Mavela Game Lodge expands its luxury safari-tent offering, announces special until November!

Mavela Game Lodge

Exciting news; Mavela Game Lodge, which provides unforgettable safari experiences on the 23 000ha, Big 5 Manyoni Private Game Reserve near Mkuze, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, in July unveiled new luxury safari-style tents.

The project to expand Mavela’s offering took over a year and a half of planning, designing and building.

These new, stylish safari-tents come with added features such as an indoor lounge area, mini bar, large private balcony with stunning views of the surrounding landscape as well as outdoor showers with double shower heads and custom-built walk-in closets.

As a celebration of their re-opening, Mavela also announced a 20% special running until the end of November this year to allow you the opportunity to enjoy their new units at the old rate.

Accommodation at Mavela Game Lodge

Mavela Game Lodge now has seven luxury tented rooms, accommodating two people in each one.

It may be in the bush, but these tents offer the same comforts you will expect at an exclusive establishment including large, private balconies with stunning views of the surrounding bushveld; outdoor showers, with double shower heads; fully-stocked mini bars; air-conditioning; coffee & tea facilities; walk-in closets; and indoor lounges.

All the tents have been decorated with bespoke furniture sourced by Tarryn Flanagan Interiors. You will find that everything has been carefully selected for unforgettable safari experiences.

You can make an online booking HERE. See their rates and specials HERE and HERE!

Read more about Mavela HERE.

Facilities at Mavela Game Lodge

Facilities at the lodge include a refreshing swimming pool, a library with several good books, an upstairs viewing deck where you can watch the local wildlife come to drink from the lodge’s waterhole.

There is an upstairs bar for self-service throughout the day. As the sun sets, the boma or outdoor fireplace is the place to be. Here, sumptuous three-course dinners are served with your favourite wines under a star-studded night sky.

Activities at the Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Your stay at Mavela Game Lodge will be filled with many activities and memories of your time in the African bushveld. Because the lodge is unfenced, you will often wake up to find animals grazing on your doorstep.

Still you will want join their morning or evening game drives to fully immerse yourself in the bush and meet its inhabitants. For the true thrill-seeker though, their specialized walking safaris conducted by highly-trained trail guides are not to be missed!

They also do Photographic Safaris and Birding Safaris. If you are lucky, you might join their wildlife management team on a unique rhino dehorning experience.

Reviews from previous Mavela Game Lodge guests

“We had such an amazing stay at Mavela. The staff were super friendly, welcoming, helpful, and knowledgeable. The personal touches that we experienced will not be forgotten. If we were able to give you 6 stars, we would!! Unbelievable!” wrote jonathanvdbergh on their TripAdvisor page.

carlaN6306KQ added; “We stayed at Mavela Lodge for two nights – it truly is a little piece of paradise. The staff are so accommodating and friendly. The food was fantastic and game drives superb. I would highly recommend it to any bush loving person.”

Mavela Game Lodge is located at the Manyoni Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 72 347 6438 / +27 (0) 35 940 0996; email or visit them online at Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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