Mabalingwe Nature Reserve | South Africa | Wild Safari Guide

    Visitors to Mabalingwe Nature Reserve can look forward to the rolling hills of the Waterberg region of South Africa. As a malaria-free destination, it is the perfect choice for a relaxing bush breakaway. Spanning over 12,000 hectares, the reserve is dotted with impressive indigenous trees and lush shrubbery. This authentic South African bushveld setting is guaranteed to strip away the stress and strive of the concrete jungle.

    Safari-goers will be able to come face to face with a handful of exceptional species like hippo, giraffe, hyena and warthog. The reserve’s lions are in a fenced-off area and can be marvelled at during a specially arranged excursion. Avid birders have the opportunity to look for more than 200 species.

    Mabalingwe Nature Reserve can easily be reached as it is only 210 kilometres from Johannesburg. There are car hire facilities at OR Tambo International Airport.


    Q What accommodation options are available?

    There are a variety of self-catering chalets and bush camps to choose from at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. They cater to all preferences and budgets, from a family holiday to a romantic escape.

    Q Do I need to be concerned about malaria?

    Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is located in a malaria-free area of South Africa and visitors doesn’t have to be concerned in this regard. Travellers are however still advised to seek proper medical advice before booking.

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    Visitors to the Nature Reserve have the opportunity to encounter almost 40 different mammals, including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hippo, giraffe, hyena and warthog. Twitchers can look forward to the ticking of any of more than 200 bird species. 

    The cooler winter months between May and September are the best time to visit Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. Temperatures are more moderate and spotting animals is easy as they tend to congregate at the available water resources.

    Game viewing, whether during the day or at night, is the order of the day when visiting Mabalingwe. A guided walk with a focus on the medicinal and cultural uses of the tree species of the region is also something to experience. For the younger safari-goers, there is an Eco-Tainment programme where they can get up close and personal with the natural world.

    Visitors to Mabalingwe Nature Reserve can choose between a variety of self-catering chalets and bush camps. All have excellent and uninterrupted views of the surrounding bushveld with glimpses of mountains on the horizon and fantastic sunsets. Just a note to those heading for any of the bush camps, they are only accessible with high-clearance vehicles.

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    • Monday09:00 - 17:00
    • Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
    • Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
    • Thursday09:00 - 17:00
    • Friday09:00 - 17:00
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