Isolate yourself and enjoy an African safari adventure at Mabula Game Lodge

Mabula Game Lodge

Intimate and designed for exclusive African safari adventures, at Mabula Game Lodge you can socially distance without the fear of ever encountering crowds.

Set deep in the bush on a 12000ha, malaria-free private game reserve in the Waterberg Mountains of Limpopo, Mabula is one of South Africa’s finest safari destinations.

The lodge is part of the Extraordinary Collection, which means you can expect a wonderful experience over your stay. They have also put in place health protocols for your safety and the safety of their staff.

Besides amazing landscapes – from grassland plains to rocky outcrops, the reserve is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the famous ‘Big 5’.

Whether you are visiting as an individual, family, group or a couple on a romantic holiday, you will leave with many fond memories of your time at Mabula. Read more here…

Accommodation at Mabula Game Lodge

You will find your accommodation at Mabula Game Lodge 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.

Amenities include extra-length beds with percale linen, air-conditioning, safes, hairdryers, bathroom amenities, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee-making stations.

During this time of the pandemic, an escape to Mabula Game Lodge is certainly a way to isolate yourself while enjoying relaxation as well as the sights and sounds of the African bushveld.

The Mabula experience is still designed for families. While two children under the age of 12 can be accommodated on sleeper couches in a Superior Room, there are inter-leading rooms available 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

Among the facilities available for guests at the Mabula Game Lodge is a sparkling pool and clean loungers to relax on with a book.

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.

Mabula Game Lodge also 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.

If you are planning a conference or a special event in the bush, Mabula Game Lodge boasts three fully-equipped, modern conferencing venues. The facilities allow for adequate social distancing. 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 that aims to save this iconic, but endangered species from extinction.

Activities at Bela Bela

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 and guided bush walks.

Other activities include golfing, tennis, archery, paintball, crocodile feeding and snake demonstrations, star gazing, hot air balloon safaris as well as amazing treatments and massages at the Mabula Wellness Spa.

Reviews from previous Mabula Game Lodge guests

“The whole trip was great. Staff were out of this world and super friendly. All facilities were incredibly clean and I felt very safe in terms of the current pandemic. Shout out to my man Liam, the best game ranger Mabula have by far. Incredibly knowledgeable and super passionate about his career. He taught me so much and went out his way to help us see all the animals. Give that guy a promotion!” wrote eawinston on their TripAdvisor page.

violetmakgato; “Really great place with equally great staff that offer the best service. Rooms were perfectly ventilated and clean. Mabula is a little haven tucked away in the mountains. Lovely place, will definitely recommend to family and friends. It’s even better that all this is not too badly priced. Awesome experience.”

“The experience was truly fantastic! The friendliness of the staff, the delicious buffet meals, the beautiful cosy rooms, the adventurous game drives all make this game lodge a must visit!! And given its proximity, this is without a doubt the best game lodge close to Johannesburg. The staff truly go out of their way to make your experience memorable. Thank you Mabula for a wonderful experience! I am definitely returning!” said Compass638808.

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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