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“Lion enclosure”

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Bela Bela
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Park is facilities are very basic and an expect a guide that speaks non stop whilst you are trying to enjoy watching the lions feeding in their enclosure.

1  Thank MariskaBoshoff
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Enjoyed staying in the perfectly situated and accomadated privately owned sunset lodge Mabqalingwe. Outstanding views overlooking the reserve from which we saw numerouse wildlife including elephant, The infinity pool ov erlooking the reserve was amazing as were the gin and tonics served in it. We organoised our own safaris as had big landrover discovery - and saw all of the big 5 except Leopard.We saw loads of disserebnt game here and coinsider that we were very luck as these things can't be booked. The corperate night safri was disappointing - but again these animals can't be booked. Amazing time

1  Thank HAPPYHEV999
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

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.

1  Thank Joyce S
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed at one of the private lodges (Itaga 716) as a family celebration for our 40 years wedding anniversary. It was supposed to be a 4 bedroom lodge but the up stairs bedroom ??? was extremely hot , sleeping on 2 bed settee which were very uncomfortable and no bic.
At R2800 a night I expected a little more comfort and to top it off the main sliding door fell off the runners when it was opened, the patio umbrella was broken and the pans in the kitchen were rusted.
The maintenance staff did fix the door the following day and said that it was ok when they checked it prior to us arriving. Sorry but prevention is better than the cure this didn't just happen it was poor maintenance by the staff or lack of.
The nature reserve was fantastic, very peaceful and we saw plenty of animals which the children loved. The reserve is well worth a visit but the lack of maintenance, I would not recommend this particular lodge for the price they ask for.

1  Thank Richard M
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Our visit to this reserve had two legs: 4 nights in a private home deep in the reserve and 2 nights in one of the camps operated by the reserve.
The private home is in the Idwala area and we stayed in #3. The dwelling is well-appointed but lacks a bit of maintenance. The house has 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Linen and towels were provided. There is a swimming pool and a very nice bbq area. The biggest problem in the reserve is the baboons. One cannot leave a door or window open and it was rather hot! Luckily there are fans installed in all rooms. The tranquility and scenery are absolutely magnificent. The house is high on a hill overlooking a dam with lots of hippo's. We will surely be back.

The next leg was in Tloe Lodge where we had a family weekend. The chalets are okay, but in extreme contrast with our "luxury" home the previous 4 days. Staff are friendly and helpfull, but the chalets lack maintenance. Our group rented 5 chalets, and there were lots of maintenance problems: broken fridges, fans, stoves, lights. I get the idea the maintenance are fairly reactive in their approach. The Kalahari Oasis pub in the reserve is a must-see. We only used the restaurant for a sandwich, and that was quite enjoyable. Infra-structure in the reserve is really good, and we can really recommend this as a destination!

1  Thank HeinOos
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