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Classic Safaris

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.

Safaris 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 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.

A Mabula safari will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.

  • 300 bird species
  • 60 mammals
  • Big Five
  • Numerous plants, reptile and insect species

Mabula’s most popular activity is the 2.5-hour standard classic safari.

Conveniently leaving from the lodge and going wherever nature’s call takes you on the 12,000-hectare reserve.

Discuss any preferences with our experienced Rangers, which they will accommodate if nature allows!


November – March
05h30 Wake up and morning tea
06h00 Moring safari Departs
09h00 Return for breakfast
Walking safari – discuss time with ranger
13h30 Lunch
16h00 Afternoon tea
16h30 Afternoon safari departs
19h30 Return from safari
20h00 Dinner

Autumn / Spring

April – mid-May / September – October
05h30 Wake up and morning tea
06h00 Morning safari departs
09h00 Return for breakfast
Walking safari – discuss time with ranger
13h30 Lunch
15h30 Afternoon tea
16h00 Afternoon safari departs
19h00 Return from safari
19h30 Dinner


Mid-May – August
06h00 Wake up and morning tea
06h30 Morning safari departs
09h00 – 09h30 Return for breakfast
Walking safari – discuss time with ranger
13h00 Lunch
15h15 Afternoon tea
15h30 Afternoon safari departs
18h30 Return from safari
19h00 Dinner

Leaving from the Main Lodge, Rangers will accompany you on an experience that introduces you to Nature on an intimate level. Being on foot allows you to witness the detail of both Flora and Fauna on a different scale, often highlighting smaller and less familiar species. Rangers are specifically qualified to undertake walking safaris and are well equipped to ensure safety.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and khaki coloured clothing to blend in with the natural environment. Bright colours are not permitted.

This activity is at an additional cost.

  • Departure time: 05h30 (summer) – 06h30 (winter)
  • Minimum Guests: 02 (without backup)
  • Maximum Guests: 04 (without back up)
  • Maximum Guests: 08 (including back up)
  • Age restrictions: Below 16 years not permitted

Join our skilled Rangers to experience our amazing nightlife under star-filled African skies.

This activity is at an additional cost.

  • Departure time: 20h00 (summer) – 19h30 (winter)
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Age restrictions: Children are permitted on safari at management discretion. Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted to view the big cats on any of the safaris.