Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

Explore Limpopo’s incredible wildlife and gorgeous indigenous environment at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve



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If you’re a fan of fun, nature and wildlife, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is the place for you. With a large variety of activities to choose from, such as game drives, bird drives, lion feeding drives, horseback safaris and guided walks, guests can experience wildlife and Limpopo’s great outdoors like never before.

Guests are also allowed to enter the game viewing area with their own vehicles, allowing you to search for Africa’s Big 5 in the comfort of your own car.

The reserve has a multitude of exciting facilities and activities on offer, forming a fun and safe environment the whole family can enjoy. With incredible accommodation also on offer, spend a few days enjoying the breath-taking scenery and exciting adventures that Mabalingwe Nature Reserve  has to offer. Welcome to Mabalingwe Nature Reserve.

It’s hard to believe that what started out as a 2 141 hectare maize and game farm in 1972, over time became the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. This 9 500 hectare nature reserve is an unforgettably special holiday destination that forever leaves its imprint on the hearts of those who visit it.

Back in the day the Tswana words “mabala a nkwe” were melded and reshaped to form the name Mabalingwe. True to the character of the resort, the words used to name it have a special meaning… “spots of the leopard”. And scattered all around the reserve, just like the spots of the leopard, you are bound to encounter all manner of things uniquely Mabalingwe.

Mabalingwe is all about getting back to nature – a spectacular landscape allows you to lose yourself in a true South African Bushveld environment with abundant birdlife, stunning indigenous trees and shrubs and a wide variety of wildlife. The Mabalingwe Reserve’s team has a passion for providing a holiday destination that has family at its heart, providing the perfect space for shared quality experiences and celebrating family. You have the perfect setting, you’ve brought the family and now all that’s left is… just have fun.

Mabalingwe has a range of activities that highlight South Africa’s wildlife and indigenous environment.

Game Drives:

You can’t get much closer to unspoiled nature and wildlife than an open game drive vehicle. Game drives take guests through the Reserve’s stunning landscapes – grasslands, rocky ravines and majestic mountain tops – a truly unforgettable experience.

Game Drives depart from the boarding stairs at the Le Fera Plaaswinkel/ Farmshop. Guests to be at the steps 15 Min prior to departure.

Bookings are essential. Self-drive game viewing drives are allowed too.

Game Drive Times:

Summer (September – April)

06:30 – 08:30

10:00 – 12:00

16:30 – 19:00

19:30 -21:30

Winter (May – August)

07:00 – 09:00

10:00 – 12:00

16:00 – 18:00

19:00 – 21:00

Night Drives:

Enjoy a night drive with a trained and qualified field guide who will shine some light on nocturnal animals such as owls, jackal, bush babies and many other fascinating creatures of the night. Night drives are a very special, highly enjoyable and extremely educational experience.

Game Drives depart from the boarding stairs at the Le Fera Plaaswinkel/ Farmshop. Guests to be at the steps 15 Min prior to departure.

Night drives take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays; weather permitting. Bookings are essential.

Bird Watching Drives:

Limpopo generally provides even the most discerning birder with exceptional birding opportunities and over 250 bird species have been spotted at Mabalingwe alone.

Game Drives depart from the boarding stairs at the Le Fera Plaaswinkel/ Farmshop. Guests to be at the steps 15 Min prior to departure.

Bird Watching Drives take place on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Summer (September – April): 06:30 – 08:30

Winter (May – August): 07:00 – 09:00

Bookings are essential.

Live-Long Trail:

A 1 hour guided trail walk where the guides will focus on medicinal and cultural uses of the trees in the Waterberg Region.

Depart from Reception. Guests to be at Reception 15 Min prior to departure

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 08:00


The passionate and knowledgeable nature-specialist and ecotainer hosts a fabulous Ecotainment program that our guests absolutely love.

Ecotrail – Tuesdays and Thursdays – hiking trail ± 1.5 hours

Ecocub Club – This activity takes place on a Sunday from 09:00 – 13:30 (for children aged 6 – 12 years) Mabalingwe guarantee that the young guests will be delighted by activities like, making “stokbrood”, water purification, spoor identification and many more.

EcoTeen Club –This activity takes place on a Saturday afternoon from 14:00 – 16:00 (for teens aged 13 – 16 years) Includes exciting activities like Tree identification, spoor identification and many more.

Bookings are essential.

4X4 Trail:

Challenge yourself and your vehicle to an off-road experience that includes adrenaline, a healthy dose of fun and spectacular views. This activity is free of charge and you can drive at any time during the day.

