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Kwafubesi

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Mabula

from R 2242 pp/night sharing

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6.1
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Kwafubesi

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Mabula

from R 2242 pp/night sharing

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Intimate little bush camp of just 5 simple tents offering a taste of old-fashioned safari style just 2 hours north of Johannesburg.

Our Ratings

6.1
Overall
6.0
Luxury & Style
6.0
Setting
6.0
Game Viewing
5.5
Romance

Our Ratings

6.1
Overall
6.0
Luxury & Style
6.0
Setting
6.0
Game Viewing
5.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • In this age of ever more luxurious lodges that run the danger of alienating you from the bushveld outside, Kwafubesi is a welcome “blast from the past” by getting back to bush basics
  • The tents are simple but comfortable, attractive and very private - perfect for that romantic getaway you’ve been planning for so long
  • Loads of cool activities on offer – the horseback and quadbike safaris in particular are 2 very different and unique ways of experiencing the bush!
  • The close proximity to Johannesburg means it’s just a 2 hour trip to escape the excesses and stresses of the city

What's Not

  • Could be just a bit too simple and rustic for some guests – if the idea of not having access to air-conditioning for example gives you a panic attack, then you’d be better off elsewhere
  • The lodge doesn’t have the most interesting location as it just looks out onto a bushveld covered plain – pity there’s no waterhole for example in front of the camp
Kwafubesi

KwafubesiKwafubesi’s laid-back charm and authentic bush style represents in many ways the complete opposite approach to that seen at many other lodges. Rather than adding more luxury and clutter, the focus here has been on stripping everything back to basics

Lodge Profile

Intimate little bush camp of just 5 simple tents offering a taste of old-fashioned safari style just 2 hours north of Johannesburg.

Quick Overview

Location
Mabula
Drive Time
2 hour drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
Overlooking plain
Rooms
5 Tented rooms
Aircon
No
Pool
Yes
Spa
No
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
No - Ranger only
Off Road
No
Child Policy
No children under 14

Whilst sister property Mabula Game Lodge is a large 53 room “bush hotel” with loads of facilities, Kwafubesi Tented Camp takes a completely different approach. Everything has been stripped back to basics in the creation of a very personal and intimate little rustic tented camp that seeks to deliver what so many travellers want in their African bush experience: authenticity.

AN AUTHENTIC TENTED GETAWAY IN THE HEART OF THE BUSHVELD

We’re sure that all of us have been struck with that urge to just “get away from it all”. Maybe it’s that cellphone that rings once too often during dinner, or that important email that comes just as you’re about to go lock up the office – but eventually there comes a time when we all just want to hit the off switch for a bit and recuperate. And this is exactly where Kwafubesi comes into its own. Hidden deep in the heart of the 12000-hectare Mabula Private Game Reserve just 2 hours north of Johannesburg, this little camp lets you get away from the stresses and strains of modern living.

BACK TO BASICS

Kwafubesi’s laid-back charm and authentic bush style represents in many ways the complete opposite approach to that seen at many other lodges. Rather than adding more luxury and clutter, the focus here has been on stripping everything back to basics. So there’s no air-conditioning for example or designer furniture. About the only really modern convenience in fact is the small swimming pool next to the bar area (which really does come in handy on those hot summer days!)

SIMPLE BUT COMFY TENTS

Guests sleep in 5 simple but very comfortable tents on elevated wooden platforms looking out on the bush. Each tent has a full bathroom en-suite (and here “old-fashioned” isn’t a euphemism for “broken and outdated”: they’re smart, clean and very private, with a shower and large stone tub to have an early evening soak in), as well as its own private deck that looks out over the bushveld.

CANVAS AND CRISP LINEN

The tents themselves have that simple and homely charm in heaps. Canvas cloth and clean white linen bring simplicity to the room, while bold reds, browns and romantic lamps add a colonial bush style. This old-style charm is reflected in the wooden furniture and wooded touches around the room, which is complimented by the focus on a subtle earthy palette.

DINING DELIGHTS

And in the main lodge, this trend of authentic old-time charm continues. Sitting around the roaring log fire in the boma, eating traditional South African kos (cuisine) under a Milky Way that sparkles like it never can in cities, it’s easy to forget that there’s an outside world of reports and bosses and bills. Many meals are eaten in communal style, with guests chatting at a shared table with your ranger as host. But if you’re more focussed on a romantic evening, then a private dinner served by lamplight on the deck of your tent is likely to do the trick!

A THOUSAND THINGS TO DO

Of course there’s the usual twice daily game drives through the 12 000 hectares of the reserve where you can spot the Big Five as well as rarities like cheetah (note that the reserve is split into 2 separate sections with the resident lion pride confined to 1 of them), but the beauty of the Mabula reserve is that it offers a host of more unusual options too.

HEAD OUT ON HORSEBACK OR QUAD BIKES

Ditch the motorised vehicles and take a safari on horseback for example. Kwafubesi has trained guides who know the trails like the backs of their hands – and they can get you right up to Mabula reserve’s animals. Or if horses aren’t your thing, you can do the same on the walking trails with guides (armed, for your safety – society has its uses after all) who can show you the local plants and trees and get you as close as humanly (and safely) possible to the larger beasts of Africa. Or for something completely different, head out to explore the reserve on quadbikes (you’ll probably be comforted to know that these activities take place in the lion-free sector of the park!)

And at night, the action continues:  with the blazing city lights finally extinguished, Kwafubesi’s staff can take you on a guided star gazing tour (the perfect opportunity to see the stars in their full beauty) or on the awe-inspiring Majuma Experience to see lions hunting in the darkness of Mabula.

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Child Policy

  • 0-7 years not permitted at lodge
  • 8 years and older considered as adults - stay in own tents and pay full adult rates.