Our Rating
7.2
Overall

Safari Plains

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Mabula

from R2570 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Our Rating
7.2
Overall

Safari Plains

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Mabula

from R2570 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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43%
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Our Verdict

With its 20 stylish and spacious tented rooms, Safari Plains is the new luxury lodge option that was previously missing at Mabula.

Our Ratings

7.2
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
6.0
Setting
6.0
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

Our Ratings

7.2
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
6.0
Setting
6.0
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • The spacious tents at Safari Plains provide a more luxurious and intimate accommodation experience that fills a much-needed gap that previously existed at the top end of the Mabula reserve accommodation options
  • We love the hanging chairs for 2 on the verandas of the tents – just perfect for snuggling up with your better half whilst you enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the bush. And if you’re paying the extra for one of the Luxury tents, then relaxing in the lovely outdoor salas take this to another level!
  • The non-predator section of the Mabula reserve allows guests to partake in some fun activities not able to be enjoyed in other reserves, such as quad biking or horse-back riding safaris
  • The short travel time from Johannesburg is a massive bonus – leave the office and just a couple of hours later you can be enjoying a welcome cocktail served by one of the friendly lodge staff who receive so many rave reviews from guests for their great service!
  • There’s the chance to see some unusual game such as sable antelope on the lodge’s own portion of land

What's Not

  • Only a few of the Luxury tents are in the “front row” enjoying a view over the waterhole, the rest of the lodge’s 20 tented suites look out onto the bush with no specific views
  • Whilst it’s only a very short drive to the gates which give access to the Mabula reserve for game drives (and so not inconvenient for guests), bush purists would no doubt prefer that the visible realities of fence lines and gates didn’t have to be experienced

Safari Plains

Safari Plainsthere's little to match the romance and atmosphere of sleeping in a luxury safari tent, allowing you to enjoy the night chorus of the bushveld whilst still feeling safely ensconced in the comfort and security of your warm bed!

Lodge Profile

With its 20 stylish and spacious tented rooms, Safari Plains is the new luxury lodge option that was previously missing at Mabula.

Quick Overview

Location
Mabula
Drive Time
2 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
On a plain with waterhole
Rooms
20 - 6 Luxury (4 of these Family units) and 14 Standard (6 Family units)
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No
Off Road
No
Child Policy
All ages

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to head off to the Kruger Park every time we fancied a bit of a bush break? The reality though (if you’re based in Gauteng like so many of our clients) is that Kruger is just too far to nip away for a quick weekend break at the drop of a hat. That’s where reserves like Mabula and Pilanesberg really come into their own – at just an easy couple of hours drive from the city, you can pack up your desk on a Friday at lunchtime and literally be sipping on a welcome drink by mid-afternoon preparing to head off on the late afternoon game drive!

The Mabula reserve however has always had a luxury sized hole at the top end of its accommodation offering – whilst the rustic tents of the Kwafubesi camp and the much larger “bush hotel” type lodgings on offer at Mabula Lodge offer superb value for money products, there is no doubt that a gap existed at the more luxurious end of the market for clients wanting a more upmarket and exclusive experience when staying at Mabula. And that’s exactly where Safari Plains camp comes in…

In fact, Safari Plains actually lies on a piece of adjacent land just outside the Mabula reserve and was previously an independent reserve known as Thandeka – however it has now been taken over and superbly upgraded by the operators of Mabula and given its own private entry gates into the Mabula reserve for most game drives (accessed via a short drive from the camp) There is however a good variety of plains game to be seen on Safari Plain’s own land, with unusual spacies like sable antelope being a particular attraction.

The highlight of Safari Plains for us though, has to be the gorgeous tented suites of which there are 20 altogether – and great news for families with kids is that half of them are Family tents which boast 2 bedrooms, the first boasting a massive king size bed and the second with twin beds for the kids. There really is little to match the romance and atmosphere of sleeping in a luxury safari tent and the hugely spacious examples at Safari Plains are no exception, allowing you to enjoy the night chorus of the bushveld whilst still feeling safely ensconced in the comfort and security of your warm bed!

Reached by winding sandy paths, the 20 tented suites are generously spaced for plenty of privacy, with at least 30 or 40 metres separating neighbours. Something to take note of is that 6 of the tents (4 of them being Family units) are categorised as “Luxury” units and these have the benefit of a more spacious living area inside – but even better though, these Luxury tents also boast gorgeous private salas where you can flop on a comfy shaded day bed and happily laze away the afternoon! The Luxury tents actually lie under a thatched roof which spares you from the heat of the sun – this in conjunction with the air-conditioning enjoyed by all the suites will ensure that you stay nice and cool and comfortable even in the heat of mid-summer no matter which type of tent you choose!

If there is any negative, it’s that just a limited number of the more premium Luxury tents enjoy a front row view over the lodge waterhole, with the rest just looking out into the bush. An unusual touch that we really like are the hanging chairs for 2 in which you can curl up and relax with your better half whilst looking out at the bushveld from your wooden deck at the front of the tent.

Otherwise a great place to escape the heat is to head over to the lodge swimming pool, where you can relax on a lounger on the expansive wooden deck overlooking the lodge waterhole. The main lodge public areas are quite large (as you might expect with a lodge of 20 rooms) and perhaps lack the intimacy you associate with smaller lodges. The dining area features large chandeliers over quite ornate table settings with extensive glass window areas and correspondingly large draped curtains - and despite the exposed thatched ceiling it perhaps lacks that real traditional game lodge feel. Having said that the lodge is perfect for hosting weddings or perhaps small corporate getaways.

Whether you’re relaxing on the pool deck or enjoying dinner, one thing that is likely to stand out is the friendliness of the staff, with much of the feedback from guests giving rave reviews in this regard. This extends to the rangers who go out of their way to make sure that guests enjoy their drives. As mentioned previously, drives take place on the Mabula reserve which provides reliable and at times rewarding game viewing. With the reserve being divided into 2 sections – one with lions and the other without – there’s also the chance to enjoy some of the more unusual activities on offer in the non-predator section, including quad biking and horse-back safaris! And after all that action, what could be better than unwinding with a couple’s massage at the lodge’s lovely Spa…

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Child Policy

  • Children 0 to 5 years stay free when sharing with two full paying adults in a Family room. Not permitted on the standard safari. Kiddies
  • bumble offered in the morning after breakfast.
  • Children 6 to 18 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults. Permitted on safaris at management
  • discretion and subject to availability of seats on the vehicles.
  • Babysitting on request at an additional charge.