation with over 2,500 large mammal species sensitively reintroduced into the reserve to roam freely.