Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp is designed to reflect Hemingways Africa.
There are 15 tents which are nestled in a Tamboti grove overlooking a dry river bed. Our reception area is comprised of a large sitting area, an outdoor area with a splash pool & sun loungers, a bar and an extensive climate controlled wine cellar.
Game visiting the nearby watering hole can be seen from the swimming pool deck which adjoins the reception area.
The tents at Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp are furnished with king size beds (we can convert these to twins should this be required), mosquito nets and soft leather couches. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a sunken concrete bath, double shower, his & hers basins and a separate toilet.
The tents are each set on a wooden platform that has 5 steps leading up to the tent. There is soft lighting within the tent and we do provide mosquito repellent for our guests.
Due to the layout and terrain of Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp, we only accommodate children over the age of 12 years.
Honeyguide Mantobeni Accommodation:
Mantobeni Camp is more of a remote bush camp, set in a grove of tamboti trees. Its free-standing bedroom tents are set on wooden platforms, with roll-up walls and a run-around terrace, making for a very up and close-to-nature feel. The nearby waterhole means you can often see Elephants from your room at the nearby waterhole. Leather sofas, a single standing lamp and a stone-built bathtub create a pioneering, colonial atmosphere. The main building, on the other hand, is a decidedly modernist and boxy affair, with earth-coloured walls and columns built around the teak-decked dining area and the narrow pool.
Features include: Fan, Mosquito net, Terrace/balcony (private), reading material, bottled water and homely comforts.
Honeyguide Mantobeni Meals:
The food is a highlight. At both camps its a communal affair, usually served outdoors at a long table, with log fires and torches to create a really authentic bush feel. Simple homemade dishes, using predominantly local produce, are plentiful and exquisitely presented. N.B. Special arrangements can be made for in-room dining or a private bush dinner.
The day starts with tea or coffee and rusks served in bed and heralded by Honeyguides famous dawn drumbeat before the early morning safari drive. On your return a scrumptious breakfast follows with a choice of cereals, fruit and a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is a light 3-course meal, served around 2pm. Dinner comes quite late after a sunset game drive. Its another magnificent 3-course affair served either in the boma (fenced-in campfire) accompanied by the fascinating and seductive sounds of the African night or a buffet in the main dining area on certain nights. Our chefs are well trained and able to cater for meal preferences. There is a well-stocked bar with an excellent wine selection, stored in a temperature-controlled cellar.
Features include: All meals included, selected drinks and game drive snacks.
Honeyguide Mantobeni Activities:
Guests are taken on game drives in open game viewing vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon/evening. Late afternoon and evening drives include sunset drinks, views over the Mohwareng Hills, and glimpses of nocturnal creatures. Larger game frequently sighted in the reserve includes elephant, rhino, lion and hippo. In between meals and drives, watch the game and birdlife pass by while relaxing by the pool or take a walking safari through the deep bush, accompanied by an experienced, armed ranger; it can be hot work, but its very exciting seeing the animals from a vehicle just doesnt seem to compare. Group tours are available to the nearby village of Welverdiend, where guests will learn about the relationship between traditional and contemporary living.
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Bird watching from a newly built hide opposite a watering hole
- Hiking and walking safaris
- Plant life/flora and footprint tracking
- Private guided tours
- Safaris in a private conservancy or into the neighbouring Kruger National Park
- Wildlife photography
When to go to Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp:
The camp is open to visitors all year. Game viewing is at its best the dry Winter (May-October) as animals congregate around water holes and the lack of foliage and grasses gives you a clearer view. But it does get cold at night and during the morning game drive, so pack accordingly. For bird watching, summer (December-March) is best: the rivers are full, the bushveld is lush, and there is no shortage of materials for food, nesting and hiding. This is prime holiday season in South Africa, but it can get seriously hot. Autumn (April-May) is also good for birding but probably the worst months for bigger game. In spring (November-December) you can spot lots of new-borns.
Rooms and Units Available:
The tents are comfortably furnished with king-sized beds and soft leather couches. Each tent leads onto its own bathroom with concrete bath, double shower and separate toilet.
Amount of similar units: 12
Sleeps 2 Adults
Facilities & Services available:
Airport Shuttle Service
Special Meals on Request
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Xhosa / Zulu
Tswana / Sotho
Hiking / Walking Trails
CANCELLATION POLICY – based on the total value of the bookingFIT’s cancellation charge45 – 30 days prior to arrival: 25% cancellation fee29 – 15 days prior to arrival: 75% cancellation fee14 – 1 day prior to arrival: 100% cancellation feeAll no shows whether FIT or Group will be charged 100% cancellation feesAdministrative Cancellation Fee of R200 to be charged after confirming the booking received.
GROUPS (12 or more pax) cancellation charge60 – 45 days prior to arrival: 25% cancellation fee44 – 30 days prior to arrival: 50% cancellation fee29 – 1 day prior to arrival: 100% cancellation feeAll no shows whether FIT or Group will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
Manyeleti reserve gate fees:
(The rates are subject to change)
Each guest will be charged an entrance fee
Adults - R20.00 per person
Children (6yr-12yr) - R10.00 per person
There is also an additional charge per vehicle:
Car - R20.00
Minibus - R30.00
Manyeleti reserve gate times:
November to March: opens at 05h30 and closes at 18h30
April to June: opens at 06h30 and closes at 17h30
July to October: opens at 06h30 and closes at 18h00
From Johannesburg or Pretoria
Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp is easily accessed by a good tar road from Johannesburg or Pretoria and will take approximately 6 hours.
From Johannesburg, continue on the N12 East in the direction of Witbank.
From Pretoria, continue on the N4 East in the direction of Witbank.
- Continue past Witbank towards Belfast
- Exit the N4 at the Belfast intersection, enter the town and turn right at the second stop sign in the direction of Dullstroom (R540)
- Pass through Dullstroom towards Mashishing (Lydenburg)
- At Mashishing the R540 becomes the R36
- Continue on the R36 for 52km towards Orighstad
- Pass through Orighstad on the R36 and continue towards the Abel Erasmus Pass
- Shortly after crossing the Blyde River, turn right in the direction of Orpen/Swadini (R531)
- Approximately 10km further, do not take the right turn to Swadini but continue straight in the direction of Klaserie. Ignore the turnoff to Hoedspruit.
- Continue past Klaserie, and turn left at the Orpen signpost and continue until you see the Manyeleti Reserve sign (approximately 36km)
- Pass the South African Wildlife College on your left and just further on you will see the Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp sign, turn right to enter the reserve.
- Proceed on for 200m to the Manyeleti entrance gate where a nominal entrance fee is payable.
- If you miss the turnoff to the Manyeleti reserve you will arrive at the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park some 4kms further. You will need to turn around and find the Manyeleti reserve entrance on the left hand side as you head back.
Once in the reserve follow the Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp signs to the camp, approximately 5km down a sand road.
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