Rooiberg Street, Bela-Bela, Limpopo
VENUE WEBSITE (click here): www.extraordinary.co.za
Enjoy an extraordinary encounter with South Africa’s bushveld at Mabula Game Lodge, located just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in Limpopo’s malaria-free Waterberg. Revel in the sheer variety of animal, bird and plant life; the diverse landscapes ranging from grassland plains to rocky outcrops creating an ideal habitat for the free-roaming Big Five and all the little creatures that contribute to a magical wildlife experience you’ll never forget.
Share your sunsets and sunrises in the presence of Africa’s gentle giants drinking at the waterhole. Watch the Red-crested Korhaan woo his mate in a spectacular dive display and the striking Monarch butterfly flutter from bush to bush. Or savor sundowners under a magnificent 100-year-old Wild Fig tree. Your African safari experience is truly guaranteed at Mabula.
While bushbabies will adore Mabula’s amazing array of wildlife, there’s plenty to do for those who aren’t. Spend your days lazing at the pristine lodge pool, unwind at Mabula Spa with a hot-stone massage or hit the dirt tracks on a quad-bike. You’re in control of your bushveld experience.
For conference groups, incentive tours and wedding guests, Mabula Game Lodge offers a memorable time spent with colleagues and loved ones in truly spectacular African surroundings. An array of open-air and safari-style venues, from bomas to conference halls, bushveld braais to dancing on the deck, you can be assured of an unforgettable event.
Listen as the bush comes alive at night and see a thousand stars in the unpolluted Limpopo night sky while enjoying a tasty Indian feast. Then retire to comfortable surroundings in your luxury safari suite ready for an early encounter with the bush, with nothing more than the chirp of crickets and birds lulling you to sleep. Set within an impressive 12 000 hectares of malaria-free Limpopo bushveld, Mabula Game Lodge is located just two-and-a-half-hours’ drive from Johannesburg and a short drive from Bela Bela.
SAFARIS: The varied habitats on Mabula Game Reserve provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five, other predators such as Hyena and Jackal, and a variety of antelope from Red Hartebeest to Eland, Gemsbok to Blesbok. That’s not to mention the elusive cheetah, cheeky honey badger and the omnipresent crèches of warthogs that flit across one’s path during your game drive at Mabula Game Lodge.
Game drives are offered to lodge guests twice a day – once early morning and again in time for sundowners in the late afternoon, and depending on the time of year you visit, each experience can be unique. Watch the vivid change of the seasons as the green thickets and grasslands give way to the bushveld greys and yellows of autumn. Feel the chilly winter air on your cheeks before sunrise and witness the rebirth of the bush as the first summer rains fall and with it the exciting arrival of lambing season.
For panoramic views of the beautiful Mabula Game Reserve, there’s nothing more special than heading up Dicks Hill. See Impala, Zebra, Giraffe, Eland, and Ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains; the herd of elephant crashing through thick bush to get to the juiciest leaves and a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water.
Admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt or watch silently as the beautiful, yet terrifying, Golden Orb spider spins her thick web across two Silver Cluster Leaf trees. A Mabula game drive will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.
LODGE ROOMS: Distinctly African in style, Mabula Game Lodge offers comfortable thatch-roof suites with luxury finishings. With soft neutral bushveld colors throughout and massive windows bringing the African bush indoors, guests will experience unprecedented comfort while enjoying the sights and sounds that Mabula has to offer. Watch the warthogs nibble their way through the gardens and hear the incessant chatter of happy birds as you relax on your patio, or escape the African heat in your cozy lounge. Soothe your weary muscles in the large stone bath or hop into the shower for a quick wake-up dip before boarding your morning game drive. It’s your home away from home in the African bush.
FAMILY ROOMS: Family rooms are available to accommodate parents and children with two bedrooms, one double and the second with two three-quarter beds.
MABULA VILLA'S: Enjoy your very own private safari experience at the stunning Mabula Villa, ideal for small and intimate groups of close friends or family seeking an exclusive lodge experience on their terms. Design your own safari break consulting with your safari host to determine your daily schedule of dining times, game drives and additional activities. You have the freedom to tailor-make your bush experience. Accommodating up to 10 guests, Mabula Villa comprises six well-appointed, light and airy en-suite bedrooms – one double and two twins that can be converted into doubles – each with its access to an outside deck offering spectacular views of the bush. Wake up to nature’s wake-up call, the distinct coo of the Cape Turtle Dove, step outside on the deck to admire the Waterberg landscape and enjoy a freshly prepared cup of coffee as you fight off the morning chill. At night over sundowners relax in the private villa boma; an icy Amarula, a warm fire and the hissing sound of cicadas provide great company. Have a braai under the stars or a long chat until the wee hours of the night. It’s your African bushveld experience to do with as you please. Mabula Villa comes equipped with its own chef, butler, housekeeper, Villa manager, guide and vehicle offers two game drives a day. While guests have their own facilities, including a fully stocked bar, barbecue, and full satellite TV bouquet, they also have full access to Mabula Game Lodge’s facilities. Guests can also request in-Villa spa treatments ranging from pedicures to massages, while Spanish and Dutch-speaking rangers are available on request.
- Ground Hornbill Project
- Conservation leader
- Location near Johannesburg
- Great for conferencing and incentive groups
- Astounding Array of Wildlife
- A diverse range of venues for weddings, functions, and events
- Private Villa Accommodation