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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

      From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we loved Mavela. Greeted with a glass of champagne on the balcony by Sam and Andrew...and then by the elephant herd, we knew it was going to be a special stay. Andrew's guidance and knowledge...More

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      I spent 2 nights at Mavela Game Lodge with a group of friends during my first trip to South Africa. From the moment we stepped through the door of the lodge there was nothing Sam and Andrew couldn’t do for us. Their relaxed nature instantly...More

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      This was by far one of the best experiences of my life. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, kind and energetic. We saw so much on this trip - everything from the "big five" to plenty of other animals and many different types of beautiful birds!...More

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      The tents are great they really allow you to hear the sounds of the bush not just the sights. A small intimate lodge where the food is great and plentiful. The staff very helpful and friendly. The rangers are very knowledgable and Andrew certainly knew...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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