Phumelelo Lodge has traversing rights over more than 12, 000 hectares of a malaria free private game reserve which is home to the Big 5.

Animals include:  Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyena, Warthog, a wide variety of antelope / plains game and bountiful bird life. Guests can enjoy an early morning or afternoon game drive with an experienced ranger in our open 4 x 4 game vehicle, with individually contoured bucket seats for the comfort of each passenger. These game drives include snacks and drinks, as well as blankets for those chilly winter evenings.

Like many other Private Game Reserves, the lions in our reserve are contained in a separate high security, fenced area of the reserve. It is necessary to book for a visit to the Mabalingwe Lion enclosure .

Cost, which includes transport between the Lion Camp and Phumelelo Lodge, is on request. Visits to the lion enclosure at Mabalingwe should be pre-booked after arrival and will be subject to space availability, based on the limited number of permitted visitors for each scheduled game drive / viewing experience. Visitors are not always guaranteed to see the lions as they can be elusive!

We recommend an excursion to visit the lion cubs, cheetah run and snakes at Zebula Golf Estate & Spa where Phumelelo Lodge guests will have access to the hotel, golf course, shop and health spa. It is located just 20 minutes drive from the Lodge in our 4 x 4 vehicle, via our private access road through the reserve with an opportunity for an additional game drive along the way. Green fees, hire of golf clubs and golf carts are available to guests of Phumelelo Lodge at special rates and transfers to / from Zebula can be provided by the Lodge in our 4 x 4 vehicle, and should be arranged on arrival.

Golf Clubs are available for use at the lodge


Kindly note that a 100% cancellation fee, will apply, in respect of all optional activities / excursions which are booked and subsequently cancelled. This is to accommodate the terms of the various contractors who provide those outsourced services.