Mabula Game Lodge for solo travellers
Mabula Private Game Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa
- VIP door to door
- Solo Travellers
- All Inclusive
A solo-exclusive safari holiday with a touch of luxury
Embark on the ultimate wildlife viewing holiday with a stay at the locally rated 4-star Mabula Game Lodge in South Africa’s Limpopo region. Your solo-exclusive stay includes daily game drives at the optimal times for viewing both the ‘big five’ and the ‘little five’, and expert rangers will be on hand to help you spot wildlife including cheetah, honey badger and warthog. You’ll also have the chance to learn about important conservation projects in the reserve to protect endangered species, such as the ground hornbill. When you’re not out on safari, unwind at the lodge’s spa, by the outdoor pool, or enjoy a unique dining experience under the African stars.
7 nights at your hotel and 2 in flight
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Free bar open 11 hours a day
Dedicated Saga Host
Plus all this...
- Meet and greet at the airport
- Fast track security and airport lounge UK
- Welcome drink and dinner
- Social activities
- Farewell dinner
- All inclusive – only available with Saga
- Guided orientation walks
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Live entertainment
- Hotel porterage
- Return flights and transfers
- 20kg checked-in luggage
Excursions and visits
- Seven game drives
- Two guided bush walks
- Medicine bush walk
- Madjuma lion tracking experience
- Ground Hornbill Project experience
Day 1 UK to Johannesburg
After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Johannesburg in South Africa.
Day 2 Johannesburg to Bela Bela
Transfer to the Mabula Game Lodge in Bela Bela, and enjoy the afternoon at leisure to settle in to your new surroundings. D
Day 3 Mabula Game Reserve
Rise early this morning for your first safari in the game reserve.
The varied landscapes of the reserve provide a habitat for an astounding selection of wildlife including 60 mammals, 300 bird species, and numerous plants, reptiles and insect species. Dusk and dawn are the optimal times for viewing wildlife, especially the ‘big five’. You’ll be led by expert guide and travel in open-air safari vehicles which offer great viewing opportunities.
This afternoon, look forward to a wildlife talk from a guide, followed by another safari drive. B, L, D
Day 4 Mabula Game Reserve
Embark on a lion tracking experience to learn more about the territories and behaviour of the king of the jungle this morning.
Lions are tracked using radio antenna and tracker collars, ensuring guaranteed viewing of the lions. Your guide will be on hand to help you learn about the pride structure, and conservation methods utilised in the park.
This afternoon, enjoy another safari drive through the game reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for resident animals, including hyena, cheetah, honeybadger and the charismatic warthog. B, L, D
Day 5 Mabula Game Reserve
This morning, look forwarded to a guided bush walk led by an experienced guide.
Look out for impala, zebra, giraffe and ostrich grazing on the vast open grassland plains.
You’ll have the afternoon to spend at leisure, perhaps take advantage of the lodge’s amenities and relax by to pool, or book a treatment in the spa. Look forward to a cocktail party by the pool this evening, with drinks and canapés. B, L, D
Day 6 Mabula Game Reserve
Head out for another safari drive before breakfast, where you might be lucky enough to spot elephants, hippo and a variety of antelope, such as eland and gemsbok.
The rest of the day is at leisure, before a star gazing experience this evening. Learn about the constellations of the night sky and the local myths and legends surrounding them. B, L, D
Day 7 Mabula Game Reserve
Take a guided walk around the game reserve and discover the local plants and their properties. Your guide specialises in local medicine and holistic cultures, and will identify plants and their healing properties, as well as focusing on the medicines that can be made.
This afternoon’s safari drive offers another chance to spot the ‘big five’. B, L, D
Day 8 Mabula Game Reserve
Enjoy another guided bush walk this morning. Your experienced guide is on hand to help you identify any of the reserve’s 300 bird species you may spot.
This afternoon offers the chance to spy more of the reserve’s wildlife on a safari drive. B, L, D
Day 9 Mabula Game Reserve to Johannesburg
Look forward to one final safari drive this morning, before transferring back to Johannesburg for your return overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 10 UK
Arrive in the UK for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
Indian Ocean Coast
All-inclusive post-holiday extension, plus two included excursions
After your main holiday look forward to spending a further seven nights at the newly refurbished, locally rated 3-star Blue Marlin (3Q+) in Scottburgh, South Africa. This is an exceptionally welcoming, relaxed hotel close to the shops and cafes of the seaside resort. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, lounge, outdoor pool, spa, and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 122 bedrooms is equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, safe, hairdryer, and tea and coffee-making facilities.
Your included excursions
Durban sightseeing (half day). Your tour shows you the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Indian Market, where you can find almost everything from exotic jewellery to fruits and spices. Nearby you can view the Hindu temple and the Juna Mosque, reputedly the largest in the southern hemisphere. You drive along the Golden Mile, see Durban from the entrance to the harbour and pass through the city centre, viewing Farewell Square, where the British fleet settled in 1824.
Oribi Gorge (half day). Discover the majestic hills and forests of Oribi Gorge, a 24 kilometre-long, 400 metre-deep canyon carved by the Mzimkhulwana Rive – the nature reserve is home to some 350 species of birds including crowned eagles, African broadbills and Cape vultures.
During your stay you’ll have the chance to learn about the award-winning conservation project to protect the ground hornbill within the reserve. These charismatic birds hold a local cultural importance, and are a flagship species for the savannah biome. Considered ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN, less than 1,500 birds remain in South Africa, with their habitat threatened by farming. You’ll learn about the importance of conservation, and the methods used by the project team to ensure this iconic species is preserved.