A luxury, all inclusive tented lodge in the heart of the Big Five

Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal

About Mavela Game Lodge

Mavela Game Lodge is the only tented safari lodge located inside the Manyoni Private Game Reserve and one of only a few tented lodges in KwaZulu-Natal.

Big Five Safari

Located inside the Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, Mavela offers daily game drives through the Big Five reserve with our highly qualified guides.

Specialised Birding Safaris

We are birder friendly accredited by BirdLife South Africa and are proud to offer specialised birding safaris within the Manyoni Private Game Reserve and surrounds.

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Book your safari at Mavela Game Lodge today and take advantage of our fantastic winter & summer specials. To find out more about our specials contact us on +27359400996.

Latest Blog

Read our latest blog posts to find out more about the unique safari experiences on offer at Mavela Game Lodge. Our managers and guides post regular updates for our followers to enjoy.


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Guest Comments

Dear Mavela Lodge, This is certainly a highlight in our South African tour. We expected a lot and all our hopes of spotting wildlife were more than fulfilled. Thanks to Sam’s professional and dedicated guidance, we didn’t miss a thing. We enjoyed the luxury and hospitality to the utmost and will be back!
Dione & family - Belgium
January 2017
Dear Brad and Chantelle, Another incredible experience. Fighting lions, charging elephants!! Incredible African thunderstorm! Wonderful food and exceptional hospitality. Brad your knowledge, experience and deep love of the bush make all the difference! We really hope to see you guys again. Lots of love and unforgettable memories.
Ian, Debbie, Samantha, Aimee & Dean
December 2016
No words can describe the love I have for Mavela. Thank you so much for always letting us have a FANTASTIC time. Every minute is unforgettable. I can’t wait for next trip.
Jenna Lubbe
December 2016
Dear Mavela team, We enjoyed a marvellous 5-night stay here in this absolutely magical place. We will definitely be back. Many greetings and regards until then.
Ellen & Hurst, Germany
November 2016
Mavela is the best place I have ever set my eyes on. Andre's eyesight and zulu is incredible. The fact that we saw a lion so close is terrifying. My heart beats so fast when I think of Mavela. The pool is divine in summer. Gonna miss you, see you soon.
January 2015
Mavela was a marvellous 3 nights of bushtastic fun, rest & good food. Andre, Chantelle and staff were overreaching in their hospitality. My wife and I will spread the word and keep a special place in our heart for the bush lodge of Mavela.
Josh & Nina
January 2015
Special thanks to Chantelle, Brad and all the lovely ladies who made our stay a superb one. The puma won, stripey donkey second with a close third of the giraffe and finally the dung beetle. Awesome seeing the cheetah as well.
Clive, Denise, Kim & Sherry
January 2015
Had a super stay! Stunning property, excellent sightings & birding, topped off with friendly & professional service! Andre is exceptionally knowledgeable & we learnt so much! See you again!
Anthony & Diane
March 2014
What an awesome time at Mavela, we love the bush and have been to many reserves and on many game drives. Our Mavela Game drives we rate the best of all, lions up close was the highlight and we much appreciate it. Special thanks to Brad for all your knowledge and skills you are a excellent ranger.
Jeanne & Debbie
October 2013

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