Mabalingwe Game Lodge is situated in the lush, tropical South African province of Limpopo. This prime positioning makes it the ideal habitat for a range of Africa's most revered and intriguing wildlife, plants and birds. In addition, this is a Malaria-free region, making it ideal for families with younger children, as well as for the elderly.
The lodge is nestled within over 12 500 hectares of natural vegetation and some of the country's most beautiful wildlife has made this their habitat. These include Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino (collectively known as the Big 5) as well as Giraffe, Hippo, Hyena and Sable, amongst others. Soaring ahead and chirping in the boughs of the many trees are over 250 species of birds. The fauna and flora can be seen spotted from open safari vehicles that allow the best panoramic views from the safety of its interiors. Alternatively, take a ride on horseback to witness the countryside and its wildest residents from this lofty position, or take a hike along one of the many trails. There are several bush camps at which safari guests can catch up on some well-deserved sleep before embarking on another safari.
In addition to diversity in accommodation, there is an equal array of things to do and see for guests of Mabalingwe Game Lodge. Work up an appetite on the squash- and tennis courts and then enjoy a sumptuous meal and a refreshing cocktail at the Tshukudu restaurant. This variety is complemented by world-class service and a warm South African welcome to ensure that our guests feel as valued and esteemed as they are.
Mabalingwe Game Lodge offers self-catering chalets, en-suite rooms at the lodge and bush camps with a distinctly rustic feel.
The Tlou Lodge
This lodge comprises 53 chalets, each with a capacity of two adults. These stylish retreats are elegant and comfortable, placing visitors right within the animals' gorgeous habitat.
Two-sleeper lodge rooms
The standard rooms at the lodge sleep two adults and are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, telephones, televisions and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
These rooms enjoy convenient accessibility to the conference rooms and equipment, convenience shop and sports area.
Three-bedroom self-catering units
There are nine self-catering chalets in the Tlou camp, each with six beds in three en-suite bedrooms, kitchen appliances (including a microwave, fridge and freezer), a television, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini bar, telephone, patio and braai (barbecue) facilities.
The five chalets are also self-catering and each have a lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, as well as a patio and braai area. These thatched retreats extend from Kubu Camp in the north to Ingwe Camp in the south and boast the very best there is in terms of prime views.
There are four-bedded and six-bedded options available, each exuding a sense of comfort and serenity.
Pitsi Bush Camp
The Pitsi Bush Camp is a secluded camp for a group of ten guests. It is set apart from the other camps, guaranteeing privacy while never negotiating on the quality of this authentic African experience. Guests will be pleased to know that there is electricity and running water (hot and cold). After a hot summer's day, visitors are invited to refresh themselves in the camp's splash pool.
Guests are required to stay in the camp for a minimum of two nights and no organised game drives are included in the quoted price of accommodation.
Kalahari Bush Camp
The Kalahari Tented Camp is nestled at the foot of the mountains and comprises five self-catering tents, connected to one another by wooden walkways. These are perfect for families or groups of friends and are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, fridges, stoves, tea- and coffee-making facilities and electricity. Although connected, each tent is amidst dense bush and / or trees, secluding it from the others and ensuring the privacy of each guest.
A kitchen with all the essential amenities, lapa and ablution block are situated at the end of the walkway and are easily accessible to all of the bush camp tents.
Mabalingwe Game Lodge is less than two hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria and has the facilities to accommodate 250 conference delegates. In addition, its location in the South African bushveld also makes it ideal for teambuilding initiatives.
The Tlou conference centre is ideal as it combines conference facilities and accommodation. There are also timeshare camps within minutes of the conference facilities as well as Tshukudu and Kubu Boma restaurants, all designed to cater to the various needs of esteemed delegates.
Game drives through the reserve are available at different times throughout the day, giving visitors the opportunity to see as many different species as possible. The open safari vehicles guarantee maximum visibility, while ensuring the safety of its passengers. Night drives are conducted by trained guides, who share their knowledge and experience with guests.
Alternatively, guests may decide to embark on a self-guided game drive. However, this is only available during the day.
Night drives expose an entirely new array of animals, emerging from their burrows and boughs in search of food and water in the cool evening hours.
Every Sunday and Wednesday morning, a game drive specifically focussing on the 250 different species of birds found on the reserve is conducted. These can be arranged on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on request.
The mountains around Mabalingwe provide the ideal environment in which to take your vehicle for the ultimate test drive. In addition to challenging terrain, the stunning views are sure to impress.
Horse Back Safaris
Traversing the South African bushveld atop one of the magnificent and trained animals provides riders with the unique opportunity of seeing, touching, smelling and tasting Africa from an entirely new perspective. Sunset rides, early morning rides and short trots (1.5 hours) during the day are available. The less experienced or children may opt for a 30 minute ride.
Mabalingwe is the ideal retreat for teambuilding initiatives. Activities such as archery, 4 x 4 trails, obstacle courses, paintball and abseiling cater to the unique needs and goals of different organisations and teams.
Wildlife & Scenery
The fauna and flora surrounding Mabalingwe Game Lodge are certainly its most prized and valued possessions, luring visitors from all over South Africa and the world to admire such breath-taking scenery and variety.