Mavela Tented Lodge, Manyoni, KZN

Mavela Tented Lodge, Manyoni Private Game Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
An Authentic African Bush Experience

Mavela Game Lodge is nestled in the heart of the magnificent Big 5 Manyoni Private Game Reserve, near Mkuze, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A unique all-inclusive, unfenced, luxury, safari-style tented bush lodge affording travellers intimate encounters with the African wildlife.

• 23 000 Hectare Private Game Reserve
• Exceptional Wildlife Viewing
• 5 Luxury Tented Suites
• Fully-Inclusive Lodge
• Endangered Species Conservation
• World Class Birding Hotspot
• We pride ourselves on giving our guests an authentic African bush experience

The lodge is managed and run by the Stevens family who will ensure that you are greeted with friendly hospitality and the highest standards of service. Mavela has become a wonderful destination for guests seeking an authentic wildlife and “Big 5” experience (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). Among the big 5, the reserve also strives to protect and conserve some of the most endangered species in Africa (Temminck’s Pangolin, African Wild Dog, Black Rhino and Cheetah)

The lodge comprises an open-plan, two-story thatched welcome area with a lounge, bar and dining facilities leading out to the pool and a wooden veranda. The thatched roof depicts a diving raptor in flight and presents a regal architectural feature. Meals are served either in the dining area or outside on the deck under the starry African sky.

Enjoy your space as if it was the comfort of your own home. The lodge is fully-inclusive to all guests, meaning you can help yourself to anything you wish. The stunning upstairs bar with beautiful views of the rolling hills is open for self-service should you wish. Warm days are spent by the pool and cold nights are spent by the fireplace upstairs. Watch the captivating sunsets at the bar while enjoying your favorite wine.

Mavela Tented Suites

Unwind and make yourself at home in one of our seven, luxury safari-style tents. Each luxury tent is tastefully and modernly decorated to show off the best in safari luxury. Each room is complete with aircon, standing fans and luxurious Afri-Earth amenities complemented with crisp white linen on either single or king beds. There is an en-suite bathroom and shower plus an intimate outdoor shower that faces the views of the bushveld, which allows full privacy to immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. Unwind on a large private deck looking out at the beautiful views with comfortable deck chairs and a birdbath in front of each tent, which birding enthusiasts can enjoy ticking off their lifers from the comfort of their veranda. Or if you’re wanting to indulge in a soothing safari yoga workout, we also provide yoga mats in each room for you to breathe it out over a stunning view. The entire camp is unfenced, allowing wildlife to roam free through the camp. In the evenings our guests will be escorted back to their rooms after dinner, for safety reasons. It’s our wish that when you stay at Mavela Game Lodge you’ll feel the intimacy of our safari lodge and gain a unique experience of what it means to truly live in the luxury of the African bush.

The primary focus of Mavela Game Lodge is to allow guests to experience the diverse beauty of the African bush. Game drives in customized open-top land cruisers are twice daily in search of personal encounters with a range of abundant bird and wildlife.

Walking safaris will take you closer to nature for an immersive wilderness experience. Your guide will teach you about the finer details of the bush – learn about the art of tracking or the various medicinal and cultural uses of the plant life found in our area. You may even encounter one of the big 5 on foot!

Night drives can also be arranged to search for the rarely seen nocturnal animals. Head out after the sun has set, and wonder through the darkness under the starry night sky while the ranger searches the bush with his spotlight. Star gazing is a magical experience as we are situated far from any light pollution.

