Safari Plains, Mabula

Johannesburg, South Africa

The hotel

The thrill of wild African adventures in search of rambling warthogs, reclining lions, and bathing hippos, would leave even the most intrepid traveller craving a little post-safari luxury – enter Safari Plains. The safari-style tents offer great comfort and a luxurious ambience with private timber wrap-around decks. A romantic swing offers a great space to sit outdoors and enjoy the views over the bushveld. Just 2 hours from the bustle of Jo’burg, it’s a perfect peaceful oasis after heading out into the 'Big Five' packed Greater Mabula Game Reserve by 4x4, or even horseback.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Set in the Malaria free Waterberg Mountain Range, 2 hours from Johannesburg.

Hotel information

20 luxuriously appointed tents, dotted along sand pathways. All with air-conditioning, private viewing decks, en-suite bathroom, tea/coffee-making facilities and stocked mini-bar. Safari Tents have 2 three quarter beds that can be converted to a king bed. Safari Family Tents have 2 bedrooms, the second room has 2 three quarter beds.

All Inclusive of: three meals a day and selected beverages. Twice daily game-drives.

Luxury Tents have a larger main area and offer a private sala that looks over the waterhole. 

Luxury Family Tents are also available, 

  • Exclusive value add: Virgin Holiday guests receive 10% discount on spa treatments at the Safari Plains Spa.

  • Honeymooners: Couples celebrating their honeymoon receive a romantic turndown and a private dinner once per stay. Wedding certificate required. Offer not bookable online and terms and conditions apply.

Meals are served in the lodge dining room. Lounge. Swimming pool. Spa*. Early morning game-drives and afternoon game-drives with sundowners. Guided bush walks and bird walk (available on request). Star gazing. Horseback safaris*. Curio shop. Babysitting service*.

3 nights. 

* Denotes local charge. 

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Jan 20, 2020 cindydube5 Johannesburg, South Africa

I would recommend this place any day, very beautiful. Staff are friendly and helpful. Tents are very clean and luxurious. I really loved staying at Safari Plains. Food is also delicious and great game drives.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Safari experience!

Jan 18, 2020 deborahjulieh Carlisle, United Kingdom

We have just returned from a trip to South Africa where we stayed at several wonderful hotels but our stay at Safari Plains was absolutely amazing and reached a whole new level. It was my first safari experience and i really didn't know what to expect but this stay has far exceeded all my expectations. The location is brilliant, just a 2 hour… Read more
We have just returned from a trip to South Africa where we stayed at several wonderful hotels but our stay at Safari Plains was absolutely amazing and reached a whole new level. It was my first safari experience and i really didn't know what to expect but this stay has far exceeded all my expectations. The location is brilliant, just a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. We were greeted on arrival by the team on reception who all introduced themselves and welcomed us to Safari Plains with cooling towels and a refreshing drink. The check in was smooth, calm and relaxing and we were shown to our luxury tented accommodation by Matt. The tents are all situated in private and peaceful locations. The attention to detail is fantastic and they are all equipped with air con, well stocked fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, safe etc. We were even provided with insect repellant and mosquito netting over the bed. It was spotless, lots of towels were provided and we had no problems with electricity or hot water. I had the best nights sleep for a very long time during my stay. Molly ensured that our lodge was kept spotless throughout our stay, she created some fantastic animal towel sculptures and provided a lovely turn down service in the evenings. Russell was our ranger who took us out on safari. He was exceptional, very knowlegable, passionate about the environment and animals and intent on giving us the best safari experience possible. He ensured that we saw antelope, rhino, crocodile, hippo, jackal, hyena, baboons, giraffes, warthogs, water buffalo, beautiful birds and we had some really lovely close encounters with lions and elephants. The leopard remained elusive despite Russel's best efforts at following the abundant tracks that they had left for us, maybe next time! All the staff provide an exemplary personal service and nothing was ever too much trouble. Special mention goes to Jimmy who was always discreetly there, Simone for her cheerful smile, JK, Andrew and Frans who made sure that our glasses were always full with delicious cocktails, G&T's and for providing fantastic African coffee. The pool area was clean with comfortable sun beds with towels provided and the waterhole near the pool provided us with amazing encounters with the visiting giraffe and water buffalo. Safari Plains has been decorated beautifully and furnished to a very high standard and provides very comfortable relaxation areas. We also enjoyed a lovely spa massage during our stay. Read less
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Jan 9, 2020 Sten E

Our first time on a safari and it was a thrill to come near the lions and rhinos. The ranger was really trying to make our safari unforgettable. The location have an exciting location and was small, which made it feel exclusive. The rooms were clean. The staff was very attentive. Our stay in total was very pleasant.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We were here as a family of 8 (3 generations) for 3 nights

Jan 8, 2020 westchicago Carefree, Arizona

We were extremely disappointed with this lodge; the accommodations were lovely but the staff is poorly trained, especially in the dining room (KG was the exception at the bar - he was outstanding and I don't drink very much!) Our guide, Ben, was absolutely the GREATEST and taught us ever so much. But before the early morning game rides, there was… Read more
We were extremely disappointed with this lodge; the accommodations were lovely but the staff is poorly trained, especially in the dining room (KG was the exception at the bar - he was outstanding and I don't drink very much!) Our guide, Ben, was absolutely the GREATEST and taught us ever so much. But before the early morning game rides, there was no food for our 10 and 12 year old grandchildren and nothing but hot chocolate to drink, and by the second day when I tried to find anyone to ask for something to eat, there was nobody around in the dining room, kitchen, lobby or anywhere else. This place seems like more of a place for people to come who want a luxurious place to stay and maybe they do or don't do the game drives (at least in the am). The Hilda and Dries were pleasant but basically didn't appear to care that their staff was poorly trained: ie. in the dining room the staff doesn't know what the food in the chaffing dishes is? they don't realize that you are 8 people and there is but 1 table for 8 and they seem perplexed when we walked in for a meal and headed for the table for 8. This was a substitute lodge for our trip as the one where we were supposed to stay didn't open in time. Again, BEN, is the guide you want and is terrific. Read less
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Jan 6, 2020 DTCambridge Johannesburg, South Africa

Our second stay here (so good we came back again). A great location with excellent staff in almost every respect. Superb game drives into the Mabula reserve. Food, food and more food - you wont leave hungry for sure.