Who We Are

We pride ourselves on giving our guests an authentic African bush experience

About Us

Mavela Game Lodge is nestled in the heart of the magnificent Big 5 Manyoni Private Game Reserve, near Mkuze, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A unique all-inclusive luxury, safari-style tented bush lodge that affords both local and international travelers intimate encounters with the African wildlife. Committed to conservation and preserving wildlife for future generations, the owners – the Stevens’ family – recognise this region as a prime birding spot with exceptional game viewing opportunities. The lodge is managed and run by the Stevens family who will ensure that you are greeted with friendly hospitality and the highest standards of service. Mavela has become a wonderful destination for guests seeking an authentic wildlife and “Big 5” experience (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). Among the big 5, the reserve also strives to protect and conserve some of the most endangered species in Africa (Temminck's Pangolin, African Wild Dog, Black Rhino and Cheetah)

The Lodge

The lodge comprises an open-plan, two-story thatched welcome area with a lounge, bar and dining facilities leading out to the pool and a wooden veranda. The thatched roof depicts a diving raptor in flight and presents a regal architectural feature. Meals are served either in the dining area or outside on the deck under the starry African sky.

Enjoy your space as if it was the comfort of your own home. The lodge is fully-inclusive to all guests, meaning you can help yourself to anything you wish. The stunning upstairs bar with beautiful views of the rolling hills is open for self-service should you wish. Warm days are spent by the pool and cold nights are spent by the fireplace upstairs. Watch the captivating sunsets at the bar while enjoying your favorite wine.


The primary focus of Mavela Game Lodge is to allow guests to experience the diverse beauty of the African bush. Game drives in customized open-top land cruisers are twice daily in search of personal encounters with a range of abundant bird and wildlife.

Your safari experience will be led by a highly trained, FGASA qualified guide with years of experience in finding animals and explaining their behavior. If you have any specific interests such as birding, botany, geology, photography and star gazing - You name it, our guide will have some knowledge on the subject. Feel free to make any special requests, we will do our absolute best to provide you with the fascinating details of each subject .

Walking safaris will take you closer to nature for an immersive wilderness experience. Your guide will teach you about the finer details of the bush - learn about the art of tracking or the various medicinal and cultural uses of the plant life found in our area. You may even encounter one of the big 5 on foot!

Night drives can also be arranged to search for the rarely seen nocturnal animals. Head out after the sun has set, and wonder through the darkness under the starry night sky while the ranger searches the bush with his spotlight. Star gazing is a magical experience as we are situated far from any light pollution.

Manyoni Private Game Reserve

The Reserve has a large traversing area with varied habitats, healthy wildlife populations and is the ideal destination for a memorable African safari. Manyoni Private Game Reserve is one of the largest privately-owned reserves in Kwazulu-Natal. This 23,000-hectare reserve is the product of 17 dedicated landowners who dropped their fences in 2004 to create one contiguous protected area for our wildlife. The selection of the area as a potential release site for the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project was a major driving factor in the establishment of Manyoni. Our specialised guides will endeavor to show you the very best of the Manyoni Reserve