The lodge is being developed on 850 hectares of pristine land situated seamlessly in the south-western region of the Kruger National Park on land reclaimed and now owned by the Mdluli Community Trust.
Mdluli Safari Lodge, a partnership with the Mdluli community, is a breakthrough structure in the funding of tourism development in South Africa, and a benchmark for future community development projects. Your visit will have a far-reaching impact, contributing to up-skilling and uplifting the Mdluli community. The lodge will generate direct financial benefits as well as significant socio-economic impact.
The lodge’s development is anchored in the belief that we have a responsibility to uplift and up-skill the members of the community, as well as to upgrade basic infrastructure, sanitation and schools.
There are approximately 45,000 people living across four adjacent villages, with an unemployment rate of 62%.
The development of Mdluli Safari Lodge employed nearly 200 laborers, both men and women, from the community. Many of these individuals had never worked before, and it gave them financial benefit, as well as skills development.
The Lodge employee 80 permanent staff, and very proudly nearly 90% of those employed are from the Mdluli community.
“I am really excited about this project, which was started 20 years ago by our father, Inkhosi MZ Mdluli. Through this project, I undertake to bring stability and social cohesion to the Community, and I also remain convinced that the children of the community shall go to universities. Schools, roads and clinics shall be upgraded, and poverty shall be eradicated through the creation of skills and employment opportunities.”
-Inkhosi MI Mdluli
Chief, Mdluli Community