SAFARI PLAINS

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.

Safari Plains combines the elements of a great safari with the magic of great hospitality. Creating a luxurious setting with a sophisticated ambience. Like little jewels placed along winding sand pathways, 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 ambience 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. All tented suites are perfectly appointed with sunken baths, separate showers and toilets. The hospitality armoire offers a fully stocked mini bar fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Air conditioning throughout ensure guests can enjoy year round temperature controlled tented accommodation. Proudly family friendly, the family style safari and Luxury tents consist of a second bedrooms with two twin beds.

The wildlife experience will not disappoint with our open 4 x 4 vehicle safaris exploring the one hundred and twenty square kilometres big five private 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

Dining and wining at Safari Plains is a chic affair in the sophisticated dining rooms or experiencing a candle lit bush dinner accompanied by spectacular African entertainment. A safari for the palate as much as for the wildlife our culinary team aim for the stars with new and exciting dishes presented to our guests every day. Exploring the African skies in the bush is an extraordinary event and we encourage guests to join the after dinner stargazing activity. An extraordinary destination for all who seek the true tranquillity fused with excitement of an African Safari.

Location

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.

DIRECTIONS FROM OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

Follow signs for Kempton Park / R21 / Pretoria and merge onto the R21. After 31.3km take exit 134 for N1 North towards Polokwane. Merge onto the N1 and travel 70.2km before taking exit 238 to Bela Bela and from there:

  • Head northwest on R516 toward Khota St | 2.8km
  • Turn right onto Marx St / R101 | 550m
  • Turn left onto Potgieter Rd | 160m
  • Turn right onto Richie Rd | 220m
  • Turn left onto Voortrekker Rd | 800m
  • At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Rooiberg Rd | 230m
  • Continue onto R516 | 33km
  • Take the D2533 | 3.5km Safari Plains will be on your left

Safari

The varied habitats on the Greater Mabula Game Reserve provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five, other predators such as Brown Hyena and Jackal and Cheetah, and an impressive variety of antelope from Red Hartebeest to Eland, Gemsbok and 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 safari.

An early Morning safari around sunrise and afternoon Safari with sundowners are offered to lodge guests, 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.

See Impala, Zebra, Giraffe, 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.

Each safari drive will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.

  • 300 bird species
  • 60 mammals
  • Big Five
  • Numerous plants, reptile and insect species
  • Qualified Guides conduct open vehicle safari in luxury land cruisers across the 12 000 hectare private reserve.

Accommodation

TWENTY EXQUISITE TENTED SUITES

Choose from 20 luxuriously appointed tents. Set along winding sand pathways, each of our gorgeous tented suites commands a gorgeous space within the natural indigenous bushveld.

These safari style tents offer comfort and a luxurious ambience with private timber wrap around decks.  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. All tented suites are perfectly appointed with sunken bath, a separate showers and toilet. The hospitality armoire offers a fully stocked mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities.  Air conditioning throughout ensure guests can enjoy year-round temperature controlled tented accommodation.  Safari Tents consists of 2 three quarter beds that can be converted to a king bed. Family Tents consists of 2 rooms, the second bedroom consists of 2 three quarter beds.

Dining & Occasions

WEDDINGS

The ideal venue to host a romantic wedding

Arrangements can be as glamorous or as understated as you prefer, book the lodge exclusively for your use as wedding venue, so that we can devote our entire team to creating the most memorable experience for you and your guests at your weddings. Our facilities in the lodge can accommodate up to 60 guests. The ceremony can be held on the large wooden deck of the main lodge with its magnificent vistas, or weather permitting, in the untamed bush, followed by a luxurious reception in Safari Plains spectacular dining room. Speak to our team regarding availability and assistance with arrangements.

For more information contact us on +27 (0) 11 516 4367 or email res@extraordinary.co.za

Safari Plains Experiences

Leaving from the lodge, Guides will accompany you on an experience that introduces you to Nature on an intimate level. Being on foot allows you to witness the detail of both Flora and Fauna on a different scale, often highlighting smaller and less familiar species. Guides are specifically qualified to undertake walking safaris and are well equipped to ensure safety.

Wear comfortable walking shows and khaki coloured clothing to blend in with the natural environment. Bright colours are not permitted.

  • Departure time: 05h30 (summer) – 06h30 (winter)
  • Minimum Guests: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Age restrictions: Below 16 years not permitted

Horseback Safaris offer a different perspective for wildlife viewing. Benefit from the height and mobility offered from being mounted that sets this opportunity aside from other activities.

Experienced Guides ensure that riders are aware of the necessary safety precautions. Long trousers and closed shoes are recommended.

  • Departure Times Summer: 06h00 – 09h00 | 16h00
  • Departure Times Winter: 07h00 – 10h00 | 15h00
  • Length of the trail: 2 hours (1.5 hour on the trail, and a half an hour for induction)
  • Age restrictions: Below 5 years not permitted

Participate in an adventure over interesting trails on a Quad Bike. With the emphasis on safety, guides ensure that participants are wearing the necessary safety gear before exploring the reserve. the safari is undertaken on 250cc Suzuki Quad bikes that can be driven in manual or automatic.

  • Departure Times Summer: 07h00, 10h00, 15h00 and 17h00
  • Departure Times Winter: 08h00, 11h00, 14h00 and 16h00
  • Frequency: 1.5 hours (1 hour on the trail, and a half an hour for induction), daily
  • Age restrictions: Below 5 years not permitted

These activities can be booked at reception at an additional charge.

GOLF COURSES

  • Rooiberg Gold Course – 35km away (014) 734 1752
  • Warmbaths Golf Course – 45km away (014) 734 3602
  • Zebula Country Club – 7km away (014) 734 7700

The Balloon Crew, consisting of the pilot and two crew members, will arrive at the Lodge the evening prior to the flight, meet the passengers and brief them on the following morning’s balloon safari.  The flight lasts approximately one hour, starting at 06h00 at a suitable area selected on the reserve – the latter depending on the flight direction and meteorological conditions of the day.  Our Rangers will transfer you back to the Lodge in time for breakfast.

The above includes your flight, champagne served during the flight and a certificate for “bravery”.

ENJOY OUR TREATMENTS

Indulge in an exotic menu of time honoured spa treatments under the skilful hands of our therapists.

We are dedicated to providing you with a truly relaxing experience, through treatments that will leave you feeling brand new and completely revitalised.

Please see our Spa brochure for more exciting treatments we have to offer. We haven’t forgotten about the little ones we have a unique kiddies treatment menu with specially formulated oils for the little ones to have a relaxing day at the spa with mom or dad.

The ideal venue to host your next meeting

If you are currently planning a conference, then Safari Plains conference centre boasts all the facilities of an exclusive getaway as your conference attendees will be sure to experience a memorable adventure. Our conference facility is perfect for groups of up to 60 delegates, with exclusivity and luxury being the most obvious aspects of the conference offering.

Pair your conference with a wide array of activities to create a memorable event. With so much to do, see and experience, Safari Plains is the ideal conferencing facility that can offer exclusivity of the lodge and reserve.

Total Numbers:
Classroom 40
Theatre 60
Herringbone 48
U-Shape 26
Boardroom 16
Hollow Square 32