top of page

Our passion, your experience

Hlekani Homestead

Private Game Reserve

Hlekani Homestead is a family owned lodge that was specifically built to overlook the Ubombo Mountains and is situated in the heart of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, which is one of the largest, privately owned 23,000-hectare reserves in Mkuze, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa and is renowned for its African wildlife and rich cultural heritage. 


It consists of a varied landscape of mountains, open plains, acacia thornveld and dense riverine woodlands, boasting the Big 5 (Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and Lion), over 70 mammal species (Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, Nyala, Impala, Giraffe, Zebra, African Wildcat Serval, Black Back Jackal, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebees, Common Reedbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Bush Buck, Waterbuck, Steenbuck, Red & Grey Duiker, Warthog, Bushpig, Ostrich) a diverse range of birdlife with over 400 species, as well as the re-introduction of two endangered species - Cheetahs and African Wild Dog.


The reserve was confirmed in 2005 as a release site by the WWF and a founder population of Black Rhino were released into their home as part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. In 2009 the reserve was proclaimed by the government as a Nature Reserve under the protected areas act, giving it a strong focus on conserving biodiversity.


Owners Steve and Cheryl Sturlese, have shared a deep affection for safari over the years, and have been committed to the conservation and the preserving of African wildlife for future generations to come. They saw this region as a prime spot to create a haven, nestled inside the Manyoni Reserve, known as Hlekani. The name Hlekani was derived from the Zulu culture meaning ‘laughter’, creating a warm, happy and relaxed environment for all who visit this luxurious destination.


It has since become a destination for guests to experience freely roaming wildlife with African hospitality and not to mention value for money. In May 2019, Hlekani hosted the Bachelor (Sweden) and has been given a 5 Star rating by the well known Warner Bros. that's why Hlekani lodge is the best choice for a breathtaking safari adventure!


Situated in the heart of Zululand, you will find a beautiful piece of

land that will stir your senses  

bottom of page