Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp
Retreat to the heart of the bush and to a time uncomplicated by the burdens of modern-day. Kick back and relax at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp, your romantic sanctuary in the exclusive 12000-hectare Mabula Private Game Reserve.
Rustic and unpretentious in every way, Kwafubesi promises an unaffected, authentic bushveld experience with its five luxurious en-suite elevated tents, homely atmosphere and completely enveloping beauty of the surrounding bush.
Accommodating only 10 guests at a time, and no children under the age of 16, Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp offers unrivalled privacy; an authentic, exposed encounter with nature; superb South African bush cuisine and the warmest of welcomes you’ll likely ever encounter.
From private dinners in the boma and magical stargazing, to lazy afternoons on your private deck and sundowner G&Ts, Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp is your home away from home. Blending in effortlessly with its bushveld surroundings on the edge of the magnificent Mvubu plain, your view will simply stretch for miles.
This luxury tented safari experience is ideal for couples seeking a secluded, romantic bush break, or a group of close friends wanting to spend quality time together.
Kwafubesi is your authentic, intimate bushveld experience…
Set within an impressive 12 000 hectares of malaria-free Limpopo bushveld, Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp is located 15 minutes’ drive from Mabula Game Lodge, just two-and-a-half-hours’ drive from Johannesburg and a short drive from Bela Bela.
- Take N1 freeway towards Pretoria
- Turn off onto Pietersburg highway. Follow the road to bela bela.
- Take the Bela Bela settlers Codrington off ramp.
- Turn left at yield sign and proceed for ± 5kms to t – junction turn right.
- Go over bridge and turn left at the garage. Follow Thabazimbi Road.
- Follow road past the Forever Resorts Aventura down to the traffic circle
- At circle turn left on the Thabazimbi Rooiberg Road and proceed along for 34km.
- Look out for the “Mabula Trading Store”. 500m past the store turn right on Rooiberg Road.
- Follow Mabula signs for 11kms to Mabula gate.
- Mabula landing strip coordinates:
- Latitude: 24° / 44 min / 94 sec – South
- Longitude: 27° / 55 min / 46 sec – East
- Runway: 32 / 14
- Length: 1 300 meters
- Surface: Dirt and grass surface
- Elevation: 4285 feet above sea level
- Five luxuriously appointed elevated tents with a full bathroom and private deck overlooking the bush
- Authentic South African bush cuisine
- Authentic, unpretentious, homely bush environment
- Access to all activities and facilities at Mabula Game Lodge, including Mabula Spa
- Only two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Gauteng
Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp is located in the heart of the spectacular Mabula Game Reserve, home to an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five, other predators such as Hyena and Jackal, and a variety of antelope from Red Hartebeest to Eland, Gemsbok to Blesbok. That’s not to mention the elusive cheetah, cheeky honey badger and the omnipresent crèches of warthogs that flit across one’s path during your game drive at Kwafubesi.
Game drives are offered to Kwafubesi guests twice a day – once early morning and again in time for sundowners in the late afternoon, and depending on the time of year you visit, each experience can be unique. Watch the vivid change of the seasons as the green thickets and grasslands give way to the bushveld greys and yellows of autumn. Feel the chilly winter air on your cheeks before sunrise and witness the rebirth of the bush as the first summer rains fall and with it the exciting arrival of lambing season.
For panoramic views across the beautiful Mabula Game Reserve, there’s nothing more special than heading up Dicks Hill. See Impala, Zebra, Giraffe, Eland and Ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains; the herd of elephant crashing through thick bush to get to the juiciest leaves and a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water.
Admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt or watch silently as the beautiful, yet terrifying, Golden Orb spider spins her thick web across two Silver Cluster Leaf trees.
A Kwafubesi game drive will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.
Kwafubesi’s luxuriously appointed tents, which have the Big Five as their namesake, are raised on platforms each with its own private deck where you can enjoy a romantic private dinner for two or picnic breakfast.
Discreetly tucked away in the surrounding bushveld to ensure guests’ absolute privacy, the comfortable furnishings, African décor and full bathroom, including shower, large stone bath and stunning views, provide a welcome sanctuary from the heat of the bush.
Gaze at the blazing bright starry Limpopo sky, and drift asleep to the cacophony of frogs and insects. Awake to the early morning cooing of the Cape Turtle Dove, then step outside on the deck to admire the Waterberg landscape.
Nature lovers will revel from the unrivalled closeness with the Waterberg’s beautiful bush surroundings.
Small and intimate dining experiences are what you can expect at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp. Indulge in Chef Stefan’s signature South African bush cuisine prepared with hearty doses of passion and creativity. From bushveld tapas to an authentic South African braai (barbecue), all dietary requirements and demands are catered for with ease.
The informal ambiance of Kwafubesi mimics that which you would find at home. Breakfast on the deck in the sunshine of the African bushveld or enjoy a magical dinner in the traditional boma with only the starry sky and blazing fire to keep you company.
You could spend two weeks in Mabula Game Reserve and not experience the vast array of activities on offer for both young and old. From quad biking to bird walks, stargazing drives to dam picnics, fill your days and nights with all that the Mabula bushveld as to offer.
The Mabula Game Lodge is a veritable hive of activities offering such bush experiences as horse trails, quad biking and tennis.
Keen birders will enjoy the regular birding drives or walks, spotting such species as the Amur Falcon, Lilac-breasted Roller and Red-crested Korhaan, while guided walks provide the perfect setting in which to follow animal tracks, identify plants and insects and spot some of the area’s most beautiful birdlife.
Picnic breakfasts or afternoon bush barbecues including game drives can be arranged, as well as dam picnics and the Majuma Experience that takes visitors in to the lion section of Mabula Game Reserve at night to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and perhaps even witness a hunt.
Cool off in Kwafubesi’s crystal clear splash pool, relax on the pool loungers reading a book or enjoy a refreshing cocktail flopped comfortably in the open lounge area offering spectacular views of the bush.
In need of a bit of pampering? Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp guests can enjoy a massage or range of beauty treatments in the comfort of their tent. Feel all your tensions melt away as the qualified therapists from Mabula Spa work their massage magic. From Swedish to Aromatherapy, Hot Stone to Fusion massages, there’s an array of relaxing treatments to revitalise body and mind.
Additional facilities can be found at the neighbouring Mabula Game Lodge including a full spa, a superette, curio shop and tennis courts.