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“Better than expected amidst a forset” 4 of 5 stars
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Mabula Game Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rhenosterhoek Spruit Road, Private Bag X1665, Mabula Private Game Reserve 0480, South Africa   |  
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Better than expected amidst a forset”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Even though the lodge is located amidst a forest reserve, the quality received is commendable. The rooms are basically splits in a villa. The rooms though contemporary are very modern with respect to the amenities provided. The bathroom was one of a kind built out of no tiles. the food provided was quite good being a vegetarian.
The game drive was decent spotting all the possible animals there. Even wild African elephants. The staff is very courteous & friendly.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nisha D, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback on Mabula, we value your comments as part of our drive to maintain guest satisfaction. We look forward to seeing you soon at Mabula Game Lodge.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kempton Park, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

The timeshare accommodation was perfect. And the personnel were helpful and friendly.

I do have two complaints:

1. The game drives was a waste of time and money. We saw very few game and when we came across other (timeshare) drivers, they were indicating the same – nothing. One fellow passenger told us that they have a timeshare and that it was her 7th visit to Mabula and she have never experienced anything like that. We were always driving in the most eastern part of the reserve. We never came across the other drivers from the lodge. Are they more important and taken to where the game actually is? This does not make sense at all and people can put 2 and 2 together.

2. The buffet lunch on Sunday at the main lodge was really not on standard even for a 3 star. The main course was small pieces pork schnitzels, chicken wings and gemsbok pie (with more brinjals than gemsbok). Then there was 2 vegetables: broccoli and pumpkin. There were FIVE starches: couscous, savoury rice, basmati rice, an Indian new potatoes and other new potatoes. Perhaps this will go in India, but we are in Africa and this is not what we eat. I am most likely the only one complaining, but other people were talking when serving themselves.

For the price and time : No thank you! Not again. I have rated Mabula against Kwa-Maritane.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nisha D, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Good Day

Please let me take this opportunity of thanking you for your feedback, as we view all feedback as constructive, we have never differentiated between our guests and it was unfortunate you were not able to view more animals. I have also addressed your concerns regarding lunch with my Executive Chef for actioning. Once again, our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused to you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights on an all-inclusive basis plus 2 game drives per day and thoroughly enjoyed it! We stayed in a suite which was really large, with a very comfortable bed, plenty hot water, nice balcony and very private. We enjoyed the drumming in the evenings (nice bushveld/africa atmosphere) and saw the lions really close up. The sundowners on the game drive added a nice touch! Please book any outings/crossbow well in advance to avoid disappointment. The food was excellent - any time of the day! We'll be back!

Room Tip: Suites (upstairs) are huge and extremely private!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nisha D, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write to us. It’s always a pleasure to receive such wonderful feedback as this affirms that we are on the right tracks in making your stay comfortable and enjoyable. We offer a wide variety of activities, and as you rightfully said, it needs to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment especially when such activities are in demand. We hope that you will afford us another opportunity to host you at our Mabula Game Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Stayed one night here on a recent visit to South Africa. Accommodation is good, stayed in one of the lodges. Restaurant is pretty basic and buffet for breakfast, lunch and evening meal was ok but nothing to get excited about. Staff are lovely, friendly and service overall was quite good, but not top notch. Maybe expecting too much for an establishment out in the bush!! Went on two game drives (with George our driver & guide) the guides knowledge was excellent and he guided us to places where we saw most of the big game. Well worth getting up at 5.30am for the dawn drive. Both sunrise and sunset drives were very good. Pool area is great for relaxation, the little time we had. Setting is very pretty and would love to back for a longer stay.

Room Tip: All of the lodges are within easy access to main facilities.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nisha D, Manager at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review. We are pleased to hear that your stay with us was a pleasant one, and we’re excited to hear that you managed to see most of the big game. We also take note of the restaurant and the food, and assure you that our efforts remain in improving our culinary standards. Your feedback is important to us as it helps us to continually improve on our services. We look forward to welcoming you back at our beautiful Mabula Game Lodge soon.
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Tehran, Iran
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I had a very bad experience in Mabula Game Lodge last March . I had been there for 2 nights and to my great surprise somebody has taken 1800 US$ from the safety box in my room. As the staff knew exactly what time you leave the room for safaris and what time you'll be back , they have enough time to access to all your belonging .The manager and the front desk staff who have the access to the master key of the safety box feel no responsibility for that and they don't even reply any emails.I do emphasize that don't leave any money in the room's safety boxes in this lodge as it is not safe at all. It is only safe for the staff to thieve your money . They are thieves ! Don't believe them and if you can don't travel there at all .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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CSWalker71, Director of Sales at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
We acknowledge your comments regarding Mabula Game Lodge. I would like to take this opportunity of assuring you that we have been kept abreast of the complaint via the official channel of your booking agent and tour operator. My sincere apologies if you have not been updated. The official investigation has been concluded and we have directed correspondence to you directly. Warm Regards
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Bogota, Colombia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

my wife and I arrived to the lodge with a great deal of expectations. neadless to say that all of them were fully fullfiled. The Staff went above and beyond their calls of duty to accomodate our needs. Front desk reception and administration were constanly inquiring about our stay and making sure we were happy. Our game drive safaris were fabulous, besides we had an excellet ranger (Sem or Little Sem) he was eager to answer all our questions (there were ALOT of questions) we were very fortunate to have Sem as our ranger becasue we were able to see most of the big 5 (we didn't see the leopard, besides, is very elusive even for a well trained eye or ecologist spending weeks in the bush) we even got to see the 2 cheetas hunting in the middle of an oppen space. Food was also superb and with a great variety of local meets if you feel adventurous to tray some of the local antilopes such as kudu, impala and more.

Mi esposa y yo llegamos al Lodge con gran espectativa para lo cual todas ellas fueron satisfechas. el personal del Lodge fue mas alla de sus laboras para satisfacer nuestras necesidades. recepcion y administracion constantemente preguntaban si estabamos agustos y contentos. Nuestros safaris fueron fabulosos, aparte de todo, tubimos un ranger excelente (Sem o Little Sem) el cual estaba muy dispuesto a contestar nuestras preguntas (y eran MUCHAS preguntas). Nos sentiamos muy afortunados de tener a Sem como nuestro ranger por que pudismo ver casi todos los big 5 (con la excepcion del leopardo que de por si es un animal muy elusivo inclusive para un ojo entreando o ambientalistas que duran semanas buscando) inclusive tubimos la gran oportunidad de ver 2 cheetas cazando en espacio abierto. la comida fue fenomenal con una gran variedad de carnes de especies locales para los que nos sentimos mas aventureros como el Kudu, impala, y otros antilopes mas.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed at Mabula several years ago while traveling the earth and it was an excellent experience. During my stay the animals were quite active which led to excitement and stories that I will never forget.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Mabula Game Hotel
Mabula Game Hotel Mabula Private Game Reserve
Mabula Game Lodge Mabula Private Game Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa
Address: Rhenosterhoek Spruit Road, Private Bag X1665, Mabula Private Game Reserve 0480, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Waterberg > Mabula Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Mabula Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mabula Game Lodge 4*
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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