We were invited to stay at Mabula for three nights by a work client. The game park is only about 2 hours drive from Johannesburg and so it is convenient for a weekend away for Johannesburgers.
We stayed in the self-catering units, which had four bedrooms and two bathrooms with toilets. The accommodation itself was two star - old unit, with old decor, thin walls and old plumbing. There are two large sliding door entrances to the unit which, when open, create a nice open air feel to the living area. The unit is equipped with DSTV and the kitchen has all the necessary utensils.
Outside were two braai spots and animals came visiting us on the porch at night. We went down to the main area where the catering hotel is to go to the restaurant. The pool was packed with young kids. We also visited a small snake farm in that area.
The highlight of Mabula is the game drive. The park is comparatively small, which means that you are likely to have several sightings. We were able to see eland, gemsbok, kudu, warthog, giraffe and buffalo in a single drive. The culture at the park is very much one of preservation and nature conservation.There was a terrible mix up one morning for a lion drive, when the drive left early thinking that my wife and I had arrived, but it was another couple from the unit - it was just really poor organisation and a cavalier approach from the park management.
In summary I found the self-catering accommodation sub-standard and the game drives good. I cannot comment for the catering as we did not stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation, Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa's finest private game reserves. Only two hours north of Johannesburg, this 12000ha reserve is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the "Big 5." All 47 rooms are air-conditioned, contain LCD flat-screen television, en-suite bathroom, telephone, hair dryer, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Dining venues, outdoor cocktail and whiskey bar, swimming pools, tennis court, children's programme, safaris in open 4x4 vehicles, horseback safaris, archery, paintball, star gazing, eco adventure safaris, guided bush walks, crocodile feeding demonstrations, snake demonstrations and the Ground Hornbill Project and reptile centre. Mabula can assist with all conference requirements, including venues, informal breakaway rooms, private dining facilities and team building activities. Children 0-5 stay complimentary when sharing with parent; 6-11 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate. 12 years and older pay full adult rate and occupy their own rooms. The lodge is situated in a malaria-free area. Gate entry fees are applicable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mabula Game Hotel Mabula Private Game Reserve