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Below is a collection of updates from life on safari at Mavela Game Lodge and the Manyoni Private Game Reserve. Please bookmark this site, sign up for our monthly newsletter and follow us on social media to receive regular updates from us.

Tent No 3…

It is midday, amidst a mild Mavela winter and I have just checked in to Tent No 3. The cicada beetles whir incessantly and create a melancholy welcome. The rush of city life and deadlines are put on pause as I switch on the kettle... WILDLIFE SCAN I scan...

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Jackal versus Kudu!

Guests were entertained at the end of their game drive, not far from the lodge, when a jackal cheekily ran up to and then ignored a large kudu. The sun had risen, the game drive had been spectacular with two large male lions loping along in front of the vehicle and...

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Lion in love…

The fact that lion are prolific breeders is true and one tends to think that the nature of such behaviour is basic biology devoid of all personality. Field guide, Brad Smith, recently captured a chronological, photographic sequence that indicated more of an intimate,...

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A gust of wind and a spot of luck!

In the daily dose of bush life, there is always an exciting tale to tell... this time it was right in camp, outside tent one, as narrated by one of Mavela's field guides, Sam Vorster: "On a windy morning at Mavela, guests Graeme and Inge decided it was far too cold...

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Sunrise Surprise!

Golden rays at Mavela herald the call that a new day has dawned. What is in store for this morning’s game drive? The light captivates the eyes of the beholder. The magical moment passes. Guests breathe the crisp, Autumn air and shield their eyes from the sharp angle...

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Wild dogs at play…

Part of the pleasure of safari drives is the anticipation to find what one is looking for. One sunset evening, a couple from Belgium, joined Terry from #ThisIsKZN with field guide, Sam Vorster in search of a pack of wild dog. Recent reports had located them up a steep...

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