TKZN All eyes were on the Elephant Coast this weekend as television host and comedian, Sivuyile Ngesi and musician and radio personality, Unathi Nkayi joined the tribal leader of the Somopho tribe, Nkosi Bonginkosi Shilo Mthembu, who is part of a unique public-private venture, supported by various entities within the KZN Provincial Government and the management of the R160 million Umfolozi Big Five Game reserve. About 6 000ha land was contributed to the development of three new lodges at the park by three local chiefs, expanding the park to 103 000ha. Land for two other lodges built on the property came from Inkosi Siphiwankosi Chakide Biyela of the Obuka tribe and Inkosi Eugene Bhekintinta Zulu of the Sphanganono tribe.
KZN now boasts about two new five star lodges
May 30, 2019
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Tourism KwaZulu-Natal hosted tv personality and comedian Siv Ngesi and tv and radio personality Unathi Nkayi on KwaZulu-Natal’s Elephant Coast and Dolphin Coast this weekend. The road trip was to highlight the jewels of the north, from adventure, abundance five-star hospitality, culture, to heritage. Ngesi and Nkayi first visited the newly extended R160 million Umfolozi Big five Game Reserve which boasts two newly built lodges namely: Mthembu Lodge and Biyela Lodge- the first lodges to be built-in a proclaimed wilderness area. One other lodge is under construction.
The lodges were named after the Amakhosi's whose tribal communities contributed vast tracks of lands towards the expansion of the park and the construction of the lodges.
The chiefs are Inkosi Bonginkosi Shilo Mthembu of the Somopho tribe, Inkosi Siphiwankosi Chakide Biyela of the Obuka tribe and Inkosi Eugene Bhekintinta Zulu of the Sphanganono tribe.
The sites for the three lodges were identified by the chiefs and about 6 000ha was contributed to the development.
The area is also steeped in history: it was once the hunting ground of the great King Shaka and the origin of every Southern white rhino in the world. It was in this wilderness where famed conservationist, the late Dr Ian Player started Operation Rhino to protect the species from extinction.
In the past two weeks the reserve introduced a new bloodline of animals. They welcomed a herd of Zebras, eland antelopes, and wildebeest. And in the upcoming weeks they will introduce giraffes, a whole range of antelopes and inyalas.
In just under three hours Nkayi and Ngesi drove from the Elephant Coast to the Dolphin Coast to experience the bustling city life of KZN's Dolphin Coast staying at the plush Fairmont Zimbali Resort.
Last modified onThursday, 30 May 2019 13:52