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Mark R
Athens, Greece

A special experience.

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 03 Feb 2024
The lodge itself was good, if maybe not as luxurious as some pictures suggest. The staff are great though and animal life even around the lodge area is wonderful. The reserve is a special place with beautiful locations and stunning wildlife. Our trip was arranged through SAGA who were the worst aspect of the trip as their communication was sadly lacking. As an example, no-one at SAGA seemed to know that it's not possible to get an airline code from them to pre-book seats or meals on what are very long overnight flights from UK to SA. This is because everyone has the same 'group code'. Food was ok, very meat based of course but if you come here to see animals, it is very special.
Date of stay: January 2024
Room Tip: Smart dress for dinner is not required. If you are gluten free or don't eat meat maybe take some...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear 740MarkR740, thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience at Mabula Game Lodge and hope to welcome you back.

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The Mabula Team
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    Reviewed 17 January 2024

    Very good experience. Room staff anf food are excellent. Rangers are very kindly and efficient. You can find in a jeep a blanqet for the external temperature that in the morning is low. Good experience!

    Date of stay: January 2024
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    Hayley Knight, Marketing at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

    Dear rcande881722, thank you for your lovely review. We love that you enjoyed your Mabula Game Lodge safari experience and look forward to welcoming you back.

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    Reviewed 16 January 2024

    Loved the stay, just when you thought you have experienced the best then expectations kept being exceeded! Loved the Game drive and yes, the ice cream bicycle that showed up during the drive for our treat was amazing! Definitely loved it!

    Date of stay: January 2024
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    Hayley Knight, Marketing at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

    Dear GAAMONGWE B, thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your safari experience at Mabula Game Lodge and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

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    Reviewed 12 January 2024 via mobile

    What an experience! A lovely 7 days. Thabo Mathi is an exceptional guide and our lucky charm. We saw everything from spotted genet cats, servals, snakes, aardwolf, some endangered animals and the most colourful birds. Best bush experience ever. 🌸

    Room tip: Parking availability, pool available. Book the Spa a day in advance. Mornings are best for bird watching.
    Date of stay: January 2024
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Hayley Knight, Marketing at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

    Dear J V, thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience at Mabula Game Lodge and hope to welcome you back soon.

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    Reviewed 8 January 2024

    The room and the game drive were lovely, although we arrived in a room that wasn't made up yet. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
    The food was average and the waiters were terribly slow. The restaurant didn't have ice on a summer afternoon.

    Date of stay: January 2024
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    Reviewed 5 January 2024

    Best holiday i have ever been on by far!

    A frequent traveller, Mabula Game Lodge was by far my best holiday by miles!

    The animals sightings were incredible! The staff were always friendly and always kind, nothing was ever too much for them

    We had Stefan as our tour guide & i honestly could not have asked for a better tour guide, he was so passionate about his job, had an answer for all our questions and was just always fun to be around.

    There was never a dull moment and i could not recommend Mabula Game Lodge enough, i will 100% returning and was devastated to go home.

    Best experience ever & Best Staff

    Date of stay: December 2023
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Hayley Knight, Marketing at Mabula Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2024

    Dear niciarab, thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoyed your safari experience at Mabula Game Lodge and hope to welcome you back soon.

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