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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Traveller rating

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Mar 27, 2020 mariondale Derbyshire

I was in room 7 - just a short walk from the main area. The room was clean and pleasant as were all the communal areas. The most amazing aspect was the food which was always "5 star" and the chef constantly came to explain unusual dishes. The game drives were always exciting and the guides very knowledgable and enthusiastic.
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Mar 9, 2020 PheelloN Johannesburg, South Africa

We decided to leave the city for a night and came across Safari Plains. Safari Plains is a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil gem in the Bush. From the moment we arrived until we left we were treated with grace and professionalism by the friendly staff at Safari Plains. Everyone was attentive, k ew who we were and were sure and quick to meet our… Read more
We decided to leave the city for a night and came across Safari Plains. Safari Plains is a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil gem in the Bush. From the moment we arrived until we left we were treated with grace and professionalism by the friendly staff at Safari Plains. Everyone was attentive, k ew who we were and were sure and quick to meet our needs. The game drive was a beautiful experience. We loved everything about this place. Read less
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Mar 2, 2020 J3781KTdaniela

Really nice staff and game guide (Russel), the drinks in the bar: perfect. The buffet food was nice. From the pool area You can see out over the savann, on giraff was visiting us. The tents was of good standard and Clean, everyday You had a new "towel animal" on the bed. Only the small bridge in to the lodge has to be fixed, we had to go out of… Read more
Really nice staff and game guide (Russel), the drinks in the bar: perfect. The buffet food was nice. From the pool area You can see out over the savann, on giraff was visiting us. The tents was of good standard and Clean, everyday You had a new "towel animal" on the bed. Only the small bridge in to the lodge has to be fixed, we had to go out of the car because the chassie get stocked. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Luxury tents, great wildlife and excellent service!

Feb 22, 2020 K3867WHmichaelw Marktoberdorf, Germany

Safari Plains is an amazing lodge in a large and wonderful game reserve. They got the "big five" and we've seen four of them within three days, lions (even the male one!), elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. And of course a lot of other animals. The landscape and its nature are beautiful and rich. The accommodations are tents but they are very… Read more
Safari Plains is an amazing lodge in a large and wonderful game reserve. They got the "big five" and we've seen four of them within three days, lions (even the male one!), elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. And of course a lot of other animals. The landscape and its nature are beautiful and rich. The accommodations are tents but they are very comfortable with airco, fridge and proper beds. Our tent was with two bedrooms, toilet room, shower room and bath room with bath tub. They have a large swimming pool, wonderfully arranged gardens and terraces. There is a electric fence around the camp so we felt save. On the waterhole outside you can watch some animals, the most impressive was watching a beautiful giraffe drinking there. The reception, spa and restaurants are in a stylish and cosy building. You can have your meals inside or outside. The food was very good and the chef came every now and then to the tables to ask for special wishes and to get feedback. The service was exceptionally attentive and friendly! Even the manager was alway interested in our reviews and our opinion. Special thanks to Sharon, our very well educated and lovely ranger who gave us so many interesting informations! We would definitely come back! Read less
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Feb 17, 2020 Janet K Kingston Upon Hull. UK

This was an amazing place. The tents were camping but not as you know it. It was complete luxury. The whole area was well set out. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The game drives were awesome. Apollo our driver was very knowledgeable, helpful, fun and showed us such wonderful animals, sights which added to our experience. I had a lovely… Read more
This was an amazing place. The tents were camping but not as you know it. It was complete luxury. The whole area was well set out. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The game drives were awesome. Apollo our driver was very knowledgeable, helpful, fun and showed us such wonderful animals, sights which added to our experience. I had a lovely relaxing massage, which was a little expensive but a great treat. The food wasn't up to standard though. It should have been cooked to order not put over burners to keep warm which it didn't. Doing it this way wasted so much food which isn't acceptable, especially on a game reserve.We did have a word and so did others and it improved slightly. We would come back again and hopefully they will have sorted the catering out by then. Read less