An amazing bushveld safari experience awaits you at Mabula Game Lodge

Mabula Game Lodge

Nestling in the shelter of the Waterberg Mountains, Mabula Game Lodge is without a doubt one of South Africa’s finest safari destinations. Newly refashioned, the lodge has been designed to make your safari stay a true spoil.

The redesign follows the African contemporary style that was implemented in the guest areas throughout in the last year, and culminates in a major statement of style and splendour in the Mabula wilderness.

Mabula is part of the Extraordinary Collection. It is located only two hours north of Johannesburg on a 12000ha, malaria-free private game reserve that is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the famous ‘Big 5’.

You will love snapping away photos of its diverse landscapes ranging from grassland plains to rocky outcrops.

One thing is for sure. It is an amazing individual, family, group or romantic holiday destination – and many of their previous guests agree!

Accommodation at Mabula Game Lodge

Accommodation at Mabula Game Lodge is distinctly African in style. Enjoy comfortable thatch-roof accommodation with luxury finishing’s, neutral bushveld colours throughout and massive windows bringing the African wildlife indoors.

There are 50 rooms to choose from. Accommodation amenities include extra-length beds with percale linen, air-conditioning, safes, hairdryers, en-suite bathrooms with all that you may need, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi internet, tea and coffee-making stations.

You will certainly experience unprecedented relaxation while enjoying the sights and sounds that Mabula Game Lodge has to offer.

The Mabula experience is designed for families. While two children under the age of 12 can be accommodated on sleeper couches in a main room, there are however a number of inter-leading rooms where children can share a room with two three-quarter beds.

See their accommodation rates HERE and make an online booking HERE. You can take advantage of their specials HERE.

Facilities at Mabula Game Lodge

Facilities at Mabula Game Lodge include a sparkling pool for you to cool off in summer or use the loungers to relax with a book or a refreshing cocktail from the Poolside Cocktail Bar. Afterwards, you can retire to the Whisky Bar for a nightcap.

There is also a curio shop so you can take tangible memories of your stay at Mabula. The shop sells unique items that include t-shirts, caps, postcards, wildlife books, and many others.

During the school holidays, Mabula Game Lodge offers a Cubz Club children’s program, which teaches kids all about the magic of the wilderness and wildlife.

Dining is an experience at Mabula Game Lodge. Enjoy a staggering array of appetizing dishes to tempt your vegetarian or carnivorous palate. 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 a unique dining experience.

If you are planning a conference or a special event in the bush, Mabula Game Lodge boasts three fully-equipped, modern conferencing venues on offer. See what’s on offer!

The Mabula Private Game Reserve has been the home of the award-winning Mabula Ground Hornbill Project since 1999. It’s a non-profit conservation project aims to save this iconic, but endangered species from extinction.

Activities at Mabula Game Reserve

Mabula Game Lodge has a vast array of activities on offer for both young and old. Enjoy bush experiences such as quad-biking, bird walks, stargazing safaris, dam picnics, afternoon bush barbecues, horseback safaris, guided bush walks and massages at the Mabula Wellness Spa.

The outdoor Wild Playzone adds a fun new element, specifically designed for multiple sports including action soccer, netball, and cricket on a perfectly designed AstroTurf court fully enclosed by netting. These great sporting activities are a fantastic way to relax, bond and have a great time, whilst on safari.

Other nearby activities include golfing, tennis, archery, paintball, crocodile feeding and snake demonstrations and hot air balloon safaris.

Reviews from previous Mabula Game Lodge guests

“Our stay here was outstanding in every way. The accommodations were excellent, the staff was friendly and helpful, the food wonderful and our ranger guide, Appola, was knowledgeable about all of the wildlife and vegetation in the park. I really can’t say one bad thing about our stay here. We saw more animals than I ever imagined and it was a thrill to see them so close,” wrote Pat E on their TripAdvisor page.

AShetty added, “We had the most amazing stay and wildlife safari experience at Mabula. The rooms are beautifully appointed and the cleanliness level, service levels are top class. The property is very well maintained and is very close to the game reserve. We had amazing safari rides with very well trained and experienced rangers. Our Cheetah trail safari which culminated in an amazing sighting will always be one of my most cherished memories. The F&B arrangements are top class. The breakfast & meals buffet are to die for. Remember to take at least a two full day stay to experience this place to the fullest. One doesn’t have to always go to Kruger…”

“Nice place, excellent safari guides and food. A fine place for small groups and couples. Good maintenance in the garden and around the pool. Very friendly and helpful staff. We could have stayed here longer,” said Hanne S.

Mabula Game Lodge is located in Bela Bela, Limpopo. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 14 734 7000 / +27 (0) 11 463 3070 / +27 (0) 11 516 4367; email / or visit them online at Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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