Only 2.5 hours drive north of Johannesburg lies Mabula Game Lodge. This 12,000 hectare private reserve is malaria-free, and home to an abundance of wildlife and birds, including the world famous Big 5.
Morning and evening game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles are daily highlights and included in your rate. See impala, zebra, giraffe, eland and ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains, listen out for the elephants crashing through the thick bush to get to the juiciest leaves, spot a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water, or admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt.
For the wild-at-heart seeker of a true bush adventure (and at an additional cost), nothing could compare with the excitement and thrill of big game viewing on horseback or on a quadbike, or going on an informative bush walk guided by a highly professional and experienced game ranger.
Two swimming pools, a volleyball court and action cricket are just some of the other facilities available to guests. Guests are also able to indulge in spa treatments at the on-site Spa.
The 45 Standard Rooms and 3 Suites boast a look that is clean, simple, and elegant and follows an African flavour. Natural bold colours enhance the ethnic feel throughout the lodge. Some of the Standard Rooms are interleading, and others have a sleeper couch, making sure that families can also enjoy the Mabula 'experience'. There is also the Mabula Villa, which sleeps up to 10 guests, so is ideal for a small group of close friends or family seeking an exclusive lodge experience.
The lodge has a main restaurant serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, or you can eat 'al fresco' on the terrace, surrounded by the sounds of the birds. There is also the opportunity to dine under the breathtakingly starry sky in the boma (weather permitting) usually every 2nd or 3rd night, accompanied by traditional Tswana dancing while you tuck into tasty South African and Indian cuisine.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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All meals and 2 game drives per day are included. Other activities are an additional cost. PLEASE NOTE: For self-drive visitors, there is a Conservation fee of R202 per vehicle to enter the reserve (in cash).
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 are permitted on safaris at managment discretion, however they are not permitted to view the big cats (ie lion/leopard) for safety reasons.
Imagine roasting marshmallows over a boma fire under the Milky Way, learning to track the Big Five, the Small Five and the Ugly Five, or spending the afternoon outdoors enjoying all the 'old school' games that parents loved to play.
Mabula Game Lodge offers a host of kid-friendly activities in the bush, while good old fashioned activities around the lodge such as bingo, tug of war, pool competitions, sack races, egg and spoon races and coin diving all make sure that kids go to bed tired, happy and sun-kissed every evening.
The team at Mabula has curated a very special selection of activities just for the kids. Think dazzling stargazing drives; a Junior Guide Academy where kids are taught how to track spoor, identify bird calling sounds and learn the uses of trees and plants; and a Kiddies Birding Safari with a qualified guide.
The family can also have hours of fun at the Wild Playzone. Enjoy some healthy competition with an action soccer game, cricket, netball or basketball.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Mabula Game Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.
Sun City and Safari
Soho Hotel and Casino
Mabula Game Lodge
Destination: South Africa.
This 7 night holiday combines the best of both worlds for any family looking for a quick get away for some fun in the sun - there is time to let your hair down and relax at Sun City, followed by the thrill of a malaria-free African Big 5 safari - either on a game vehicle or on horseback!
This is a 7 night itinerary including Sun City and The Waterberg.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Mabula Game Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg: Take the N1 northwards towards Pretoria/Polokwane. Continue past Pretoria, and take the Bela Bela/Settlers off ramp (Exit 238). Turn left at Stop sign and proceed for approximately 5 km to the T–Junction where you turn right into town.
Go over the bridge and turn left at the garage. Follow the Thabazimbi Road (R516) to the roundabout. At the rounabout turn left onto the Thabazimbi Rooiberg Road and proceed along for 36 km.
Turn right on the Rooiberg Road (tarred road - D2533). Follow the Mabula signs for 11 km to the Mabula Gate.
Self-drive guests are required to pay a Conservation fee of ZAR 202 per vehicle to enter the reserve (in cash).
Follow the signs to the lodge. Whilst driving within the Mabula Game Reserve, please adhere to the legal speed limit of 30 km per hour.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE WRITTEN DIRECTIONS AS THE GPS DIRECTIONS CAN BE MISLEADING.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with either a bath or shower in standard rooms, LCD flat-screen television, telephone, hair dryer, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
The suites are more spacious with bath and separate shower and are situated on an upper level with access by stairs only.
The rooms can also be adapted to fit in 2 children under the age of 12 on sleeper couches. There are also a number of inter-leading rooms where children can share a room with 2 three-quarter beds.
The Mabula Villa comprises of 6 well appointed en-suite bedrooms each with access to an outside deck. It comes fully equipped with its own chef, butler, housekeeper, villa manager, guide and vehicle including fully stocked bar, barbecue and full satellite TV bouquet. Guest at the Villa also have full access to the main lodge facilities.
For culinary connoisseurs, Mabula has much to offer and the lodge is renowned for its variety of beautiful and unusual dining venues. The main restaurant boasts a varied menu and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For the romantic at heart, Mabula offers a candle-lit boma dinner in the thatched boma, under a clear star-filled African sky, accompanied by the rhythmic repertoire of traditional African dancers. Boma dinners are weather permitting and are every 2nd or 3rd nights only.
The lodge has 24-hour security, secure parking, kiddies club, pool, spa, outdoor cocktail bar and Whiskey bar. There are 2 tennis courts and tennis equipment (racquets and balls) is freely available from reception.
Laundry and babysitting services are available at an additional cost.
Credit cards are accepted.
Other activities include horse riding and quad bike safaris (additional cost and bookable at Reception). Horseback safaris offer a different perspective for wildlife viewing. Experienced guides ensure that riders are aware of the necessary safety precautions. Long trousers and closed shoes are recommended. For the quad biking, guides ensure that participants are wearing the necessary safety gear before exploring the reserve. The safari is undertaken on 250cc Suzuki quad bikes that can be driven in manual or automatic. Please note that children below 5 years of age are not permitted on either activity.
If you are looking for a unique game viewing experience, then you will be sure not to pass up the opportunity of viewing the Big Five from a hot air balloon. Further details and rates available on request. The balloon crew, consisting of the pilot and 2 crew members, will arrive at the lodge the evening prior to the flight, and brief you on the following morning’s balloon safari. The flight lasts approximately 1 hour, starting at 06:00 at a suitable area selected on the reserve - the latter depending on the flight direction and meteorological conditions of the day. The rangers will transfer you back to the lodge in time for breakfast.
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