South African Lodges

Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve

Address
Malelane
Southern Kruger Park
Mpumalanga
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
Spa
R1880.00SINGLE RATE
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Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve is a 4010 ha private wildlife reserve located in proximity to the southern side of the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Malelane Gate to the Kruger National Park is approximately 30 km away from the Game Reserve, and the Crocodile Bridge is about 45 km away.

This Reserve is home to four of the 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, leopard and rhino). Guests have the opportunity to join the exciting and adventurous safaris/game drives during the morning, afternoon and night drive where a diverse variety of wildlife both big and small can be observed. Other game drives which are available to guests are Greater Kruger, a game drive in a private concession inside of Kruger National Park as well as half day and full day games drives in Kruger National Park.

Accommodation

The Camp is a 4-star safari lodge with private en-suite accommodation and includes dinner and bed and breakfast. Each lodge has its private terrace where you can enjoy the spectacular views. The Manyatta Rock Camp includes a viewing deck, spa and swimming pool. The camp also has a honeymoon suite and family rooms.

The rooms are unique and look like giant rocks the domed shaped bedrooms are across the hilltop, designed to blend in with the surrounding natural environment.

Comfortable and elegant, this Camp has a relaxed charm, unique design and stunning hilltop location. All 27 rooms are air conditioned and have two twins or a queen sized bed and have a fabulous private wooden deck with deckchairs, an en-suite bathroom with his and her basins and a bath; there is an additional outdoor open air shower. Also, there are tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge (stocked as a bar on request).
 
The hilltop camp consists of a reception safari desk area, viewing lounge deck, grotto bar, open air boma, top dining deck, lower dining deck and bar, swimming pool and a gift shop.

Activities

The Game Reserve offers:

  • Thrilling Walking Safaris
  • Elephant Back Safaris
  • Horse Back Safaris
  • Microlight Safaris
  • Local Traditional Singing/Dancing.

The Rock Camp features:

  • A natural day spa
  • Golf on the nearby prestigious Leopard Creek Golf Estate.

Day Tours

The Game Reserve is close to the borders of Mozambique and Swaziland. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy day tours to Mozambique and Swaziland.

Other day tours include Cultural Village, the Panoramic Area and Maholoholo rehabilitation centre and the cheetah breeding project.

Safaris and Wildlife

The Reserve offers an excellent game viewing experience with 95% of the guests seeing the lion, rhino, elephant, and occasionally leopard as well as a variety of overall other game.

It is a 4010-hectare free big game and wilderness conservancy, home to the big four including lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and a wide variety of other favourite game.

The Kruger National Park is a 2.2 million hectare independent big game conservancy and national park with a variety of most game species including the big 5; lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard.

This Reserve is home to one family herd of wild elephants, a small herd of white rhino and one small pride of lions. This is similar to most smaller and independently fenced conservancies and game parks in South Africa where predator-prey relationships need to be carefully monitored and managed.

Below detailed information about the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck

Restaurants

Dining at the Manyatta Rock Camp

Manyatta Rock Camp serves traditional South African cuisine. Red and white meat options are available at dinner as well as a vegetation option. Breakfast is a range of hot drinks, fruit juices and rusks before a game drive while a hearty late breakfast is available upon return. Every alternate breakfast is served in the bush in the middle of the conservancy.

A light lunch is available daily in the shade of the dining deck. Dinner is served on return from the late afternoon game drive, either on the main dining deck in the Boma around the campfire. A very good selection of South African wines, cold beers and spirits are available from the bar.

The Spa

The rustic day spa at the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, South Africa, is situated on a private lookout deck in the Rock Camp. 

Treatments available at The Rustic Day Spa:

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Reflexology pressure point massage.

Game Drives or Walking Safaris

This game drives at Kwa Madwala are conducted in open 4x4 safari vehicles or closed air-conditioned vehicles in the Kruger National Park. The drive departs from camp and travels through the Kwa Madwala reserve into the Greater Kruger National Park. The drives offer excellent chances of seeing herds of elephant, rhino and buffalo, hippos, lions and leopards among others. Kruger National Park offers an environment as close to natural as possible – second to few on earth. It offers some of the best game viewings regarding the variety of species Africa has to offer.

The Kwa Madwala night drives are nothing short of magical and offer an excellent introduction to the nocturnal species and animal activity in the reserve. The night drives traverses through the Kwa Madwala Reserve, and you can expect to get close to the lion, porcupine, bush babies, leopard, pangolin and aardvark. A powerful spotlight on your open safari vehicle ensures great views and many encounters in the dark African bush.

Walking Safaris are also an option and the focus of the walks is given to trees, shrubs, overall vegetation, insects and spoor. Smaller species are often seen although seeing some of the larger animals such as elephant, zebra and rhino are also common.

