Mavela Game Lodge focuses on displaying the diverse beauty of the Zululand bush. Game drives are in the early morning and late afternoon into the evening, in search of personal encounters with a range of abundant bird species and wildlife.
Some come to experience the Big 5, and leave with an everlasting appreciation of the magnificent birdlife. Mavela is renowned for its exceptional birding opportunities, with over 400 species recorded on the reserve.
Explore the Manyoni Private Game Reserve in a customized open-top 4×4 safari vehicle, led by a knowledgeable guide. The guide will take you on a search for the reserve's renowned wildlife while pointing out the subtleties of the ecosystem around you. Be prepared to get up close with the larger animals as the guide takes you off-road to get the best possible view. Game drives depart early morning and late afternoon when the animals are most active. This gives you the best chance of seeing an incredible wildlife spectacle – you may even be lucky enough to see a hunt! Expect to encounter free-ranging Wildlife throughout the duration of your safari. There are a wide range of animals to view, including; The Big 5, cheetah, Wild Dog, Giraffe, Zebra, kudu, wildebeest and many, many more.
The morning departure is usually half an hour before sunrise. with a tea/coffee break affording guests the opportunity to stretch legs and absorb the beauty of the natural surroundings.
The evening game drive departs mid-to late afternoon. The field guide customises each route, depending on what was seen previously and according to the group’s specific interest. The stop at dusk offers guests traditional, South African “sundowners” and a variety of typical South African snacks. It is a special moment to pause and listen to the night sounds with the African sun setting over the pristine bushveld, after which it is time to search for the more elusive, nocturnal creatures of the reserve.
The diversity of habitats found on the Manyoni reserve invite you to go searching for all sorts of beautiful and elusive bird species. From riverine thickets to grassy plains, the bush provides an abundance of birdlife. The Stevens family are avid birdwatchers and ensure that guests are given a glimpse into this fascinating hobby.
The guides at Mavela are bird specialists, and will be able to identify many of the birds by their call alone. They love a challenge, and if you wish to come searching for a specific bird, we will search high and low to get the sighting you wish.
Mavela is renowned for its exceptional birding opportunities, with over 400 species recorded on the reserve. The diversity of habitats found on the Manyoni reserve invite you to go searching for all sorts of beautiful and elusive bird species. From riverine thickets to grassy plains, the bush provides an abundance of birdlife.
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