A Distinctly African Safari Destination
An Extraordinary encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits you at Mabula Game Lodge, located just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the Malaria Free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.
Revel in the sheer variety of animal, bird and plant life; the diverse landscapes ranging from grassland plains to rocky outcrops creating an ideal habitat for the free roaming Big Five and all the little creatures that contribute to a magical wildlife experience you’ll never forget.
Mabula Lodge Room Accommodation
Distinctly African in style, Mabula Game Lodge offers comfortable thatch-roof accommodation with luxury finishings. With soft neutral bushveld colours throughout and massive windows bringing the African wildlife indoors, guests will experience unprecedented relaxation while enjoying the sights and sounds that Mabula Game Lodge has to offer. Watch the warthogs nibble their way through the gardens and hear the incessant chatter of happy birds as you relax on your patio, or escape the African heat in your cosy lounge. Soothe your weary muscles in the shower for a quick wake-up dip before boarding your morning safari.
Our accommodation is your home away from home in the African wilderness.
Accommodation Facilities and Amenities Include:
You could spend two weeks at Mabula Game Lodge and not experience the vast array of activities on offer for both young and old. From quad biking to bird walks, stargazing safaris to dam picnics, fill your days and nights with all that the Mabula bushveld as to offer.
Mabula Game Lodge is a veritable hive of activities offering such bush experiences as horseback safaris, quad bike safaris, and guided bush walks.
Keen birders will enjoy the regular birding safaris or walks, spotting such species as the Amur Falcon, Lilac-breasted Roller, and Red-crested Korhaan, while guided bush walks provide the perfect setting in which to follow animal tracks, identify plants and insects and spot some of the area’s most beautiful birdlife.
Picnic breakfasts or afternoon bush barbecues including safari drives can be arranged, as well as dam picnics and the Madjuma Experience that takes visitors into the lion section of Mabula Game Reserve at night to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and perhaps even witness a hunt. This is a 1.5-hour drive. Learn all about the common constellations in our night sky and the myths and legends surrounding them through your Ranger.
The varied habitats on Mabula Private Game Reserve provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five, other predators such as Hyena and Jackal, and a variety of antelope from Red Hartebeest to Eland, Gemsbok to Blesbok. That’s not to mention the elusive cheetah, cheeky honey badger and the omnipresent crèches of warthogs that flit across one’s path during your safari at Mabula Game Lodge.
Safaris are offered to lodge guests twice a day – once early morning and again in time for sundowners in the late afternoon, and depending on the time of year you visit, each experience can be unique. Watch the vivid change of the seasons as the green thickets and grasslands give way to the bushveld greys and yellows of autumn. Feel the chilly winter air on your cheeks before sunrise and witness the rebirth of the bush as the first summer rains fall and with it the exciting arrival of lambing season.
For panoramic views of the beautiful Mabula Private Game Reserve, there’s nothing more special than heading up Dicks Hill.
See Impala, Zebra, Giraffe, Eland, and Ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains; the herd of elephant crashing through thick bush to get to the succulent leaves and a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water.
Admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt or watch silently as the beautiful, yet terrifying, Golden Orb spider spins her thick web across two Silver Cluster Leaf trees.
A Mabula safari will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.
Horseback Safaris / Trail
Horseback Safaris offer a different perspective for wildlife viewing. Benefit from the height and mobility offered from being mounted that sets this opportunity aside from other activities.
Experienced Rangers ensure that riders are aware of the necessary safety precautions. Long trousers and closed shoes are recommended.
This activity is at an additional cost.
Eco Adventure Trails (Quad Bike Safaris)
Participate in an adventure over safari trails on a quad bike. With the emphasis on safety, rangers ensure that participants are wearing the necessary safety gear before exploring the reserve. The safari is undertaken on 250cc Suzuki Quad bikes that can be driven in manual or automatic.
This activity is at an additional cost.
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Hot Air BAlloon Safaris
The Balloon Crew, consisting of the pilot and two crew members, will arrive at the Lodge the evening prior to the Hot Air Balloon Safari to meet the passengers and brief them on the following morning’s balloon safari. The flight lasts approximately one hour, starting at 06h00 at a suitable area selected on the reserve – the latter depending on the flight direction and meteorological conditions of the day. Our Rangers will transfer you back to the Lodge in time for breakfast.
The activity includes your flight, champagne served during the flight and a certificate for “bravery”.
This activity is at an additional cost.
Indulge in an exotic menu of time-honoured spa treatments under the skilful hands of our therapists. Calm your mind, while absorbing the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings and then escape to a world without stress
Cool off in Mabula Game Lodge’s crystal clear swimming pool, relax on the pool loungers while reading a book or sipping a refreshing cocktail from the Poolside Cocktail Bar.
