Nothing plain about Safari Plains in Mabula


Summer in the South African bush is truly something special. Waking up for that early morning game drive, stopping in the middle of nowhere for a cup of coffee with rusks and spotting some beautiful sightings along the way. What makes it special in summer is that immediately after the summer rains, the animals start having their babies. This is the time when you spot lots of young animals. Together with this, the bush also bursts into colour. This is what makes summer in the South African bush so much more special.

Staying at Safari Plains

At the end of last year, in the peak of summer, we visited Safari Plains. Safari Plains is situated within the malaria-free Greater Mabula Private Game Reserve against the backdrop of the majestic Waterberg Mountains. After a short 2 hour drive from Johannesburg we arrived. A feeling of rejuvenation in the African bush immediately started sinking in. What makes Safari Plains special is the ultimate safari experience with the highest level of luxuriousness.

We stayed in one of the 20 breath-taking safari style luxury tents. Each air conditioned luxury tent has its own sunken bath, shower, hospitality armoire, viewing deck and tea and coffee making facilities. Sitting out on the viewing deck, in between morning and afternoon game drives, with our book, while listening to the sounds of nature, was our favourite thing to do!

If we weren’t by our deck reading, then we were enjoying a very delicious meal by the dining room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all hearty affairs at Safari Plains with some of the most delicious food being served up. The dining room over looks the pool area which overlooks the waterhole. If you are lucky you may spot some wildlife grazing. The setting is truly beautiful!

Our sightings

During our game drives, we saw four of the Big Five. The game drives are through the 12 000 hectare Greater Mabula Game Reserve. Some of our sightings included lions devouring their kill (note: the lions are in their own section), rhinos with their babies, cheetah’s playing and running and buffalo with a whole lot of babies. We also saw hippo’s, elephants and giraffes with babies which is always beautiful to see, especially in summer.

Next time we hope to be more adventurous and do the quad biking or horse-back safaris through the non-predator section. What makes Safari Plains special is that we got to satisfy our bush craving in such a close proximity to Johannesburg.

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*Our stay at Safari Plains was hosted.

Read: Kruger Park Sightings 2020



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