Abelana Game Reserve is a 15,000ha (36,000 acre) Big Five game reserve adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park and the Selati Game Reserve, close to the town of Phalaborwa in South Africa’s beautiful Lowveld – the country’s prime big game region.
Owned by the Mashishimale community, the word “abelana” means “to share amongst each other” in the local Northern Sotho language. This spirit of sharing underpins the relationship between the Mashishimale and its lodge operations partner which leases the land for eco-tourism purposes.
Characterised by breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, varied topography and a mixture of vegetation types, Abelana Game Reserve has a 10km stretch of the semi-perennial Selati River in its northern section, as well as numerous other seasonal watercourses.
Abelana is home to a rich diversity of fauna and flora, from the hippos and crocodiles that make the Selati River their home and the famed Big Five – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo – as well as cheetah and wild dog, which are occasional visitors, to an impressive number of endemic bird species including the African fish eagle, peregrine falcon, thick-billed cuckoo, and bat hawk.
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Arrival / Departure
As guest vehicles are not permitted to drive on the reserve it is important that you plan your trip to arrive at the relevant gate at or close to specific times. This is particularly important to ensure that you can participate in all safari activities on the day of your arrival.
What to Bring
A range of clothing in neutral colours such as khaki, green or brown, including shorts and T-shirts, a pair of long trousers and long sleeve shirts, comfortable, closed walking shoes (for bush walks and in winter when it is cooler in the mornings and evenings), sandals or flip flops and swimming costumes. A hat is essential. Bright colours that stand out are inadvisable. A jacket and jersey/fleece are necessary on cold days and particularly in the colder winter months from May to September. Other useful items to bring on safari include a small torch with batteries, sunscreen, insect repellent, cameras, binoculars and any personal medication. The camp does have a basic first aid kit.
Safety and Health
Abelana is a relatively low risk malaria area and malaria is a treatable disease, but as a precaution guests are strongly advised to consult with a doctor prior to travel to establish what malaria medication to take and when to commence any course. Guests are requested to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover emergencies, cancellations, evacuation and hospitalisation as well as loss of any personal items. Abelana is a remote area with potentially dangerous wild animals present. This is part of its attraction. All safaris are led by expert armed guides with experience in conducting these activities. It must however be noted that all activities are conducted at own risk and travel and medical insurance is advised.
1st January 2022 – 31st December 2022 R 8150-00 per person per night sharing 50% per person single supplement. Age restrictions for children may apply in relation to bookings and activities. A per person per night community levy of R110-00 will be levied as part of your reservation and is entirely used for community benefit. Abelana River Lodge – General Terms and Conditions 2022 There are no gate entry fees payable at Abelana Game Reserve. Rate Includes: Accommodation in air-conditioned suites with en-suite indoor and outdoor shower; All meals and teas/coffees. Morning and Afternoon/evening game drive with qualified guide, optional walk offered after breakfast. Filtered water provided Rate Excludes: All drinks Any curio purchases Any gratuities Transfers to and from the reserve Community levy of R110 per person per night.
General Terms and Conditions
Rate Includes: All meals, teas, coffees and snacks Accommodation Dawn and dusk safaris in open Game Viewing vehicles Wi-Fi at all lodges except for Abelana Safari Camp Rate Excludes: Airport and road transfers Beverages purchased at lodges Mini Bar, curio, telephone and laundry expenses General Children 12 years and older are considered adults and pay the applicable tariff Deposits No reservation is secure without a deposit A deposit equivalent to 50% of the total accommodation is required within 7 days of confirmation for individuals (FIT’s) and within 14 days of confirmation 10% is required for a group to secure a reservation. For reservations, less than 30 days prior to arrival for individuals and groups, full payment is required The balance of the accommodation account is to be settled 30 days prior to arrival or, if the period is less, full payment will apply For groups, we require a 10% deposit and final commitment to confirm the reservation 90 days prior to arrival Cancellation fees for Individual Guests Abelana Game Reserve reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee equivalent to any direct costs incurred by it in attending to the reservation plus a 10% administration fee for any individual bookings cancelled more than 42 days prior to the date of the scheduled arrival In the event of a cancellation, less than 42 days and more than 30 days prior to the date of the scheduled arrival, a cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the full account will be charged In the event of a cancellation, less than 30 days prior to the date of the scheduled arrival, a cancellation fee equivalent to the full account will be charged (100%) Payment details Bank transfers: – Please note all the below information Payment must be made to MTH Lodge Holdings (Pty) Ltd Nedbank, Hyde Park Swift – NEDSZAJJ Account No – 1172068933 Credit card – Please advise card type, number, expiry date, card holders name and passport number Payments to be made in South African Rand/ZAR and a copy of the remittance must please be sent to the reservations office – firstname.lastname@example.org