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Reviewed 16 February 2024

After a 3 year gap since our last visit we decided to celebrate our 49th wedding Anniversary at Mavela and are delighted that we did so. The new tents with their décor , spaciousness ,setup and panoramic views are spectacular , the food was sublime and the all the staff we encountered went out of their way to make our stay wonderfully pleasurable . Rowland was our guide and his knowledge and understanding of the bush and it’s inhabitants is profound , especially regarding the birdlife. I thoroughly enjoyed the bush walk I did with him and would recommend both the walk and him to anyone. Of all the beautiful sightings we had while we were at Mavela , including a lioness and her 2 young cubs, rhino , elephant , buffalo , towers of giraffe , multitudes of birds and many others; the lasting memory we will keep with us forever is that of a tiny 75mm Leopard Tortoise scrabbling his way across the dirt road in front us- that was nature at it’s best – priceless!
Our congratulations to everyone at Mavela and hopefully we will be back next year for our 50th.
Ian & Stella

Date of stay: February 2024
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Martenique Swanepoel, Guest Services / Front Office at Mavela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2024

Dear Ian and Stell,

The "new" magical Mavela is something we are all proud of. The big and small details at the lodge and in the tents were all hard thought of in making guests' experiences STUPENDOUS. Thank you for acknowledging the beauty of the tiny tortoise, majestic ellies, and other great wildlife on the reserve.

Thank you, and until we meet again.

The Mavela Family

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Reviewed 24 January 2024

Had a wonderful 5 night stay for our honeymoon. From our first step in the door, we were made to feel at home by all the staff members. Our friendly guide, Jason, was fantastic with his thorough knowledge of the flora and fauna. Even as a regular bush enthusiast, he provided a lot of new and interesting facts. The room was awesome, it was comfortable and homely and we loved the bird bath in front that attracted Warthogs and Nyala during the heat of the day. Food was tasty, always had a great selection and was a highlight of the stay.

Date of stay: January 2024
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Martenique Swanepoel, Guest Services / Front Office at Mavela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2024

Dear Justin & Rachel,

It is so important that at Mavela we offer our guests a 5-star experience from all aspects, the game drives, accommodation and food. Our team, Jason, the kitchen staff and the housekeepers are delighted we met your expectations and made your honeymoon memorable. Wishing you a very happy marriage from us all at Mavela.

The Mavela Family

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Reviewed 12 January 2024

It was all that one wishes for at a game lodge and yet so so much more! One feels so royal at all times and pleasant little surprises throughout the day. We had a nice little surprise treat for the evening with bush drinks by a stream. The table was set with drinks and snacks which were served with big smiles. We were so lucky to see and experience the lions mating right outside our lodge. This was truly the experience of a life time and will always be remembered it. It sounded like the lions that day were right outside my shower that morning.... It was. The tents are amazing and the surroundings are both stunning and peaceful! The food was heavenly and our guide "C" was the best! He taught us so much and really had the strongest passion for nature and all its beauty. He had a realm of knowledge. So many beautiful birds and wildlife. We will definitely be back!

Room tip: Everything was perfect!
Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Martenique Swanepoel, Guest Services / Front Office at Mavela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2024

Dear Kerry,

It was such a pleasure having your family stay with us during the holidays and to be able to provide you with a bush experience you can think back on. We will thank the lions for their part! Thank you so much for this kind review, the team and C are happy beyond words :)

Warmest safari wishes,
The Mavela Family

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Reviewed 5 January 2024

From the moment you arrive, the warm sincere greetings, a wet towel to clean your hands, a sweet cool drink, you are welcomed as family .
The incredible view from the balcony that wraps around the lodge, the tents with linen and covers that are so incredibly comfortable .The food - just wow!!, the service 10/10. The game drives -our guide Jason- so knowledgable, patient and a great sense of humour .
Highly highly recommend!!
Can't wait to come back !
Thank you

Room tip: Everything is incredible
Date of stay: January 2024
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Dan Stevens, General Manager at Mavela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2024

Dear Kim

The Mavela Team is always striving to deliver a great South African safari experience and when we receive an enthusiastic feedback report, we are incredibly grateful. Thank you, Thank you.

Each of our rangers brings their personality onto the game drives and you have to love Jason's sense of humour and great knowledge.

Warmest safari wishes,
Dan & Martenique

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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Absolutely Fantastic.
Luxury accommodation, excellent food and service. Amazing Game Drives with a very knowledgeable guide.
We saw some wonderful sights including lion, buffalo, elephant, hippo, and hyena.
Can’t wait to come again!

Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Martenique Swanepoel, Guest Services / Front Office at Mavela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2024

Dear Lyndsay,

One of the greatest compliments a guest can pay our dedicated Mavela team is "can't wait to come again". It was an absolute pleasure to host you at the lodge.

May your 2024 be a "roaring" success!

Best safari wishes,
The Mavela Family

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