Authentic Safari-Style Luxury Tented Camp in a Private Big Five Reserve

Experience a true African safari in this unfenced, family-owned luxury tented camp overlooking the valley of a world-class private reserve.

Experience a True African Wildlife Safari Escape


Let your senses blend into nature when you stay in our luxury tented accommodation. Mavela Game Lodge hosts seven luxury, en suite safari-style tents each designed for a truly luxurious safari escape with a private deck looking over the surrounding bushveld.


Enjoy early morning coffee and rusks before your morning game drive, a full English and continental breakfast to settle you into an afternoon siesta. You’ll then be served a light lunch before your afternoon game drive which welcomes you back to a 3-course dinner, it’s a feast for your soul. Included in your rate are all alcoholic drinks and good quality wines.


Mavela Game Lodge is located in the heart of the Big Five KwaZulu-Natal Wilderness. Situated overlooking the magnificent scenery in the 23,000 hectares of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, in the Mkuze Valley Lowveld of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


The Manyoni Private Game 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 & Black & White Rhino).


The Manyoni Private Game Reserve is renowned for its exceptional birding opportunities. Tick off your lifer list with over 420 bird species that have been recorded on the property. Whether you’re on a game drive or watching from your private deck, it’s a birders bucket list.


Mavela Game Lodge is an open-plan, two-story thatched welcome area with lounging spots, an upstairs “ help yourself” bar and spacious dining facilities. These all lead out to a generous pool and large wooden veranda looking onto a small watering hole and vast views of the African bushveld.

Luxury Safari-Style Tented Camp

An authentic safari getaway

Our guests can unwind and make themselves at home in one of our seven, luxury safari-style tents. Each luxury tent is tastefully decorated complete with aircon, standing fans and luxurious, eco-friendly Afri-Earth amenities and crisp white linen on either single or king beds. There is an en-suite bathroom and shower plus an intimate outdoor shower that faces the views of the bushveld. Unwind on a large private deck looking out at the beautiful views with comfortable deck chairs and a birdbath in front of each tent, which birding enthusiasts can enjoy ticking off their lifers from the comfort of their veranda. The entire camp is unfenced where guests will be escorted back to their rooms after dinner. At Mavela Game Lodge you’ll feel the intimate safari lodge experience in a unique part of the African bush.

Guest Experiences

We had an unforgettable experience at Mavela Lodge. I've traveled all over Africa for birding and mammalwatching and Mavela definitely ranks as one of the best. In addition to this the staff, the service and the food was top quality. I love the fact that the property is unfenced. We had Lions right in front of, I've never experienced anything like it, awesome! I will definitely come back and I can highly recommend Mavela!

Fantastic few days here. Tent was great and situated in a great location. The manager, Dan, went out of his way to make our stay wonderful. All staff were great with a special mention for Theo our game driver whose knowledge about everything was awesome. We also met the owner, his wife and their friends who all made us very welcome. We even saw all big 5 on one drive!

We enjoyed our stay very much, in particular the game drives. Moreover, the food was excellent and the staff was always very friendly and helpful. If we come again to South Africa, we will definitely stay again at Mavela Lodge.

With only 5 tents your stay at Mavela will be intimate with exceptional friendly service, knowledgable guides, and up close encounters with wildlife. I will treasure this bush experience for years to come!