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve Facilities:

With a variety on offer, your children will just fall in love with the area. Features include a games room with pool table, table tennis, several swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, mini-golf and more.

Restaurants & Bars:

Le Fera Restaurant and Bar

The best memories are often made around a table – especially if the table is at Le Fera Restaurant and Bar.

With a magnificent view of one of the many dams on the property, Le Fera Restaurant and Bar is the perfect spot to go and enjoy a sun downer, or to take a well-deserved break from cooking/braai’ing and eat a tasty meal. The Restaurant and Bar, is a perfect lookout point; couple this with the friendly staff, good service and value for money meals and it is no wonder that guests keep going back for more.

Kalahari Oasis Bush Pub

Situated in the game viewing area, this unique pub was once the set of a TV film and was then converted into a very special, uniquely South African venue. Perfect for a leisurely drink during the course of an idyllic Mabalingwe day.

Convenience Shop & Curio Shop:

Le Fera Plaaswinkel/Farmshop

The shop is located in the recreation area. This convenience shop offers a selection of essential items (like toothbrushes, etc.), cold drinks, sweets, magazines and clothing items.

Liquor Store: The liquor store is situated inside the Le Fera Plaaswinkel/ Farmshop. There is also a liquor outlet at the caravan park.

ATM & Fuel: ATMs are available, at the Le Fera Plaaswinkel/Farmshop and at Reception. Petrol and Diesel are available at the Main Gate.

Fun and Games:

Tennis: There are two tennis courts opposite the shop and one court at Kubu swimming pool. Please book at the Le Fera Plaaswinkel/ Farmshop.

Squash Court: The squash court is situated opposite the shop, at the pool area.

Mini Golf: Fun for the whole family! Situated at the shop. Please book at the shop.

Computer Games Room: Xbox and hand-held games pads.

Kids Play Room: The perfect sport for the younger kiddies to enjoy fun, age-appropriate activities from colouring in to watching a show on the Disney channel, or a dvd.

Entertainment Area: Located at the main pool area next to the Le Fera Plaaswinkel/Farmshop, this is the hub for all entertainment programs and activities.

Sauna: The sauna is situated at Ingwe Camp, just below the Restaurant. Bookings are essential.

Swimming: Whichever you prefer, there are a variety of cold swimming pools (and a heated pool!) located all over the Reserve. Please remember that pools are used at own risk.

Reception: For your convenience, Reception is open from 07:00 – 22:00 every day.

Mabalingwe Reserve is also the perfect venue to host weddings and corporate events. Let Mabalingwe make your wedding day as unique and special as you are. The perfect backdrop, matchless sights and beautiful sounds of the South African bushveld… The perfect setting to celebrate your special day with your soul mate. Celebrate your marriage with your loved ones; enjoying good food, friendly service and that perfect touch that the bushveld offers. Allow Le Fera Mabalingwe to assist you in making your wedding or function unique, exceptional and all that you have always envisioned your special day to be. Mabalingwe weddings are all about celebrating the love the bridal couple have for one another and their love for nature.

Mabalingwe Wedding Venue Options:

Kalahari Oasis wedding: Celebrate this special day in our special Kalahari Oasis Venue. Bringing the excitement of the infamous Castrol Ad Setting to your wedding day. Something unique and truly South African for the unique couple. Seats up to 40 guests inside and 150 outside Available from 17:00 for private weddings or functions. Setup will be done before 17:00.

Le Fera restaurant: Overlooking the exquisite Waterberg scenery, the setting at the Le Fera restaurant will complement the beauty of the bride on her special day. Seats up to 90 guests. Available from 12 noon the day before your wedding or function for setup.

*Please note: Venue includes standard tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery. Table cloths and chair covers will be quoted separately.

Team building is a niche at Mabalingwe. Some of the activities available includes archery, Bushveld Olympics, fear factor and 4×4 trails to name but a few. With its superb conference facility at Hippo Creek, Mabalingwe Game Reserve caters to the need of any corporate client.

Mabalingwe Reserve offers a variety of gorgeous accommodation to suit the needs of all their guests.

Bush Camps: The Bush Camps are well-suited for the more adventurous nature-loving explorer and for guests that really want to bask in the beautiful untouched bushveld that Mabalingwe is so well-known for. It’s all about inhaling fresh air, the feeling of sunshine on your skin, the sights and sounds of the bushveld, a majestic African sunset and experiencing this all with loved ones.

