We’re an authentic luxury safari destination that prides itself on giving our guests an all-inclusive, intimate African bush experience. Being family owned we treat our guests like family, there is no other place where you’ll feel quite at home and receive the best in five-star treatment.
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 luxury, safari-style tented bush lodge that offers both local and international travellers intimate encounters with African wildlife.
The lodge is owned and run by us, the Stevens family who are committed to conservation and preserving wildlife for future generations. After spending a lot of our own time on the reserve, and being keen birders we know how special this region is, and as a prime birding spot with exceptional game viewing opportunities, we aim to share what makes it so special with you too. It’s in our nature to ensure that you are greeted with friendly hospitality and the highest standards of service, and because it’s us who have put our passion into this lodge, we understand the importance of hands-on management.
It’s incredible to witness how Mavela has become a return destination for guests seeking authentic wildlife experiences and “Big 5” sightings (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), But 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) which adds an even more memorable destination for your African safari holiday. We cannot wait to welcome you to our bush paradise.