Retire to the Whisky Bar for a nightcap, this sophisticated setting is ideal spot to wind down at the end of a busy bush day.
Shopping at Mabula - Curio Shop
Don’t just leave with memories, visit the Mabula Curio Shop and select an item from a wide range of curios including t-shirts, caps, postcards, wildlife books, and many others.
During peak periods such as South African school holidays, Mabula Game Lodge offers its Cubz Club children’s program, which teaches kids all about the magic of the wilderness and wildlife.
Kid-friendly stargazing and safaris to learn about the Big Five, the Small Five, the Ugly Five and Mabula Game Lodge’s other wildlife species are offered, as well as a range of afternoon activities including Bingo, tug of war, pool competitions, sack races, egg, and spoon races and coin diving.
Kids also have access to a supervised Games Room fully equipped with building block sets, hula hoops, colouring-in books, a Wii and PlayStation.
Mabula Game Lodge offers their children’s program under supervision keeping your little ones delighted and engaged. Mabula Cubz Club members receive an activity book with a checklist and a certificate upon completion of the educational program.
Please be advised that Mabula’s Cubz Club program is subject to occupancy levels.
Tuck into a mouthwatering impala casserole or a delicious vegetarian dish. Mabula Game Lodge serves up a staggering array of appetizing dishes to tempt your vegetarian or carnivorous palate.
An unbelievable display of salads, bread, roasts, fish and cold meats, not to mention traditional South African desserts will have you lingering at the buffet far longer. You’ll never walk away hungry at Mabula Game Lodge!
Enjoy a light lunch amidst the call of Grey Loeries on the terrace, retire to the lodge’s main Restaurant or savour a scrumptious dinner under the stars in Mabula Game Lodge’s traditional Boma dining venue accompanied by the rhythmic beat of traditional African dancers.
For special occasions, there’s nothing more magical than dining under the stars at one of Mabula’s legendary bush dinners; the flickering lights, the sounds of the African wilderness, traditional South African cuisine with great company creating an unique dining experience.
Choose one of the special dining venues to make your event exceptional in every way. From traditional African wilderness-themed evening dinners under a 100-year-old Wild Fig tree to weddings at the open-air Shaya Moya offering astounding views over the plain. Small or large, sophisticated or eccentric, Mabula Game Lodge will create a fuss-free African bush event to exceed your expectations.
The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project
Mabula Private Game Reserve has been the home of the award-winning Mabula Ground Hornbill Project since 1999. This non-profit conservation project aims to change perceptions – and the fortunes – of this iconic but endangered species, through multi-disciplinary and evidence-based conservation techniques.
The charismatic Southern Ground-Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is a bird that many people already know well. They are culturally important as the ‘thunder’ or ‘rain’ birds and are a flagship species for the savannah biome (along with cheetah, white rhino and several vulture species).
At present, Southern Ground-Hornbills are considered internationally as ‘Vulnerable’ throughout their range in Africa by the IUCN, but within South Africa and Namibia they have been classified as Endangered with their numbers outside of formally protected areas still in decline.
Cheetah Conservation and Research Project
Mabula Private Game Reserve is part of a project coordinated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust that seeks to reintroduce cheetah to areas where they have been driven out by conflict from farmers as well as one of the biggest wildlife challenges today, habitat loss. The project is called the cheetah metapopulation management project and is based on the principle that the cheetah occurring in different areas of southern Africa is seen as one big population and that individuals are managed accordingly to prevent inbreeding.
Meeting in the bush couldn’t be more refreshing than at Mabula Game Lodge, with three fully equipped conferencing venues on offer.
The newly refurbished Marula Conference Venue seats up to 60 delegates Cinema-style, 30 U-Shape and 50 in a Boardroom configuration. Offering a fixed projector and AV facilities, Marula is 7.16m x 12.6m in size.
The largest conferencing venue on offer at Mabula Game Lodge is Kingfisher Conference Centre measuring 22.5m x 10.95m in size and accommodating up to 160 delegates Cinema-style, 70 in a U-shape and 100 in a Boardroom configuration. Kingfisher has its own bathroom facilities.
Baobab Conference Centre is the smallest of the three venues measuring 1.66m x 10m in size and accommodating up to 40 delegates Cinema-style, 30 in a U-shape and 30 in a Boardroom configuration.
As part of their bush conferencing experience, delegates can choose from a delightful array of themed tea and coffee breaks, from Wild at Chocolate, guaranteed to get any chocoholics heart racing, to Mabula Ice Age, offering different flavoured ice-creams with an astounding array of toppings from chocolate sprinkles to Amarula cream.
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