Mabula Game Reserve

Mabula Game Reserve is a private game reserve situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It is about 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) in area and is about 47 km from Bela Bela (Warmbaths). The current owner of Mabula Game Reserve is the Indian businessman baron Vijay Mallya.

Mabula Game Reserve
African Buffalo
Buffalo in Mabula Game Reserve
Map showing the location of Mabula Game Reserve
Map showing the location of Mabula Game Reserve
Position of Mabula in South Africa
LocationLimpopo, South Africa
Nearest cityBela Bela
Coordinates24°44′04″S 27°55′38″E / 24.734525°S 27.927246°E
Area12 000 ha
Governing bodyMabula Game Reserve


The list of species found in the reserve includes sixty mammals, three hundred birds, one hundred plants and numerous reptiles and insects.[1]

Wildlife includes the big five: lion, leopard, buffalo, African elephant and rhinoceros, as well as the small five: ant lion, leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew and rhino beetle.[1][2]

Apart from these, the following mammals can be seen here:

Hedgehog, lesser bushbaby, vervet monkey, chacma baboon, pangolin, scrub hare, tree squirrel, spring hare, greater cane rat, porcupine, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, striped polecat, honey badger, Cape clawless otter, African civet, large spotted genet, small spotted genet, yellow mongoose, marsh mongoose, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, banded mongoose, aardwolf, spotted hyena, brown hyena, cheetah, caracal, serval, Southern African wildcat, black-footed cat, aardvark, rock hyrax, Burchell's zebra, bushpig, common warthog, hippo, giraffe, klipspringer, common duiker, steenbok, blesbok, reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, impala, springbok, blue wildebeest, black wildebeest, tsessebe, red hartebeest, gemsbok, waterbuck, bushbuck, nyala, kudu and eland.


  • The main lodge is called Mabula Game Lodge. It has 53 thatched chalets each with its own bathroom. There are also some conference facilities, restaurant, bar, playrooms, etc.
  • Modjadji Camp, deeper into the bush, with its own swimming pool and tennis courts.
  • Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Mabula Private Game Reserve, Bela-Bela". Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  2. ^ Mabula Game Reserve

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Protected areas of South Africa

The protected areas of South Africa include national parks and marine protected areas managed by the national government, public nature reserves managed by provincial and local governments, and private nature reserves managed by private landowners. Most protected areas are intended for the conservation of flora and fauna. National parks are maintained by South African National Parks (SANParks). A number of national parks have been incorporated in transfrontier conservation areas.

Protected areas may also be protected for their value and importance as historical, cultural heritage or scientific sites. More information on these can be found in the list of heritage sites in South Africa.

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