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Mabula Game Lodge
Tel: +27 (0) 14 734 7000
Fax: +27 (0) 14 734 0001

Lionesses resting in the shade.
Looking upon the horizon for wildlife to appear.


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 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 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

Day and Night open 4 x 4 Safaris

Mabula’s most popular activity is the 2.5 hour standard 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 Guides, which they will accommodate, if nature allows!

Winter Safari Times:  Apr – Sep

  • 06h30: Morning safari departs
  • 09h00 – 09h30: Morning safari returns
  • 15h30: Afternoon safari departs
  • 18h15: Afternoon safari returns

Summer Safari Times:  Oct – Mar

  • 05h30: Morning safari departs
  • 08h00: Morning safari returns
  • 16h30: Afternoon safari departs
  • 19h00: Afternoon safari returns

Guided Safari Walks

Leaving from the Main Lodge, Guides 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. Guides are specifically qualified to undertake walking safaris and are well equipped to ensure safety.

Wear comfortable walking shows 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

Night Safaris

Experience our amazing night life under star filled African skies, with our skilled Guides.

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 game drive at management discretion. Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted to view the big cats on any of the safaris.