Elephant Safaris

Kwa Madwala has two tamed elephants that live within the Reserve and are based at the purpose-built stables. Elephant experiences include walks with the elephants, elephant back safaris, interaction experiences and elephant feeding. The experiences are highly recommended to anyone who would like to experience a close and personal encounter combined with education of the African elephant.

Microlight safaris

Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve is one of a very few private game reserves in South Africa that offer low altitude flights above a safari environment. These flights offer an exceptionally panoramic and unobstructed view of a big game and wilderness area.

Horse safaris

Equestrian safaris are on offer for both beginner and intermediate riders. The trails wind through the reserve and guests are likely to see antelope, giraffe, impala, zebra, waterbuck, wildebeest and sometimes herds of wild elephant and rhino. The breed of horses used for the horseback safaris is known as ‘Boereperde’ a word derived from the Dutch/Afrikaans word ‘boer’ meaning farmer and ‘perd’ meaning horse. These horses are strong, intelligent and even-tempered.

Nearby activities

Mozambique Day Tour:

Day on the Beach Tour - This tour takes place in a 4x4 vehicle and takes clients to a superb destination called Macaneta where you will have lunch in a local seafood restaurant. It is possible to stop at Maputo on the return journey for a coffee or sundowner.

City Day Tour - This tour visits the old fashioned railway station and local museums as well as the oldest church ‘The Squeezed Lemon’. A perfect Mozambican lunch can be experienced either at the Costa do Sol restaurant or the Polana Hotel. A scenic drive along the coast and magnificent harbour will take you to the local fisherman’s market. The tour offers historical sites and great cultural and scenic beauty.

Panoramic Tour:

The Panorama Route is one of the most scenic areas in South Africa; it refers to the long steep slope in Mpumalanga Province where the Drakensberg mountains separate the Highveld to the west from the Lowveld to the east. This region is well known for its spectacular views and waterfalls. The day tour will include the following sights: God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest, Mac Mac Falls and Berlin Falls. Pilgrims rest is a historic mining town and has to a large extent been restored to depict the era of the past when people flocked to the city by ox wagon to pan for gold.

Swaziland Day Tour:

This full day tour includes a stunning scenic drive over the Maguga Dam Wall and a visit to the Nsangwini Rock Art where guests can learn more about the origins of the Swazi people from Bushman paintings dramatically perched above the scenic Komati River. The tour briefly stops at the Ngwenya Mine which is one of the oldest mines in the world. Lunch is available at the Ngwenya Centre where the local Ngwenya candle and glass factories make a fascinating visit.

Matsamo Cultural Village:

The Matsamo Cultural Village is on the Jeppes Reef border of Swaziland. A trip here includes a traditional dance show, a visit to a typical restored Swazi village and a taste of the local cuisine. The people who live in the various rural villages around Matsamo are mainly Swazi in their customs, traditions and language.

  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
Baby Facility

A babysitter is also available upon request for small children at an additional cost. This service should be arranged in advance as part of the reservation.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris
Social Responsibility
  • The Kwa Madwala, Private Game Reserve in South Africa, has a leopard conservation project which aims to cover the following objectives over the next years:

    • Conditioning of leopards in the Kwa Madwala Reserve so that their fear of man is broken down. The Leopards need to associate man with game viewer vehicles and cameras rather than guns, hunting and fear.
    • Creation, establishment, awareness and enhancement of Kwa Madwala being a haven for leopards.
    • Establish and compile statistics on the cats in the area. Monitor feeding traits and patterns.
    • Contribute to eco-tourism and indirectly to job creation through this grand project.

    The project is largely reliant on donations, volunteers and Kwa Midway's staff.  Volunteers get to experience life on a big game reserve and contribute to the ongoing sustainability of conserving this patch of Africa.

Available Rooms

Manyatta Rock Camp

# Rooms:
27

The Manyatta Rock Camp at the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve is a 4-star safari camp with private en suite accommodation. Each lodge at Manyatta Rock Camp features its private terrace where guests can enjoy the spectacular views. The Manyatta Rock Camp includes a viewing deck, spa and swimming pool. The camp also has a honeymoon suite and family rooms.

The rooms at Manyatta Rock Camp are unique. Looking like giant rocks the domed shaped bedrooms are across the hilltop, designed to blend in with the surrounding natural environment. Comfortable and elegant, the Manyatta Rock Camp is praised for its relaxed charm, unique design and stunning hilltop location. All 27 rooms are air conditioned and have two twins or a queen sized bed and have a fabulous private wooden deck with deckchairs, an en-suite bathroom with his and her basins and a bath, there is an additional outdoor open air shower.

