3-Day BIG 5 Mabula Game Reserve 2hr Self-Drive Safari

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An Extraordinary encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits you at Mabula Game Lodge, located just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the Malaria Free Waterberg region, making this an ideal location for families.

Overview

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. Your trip includes a two-night stay at Mabula Game Lodge, all meals, two-safaris daily and car hire for the duration of the trip.

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg to Mabula Game Lodge

Your journey begins with collecting your rental vehicle at Johannesburg airport and then continuing with a two and a half hours' drive from to the malaria-free Waterberg region in the Limpopo Province. Mabula Game Lodge offers comfortable thatch-roof accommodation with luxury finishings, with soft neutral bushveld colours throughout and massive windows bringing the African wildlife indoors, guests will experience unprecedented relaxation while enjoying the sights and sounds that Mabula Game Lodge has to offer.

Settle into your room, luxuriously equipped with an en-suite bathroom and endless views of the bush, where the charming sight of warthogs nibbling through the bush can be seen and a delightful chatter of birds can be heard.

In the afternoon you will head out with your guide for a game drive through the reserve in search of wildlife including the Big 5. Expect an uninterrupted game-viewing experience in an untouched African wilderness. Arrive back at the lodge in time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Mabula Game Lodge

Day 2: Activities and Relaxation

An early morning wake up call starts the day, followed by a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee and rusks before setting off on a morning game drive.

The varied habitats on Mabula Private 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 one’s path during your safari at Mabula Game Lodge.

For panoramic views of the beautiful Mabula Private 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 succulent 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.

Mabula offers a phenomenal array of activities including hot air balloon, quad biking, bush walks and horseback safaris, there is always an adventure awaiting.

Later in the afternoon, you will head out on your afternoon game drive, which may continue beyond dusk, and return back to the lodge to enjoy dinner and some reminiscing about the day’s sightings.

Accommodation: Mabula Game Lodge

Day 3: Departure

After one final game drive and a warm heartening breakfast, you bid farewell to the African bush as you depart Mabula Game Reserve and continue with your onward journey back to Johannesburg airport where you will return your rental vehicle and continue on with your own travel arrangements.

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Inclusions

2 nights at Mabula Game Lodge
Car hire from/to Johannesburg
Luxury Accommodation with large windows offering stunning views of the bush
All meals
2x safari activites, daily
All taxes / VAT
All activities at an additional costs

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