One part of the reserve is covered by Serengeti-like plains where zebra and giraffe are often obliging models for photos.
Ask your guide to stop for sundowners under the massive marula tree at the edge of these plains.
Cost: DB&B costs from R2500 per person per night, which includes two game drives or bush walks daily Contact: Tel 0, email [email protected], streams in warming Stone Tin Lodge during the day and come nightfall, a large central fireplace heats up the open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, which is tastefully decorated with pale wood finishings, navy fabrics and Nguni-skin rugs.
The two, cosy, four-sleeper chalets and one two-sleeper cabin on the property are popular, so make sure you book in advance.
Cost: Self-catering from R300 per person per night Contact: Tel 0, email [email protected],
Cost: B&B is from R699 per person per night sharing – ask about the weekend spa packages Contact: Tel 0, email [email protected], Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, near Bela-Bela, consists of 12500 hectares of malaria-free bushveld and has all the features of a good family resort.
Reader John Miles says, ‘If the traffic plays along, you could leave the city after work on the Friday afternoon and reach Mabalingwe with enough time to pitch your tent and still enjoy the sunset.