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Mabula Game Reserve

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Mabula Game Reserve

Hi,

I am planning for a trip to Mabula Game reserve in May'14 and June'14 and have couple of queries.

Is it the right time to visit the Mabula Game reserve?

How is the game viewing in Mabula?

request your inputs. Thanks in advance.

Regards,

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Hi

May and June is winter in South Africa which is a good time for game viewing because of cooler temperatures, less dense vegetation and because its drier so the animals congregate around water sources. Mabula is one of the smaller reserves, so it doesn't have the wow factor of some of the larger places such as Kruger or Madikwe but I am sure you will have some good sightings. Of course its nature, so nothing is guaranteed.

Enjoy!

Anne

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Hi NagarajTaware,

Anne is correct. Mabula is one of the smaller game reserves in SA, but honestly is not a Big 5 reserve. There is almost no chance of seeing leopard, and the lion are kept in a separate area to the main reserve. In all honesty, Mabula does not have the same authenticity as some of the other reserves. I think Anne was being understated when she said it doesn't have the 'wow' factor of some of the bigger reserves. If a great safari is what you are looking for then I would rather consider the Kruger area or Madikwe. You cannot compare the quality of the experience you will have.

Sorry to be so blunt, but that's my honest opinion.

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Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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Thanks a ton Anne and Brett for your valuable inputs.

Mabula is suggested by my tour operator back here in India, even I was feeling that this may not be that great compared to other big reserves. I am very particular to see some excellent game viewing and basis your suggestion I may ask my tour operator to revisit the itinerary.

Is Madikwe a BIG 5 Game reserve? any other suggestions for best experience in game viewing.

Thanks once again.

Regards,

NT

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Madikwe would be an excellent choice! And it is Malaria free. BUT if you are not too concerned having a malaria free safari then I really suggest you look at going to Kruger National Park or one of it adjacent reserves which makes up the Greater Kruger, it is the premier safari destination in South Africa.

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Madikwe is a MUCH better option. Limited chance of seeing leopard but otherwise really great plus you have a good chance of seeing wild dog and cheetach. A bit more pricey though. A cheaper option also close to Joburg is Pilanesberg - more crowded but also a proper big 5 reserve.

Haha Brett - you are less subtle than me but also more helpful. I haven't been to Mabula recently so don't want to diss it...

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Mabula and Mabalingwe is a great place for a weekend break-away for those of us living in Gauteng. We love it BUT it is not the place for a tourist coming for a safari.

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Hi NT,

You're very welcome.

Madikwe is a Big 5 reserve and is really great, but Anne is right in that your chances of seeing leopard are less than in the some of the Kruger reserves, due to the lack of habituation to the vehicles etc. That is not to say that you won't see leopard. If the malaria factor is not a big concern, which it really shouldn't be, especially as you are going in our winter where there is a very very low prevalence of mosquitos and an extremely low risk period, and there are precautions that you can take, I would suggest the Kruger area. It's the premier safari destination in SA, and you will almost definitely have excellent game viewing.

Which lodge depends very much on your budget. If you are on a small budget then the Kruger National Park is the way to go if you are happy to self-drive otherwise there are lodges at widely varying rates. A nice option, which is frequently recommended on this forum for good reason is a combination of self-drive KNP and private safari lodge, if you have the time. Normally due to time limitations, and the need to get the most out of the available days and get the best experience possible, visitors will opt for the private safari lodge option.

It seems like the operator you are using is not that familiar with all the available safari destination options in SA, which is understandable I guess, but it can compromise the experience of the guest if the operator is unfamiliar with the lodges and with what should be expected, which makes a big difference when it comes to making lodge recommendations. This is quite a specialised area of travel.

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Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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Thanks Anne... Really appreciate your inputs!

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Hi Brett,

You are simply Fabulous, the amount of knowledge and information you share is simply awesome. Thank you for your valuable inputs and insights... Truly appreciate it. Take a bow!

Next time I will surely connect with you for exclusive tailor made safaris.

I will definitely finalize between Madikwe and Kruger, keeping # of days in my itinerary.

Thanks again!

Best regards, NT

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Thanks a ton Miki121, your inputs helped me in differentiating the type of parks. looks like KNP wins it hands down!

Best regards,

NT

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