Biyela translates as ‘protector’. The fitting symbol of the Biyela clan is the all-powerful and majestic African Elephant. The chief of this area, a descendent of King Shaka, is Phlwayinkosi Biyela, who is committed to safeguarding the people of his clan, their Culture and livelihoods, as well as the surrounding wilderness. The lodge is named after his clan. With this low-impact lodge, he brings the dreams of his father to life.
With cool rectilinear pavilions, the lodge is built into the hillside of this piece of untouched mFulaWozi wilderness, perfectly positioned to maximise the sweeping views of the imposing flood plains of the White iMfolozi River below.
Biyela Lodge celebrates this unique landscape in its interiors with a colour palette derived from the surrounding flora. As the basis for local healers’ medicines, the flora have inspired a concept of Contemporary African Apothecary.
Colours range from shades of green – in olive, pea and chartreuse; to silver grey and umber. The modern apothecary theme is consistently referenced – in the furniture; material selections including steel, timber and glass; artworks and spatial planning. The interiors are simple, elegant, traditionally delicate and inviting – a dynamic fusion of modern and an expression of the environs.
The surprisingly modern, contemporary buildings are open and unpretentious and offer a soothing feast for the eyes. The floor-to-ceiling glass doors open out, making a direct link with the pristine environment.
Biyela consists of 12 luxury standalone suites. The lodge is an oasis of privacy and eco-luxury, and is one of two completed lodges in the mFulaWozi Wilderness Reserve.
Each suite takes in the richness and abundance of the surrounding landscape. Opening onto a private enclosed deck, they provide unmatched views of the wildlife that transverse daily down to the river.
Guests can choose an active and adventurous day with game drives, birding, wilderness walks or other activities. Or simply relax by the suite’s private infinity plunge pool, imbibing the sights and sounds of the surrounding wilderness. Alternatively, succumb to a traditional massage as revitalisation takes on a new dimension at mFulaWozi.
The main lodge embodies satisfaction for any need you could imagine. Whether you browse away the day through the titles in the lodge’s library. Or you may prefer to savour the thoughtfully selected wines along with contemporary dishes that explore a plant-based food concept in which indigenous plants are the heroes. The results are guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning palettes. The personalised attention of the staff enhances the lodge’s enlightened state.
You will learn very quickly that the experience here at Biyela is very different, superlatively judicious.
“They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled grey bodies and soar away from light spirits at the end”
years of history
private infinity pools
Was R9500 ppns now R5950 ppns
includes all meals, local drinks & game drives