Offering a warm Zululand welcome to the discerning wildlife and birding enthusiast

Mavela Game Lodge is nestled in the heart of the magnificent Big 5 Manyoni Private Game Reserve, near Mkuze, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A unique all-inclusive luxury, safari-style tented bush lodge that affords both local and international travellers intimate encounters with the African bush.

Committed to conservation and preserving wildlife for future generations, the owners – the Stevens’ family – recognise this region as a prime birding spot with exceptional game viewing opportunities. Mavela has become a wonderful destination for guests seeking an authentic wildlife and “Big 5” experience (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino).

The Lodge


The lodge comprises an open-plan, two-storeyed thatched welcome area that has been designed to offer lounge, bar and dining facilities that lead out to both a pool and a wooden veranda. The thatched roof depicts a diving raptor in flight and presents a regal architectural feature.

Meals are served either in the dining area or outside on the deck under the starry African sky.

Luxury Guest Tents

 – .Enjoy the scents of the African bush and hear the big night sounds from your tent –

Accommodation at Mavela Game Lodge is in five luxury, safari-style tents with ensuite shower facilities. Each room has a private deck with beautiful views over the surrounding bushveld. With comfortable deck chairs and a birdbath in front of each tent, birding enthusiasts can continue to enjoy the birdlife from the ease of their rooms

According to our guests preferences, crisp white linen is used on either king or single beds. The tents have been tastefully decorated complete with ceiling fans, in-room tea and coffee facilities and luxurious Charlotte Rhys, Keylime&Ginger amenities.

The camp is unfenced and guests are escorted back to their rooms after dinner.

Mavela Game Lodge offers an intimate safari lodge experience in a unique part of the African bush.


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