Mabula Private Game Reserve
Private Bag X1644, Bela Bela (Warmbad), 0480, South Africa
| +27 14 734 0014
Photo by Olivia Balsinger
Mabula Private Game ReserveThe Mabula Private Game Reserve, located just two hours north of South Africa's capital of Johannesburg, intertwines convenience and luxury in the stunning natural landscape of the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.
Guests may choose between a lodge room and a villa -- both of which are decorated with authentic African artifacts and thatched roofs overhead. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, a safe, hairdryer, television and a lavish bathroom with a tub.
The main building of Mabula Private Game Reserve is a short walk away from the lodging units. Guests can feast on a decedent breakfast buffet every morning and stop by the main lodge during the late afternoon for a gourmet tea--or choose to sip white wine by the bonfire pit and watch spirited dancers in the evenings. while taste testing traditional local delicacies. They can opt to take a dip in a 20-meter pool located near the grasses of the bush just beyond or may indulge in relaxing and herbal treatments at the Mabula's spa before they get ready for a day of adventure.
Safaris depart in early morning before dawn and in late afternoon before sunset, during the two optional game drives for the day. Each vehicle game drive lasts approximately two and a half hours. with the expertise a game ranger on hand to assist in plant, animal and bird identification.
Since the property is a private reserve, rangers have more freedom and flexibility to enhance the possibility of spotting wildlife, especially the famous Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros). The ranger and tracker can even lead guests on a bush walk where they can be just feet away from a cheetah at rest.
Added touches of service at the lodge include a morning coffee break, along with evening hors d’oeuvres and a local beer or wine while touring in the bush. Guests also can dine on a gourmet, locally sourced dinner, either in the dining room or under the sprawling African night sky next to the heat of a bonfire. Guests usually opt to spend three to four nights at The Mabula Private Game Reserve.