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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge is situated in the vast Big 5 Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The emphasis here is upon close-up encounters with Africa's spectacular wildlife, from the mighty elephant, the impressive lion or the miniscule termite. Evening game drives are conducted in specially modified open Land Rovers, giving guests excellent all-round visibility, as well as the excitement of meeting Africa's Big 5 close up. The rangers are well versed in ensuring that you have a thrilling and informative safari.

The main lodge is nestled under age-old trees with a panoramic view over the bush and onto a well-frequented waterhole. The shady lawns, with chaise lounges, create a wonderful scene of tranquility.  There is also a swimming pool to relax around as well. Lunch is served under the shade of a massive Acacia tree, with the chance of seeing animals coming to drink at the waterhole at this time. In the evenings, the boma showcases a crackling log fire, where dinners are often served.

The Tranquility Lapa is situated in a quiet area of the lodge and offers relaxing massages during the day. Indulge yourself with an Aromatherapy Massage, with only the sounds of nature to provide background music.

The accommodation consists of 6 African rondavels. These typical African dwellings are round huts with characterful thatch roofs. Each rondavel has an outdoor shower for a wonderful close-to-nature experience. There is also space for an extra bed to convert each room into a triple room if required.

There are also 2 family units. Each unit has 2 rooms with an interleading door for privacy. One room has a queensize bed and the other has 2 single beds - it is possible to add an additional bed into each room too, thereby accommodating up to 6 guests. Each room has its own bathroom facilities and an al fresco shower.

The Impala Lily Suite has its own private swimming pool, indoor and outside showers, a romantic free-standing bath and nothing but unspoilt nature as a view.

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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 at Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge in Balule Nature Reserve. Full Board basis.

Valid:   1 December 2023  -  14 December 2023.

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Rates Include

Breakfast, lunch and dinner; and twice daily shared game drives are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R250 per vehicle and a R80 per person entry fee, payable in cash or card at the entrance gate - going up to R300 per vehicle and R100 per person from 1st January 2025 (subject to change).

Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children of any age are allowed on game drives.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Bush walks with an outside guide are available on request (3 hours and an additional cost and must be pre-booked). Only children of certain ages are allowed to participate in a bush walk.

Regardless of any age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.

Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

Featured Accommodation

Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve
Satara Rest Camp
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Perry's Bridge Hollow

Destination: South Africa.

This 7 night itinerary is perfect for anyone who wants to combine a stay in one of the leading budget safari lodges in the Kruger area with a few days exploring the spectacular scenery of the Lowveld area that adjoins the Park.

This is a 7 night itinerary including Balule Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park and Hazyview.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 2 Nights at Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
  • 2 Nights at Satara Rest Camp
  • 1 Night at Skukuza Rest Camp
  • 2 Nights at Perry's Bridge Hollow
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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.

Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 30 ratings

Start TestimonialWe are back! And had the most amazing time. Thank you so much for organising mine and Jodie's honeymoon, we couldn't have had a better time. The lodges each had their own characteristics, each making our stay there memorable, from sleeping in the tree house, romantic dinners in the bush, group dinners on the drive and breakfast in the wild. We were overwhelmed by whole experience and the welcome we received at Mohlabetsi, Africa on Foot and Ngala. Each reserve offered a different mix of wildlife and we spotted the big five on more than one occasion and a lot more. We would just like to thank you for organising our adventure, we really enjoyed our time in South Africa and cannot wait to go back. End Testimonial


Start TestimonialStaff proved to be every bit accommodating as they have been in the past. A thoroughly good time was had by both of us. End Testimonial


Start TestimonialMohlabetsi - fantastically enthusiastic ranger/trackers, great African cooking, great family atmosphere, fabulous curio shop.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialExcellent customer service/food/room/game drives at the lodge. Very welcoming and all the staff worked to make it an exceptional experience - which it was.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe really enjoyed our stay at Mohlabetsi. Everything about it was fantastic. We're very picky eaters unfortunately but we still managed to find something to eat. That of course is our problem and not a fault of Mohlabetsi. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and Solly our guide is the most fantastic guide ever. He was superb. He even found us a leopard on our last night. The drive from where we were to where the leopard was will live in my memory forever. We would certainly consider going back in the future. No that's not true, we wouldn't consider it, we would definitely go back. It may not be for a while but the next time we're here in South Africa, and there will be a next time, we will definitely go back to Mohlabetsi.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialThe Mohlabetsi Lodge is an intimate lodge...simple but very comfortable with a fantastic team. The owner Tony is a very nice person and the team was always smiling and caring for us. They love that place and the wildlife. We had a wonderful time !End Testimonial


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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge Location.

Directions For Drivers

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie and Hoedspruit. After approximately 10 km from Hoedspruit, turn right at the Mohlabetsi signboard. Enter the manned security gates. For self-drive visitors, there is a R250 per vehicle and a R80 per person entry fee, payable in cash or card at the entrance gate - going up to R300 per vehicle and R100 per person from 1st January 2025 (subject to change). Travel 7 km and drive straight to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: From the airport, turn right out of the airport and then turn right onto the R40 towards Hoedspruit, and follow the directions as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.

Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn left onto the R40 Phalaborwa/Mica road, and continue along this road until you see the Mohlabetsi signboard. Follow the directions as above.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and follow the directions as above.

PLEASE NOTE: On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.

General Information For Guests

All rondavels have a thatched roof, an al fresco shower, an international multi-plug, a hair dryer, a personal safe, an overhead fan, and air conditioning.

The Family Rooms have 2 bedrooms separated by an interleading door - each room has it's own bathroom facilities including an al fresco shower.

The lodge offers free/unlimited Wi-Fi access.

There is a curio shop stocking an array of trinkets, clothing and objects d'art.

The bar lounge is furnished with comfortable chairs and offers beautiful views over the lawn and bush, making it the perfect place to meet after safaris to regale your exciting animal stories. The garden also has hammocks for an afternoon siesta. There is also a boma for dining under the stars.

The swimming pool is surrounded by sun loungers and provides the perfect place of relaxation during the warm midday hours.

Your rate includes an early morning game drive and an afternoon/evening game drive. The lodge uses specially modified Toyota Land Cruisers for the game drives. Renowned for their comfort and reliability, they are able to conquer even the most difficult terrain. The 10 seater vehicles are completely open to allow for unrestricted views of animals, birds, trees and the stunning stars at night.

Your guide will keep up a commentary during the drive, interpreting and informing you of the sightings. Their knowledge and unique relationship with the bush will ensure that your game drive is both a sensory and educational experience. They are also in radio contact with a number of other vehicles to maximize game-viewing opportunities.

Credit cards are accepted.

A laundry service is also available (additional cost).

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Bush walks with an outside guide are available on request (3 hours and an additional cost and must be pre-booked). Only children of certain ages are allowed to participate in a bush walk.

Regardless of any age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

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