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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

      We had an incredible time at Mavela Game Lodge! A perfect spot to go and relax and see some of Africa's wildlife. The food was great and the game drives were incredible. Our guides were impressively knowledgeable with a good sense of humour and really...More

    thumb Lisa F

      A great place, not zoo like! Game drive in open vehicle, stop for drinks and snack just marvelous. All big 5 available, you must be lucky... Pool, great glamping lodge close to the animals with super facilities, lovely staff.

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      We stayed on a special package for birders and were grateful for that. Overall very pleasant. and most impressed with the efforts of everyone to show us the pipit. Meals were a bit skimpy and nothing special. Rooms (tents) could do with tea/coffee facilities and...More

    thumb Tisha G

      Golden Pipit twitchers. All amenities and service levels good hope to return for the birds, and game.Liked the smalness of the lodge and the passion of the young managers. Only issue was parking area distance from tented units.

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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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