Photographic Safaris
As part of a photographic safari package you will be given full use of a private game drive vehicle and
a knowledgeable photographic guide to help with any questions you may have. The beauty of having your private vehicle is that you can spend as much time as you like out in the bush or at a sighting of your choice. If your goal is to photograph lions, then we will focus solely on finding the animals and spending time at the sighting – so you can get that perfect photograph

The Manyoni Reserve has a large traversing area with varied habitats, healthy wildlife populations and is the ideal destination for a memorable African safari. Manyoni Private Game Reserve is one of the largest privately-owned reserves in Kwazulu-Natal. This 23,000-hectare reserve is the product of 17 dedicated landowners who dropped their fences in 2004 to create one contiguous protected area for our wildlife. The selection of the area as a potential release site for the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project was a major driving factor in the establishment of Manyoni. Our specialised guides will endeavor to show you the very best of the Manyoni Reserve


Rhino De-Horning
Join our wildlife management team on a unique rhino dehorning experience. Rhino dehorning has proven to be an effective measure to deter rhino poaching. We therefore invite you to join us and participate in a heart-warming, hands-on experience. Get up close to wild rhino whilst assisting the team in collecting DNA samples and taking measurements, all of this contributing to the protection of the species. The procedure is not harmful in any way and our veterinarian and wildlife management team is highly experienced ensuring the welfare of the rhino during the procedure.

Visit To a Rhino-Orphanage
The Zululand Rhino Orphanage is a specialized facility for the care and rehabilitation of orphaned rhino calves. We would like to offer you the opportunity to visit the facility and learn more about the amazing work they do. During your visit you will be able to see how the facility is run and how the orphans are being cared for.

Animal Tracking
Join us on a wildlife monitoring session. Learn about the use of telemetry equipment and track down one of the collared animals on Manyoni. You will get to know the team as well as gain insight into animal behaviour and wildlife management. Monitoring specific individuals, packs or prides is an
important part of wildlife management. You can participate in either elephant, lion, cheetah or wild dog tracking. An afternoon or morning session can be booked. Please enquire at your lodge for availability and bookings.

Other Conservation Activities
From time to time, Manyoni conducts routine conservation activities, such as collaring, animal callups, and immobilisation of individuals for veterinary treatment. Please enquire with your lodge if any of these activities are available during your stay.

Cultural Tour
SAWUBONA! Join us on a visit the to the Mandlakazi Tribal Land to experience Zulu culture whilst supporting women in this community. You can join the Zululand Conservation Trust team on a visit to one of the schools or crèche’s which we support monthly and learn more about our environmental education projects. Enjoy a traditional Zulu lunch whilst learning about the Zulu Culture. We welcome donations such as toys , stationary, books, blankets and clothing.

Fully – Inclusive: Guests staying at Mavela pay a fully-inclusive rate, which means you can put away your wallet and enjoy the offerings of the lodge as often as you like.

DATES: 16 December 2021 – 31 July 2022

Special: Pay for 3 nights, stay for 4 nights Jan – Jul 2022

1 August 2022 – 15 December 2022


Per person sharing per night R4 704.00 R4 992.00
Per single pax per night R6 116.00 R6 490.00


Jan – 31 July 2022 Less 20%:

R3764 per person sharing per night

R4362 per person single per night


Exclusive Use

Bring your friends and family to Mavela and book out the entire camp to enjoy exclusive use of all our facilities. The lodge can hold a maximum of 10 people, which is great for a family celebration or a friends getaway. We can offer a minimum of 20% discount when booking out the entire lodge, but please get in contact to see if we can arrange an even better deal.

Children Mavela does not accommodate children younger than 12, unless the lodge is booked for exclusive use


  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and / or High Tea as well as Dinner)
  • Safari Activities: Two Game Drives daily with a professional guide, or a safari walk instead of morning Game drive
  • Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, breakfast juice and filtered still water available all day
  • All drinks: soft drinks, South African wine, spirits and beers.
  • Snacks and refreshments on both morning and afternoon safaris
  • Bush Wi-Fi available in the main lodge area and rooms

Excluded: Conservation Levy (R175pppn subject to change without prior notice); Gratuity; Additional Self Drive activities within the reserve and surrounding area; Extra activities associated with the Manyoni Private Game Reserve; Photographic safari
Subject to Availability. Terms & Conditions Apply. E&OE.