Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge is in the heart of the vast Balule Nature Reserve which is incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park. This area is home to an array of spectacular wildlife, including the Big Five.
World famous for its abundance of animal, bird and reptile life, we have sighted over 30 mammal species, 220 different kinds of birds and a dazzling variety of reptiles, insects and plants.
The area is typical wooded savannah, with marula, knobthorn and leadwood trees predominant. As the rainfall is generally low, waterholes become focus points, especially in winter. Animals are largely territorial, so we are assured of excellent sightings during our safari activities.
We conduct game drives in especially modified Land Rovers, renowned for their comfort and reliability. As the vehicles are open, you are assured of excellent all-round visibility, as well as the excitement of meeting Africa’s Big Five close up with nothing between you.
Our rangers are well versed in ensuring that you have a thrilling and informative safari.
This 4 star camp is a green oasis is the Bush. There are only six African Rondavels and two Family Lodges, ensuring the luxury of a small and intimate camp. The Lodge is newly renovated and offers a wonderful base for your Safaris.
Each rondavel is twin or double bedded, with en-suite facilities and a marvelous al fresco shower. The Family Lodges have two interleading rooms, one room being a double nd the other a twin & each has it`s own private facilities & an al fresco shower.
Your stay here would probably follow this routine:
Arrive here after an easy drive to a warm welcome and cold drink. Lunch is served on the lawns in the shade of an acacia tree, with a view over a well frequented waterhole.
In the late afternoon, arm yourself with binoculars and cameras and set off with your ranger in an open Land Rover.
Follow bush roads through our reserve, using all of your senses to find the animals. We stop for everything of interest, possibly the spoor of hunting lions or a herd of dazzling zebras.
We stop at a vantage point as the sun goes down and the day turns swiftly to night, to enjoy sundowner drinks and snacks. The flashlights come on as we search for secretive nocturnal creatures, from the sleek genet, the cute bush baby to an unforgettable view of a leopard.
When it gets really dark, your Ranger will take you on a Cosmic Safari, with an in-depth view of the spectacular African night sky. He will point out constellations, regale you with stories of the sky and show you deep sky objects using a powerful telescope.
Back at the Lodge, the campfire is blazing, heralding a romantic dinner in the boma. Dinners are a social affair, with guests mingling with their hosts as they enjoy fireside cuisine with an African influence. Tasty starters are accompanied by our famous pot brood, freshly baked in a cast iron pot nestled in the coals. There is always a poultry dish as well as a traditional meat meal for main course and one of these dishes is always cooked over the fire. Desserts are usually a fruit flamb, prepared with much fanfare as the chef disappears behind a wall of flame! During the warmer summer evenings, we serve candlelit dinners under the stars.
Retire to your comfortable room, with a multitude of memories, to prepare yourself for the excitement of the day ahead.
Your ranger will knock on the door to awaken you to the Bushveld dawn. Coffee, tea and rusks are served in the outdoor lounge. Enjoy the antics of playful vervet monkeys as they too prepare for the day. Set off into the sunrise in the Landrover to find out what has been happening in the dead of night and follow spoor of animals on the move. Your ranger will lead you off on foot too, to discover sights which you would miss from a vehicle. The dawn chorus of birdsong is particularly memorable.
Return to the Lodge for a hearty breakfast, with an abundance of home-made goodies, including our famous Marula Jelly. Relax around the pool for the morning or recline upon a chaise lounge with a view over the waterhole.
A feel at home ambiance will ensure that you have a truly memorable stay with us.
Game drives and foot safaris bring guests up close to the vast array of wildlife that the African Lowveld has to offer.
Specially modified Landrovers are the ultimate "go anywhere" vehicles to track big game through the bush.
Articulate guides take pride in sharing their knowledge and experience, from the ways of the mighty lion to the goings on within a termite mound.
Foot safaris bring one even closer to the rythms of the African bush.
This is a marginal malaria area and prophylactics are recommended.
Bring along binoculars, camera equipment, hats, sun block and insect repellent.
Rondawels - these are African Style huts decorated in an ethnic theme. We have two king bedded units & four twin bedded units;
Family Lodges - two family lodges which comprise 2 rooms - one room is queen bedded & the other twin bedded - ideal for families travelling on safari;
All of our rooms are insect-proofed with screens on the windows & doors. There are overhead fans, personal safes, hairdryers & toiletries. Each room has a WC, basin & al fresco shower.
Superior lodgings, with a private plunge pool, indoor & outdoor
showers, romantic free-standing bath & nothing but unspoilt nature
as a view. Selected romantic dining experiences, a couple’s massage
& preferential game viewing seats with a front row view.
Directions from Johannesburg - 5 hours
Join the N12 towards Witbank.
N12 joins the N4 at Witbank and continue to Belfast.
At Belfast take the R540 to Dullstroom & Lydenburg.
Continue through Lydenburg and towards Ohrigstad along the R36.
Pass through the Abel Erasmus Pass and through the JG Strydom Tunnel towards Hoedspruit along the R527.
At Hoedspruit the R527 will intersect with the R40.
Turn left and travel along the R530 (R40) for 10kms and turn right at the Mohlabetsi signboard.
Enter the manned security gates and travel 7kms and drive straight into the camp, where a warm welcome awaits you.