Situated in Mabula Private Game Reserve and set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation, the natural design and architecture of Mabula Game Lodge falls softly on the eye as it superbly blends in with the natural surroundings.
An Extraordinary encounter with South Africas bushveld awaits you at Mabula Game Lodge, located just two-and-a-half hours drive from Johannesburg in the Malaria Free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.
Revel in the sheer variety of animal, bird and plant life; the diverse landscapes ranging from grassland plains to rocky outcrops creating an ideal habitat for the free roaming Big Five and all the little creatures that contribute to a magical wildlife experience youll never forget.
Distinctly African in style, Mabula Game Lodge offers comfortable thatch-roof suites with luxury finishings. With soft neutral bushveld colours throughout and massive windows bringing the African wildlife indoors, guests will experience unprecedented comfort while enjoying the sights and sounds that Mabula Game Lodge has to offer. Watch the warthogs nibble their way through the gardens and hear the incessant chatter of happy birds as you relax on your patio, or escape the African heat in your cozy lounge. Soothe your weary muscles in the large stone bath or hop in to the shower for a quick wake-up dip before boarding your morning safari drive. Its your home away from home in the African wilderness.
Room facilities and amenities include:
- Air Conditioning
- Bathroom amenities
- Flat-screen Television
- Tea and coffee-making facilities
Families can share the Mabula experience. 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 2 three quarter beds.
Enjoy your very own private safari experience at the stunning Mabula Villa, ideal for small and intimate groups of close friends or family seeking an exclusive lodge experience on their terms.
Design your own safari break consulting with your safari host to determine your daily schedule of dining times, safari drives and additional activities. You have the freedom to tailor-make your bush experience.
Accommodating up to 10 guests, Mabula Villa comprises six well-appointed, light and airy en-suite bedrooms one double and two twins that can be converted in to doubles each with its access to an outside deck offering spectacular views of the bush.
Wake up to natures wake-up call, the distinct coo of the Cape Turtle Dove, step outside on the deck to admire the Waterberg landscape and enjoy a freshly prepared cup of coffee as you fight off the morning chill.
At night over sundowners relax in the private villa boma; an icy Amarula, warm fire and the hissing sound of cicadas provide great company. Have a barbecue under the stars or a long chat until the wee hours of the night. Its your African bushveld experience to do with as you please.
Mabula Villa comes equipped with its own chef, butler, housekeeper, Villa manager, guide and vehicle offering two safari drives a day. While guests have their own facilities, including a fully stocked bar, barbecue and full satellite TV bouquet, they also have full access to Mabula Game Lodges facilities. Guests can also request in-Villa spa treatments ranging from pedicures to massages, while Spanish and Dutch-speaking rangers are available on request.
The lodge is situated in a Malaria free area. Gate entry fees are applicable.
Children under 12 years of age can be accommodated with parents in the same room (maximum 2). Children 6 11 years are charged the applicable child rates if sharing with two adults. Children 12 years and older are charged full adult rates. The rooms can accommodate a maximum of two adults and 2 children under 12 sharing.
- Swimming Pool
- Whiskey Bar
- Tennis court
- Golf Courses
- Balloon Safaris
The varied habitats on Mabula Game Reserve provide ideal conditions for 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 ones path during your game drive at Mabula Game Lodge.
Safari drives are offered to lodge 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 of 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 Mabula safari drive will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.
300 bird species
Numerous plants, reptile and insect species
Horseback Safaris / Trails
Horseback Safaris offer a different perspective for wildlife viewing. Benefit from the height and mobility offered from being mounted that sets this opportunity aside from other activities.
Experienced Guides ensure that riders are aware of the necessary safety precautions. Long trousers and closed shoes are recommended.
Departure Times Summer: 06h00 | 09h00 | 16h00
Departure Times Winter: 07h00 | 10h00 | 15h00
Length of the trail: 2 hours (1.5 hour on the trail, and a half an hour for induction)
Age restrictions: Below 5 years not permitted
Eco Adventure Trails (Quad Bike Safaris)
Participate in an adventure over interesting trails on a Quad Bike. With the emphasis on safety, guides ensure that participants are wearing the necessary safety gear before exploring the reserve. the safari is undertaken on 250cc Suzuki Quad bikes that can be driven in manual or automatic.
Departure Times Summer: 07h00, 10h00, 15h00 and 17h00
Departure Times Winter: 08h00, 11h00, 14h00 and 16h00
Length of the trail:
Frequency: 1.5 hours (1 hour on the trail, and a half an hour for induction), daily
Age restrictions: Below 5 years not permitted
Tuck in to a delicious impala casserole or an exquisite vegetarian dish. The lodge serves up a staggering array of delicious dishes to tempt your vegetarian or carnivorous palate.
An unbelievable array of salads, breads, roasts, fish and cold meats, not to mention traditional South African desserts will have you lingering at the buffet far longer than it should. You’ll never walk away hungry!
Enjoy a light lunch amidst the call of Grey loeries on the terrace, retire to the lodges main Ko Bojelong restaurant or savor a scrumptious dinner under the stars in the lodge’s traditional boma dining venue accompanied by the rhythmic beat of traditional African dancers.
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 and great company combining to create a unique dining experience.
Choose from one of three special dining venues to make your event exceptional in every way. From traditional African wilderness-themed evening dinners under a 100-year-old Wild Fig tree to weddings at the open-air Shaya Moya offering astounding views over the plain. Small or large, sophisticated or loud, Mabula Game Lodge will create a fuss-free african bush event to exceed your expectations.
47km from Bela Bela,
150km from Pretoria,
190km from OR Tambo International Airport,
212km from Johannesburg (Approximately 2 hours)
Take N1 freeway towards Pretoria. Turn off onto Pietersburg highway. Follow the road to Bela Bela. Take the Bela Bela Settlers off ramp. Turn left at yield sign and proceed for 5kms to T junction turn right into town. Go over bridge and turn left at the garage.
Follow Thabazimbi road. Follow road past the Forever Resorts Aventura down to the traffic circle. At circle turn left on the Thabazimbi Rooiberg road and proceed along for 34kms. Look out for the Mabula trading store. 500m past the store turn right on Rooiberg tarred road. Follow Mabula signs for 11kms to Mabula gate.
Take N1 Freeway towards Pretoria
Turn off onto Pietersburg Highway. Follow the road to Bela Bela.
Take the Bela Bela Settlers Codrington offramp.
Turn left at yeild sign and proceed for 5kms to TJunction - turn right.
Go over bridge and turn left at the garage. Follow Thabazimbi Road.
Follow road past the Forever Resorts Aventura Down to the traffic circle.
At circle turn left onthe Thabazimbi Rooiberg Road and proceed along for 34 kms.
Look out for the "Mabula Trading Store". 500m past the store turn right on Rooiberg Road.
Follow Mabula Signs for 11 kms to Mabula Gate.