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“Enjoyable stay and very helpful staff”
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Mabula Game Lodge
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Went to 2 game drive and helicopter ride , both are great with extremely helpful and friendly staffs
Room was clean just beware of insects or some small frogs as they can sometime enter the room while you open the door
Had an outdoor BBQ dinner , the ambience was great but the food totally not enough as I don't even get the meat , the staff said it was finished
Because it was held In outdoor and at night , plenty of bugs or insects were flying around the food, hope the management can be aware of this .

To sum up it was still a great stay .

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

My first time in Mabula is last weekend , I am staying this Camp with a Tour Group . They only have one restaurant which serving Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner . The menu in the restaurant are various and offering some unique menu to try .
All the rooms are jungle view and sometimes you can found a wild animal near your room , i saw an Impalas and pig close to my room .

My suggestion are :
1. Dont do the Safari Game in the afternoon , coz some animal are lazy to show off in sunny day
2. Hotel must provide a Free wifi services to all room , because I am staying on 2** room and Handphone signal are bad
3. Stay here to experience a jungle wild life

Room Tip: Room close the lobby are better
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

The chalet in the time share allocated camp was okay but the view and space compared to the other camps was disappointing. When we arrived we were informed we had to go on game drivers via the lodge and could not venture by ourselves nor do any walking around the reserve. We were, at times, bored. As we were could not book much activity as everything was booked up. if we were told of this before, might of been avoided. The nature walk was good which we came across rhino and buffalo which was exciting. the staff were friendly at the camps which offered a friendly braai and a tea. Overall good, but won't do it any any time soon.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Leeanne d, Owner at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2013

Good Day,

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review. We note that the review relates to your stay at Mabula Timeshare and not at Mabula Game Lodge. We have ensured that the Timeshare Management have received your comments as they are always pleased to receive feedback from guests.

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Everything about Mabula is pretty much 3 star. The food at the breakfast buffet and at the evening bomba is pretty average.
We stayed at the Sunset Hill timeshare unit which was nice enough but getting pretty dated now. the rustic atmosphere of the place is good as well.
The most disappointing part is that there are insufficient game drives during the midweek period. Couple this with the fact that you cannot either drive or walk around the reserve on your own, means that all that is left to do is to swim. If you don't enjoy swimming (or during foul weather) you are pretty much a prisoner in your own chalet with nothing to do...

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Leeanne d, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

Dear Traveller,

Many thanks for posting a review regarding your stay at Mabula Timeshare, your comments have been passed on to the Timeshare Division.

Furthermore, thank you for your feedback regarding your meal at Mabula Game Lodge, we appreciate and take note of all comments and I have therefore personally discussed the matter with our Executive Chef.

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Safari game is really a game, they do not show the animal one at a time. You will see lions if you are lucky, rhinos, hippos, lot of impalas, zebras and buffaloes. Another trip will be for elephants and giraffes. There is nothing much to do in reserve. Maybe you can swim. Rooms and showers are clean and there is a nice ambiance in it.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Leeanne d, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review Mabula Game Lodge. We do strive to show our guests as many quality sightings of different game species as possible while on daily safaris and are pleased that you saw such a variety during your stay.

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Mabula is a gem not far north of Pretoria. The pool and pool bar is excellent and their are lots of other activities on offer apart from the game viewing. The Staff are excellent, Lizzy in particular is great and really looked after us. The game drives are stunning and the terrain is really varied. You can head up to the top of the mountain for a sun downer with a nice cold beer.
Mabula is far enough away from the bright lights of Pretoria and Sun City to give you a "real Africa" feel, but not so far that it would hamper a short 2 night stay.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Leeanne d, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Dear Traveller,

We certainly appreciate the great review and take this opportunity to thank you for coming to stay at Mabula Game Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Stayed here with a group and was so very disappointed. The morning game drives take you to a sealed part of the reserve to find the 7 tigers they have all of which are tagged and monitored. They were already sound asleep in the grass yet we spent the next hour circling around again and again as only two of the many vehicles could stop at a time, to see if they had moved at all which they had not. In the afternoon the big find is the elephants so when one jeep found them they radioed around and we spent another hour waiting at a distance for our turn to drive up and take a picture.
Add to this the fact that the food was awful. We were promised an outdoor BBQ but despite the beautiful weather that never happened and we were forced time and again to have the luke warm, dried out buffet items in the unairconditioned restaurant.
Deficiencies in the room including lack of air conditioning where also never looked into despite being reported early.
Will definately not be back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Leeanne d, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Good Day,

I take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your feedback. I have noted all the points raised and have discussed them with the various departments as this is definitely not the standard we pride ourselves in or are renowned for. The fact that no Boma Dinner took place during your stay is disturbing and this too has been raised with our Executive Chef.

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Additional Information about Mabula Game Lodge

Address: Rhenosterhoek Spruit Road, Mabula Private Game Reserve 0480, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Waterberg > Mabula Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Mabula Private Game Reserve
Price Range: £163 - £307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mabula Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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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