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Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

014-736-9000 camping R200, lodge rooms: s R680, d R1,000, chalets: 6-person R1,860
breakfast included, swimming pool

S 24 50.975 E 028 02.550

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is a 13 square kilometer nature reserve with all of the Big 5 and many other animals and bird species. Choose from campsite accommodation, a self-catering thatched roof chalet (fully equipped with three en suite bedrooms and braai facilities) or a standard lodge room. Although you're unlikely to spot all of the Big 5 during your time at the reserve (animal populations are rather sparse), it does make for good self-drive safaris. You can also join a group on a guided day or night safari (R90). Other activities include lion feeding in the afternoon (R70) and horseback riding.

To get there, head west from Bela-Bela on Rooiberg St/R516 and continue about 28 km to the lodge entrance gate (no day visitors allowed.)

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