Explore the Manyoni Private Game Reserve on twice daily game drives

The primary focus of Mavela Game Lodge is to let guests experience the diverse beauty of the African bush. Early morning and late afternoon, into evening, game drives occur daily to explore various habitats in search of personal encounters with a range of abundant bird- and wildlife.

Each drive is facilitated by an experienced field guide in an open 4x4 vehicle to maximise game viewing and create intimate wildlife experiences.

Daily Routine

The morning departure is usually half an hour before sunrise. A tea/coffee break affording guests the opportunity to stretch legs and absorb the beauty of the natural surroundings, returning to the lodge for a hearty continental and full, English breakfast.

The evening game drive departs mid- to late afternoon.  The field guide customises each route, dependent on what was seen previously and consideration given to the group’s interest. The evening stop offers guests traditional, South African “sundowners” (drinks) and a variety of typical South African snacks. It is a special moment to stand and listen to the night sounds with an African sun setting over the pristine bushveld, after which it is time to search for the more elusive, nocturnal creatures of the reserve.

Guests return to the lodge to enjoy excellent South African cuisine, prepared by our own chef, using fresh and local ingredients and paired with carefully selected South African wines.

We will gladly accommodate any dietary requests and your seating preferences. Please mention any special occasion and we will gladly endeavour to make your stay at Mavela…Magic.

Additional Activities


There are a variety of additional activities available on the Manyoni Private Game Reserve and surrounds, all of which can be booked and organised by Mavela Game Lodge. Below are just some of the additional activities available.

  • Elephant Interaction: Enjoy a memorable Elephant interaction with Bayete Zulu Game Lodge in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve.
  • Specialised Birding Safaris: Interested in doing a birding safari to the surrounding regions, including Mkuze Game Reserve? Our qualified guides can arrange this with you.
  • Sunset Boat Cruise: Take a sunset cruise on the nearby Jozini Dam for an afternoon with a difference.
  • Tiger Fishing: Head out early for a mornings tiger fishing on Jozini Dam.

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