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.

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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

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
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
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
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
So glad to have chosen Mavela to bring our friend Helen to spend a few ‘bush’ days with us & all the catering done for us – so deliciously! Everyday, every drive so different & rounding. Fantastic birds & a lioness & others. Admiration for Andre’s birding ID skills & knowledge – birds in flight nogal.
Ronald, Gill, Hellen
October 2013
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

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