Our 9 year old Grand-daughter was visiting from New Zealand so we wanted to take her into the Bushveld to see some wild-life. I got a mid-week break through RCI Exchange and we were allocated unit 97 in Phiri Camp. The accommodation was perfect for us but I wouldn't recommend more than 4 people per unit as the upstairs 'bedroom' is far too hot to use in the summer months and offers no privacy. We were warned against the monkeys raiding the units so when we went for a Game Drive we made sure everything, doors and windows, were properly secured. Imagine our surprise when we came home to a totally wrecked unit and just about all the food (non of which was on display) eaten! Mr. Monkey was still inside the unit...conclusion...he had gained access to the unit whilst we were there and then got locked inside...so beware...check every nook and cranny before leaving the unit..!! The staff were most helpful even though it was late at night and brought a team to move us to Unit 99. The resort PRO came to visit us the following day and brought us a voucher for a meal for 3 at the Lodge, I thought this was a very kind gesture.
During our stay we booked 2 Game Drives with the resorts Rangers , one Sunset and one Sunrise, we were fortunate to see lots of animals, only the Elephants didn't make an appearance although we did see a lot of 'evidence' that they had been around! We did 2 drives into the Reserve with our own vehicle but didn't see many animals which makes me think the Rangers know exactly where to look for the animals!
The Units are well appointed and the views spectacular. The resort offers a pleasant escape from the hustle-bustle of City life.
Our unit was situated in Phiri Camp, a good 4km drive from the main reception/restaurant and pool facilities....if I ever return to Mabalingwe I would be sure to request accommodation closer to the main camp as it was a bit of a drag having to drive to and from our camp area.
There was a private pool in our camp which was well maintained and we did make use of it but the main pool area offered more activity for our Grand-daughter.
Be sure to do food shopping in Bela Bela (or at home if you are not travelling far) as the little shop on the premises carries very limited stock and no fresh fruit,veg or meat. It's quite a drive from the resort to town so planning meals etc. in advance is advisable!
We found the Mid-week break (Monday to Friday) to be long enough...a week would have been too long.
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