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Manyeleti Game Reserve safaris, tours & holiday packages

An off-the-beaten-track Big Five safari destination

There are just three lodges in this 23,000-hectare private game reserve on the western edge of Kruger National Park – which means game viewing without the crowds.

With no fences to separate Manyeleti Game Reserve from Kruger National Park and the private reserves Timbavati to the north and Sabi Sand in the south, game can wander freely. And there's a lot of it in this reserve.

As you traverse Manyeleti's 200 kilometres of gravel roads in search of the Big Five, you're unlikely to see many other cars – day visitors are not allowed and each of the three lodges on the concession has just a few beds. 

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Sarah Duff says

Kruger National Park is South Africa's best-known wildlife destination but it has thousands of visitors a day in the peak season, which means that when you spot a leopard there can be 30 cars parked around it. Private concessions like Manyeleti offer a better wildlife experience and your car may be the only one at a sighting.

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Like its more famous neighbours, Manyeleti is a mixture of open plains and grasslands, rivers and thick wooded areas. Alongside the Big Five, the reserve is home to antelope and other game; there are more than 300 species of birds including a well-known raptor population. 

There's a range of accommodation provided by the three lodges on the reserve, which is owned and managed by the Mnisi tribe in the wake of a successful land claim. Tintswalo Safari Lodge is the most upmarket, with only six suites, each of which has its own deck and plunge pool. Each of the two Honeyguide Tented Camps – Khoka Moya and Mantobeni – has 12 luxurious safari tents done in contemporary and colonial styles. Pungwe Bush Camp offers more affordable accommodation in four safari tents, with dinners cooked over an open fire and the opportunity to go on both game drives and walking safaris – a whole different way of experiencing the bush.

Manyeleti means "Place of the Stars" in Shangaan, a local language, and stargazing in the evenings while sipping Amarula is what you'll be doing after each day's game drives.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Manyeleti

When is the best time to visit Manyeleti Game Reserve?

May to September are the best time to visit Manyeleti National Park - during the dry season. The wildlife seeks for waterholes and other sources for water. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Manyeleti safaris

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…


from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…


from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

Suzanne McKeen

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