Stayed at a 6 sleeper timeshare property at Ingwe camp for a week in the middle of Aug 2012 with my husband, our 3 and 5 year old kids and my 76 year old mum. Mabalingwe catered for us all. They have pensioner game drives, children's play areas, a children's menu at the restaurant and lots of swimming pools (2 of which are heated). The accommodation had a very well appointed kitchen as well so we were able to cook as well as eat at the restaurant when we wanted to. The food at the restaurant was generally pretty good, but the puddings left something to be desired (the passion fruit creme brûlée bore more resemblance to tile grout than to either passion fruit or creme brûlée!). There was wifi at the restaurant though, which was an unexpected bonus. The rooms in our accommodation were big and comfortable, but not very soundproof, as we could hear each other as well as everything that happened outside, including people going on early morning game drives as we were near the road. It was really cold at night, but we made a fire most nights which made a big difference. The staff were all friendly and helpful and were keen to check that everything was OK. The amusingly named Kanniedood Ladies Bar was a pleasant place for a snack or a drink, and has great views.
The most fantastic aspect of Mabalingwe of course was the wildlife. We saw loads of gorgeous giraffes, quite a few zebras, hordes of warthogs (who really are as greedy and persistent as people have said), lots of different types of antelopes and buck such as impala, nyala, kudu, and duiker. We were also really happy to see so many hippos playing and wallowing at Gorcum dam (visit just before sunset for the best sightings). One morning I even woke up and opened the curtains to see Buffalo wandering past the window! We saw monkeys and baboons as well, and birds of all shapes and colours. It was great being able to take our hire car out on drives whenever we wanted to, or book organised game drives if we preferred. The rangers were knowledgable and certainly made it worthwhile booking and paying for a game drive. They run at all different times of the day, so you can choose the drive that fits in with your day. As a break one day we drove into Bela Bela and enjoyed the super spa there, sorry I mean the Super Spar, which was a great little supermarket, and has a tasty hot pie counter! There is also a lovely Chinese restaurant on Chris Hani Road, if you fancy a change from the food at Mabalingwe.
One word of warning, don't go to Mabalingwe expecting five star luxury, as you will be disappointed. It's not the same standard as say some Kruger lodges, but it's friendly, very family focused, has great facilities, is relaxed and there's loads of wildlife, who are also relaxed as there are no real predators out to get them. It was my husband's birthday while we were there and they baked a lovely chocolate cake for him. It's this personal attention that really made the stay memorable, and we will remember it forever.
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