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Safari Plains

Safari Lodge in the malaria-free Greater Mabula Reserve


Greater Mabula Game Reserve
Waterberg region
South Africa
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Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province, Safari Plains proudly welcomes guests to relax and rejuvenate in the tranquil Africa bush. The exquisite beauty of wide open savannas with its rich wildlife heritage and spectacular vistas are a melting pot for a majestic wilderness destination. Close enough to Gauteng, only a couple of hours drive the luxurious haven that is Safari Plains will draw everyone who has experienced it to return again and again.

Safari Plains redefines luxury in the bush from the impressive high-ceilinged dining room and elegant lounge to the impressive bar and relaxing spa. Enter our bush-veld connoisseur, romantic at heart and families alike.

Each of the gorgeous tented suites commands a private space within the natural indigenous bush-veld. These safari style tents offer great comfort and a luxurious ambiance with private timber wrap around decks. A romantic swing or authentic safari seating offers a great space to sit outdoors and enjoy the views over the waterhole. The six luxury tents offer a slightly larger main area and come complete with a private sala which is perfect for whiling away a lazy afternoon. Air conditioning throughout ensure guests can enjoy year round temperature controlled tented accommodation. Great news for families with kids is that half of the tents 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!

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 species like sable antelope being a particular attraction.

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…

SADC 7 Day Out Midweek Rate


per person sharing per night in a Safari Suite. Valid until 31 May 2024

Special SADC 7 Day Out Weekend Rate


per person sharing per night in a Safari Suite. Valid until 31 May 2024

SADC Special

Midweek - R2,515
Weekend - R2.965

per person sharing per night in a Safari Suite. Valid until 31 May 2024.

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night.


Three meals daily
Two safaris each day
VAT at 15%


Safaris are conducted in open 4 x 4 vehicles, exploring the one hundred and twenty square kilometres big five Greater Mabula Game Reserve. A wide array of activities are available such as hot air balloon safaris, horseback safaris, quad biking adventures and guided bush walks among others


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.
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!.

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