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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

      The Mavela Game lodge is at a very special location in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve. The (all inclusive) lodge en the five tents (no fences) are overviewing a beautiful valley, where African wildlife is passing as close as possible can be. 3 Cheetas were...More

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      We booked in for a two night midweek getaway. The drive up from Durban was effortless. From the minute we checked in our stay was tranquil, informative and entertaining. We had morning and evening game drives, fantastic meals and incredibly comfortable accomodation. We stayed in...More

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      This was our 4th visit to magic mavela as we simply love this game lodge which is at times difficult to put into words but once you experience it you will know - a big 5 lodge with super service, relaxing, comfortable and down to...More

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      Our experience at Mavela was one to be remembered fondly. Sam, Annie and Andrew made our stay at Mavela unforgettable, there is an extraordinary balance between privacy and togetherness, a homely feel in a luxury lodge with thoughtful and attentive hosts. To celebrate our honeymoon,...More

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Safe As A House

We often get asked if guests are safe in their tents at night when it comes to “the big 5”. The answer is yes – as safe as houses; here’s why: Firstly the tent itself: When animals look at a tent they don’t see a thin canvas skin with “food” inside it. Animals view...

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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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