Balule Reserve
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Come and experience the magic of Mohlabetsi. Situated in the vast Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, this is Africa at its very best! At this small, intimate lodge, with only 20 beds, guests are assured of comfort and unobtrusive attentiveness, combined with an intimacy with nature. Come and be especially close to the African Spirit and join the many creatures that have made Mohlabetsi their home!

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For our competitive Packages & Rates, inclusive of return transfers from/to Johannesburg on the daily Ashtons Kruger Shuttle, see the Rates section in the menu above.

This 4 star camp is a green oasis in the Bush with are only six African rondawels and two Family Lodges, ensuring the luxury of a small and intimate camp.

Two daily guided game activities are included, the first departing before sunrise and the second as the day begins to cool, using spotlights after dark to search for the nocturnal animals.

Nestled under age-old trees with a panoramic view over the bush and onto a waterhole.

The Lodge is easily accessible, yet one enters an entirely different world once within the camp.The emphasis here is upon close-up encounters with Africa’s spectacular wildlife, from the mighty elephant, the impressive lion or the miniscule termite.

Mohlabetsi is home to an array of spectacular wildlife, including the “Big Five”. World famous for its abundance of animal, bird and reptile life, we have sighted over 30 mammal species, 220 different kinds of birds and a dazzling variety of reptiles, insects and plants.

The area is typical wooded savannah, with marula, knobthorn and leadwood trees predominant. As the annual rainfall is generally low, waterholes become focus points, especially in winter. Animals are largely territorial, so we are assured of excellent sightings during our safari activities.

Game drives are conducted in specially modified Landrovers, renowned for their comfort and reliability. As the vehicles are open, you are assured of excellent all-round visibility, as well as the excitement of meeting Africa’s Big Five close up with nothing between you! The rangers are well versed in ensuring that you have a thrilling and informative safari.

The Bush takes on a different aspect when on foot. Your experienced ranger will take you walking if you so wish. Feel the exhilaration of stalking animals, finding new birds or learning the ways of the Baboon Spider and other creepy-crawlies!

A small, intimate Lodge, with only 20 beds, guests are assured of comfort and unobtrusive attentiveness, combined with an intimacy with nature.
The entrance is a thatched portico leading onto a lounge, bar and dining area. Alma’s spectacular Curio shop offering locally made souvenirs is well worth a visit too. the Boma is a reeded enclosure with a crackling log fire, where sumptuous dinners are served.

A rondawel is a typical African “round hut” under thatch. They are tastefully appointed in an ethnic theme and each have a marvelous al fresco shower for a wonderful “close to nature“ experience. The rooms are fully equipped with amenities and toiletries as well as hairdryers and personal safes. The windows and entrance are insect-proofed for your comfort and there is a ceiling fan for those warm summer nights.
There are four twin bedded rondawels and two with a king size bed. It is also possible to place a small sleeper bed in the room for a young child.

Our Family Lodges offer superb comfort for small parties. Each Lodge has two rooms with an interleading door for privacy. One room has a Queen bed and the other has two single beds – it is possible to add a sleeper bed too, thereby accommodating five guests. Each room has its own facilities and al fresco shower. The Lodges are equipped similarly to the Rondawels.

Meals are a culinary delight! Romantic dinners are served around the fire in the reeded Boma or on the lawn under the stars. Fresh local ingredients are used and many of our condiments and herbs are produced here at the Lodge. The accent is on typical South African country fare, with dishes to suit all palates. Special requests are handled with pleasure!


Mohlabetsi Lodge is  situated in the vast Balule Nature Reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, close to Hoedspruit, approximately 5-6 hour’s drive from Johannesburg International Airport

The simplest and most affordable way to get between Johannesburg and the lodge is to make use of the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle, which operates daily in both directions between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit. Please note that the shuttle rates are included in our packages. Before/after the 5-6 hour road transfer you will be transferred between the Balule gate and the Mohlabetsi lodge. Getting to and from Mohlabetsi could not be simpler!


