Mabula Game Lodge

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South Africa
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Mabula Game Lodge

At a glance
Located in :
South Africa
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Set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation, Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa’s finest malaria-free private game reserves. Only two hours North of Johannesburg, this 12000-hectare reserve is home to an abundance of animal and bird life, including the ‘Big-5′.


  • Mabula Game lodge is located just two hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the Malaria free Waterberg region
  • Comfortable thatch-roof accommodation with luxury finishings
  • Mabula Game Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a Big 5 safari experience

You should know

  • Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge.
  • Children under 12 years stay for free when sharing with two adults inclusive of accommodation, meals and safaris
  • 12 years and older:  Considered as adults and will be accommodated in their own rooms. The applicable adult rate will apply.
  • All children are permitted on game drives at management discretion, however children under 6 years are not permitted to view the big cats (ie. Lion and Leopard).

The detail

Exuding elegance and understated luxury, an Extraordinary encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits, located just two hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the Malaria free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. Diverse landscapes, including grassland plains and rocky outcrops create the ideal habitat for the free roaming Big Five.

Distinctly African in style, Mabula Game Lodge offers comfortable suites with luxury finishings. The soft neutral bushveld colours are complemented by large windows which allow the African Bushveld indoors.

World class cuisine in a variety of dining venues, combines the enjoyment of rich tantalizing menus with the tranquillity of the bushveld. Numerous activities such as open vehicle safaris, bush walks and horse trails ensure that Mabula is a place where memories are made.

During peak periods such as South African school vacations, Mabula Game Lodge offers a Cubz Club children’s program, that teaches kids all about the African bush and the wildlife.

Game viewing is at its best against a backdrop of rivers, streams and stretches of open vistas. Mammal species include big game such as elephant, lion, white rhino, hippo, leopard and buffalo. African python and the Nile crocodile are also resident in the reserve, as well as 300 bird species.

Price includes

  • Luxury accommodation; all meals and snacks; teas/coffees and soft drinks; selected alcoholic beverages and two game activities per day.
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Rates & Pricing

$ 210 USD
$ 140 USD
$ 210 USD
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Hennie van Niekerk
Everything was excellent. We enjoyed it very much.
Hennie van Niekerk
Excellent. We enjoyed it very much.
Stacey Kasimatis
Everything was perfect. Game drives were spectacular as game ranger assigned to us took us to see the animals we were interested in. Accommodation was spacious and comfortable. Staff were helpful and polite. Food was good and catered for different tastes.
Spent the weekend at the lodge at a wedding. Fantastic setting, rooms well appointed and comfortable.The outstanding service and friendliness of the staff has to be experienced to believe.One of those places you hear about but never get there - make an effort - it is worth every bit!!
The Place is very well made, the ambiance is lovely, we loved the rooms and the decor. The manager Mr. Abhishek was a nice guy and was helpful. The game drive was very nice with our Driver Mr. Okie made it more wonderful. Spotting animals was easy and we found Elephants, Rhino's, Giraffe's, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Pigs, Crocodile, Ostrich etc etc...
We spend a weekend at Mabula game lodge and really enjoyed the fantastic , food , great service as well as the great game drives. It is a very upmarket venue , but also informal enough just to relax and enjoy. The staff are very keen to serve. I would really recommend it.
Mabula is a private Game reserve only 2 hours drive from Gauteng in the Waterberg Mountains. During our stay we spotted 4 of the big five, everything except the Leopards. At least we did come across some cheetah's, Dinner in the Boma was a real African experience with the fires, "Sangoma", and African dancers. Excellent food. The rooms are well equipped with everything needed, Comfortable and big with a big Bath tab and shower. The best of all is the price, excellent value for money The Reptile park and show is worth the visit
We spent 4 days at the lodge and did 6 game drives. The lodge is very pretty, the grounds are great and we had small antelope and baboons right in the back yard of our private hut. The hut had African décor and was very comfortable. The food was average but the calamari and salad bar were very good and my husband enjoyed the wild game on the menu. We spent 6 hours looking for the lions and I was a little surprised that when we finally found them they had on radio collars. I wondered why we didn't just "ping" them. We say 4 of the big five as leopards are always the hardest to find. Our game driver-Josh- was terrific and our night drive was fun. I am still conflicted on how I feel about these private reserves but we had a nice time.
Being only an hour and a half's drive from Pretoria, this was an easy weekend getaway for family and friends. A week would have been better as we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in our timeshare unit, where we saw giraffe, bush pigs, warthogs, nyala, impala, baboons and plenty of birdlife around our chalet. The animals were obviously used to human interaction and came very close. Although they have the big 5 in the reserve, the lions are kept separate and a separate game drive needs to be booked to see them. Game drives are included in your accommodation price, which is great and we had a knowledgable guide who made our game drive worthwhile. (You are not allowed to drive around the reserve in your own vehicle.) Accommodation was comfortable, however the verandah was rather small. Your own private boma made up for this though! We enjoyed the Spa and my daughters went game viewing passed rhino's, zebras, hippo's etc. on horseback. We enjoyed it but would give constructive criticism regarding management, which seemed to not communicate properly between departments. Could be even better if management was not quite so lax. Overall though, we enjoyed it and would return.
From arrival to departure we felt a warm welcome from all staff. The food was excellent and plentiful as was the game spotting. Definitely worth a visit.
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Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
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