Mabula Game Lodge

  • 4 star
  • All Children
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • 47
  • Includes 2
  • All Meals
  • Yes
  • Set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation, Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa's finest private game reserves.

  • Two hours North of Johannesburg, this 12 000 ha reserve is home to an abundance of wild life, including the 'Big-5'.

  • - 212km from Johannesburg (Approximately 2 hours)
    - 190km from OR Tambo International Airport and 150km from Pretoria
    - 47km from Bela Bela

About Mabula Game Lodge

Distinctly African in style, Mabula Game Lodge offers comfortable thatch-roof suites with luxury finishings. With soft neutral bushveld colours throughout and massive windows bringing the African wildlife indoors, guests will experience unprecedented comfort while enjoying the sights and sounds that Mabula Game Lodge 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 in to the shower for a quick wake-up dip before boarding your morning safari drive

Staying at Mabula Game Lodge

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.

Safari 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.

300 bird species
60 mammals
Big Five
Numerous plants, reptile and insect species

Room Types

Standard Room at Mabula Game Lodge

Standard Room

R 1 880

Mabula Standard room

Room Features

Room Features


Mabula Balloon Safari

Rates for 4 – 5 pax

Max Guests:
5 persons
per person sharingR 8 380

Includes 2 nights accommodation at Mabula, all meals, two afternoon game drives, one morning game drive and one Hot Air Balloon Safari

Rates for 6 – 11 pax

Max Guests:
11 persons
per person sharingR 7 850

Includes 2 nights accommodation at Mabula game Lodge, all meals, two afternoon game drives, one morning game drive and one Hot Air Balloon Safari

Day 1:

Arrival at Mabula Game Lodge in time to enjoy lunch, check in and relax before your afternoon safari. Dinner followed by a briefing by the Balloon Crew.

Day 2:

Early morning wake-up call and depart with your ranger to the launch site.
The flight will last about 45 minutes, starting in the reserve to fly over game, but may land outside the reserve, depending on the flight direction and meteorological conditions. Traditionally, champagne will be served either “in-flight” or on landing.

Certificates of bravery will be awarded with due ceremony.
The rest of the day can be enjoyed relaxing at the pool or pamper yourself at the Mabula Spa. Lunch is served and tea / coffee is available at the reception area prior to departing for your afternoon safari. Boma dinner, weather permitting.

Day 3:

Morning safari, breakfast and check-out

Important Information for the flight:

Wear warm but layered clothing, shoes fit for the country (no high heels) and a hat

Your camera, video camera, binoculars and spare film, or batteries.

Physical Fitness:
Participants should be nimble enough to climb in and out of the basket, be able to stand for the duration of the flight and jump unassisted for a height of 60cm.

Terms and conditions:
Children and single rates are available on request.
Children under the age of 8 years permitted on the Balloon Safari at management discretion.
Rates exclude transfers, gate entry fees, beverages and items of a personal nature.
Minimum of 4 guests are required for a flight departure, the Balloon Safari package is subject to the availability of flights and all flights are conducted within the relevant terms and conditions as published by Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris and Mabula Game Lodge.
The above package is governed by specific terms and conditions, including deposit and cancellation terms that need to be adhered to irrespective of any agreements with Mabula Game Lodge.