  • The Greater Kruger is a malaria area – please take your own precautions
  • Walking shoes, neutral coloured clothing, rain jacket and warm jersey/jacket
  • Hat and sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
  • Torch, camera & binoculars
  • Toiletries and any personal items
  • Cash for entrance fees and drinks (no ATM’s in the bush)
  • Booking prerequisite: guests must have adequate travel insurance to cover any emergency, casualty evacuation, and/or hospitalization for the full period of their safari

Departure Day: Daily
Total Day: 3 & 4 days
Pickup Location: Pretoria / Johannesburg Airport
Pickup Time: 05h30/ 06h45
Return Location: Johannesburg Airport /Pretoria
Return Time: 17h30/19h00
Group Composition: Minimum 1 Person

Package 2 Nights 3 Nights
Valid 01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018
Per Person Sharing R7 408 R10 378
Single Rate R8 992 R12 754
Children U/12 sharing with parents R4 438 R5 923
Valid 01 April 2018- 31 March 2019
Per Person Sharing R9 890 R13 940
Single Rate R11 990 R17 090
Children U/12 sharing with parents R5840 R7865

Winter special!!
Stay 3 nights & pay for 2 nights Only! valid 1 May – 30 June 2018

*Rates are listed as Rack Rates and are subject to change without notice

Payment and cancellation policy details available on request


  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Morning and afternoon-evening game drives
  • Return transfers from/to Johannesburg on the first and last days on the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle


  • Liquid refreshments
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Reserve entry fee R100.00 per vehicle and R100.00 per person conservation fees. – Subject to Change without prior Notice
  • Curios


Meet the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle at OR Tambo Airport bus Terminal 06h45 and start your journey to the Kruger. On arrival in the Greater Kruger the shuttle will drop you off at the Balule York gate where Mohlabetsi will be waiting to take you into the reserve to your Lodge and get you settled in before Lunch is served In the late afternoon, arm yourself with binoculars and cameras and set off with your ranger in an open Landrover.

You will stop at a vantage point as the sun goes down and the day turns swiftly to night, to enjoy sundowner drinks and snacks. The flashlights come on as we search for secretive nocturnal creatures, from the sleek genet, the cute bush baby to an unforgettable view of a leopard.

Back at the Lodge, the campfire is blazing, heralding a romantic dinner in the boma. Dinners are a social affair, with guests mingling with their hosts as they enjoy fireside cuisine with an African influence. Tasty starters are accompanied by our famous “pot brood”, freshly baked in a cast iron pot nestled in the coals. There is always a poultry dish as well as a traditional meat meal for main course and one of these dishes is always cooked over the fire. Desserts are usually a fruit flambé, prepared with much fanfare as the chef disappears behind a wall of flame! During the warmer summer evenings, we serve candlelit dinners under the stars.

Retire to your comfortable room, with a multitude of memories, to prepare yourself for the excitement of the day ahead.

DAYS 2 – 3 (or more)

Your ranger will knock on the door to awaken you to the Bushveld dawn. Coffee, tea and rusks are served in the outdoor lounge. Enjoy the antics of playful vervet monkeys as they too prepare for the day. Set off into the sunrise in the Landrover to find out what has been happening in the dead of night and follow spoor of animals on the move. Your ranger will lead you off on foot too, to discover sights which you would miss from a vehicle. The dawn chorus of birdsong is particularly memorable.

Return to the Lodge for a hearty breakfast, with an abundance of home-made “goodies”, including our famous Marula Jelly.

Relax around the pool for the morning or recline upon a chaise lounge with a view over the waterhole.


Set off at first light for your final guided game activity – appreciating the typical scents and sounds of the bush you’ll realise how much you’ve learned already! After breakfast back at the safari camp it’s time to pack up and say our reluctant goodbyes; you then transferred back to meet the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle bound for Johannesburg. Whatever you have seen and done you will have had an up-close and personal experience of the real African bush and wildlife! And a whole new world of experiences awaits for your next visit


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