Set within an impressive 12 000 hectares of malaria-free Limpopo bushveld, Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp
is located 15 minutes’ drive from Mabula Game Lodge, just two-and-a-half-hours’ drive from Johannesburg and a short drive from Bela Bela.Highlights at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp:
- Five luxuriously appointed elevated tents with a full bathroom and private deck overlooking the bush
- Authentic South African bush cuisine
- Authentic, unpretentious, homely bush environment
- Access to all activities and facilities at Mabula Game Lodge, including Mabula Spa
- Only two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg
- Malaria-Free Area
- Waterberg AreaAccommodation at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp
Kwafubesi’s luxuriously appointed tents, which have the Big Five as their namesake, are raised on platforms each with its own private deck where you can enjoy a romantic private dinner for two or picnic breakfast.
Discreetly tucked away in the surrounding bushveld to ensure guests’ absolute privacy, the comfortable furnishings, African décor and full bathroom, including shower, large stone bath and stunning views, provide a welcome sanctuary from the heat of the bush.
Gaze at the blazing bright starry Limpopo sky, and drift asleep to the cacophony of frogs and insects. Awake to the early morning cooing of the Cape Turtle Dove, then step outside on the deck to admire the Waterberg landscape.
Nature lovers will revel from the unrivalled closeness with the Waterberg’s beautiful bush surroundings.Children Policy:
Children 13 years and older are permitted at the lodge and occupy their own room at full rate.Facilities at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp:
Cool off in Kwafubesi’s crystal clear splash pool, relax on the pool loungers reading a book or enjoy a refreshing cocktail flopped comfortably in the open lounge area offering spectacular views of the bush.
In need of a bit of pampering? Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp guests can enjoy a massage or range of beauty treatments at the Mabula Spa. Feel all your tensions melt away as the qualified therapists from Mabula Spa work their massage magic. From Swedish to Aromatherapy, Hot Stone to Fusion massages, there’s an array of relaxing treatments to revitalise body and mind.
Additional facilities can be found at the neighbouring Mabula Game Lodge including a full spa, a superette, curio shop and tennis courts.Dining at Kwafubesi:
Small and intimate dining experiences are what you can expect at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp. Indulge in Chef Stefan’s signature South African bush cuisine prepared with hearty doses of passion and creativity. From bushveld tapas to an authentic South African braai (barbecue), all dietary requirements and demands are catered for with ease.
The informal ambiance of Kwafubesi mimics that which you would find at home. Breakfast on the deck in the sunshine of the African bushveld or enjoy a magical dinner in the traditional boma with only the starry sky and blazing fire to keep you company.Camp Experiences at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp:Horseback Safaris
Experience the African bush with our horseback safaris. Our qualified horse trail guides will take you out on our 10,000 hectare reserve where you can experience our animals up close and personal.
Our guides will go through all the safety aspects of the trail and will show you all the tricks to be a good rider. It is requested for you to wear long trousers and closed shoes due to the terrain covered by the horse trail.
Summer: 06h00 – 09h00 – 16h00
Winter: 07h00 – 10h00 – 15h00
Frequency: Tuesday and Thursday.
Age restrictions: Below 3 years not permitted
Length of the trail: 2 hours
(1.5 hour on the trail, and a half an hour to transfer to the stables and going through all the safety procedures)Guided Bush Walks
This 2.5 hour activity leaves from the Main lodge. Our guides will take you on a walk around our 10,000 hectare reserve, where they will be focusing on our fauna and flora and some of our big 5 animals (excluding lions). Our guides will be equipped with the necessary equipment (rifle, water, first aid kit).
Wear comfortable walking shoes and khaki coloured clothing so you can blend in with the natural environment. No bright colours are allowed.
Departure time: 05h30 (Summer) – 06h30 (Winter)
Minimum Guests: 02 (without back up)
Maximum Guests: 04 (without back up)
Maximum Guests: 08 (including back up)
Age restrictions: Below 16 years not permittedEco Adventure Trails (Quad Bike Safaris)
Experience the African bush with our quad bike safari. Our qualified guides will take you out on our 10,000 hectare game reserve where you will experience the smaller things found in the bush. Our guides will go through all the safety aspects of the trail. The quad bike trail is a 1.5 hour trail where you spend a half hour on transfers and safety procedures and 1 hour in the bush. We supply the safety gear (helmets) for your trail. Our quad bikes are semi-automatic 250 cc Suzuki bikes, you can either drive manually or in automatic gear.
Summer: 07h00 – 10h00 – 15h00 – 17h00
Winter: 08h00 – 11h00 – 14h00 – 16h00
Age restrictions: Below 3 years not permittedGuided Star Gazing
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 our Guides. This activity is at an additional cost and is not included in the stay package.
Departure time: 20h00 (Summer) – 19h30 (Winter)
Age restrictions: Below 3 years not permitted
Frequency: Tuesday and Thursday.Safari Experience at Kwafubesi
Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp is located in the heart of the spectacular Mabula Game Reserve, home to 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 game drive at Kwafubesi.
Game drives are offered to Kwafubesi 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 across the beautiful Mabula 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 juiciest 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 Kwafubesi game drive will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.
I highly recommend Kwafubesi. The tents are large and comfortable although a bit noisy in a storm. The food is generally good although there is not always a choice of main meal. Being able to select an evening meal at breakfast time from a choice of two or three of those available at the main Mabula restaurant would have been appreciated. There is much more choice there and you can eat there instead if you want to. The game drives are excellent; Andrew our ranger was very knowledgeable and we saw a wide range of animals, some of which wander around the camp from time to time. The pool is nice but quite small, but again you can use the large one at Mabula Lodge for proper swimming.
Very quite place, gives you a bit of an original Africa safari feeling, good food, knoweledgable and kind rangers, we saw lots of game I recommend the place
We had a wonderfull time, thank you so much for the friendly and proffesional services for going out of your way to make our weekend spescial.