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To a world of luxury and experiences you will never forget


Accommodation at Mavela Game Lodge is in five luxury, en suite safari-style tents. Each room has a private deck with beautiful views over the surrounding bushveld.


Early morning coffee and rusks (pre-drive), full English and continental breakfast, Light lunch (pre afternoon drive) and a 3-course dinner. All drinks including good quality South African wines are included.


We are located in the 23,000 hectare Manyoni Private Game Reserve, in the Mkuze Valley Lowveld in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.


The Reserve is home to over 70 mammal species including Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Giraffe, Kudu, Nyala, Wildebeest, Zebra and the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant & Rhino).


The game reserve is renowned for its exceptional birding opportunities with over 400 species recorded on the property.


The Lodge comprises of an open-plan, two story thatched welcome area that has a lounge, bar and dining facilities leading out to the pool and wooden veranda.

Luxury Tented Accommodation

Get closer to the outdoors in style

Accommodation is in five luxury, safari-style tents with en suite shower facilities, a private deck with beautiful views over the surrounding bushveld. With comfortable deck chairs and a birdbath in front of each tent, birding enthusiasts can enjoy the bird life with ease from their rooms. Crisp white linen is used on either king or single beds, the tents have been tastefully decorated complete with ceiling fans and luxurious Charlotte Rhys amenities. The camp is unfenced and guests are escorted back to their rooms after dinner. Mavela Game Lodge offers an intimate safari lodge experience in a unique part of the African bush.

Guest Experiences

      If you want a comfortable stay at a game lodge that has all the basics but not the unnecessary trimmings (that you would pay for) then Mavela is the place for you. The 'tent' is great with a massive, comfortable bed and good ablution facilities....More

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      This is a magic little haven and we are thrilled to have had Brad as our guide. On arrival, we were raced into our first game drive and thank goodness for that! We were taken to a mother cheetah with her five 5-month old cubs,...More

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      We had a wonderful three days at Marvela...we were treated like members of the family; the hospitality was exceptional and the food great. We had a wonderful tent overlooking the valley and near the new water hole, so saw several animals there. Nico is the...More

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      I was wanting time out in the bush. I love bird and game-watching, so hoped for variety and numbers in both. I was blown away! Brad and Chantelle were wonderful hosts. Warm, welcoming, and Brad is a fabulous bird guide: knowledgeable, very unassuming, and just...More

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Twitcher’s Treat

On arrival at Mavela, I was struck by the cheerful birdsong in and around the camp. What a "nature's welcome"! The region has recorded over 400 species but it was only after subsequent visits that I learned of this "Twitcher's Treat". LEARNING TO BIRD? For a novice...

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