Safari Experience

Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp is located in the heart of the spectacular Mabula Game Reserve, home to an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five, other predators such as Hyena and Jackal, and a variety of antelope from Red Hartebeest to Eland, Gemsbok to Blesbok. That’s not to mention the elusive cheetah, cheeky honey badger and the omnipresent crèches of warthogs that flit across one’s path during your game drive at Kwafubesi.

Game drives are offered to Kwafubesi guests twice a day – once early morning and again in time for sundowners in the late afternoon, and depending on the time of year you visit, each experience can be unique. Watch the vivid change of the seasons as the green thickets and grasslands give way to the bushveld greys and yellows of autumn. Feel the chilly winter air on your cheeks before sunrise and witness the rebirth of the bush as the first summer rains fall and with it the exciting arrival of lambing season.

For panoramic views across the beautiful Mabula Game Reserve, there’s nothing more special than heading up Dicks Hill. See Impala, Zebra, Giraffe, Eland and Ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains; the herd of elephant crashing through thick bush to get to the juiciest leaves and a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water.

Admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt or watch silently as the beautiful, yet terrifying, Golden Orb spider spins her thick web across two Silver Cluster Leaf trees.

A Kwafubesi game drive will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.


On – site activities include the following, however guests have full access to utilize all other activities available at our sister lodge Mabula Game Lodge only 20 minutes away, including their private airstrip for your comfort a private charter or helicopter transfer.

Horseback Safaris

Experience the African bush with our horseback safaris. Our qualified horse trail guides will take you out on our 10,000-hectare reserve where you can experience our animals up close and personal.

Our guides will go through all the safety aspects of the trail and will show you all the tricks to be a good rider. It is requested for you to wear long trousers and closed shoes due to the terrain covered by the horse trail.

Departure times:
Summer: 06h00 – 09h00 – 16h00
Winter: 07h00 – 10h00 – 15h00
Frequency: Tuesday and Thursday.

Age restrictions: Below 3 years not permitted

Length of the trail: 2 hours
(1.5 hour on the trail, and a half an hour to transfer to the stables and going through all the safety procedures)

Eco Adventure Trails (Quad Bike Safaris)

Experience the African bush with our quad bike safari. Our qualified guides will take you out on our 10,000-hectare game reserve where you will experience the smaller things found in the bush. Our guides will go through all the safety aspects of the trail. The quad bike trail is a 1.5-hour trail where you spend a half-hour on transfers and safety procedures and 1 hour in the bush. We supply the safety gear (helmets) for your trail. Our quad bikes are semi-automatic 250 cc Suzuki bikes, you can either drive manually or in automatic gear.

Summer: 07h00 – 10h00 – 15h00 – 17h00
Winter: 08h00 – 11h00 – 14h00 – 16h00

Frequency: Daily

Age restrictions: Below 3 years not permitted

Guided Bush Walks

This 2.5-hour activity leaves from the Main lodge. Our guides will take you on a walk around our 10,000-hectare reserve, where they will be focusing on our fauna and flora and some of our big 5 animals (excluding lions). Our guides will be equipped with the necessary equipment (rifle, water, first aid kit).

Wear comfortable walking shoes and khaki coloured clothing so you can blend in with the natural environment. No bright colours are allowed.

Departure time: 05h30 (Summer) – 06h30 (Winter)

Minimum Guests: 02 (without back up)
Maximum Guests: 04 (without back up)
Maximum Guests: 08 (including back up)

Age restrictions: Below 16 years not permitted

Guided Star Gazing

This is a 1.5-hour drive. Learn all about the common constellations in our night sky and the myths and legends surrounding them through our Guides. This activity is at an additional cost and is not included in the stay package.

Departure time: 20h00 (Summer) – 19h30 (Winter)

Age restrictions: Below 3 years not permitted

Frequency: Tuesday and Thursday.