(Please note: all of the Bush Camps are only accessible with high-clearance motor vehicles.)

Privately situated at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, Kalahari Bush Camp is ideal for family or group getaways. The five well-appointed tents are connected by a wooden walkway and are the perfect accommodation to enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding bushveld.

Kalahari Bush Camp: Each of the permanently fixed tents, are fitted with twin beds and have en-suite bathrooms, as well as electricity. The five Bush Tents can accommodate two adults (each), are private and separate from each other but share a fully-equipped communal kitchen, lapa/braai area and ablution facilities.

Kalahari Tent Camp: Offers guests a rustic accommodation in the very heart of the bushveld – the perfect option to really get in touch with the natural, untouched surrounds and bask in the unspoilt views of the mountain and beyond. Each of the five domed tents comfortably sleeps two adults, hold two stretcher beds and have lights but no power points. The Tent Camp has a shared, communal ablution facility, but each tent has a fire pit area.

The 4X4 Camp: Perfect for an absolute nature escape/bushveld adventure and is suitable for any bush-loving, 4X4 explorer and with no electricity or “frivolous” luxuries is the ideal option, for avid campers with all the gear. The 4X4 Camp is all about experiencing and celebrating nature in all its wonder and magnificence. 4X4 Camp Stands are exclusively accessible by 4×4 vehicles, have no electricity but have braai and ablution facilities. These stands are also situated conveniently close to the famous Kalahari Oasis Bush Pub. A maximum of four adults can occupy each of the seven stands.

Pitsi Bush Camp: Ideally accommodates groups of ten guests and with it being situated away from the rest of the camps, offers tranquillity, privacy and a unique nature experience. Pitsi is all about celebrating the small things, like listening to the stridulating of beetles, the howls of jackals, the song of birds and the laughter of family. The Pitsi Bush Units have a twin bed set and access to communal facilities, including a kitchen, outdoor toilet and shower, lapa/braai area, and a splash pool for the warmer days. Pitsi Bush Camp also has running hot and cold water facilities. Each unit sleeps a maximum of two adults.

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is renowned for sunny, pleasantly warm weather most of the year. This makes it an ideal holiday destination – perfect for enjoying game viewing, outdoor activities and sultry evenings around the fire. Added to the excellent accommodation and host of resort facilities and activities – the beautiful mountains, natural dams, unspoilt bushveld, breath-taking sunsets and the fact that the area is malaria free – make Mabalingwe a sought after year round holiday destination. The Mabalingwe timeshare units are as follows:

Ingwe Camp: Situated on top of a craggy rock outcrop, overlooking the Waterberg Valley. Each unit has a unique view and the fact that there are often animals grazing near the units means guests are truly close to nature. There is a heated swimming pool just below the restaurant and an unheated pool near Chalet 22.

The 4 sleeper Unit: Double bed in the loft area, sleeper couch (suitable for under 12) in the living area, one bathroom on ground floor, fully equipped kitchen and outside braai facilities.

The 6 sleeper unit: Two ground floor rooms; one with a double bed and one with two single beds, a loft area with two single beds, two bathrooms (one en suite to the main bedroom), fully equipped kitchen and outside braai facilities.

Kwalata Camp: Situated in the picturesque mountains, the units all have outstanding views of the bush. Kwalata Camp is a short drive from the conference centre and the main pool area (which has unheated swimming pools as well as a baby pool).

The 4 sleeper Unit: Double bed and two single beds, one bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and outside braai facilities.

The 6 sleeper unit: Two ground floor rooms; one with a double bed and one with two single beds, a loft area with two single beds, two bathrooms (one en suite to the main bedroom), fully equipped kitchen and outside braai facilities.

Phiri Camp: Has a strikingly relaxing atmosphere and breathtaking views. Visitors can expect to spot animals grazing near the chalets and can enjoy the camp’s unheated pool, baby pool and lapa.

The 6 sleeper unit: Two ground floor rooms; one with a double bed and one with two single beds, a loft area with two single beds, two bathrooms (one en suite to the main bedroom), fully equipped kitchen and outside braai facilities.

Kubu Camp: Has a spectacular view of the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. This camp is situated about 3km from the Main Reception area and has an unheated pool and a lapa.

The 6 sleeper unit: Two ground floor rooms; one with a double bed and one with two single beds, a loft area with two single beds, two bathrooms (one en suite to the main bedroom), fully equipped kitchen and outside braai facilities.

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