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Welcome to an African Wildlife Experience 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.

Safari-Style 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

      It has a very quiet and nice location in a game reserve. The game drives were very informative. I enjoyed the stay and would recommend this lodge in any case. I was ther one night only, but it would be worth to stay there lonfer.

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      We have now been back to Mavela three times and each time has always been a great experience. It is a relaxed friendly lodge that focus on great value for money but still giving a 5 star experience. The food is good leaning towards great...More

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      We enjoyed the hospitality and food of the staff at Mavela Game Lodge and also the knowledge of the rangers that accompanied us during the game drives. It was a special experience that was over fat too soon and that we as a family will...More

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      Stumbled across this game reserve with the help of #Affordable Africa Safaris. Mavela game lodge is beautiful, setting is idyllic, staff are fantastic and very helpful. Theo our guide was highly knowledgeable and a true gent. All food and drink included in price as well...More

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Birding at Mavela

Birding at MavelaDownload The birding big year record holder, Arjan Dwarshuis' article about Mavela Game Lodge and it prolific birdlife. Click on the link to read the full story along with some wonderful photos of the birds encountered while exploring the reserve....

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