mantis mthembu lodge imfolozi river

Mantis Mthembu Lodge

This Lodge, even more intimate with only 22 beds, has a different character, although equally luxurious. Situated somewhat eye level off the river, it has a panoramic view of the White iMfolozi River. The lodge boasts 7 individual Private Villas, and 2 two Bedroomed Family Villas. One with a private plunge pool. The main Lodge guests can enjoy an outside bar, pool, restaurant and viewing decks.

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A tribe of the people of the heavens, the original people of heaven. The Mthembu clan are direct descendant of an ancient ancestor as Thembu, Thembu was a son of Ntongakazi Ka Malandela ka Zwide.

AbaThembu (people of Thembu ) are of Nguni origin like amaXhosa, amaZulu, amaSwazi, and amaNdebele who trace their origin to the Great Lakes in Central Africa. AbaThembu are said to have migrated from the Great Lakes to present-day KwaZulu–Natal through Dedesi and eventually settled at Msana, in the present day Eastern Cape. Zwide is the earliest known leader of abaThembu who ruled round about 1080. One of the most notable descendants of Zwide was Mbulali the father of Njanye, who fathered Thembu, who in turn fathered Mvelase and Ndilo.

Thembu led his people out of KwaZulu–Natal to Dedesi in the present day Eastern Cape. Mvelase remained with his followers in the present day KwaZulu-Natal. Following the rise of Shaka to power, Mvelase and his followers became part of the greater amaZulu nation.

Today, you will see the beginning of the land given to this clan by Shaka as you drive to uMfolozi passed Empangeni all the way beyond Mthembu Lodge. Ruled over by iNkosi Mthembu under the iNgonyama Trust of HM King Goodwill Zwelithini, the territory of this tribe is divided into 15 clusters of villages which are overseen by Chief Mthembu Indunas.