Game Drives

Explore the Manyoni Private Game Reserve in a customised open-top 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser, led by a knowledgeable guide. The guide will take you on a 3-4 hour drive through the reserve in search of our renowned wildlife while pointing out the subtleties of the ecosystem around you. Be prepared to get up close with the larger animals as the guide takes you off-road to get the best possible view. Game drives depart early morning and late afternoon when the animals are most active. This gives you the best chance of seeing incredible wildlife interactions – you may even be lucky enough to see a hunt!

Morning Game Drive

The morning departure is usually half an hour before sunrise. with a tea/coffee break allowing guests to stretch their legs and absorb the beauty of the natural surroundings. It’s best to wear a light jacket and layers for cooler summer mornings with a large hat as the day gets warmer. In winter more layers are required as it can get pretty cold, but here too you’ll be peeling off the layers as the day warms up.

Afternoon Game Drive

The evening game drive departs mid-to-late afternoon. The field guide customises each route, depending on what was seen previously and according to the group’s specific interest. The stop at dusk offers guests traditional, South African “sundowners” and a variety of typical South African snacks. It is a special moment to pause and listen to the night sounds with the African sun setting over the pristine bushveld, after which it is time to search for the more elusive, nocturnal creatures of the reserve. There are blankets and ponchos supplied to each guest on the game vehicle in case it rains or gets a bit cold as the day fades.

Morning and evening game drives are optional activities but included in your standard rate.