Mavela Game Lodge Accommodation
The Zululand Rhino Reserve in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal has a relatively new Lodge offering guests lovely accommodation, meals and a really good wildlife experience – Mavela Game Lodge. The Manyoni Private Game Reserve (previously the Zululand Rhino Reserve) is a Big Five game reserve with in addition cheetah and wild dog, thus offering “The Magnificent Seven”
Mavela Game Lodge at a Glance
5 x Fully Furnished Tents – Luxury Colonial Safari Style
Mavela Game Lodge has large walk-in Safari Tents with shower and toilet en-suite for the accommodation, with the Main Lodge a rather grand thatched building.
The tents have double wood and mosquito net doors with netting on all the windows. This with the ceiling fan, offers cool respite from the hot summers. A shaded veranda looking out into the bushveld, each with a bird-bath that has a continuous stream of thirsty birds in attendance.
The bathrooms are private separated by a zipped canvas door, with a super efficient shower, toilet and vanity with basin, this constructed of brick. Screens and schrubery add privacy between the tents.
Mavela’s Main Lodge has a large Porte Coucher from which the twice daily guided game drives depart. The vast interior has toilets, dining and lounging areas, a bar where complimentary drinks may be enjoyed. Then there is a tea station where coffee, tea and snacks are available. From the elevated bar area, large fold-away glass doors give access to a veranda with expansive views over the Manyoni Private Game Reserve (previously the Zululand Rhino Reserve). Leading out from the main structure at Mavela, are more recreational areas, a shaded patio with bird feeders and an Owl House, a fire pit where guests gather around a fire on return from their afternoon / evening game drive in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve ( Zululand Rhino Reserve). During the day guests are able to relax in the sun on the decks surrounding a lap swimming pool. The one deck is designed to slide over and cover the swimming pool, rendering it safe for animals which could be prone to fall in. This also discourages the elephant from wandering in to have a drink.
The cuisine is rather excellent with a continental as well as a full cooked breakfast on offer, then there is a mid afternoon light lunch AKA a ‘high tea’. Here there is normally a chicken or salmon salad and a cake of sorts. Before departing on ones afternoon game drive guest are advised of the main course dinner options from which to choose. Dinners are normally a three course culinary delight.
Guests return from the guided game drive, a reception of fresh warmed towels, then to the bar where your guide will arrange drinks or guests may help themselves, then to the Boma to sit around the fire and regale the day’s game viewing experiences with other guests – who generally become friends.
Dinner is served and all gather at one of the many possible dinner locations. Your guide will ensure that complimentary to the meal wines are offered. Weather appropriate one would probably return to the fire for a night-cap and further camaraderie.
Check-in is at 14h00 and departure after breakfast would be at 11h00.
The Lodge is accessible by normal vehicle on good roads, some 3,5 hours drive from Durban and about 6 hours from Johannesburg.