Seven of the rooms also feature a separate living room complete with a sofa bed. These units are well suited to families with older children. These rooms can only hold a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children under 12 years old.  The beautiful appointed Honeymoon Suite features a large four poster bed, private deck and shower and is ideal for maximum privacy. Subtle, efficient lighting around the camp and footpaths connect all rooms to the swimming pool, Boma, dining decks, bar, day spa and viewing lounge deck.

The hilltop camp at the Manyatta Rock Camp consists of a reception safari desk area, viewing lounge deck, grotto bar, open air boma, top dining deck, lower dining deck and bar, swimming pool and a gift shop.

Single Room R1880
Double Room R2900

Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

An adventurous combination of a Private Game Reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Mozambique and one of its superb beaches.

This spectacular tour can be described as a three and four star experience and is ideally suited to families, friends and small groups travelling together. The first 4 nights are spent at Manyatta Rock Camp in the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve. The Lodge is simplistically decorated in an African style and includes en suite air-conditioned rooms, a pool with a view, Boma area and outside lounge/ dining area.

Night 5 and 6 are spent in a beach resort on the Macaneta Island in Mozambique. This is an island in the sense that it is islanded from the main land by a river which curves in a “half moon” shape and segments this portion of land from the main land. A ferry crossing the local Nkomazi River is part of the adventure in getting to this rural destination.  The accommodation can be described as rustic, clean, three star accommodation. Accommodation is nestled behind a dune and slightly protected from the winds which can be severe at times. The beach is a two minute stroll from the camp. Enjoy the warm waters, an unspoilt beach experience, and divine local seafood with a Portuguese touch. Night 7 prior to departure is again spent back at Manyatta Rock Camp.  

Day 1 - arrival
Arrive at the KMIA airport and be met by a Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve guide. You will be transferred to Manyatta Rock Camp and introduced to the manager on duty at this special setting.   Enjoy a relaxing afternoon followed by an afternoon wilderness drive and good hearty South African cuisine.   

Day 2 – Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve
A morning wilderness/rhino and general game drive, an afternoon wilderness/rhino and general drive in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles conducted in the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve are in store for your safari on day 2 with an optional Walking Safari.   

Day 3 – The best of Kruger National Park
On day 3 we explore the Kruger National Park.  Departure for a full day standard Kruger National Park tour in an open 4 x 4 vehicle. You receive a cooked breakfast in the Kruger National Park 

Day 4 – Swaziland  
Day Tour to neighbouring Swaziland. This is a full day tour and departs from Manyatta Rock Camp after breakfast and stops over for lunch at the Ngwenya Centre.   
A stunning scenic drive over the Magugu Dam wall and a visit to the Nsangwini Rock art where one can learn more about the origins of the Swazi people from bushman paintings dramatically perched above the scenic Komati River.  
It includes a brief stop at the Ngwenya mine which is one of the oldest mines in the world – 42 000 years old. At the Ngwenya centre, the local Ngwenya candle and glass factories are very interesting and offer a local shopping experience. These are locally owned and run enterprises and offer an opportunity to watch highly skilled glass blowers at work.  
The local curio markets have an array of tasteful African curios at wholesale prices to the public and are visited as part of the tour.     
A live performing Traditional local dancing and singing presentation at Manyatta Rock Camp will be conducted after dinner on this evening.

Day 5, 6 and 7 – Mozambique and a superb beach experience
After an early breakfast guests are accompanied by their Kwa Madwala guide and head for the Mozambique border and Macaneta Island. This tour is conducted in a 4 x 4 vehicle as roads are not suitable in summer for normally equipped vehicles. Macaneta is a rural beach destination and offers an unspoilt special atmosphere. A local seafood restaurant is available and serves excellent seafood and beverages including good wine.   
You will be accommodated in a beach resort which can be described as 3 star accommodation however it is not graded. Accommodation is of a good clean standard and consists of chalets equipped with shower, basin, toilet and twin bedrooms. Meals are served at the restaurant.         
Time can be spent on the beach or around the pool relaxing and soaking up the African sun (weather permitting). Options are available to hire Quad bikes and do an adventurous trip around the island. This is an extra optional experience.    Speciality packages and tours Whale Watching and excursions – September to November Deep sea fishing charters and day trips Day trips to Inhaca Island for diving, snorkelling and lunch

Day 7 Maputo City  
On the afternoon of departure on day 7 a city tour of the capital of Mozambique is conducted. The tour visits the old fashioned railway station, local museums, as well as the oldest church “The squeezed lemon”.  A scenic drive along the coast and magnificent harbour will also take you to the local fisherman’s market – an interesting place to say the least. This is the place where Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498 on his way to India. The tour offers historical sites, cultural and scenic beauty.   

Day 8 Kwa Madwala Activities  
An Elephant Back Safari and interaction experience. This is an emotional moving and touching experience and is one of the highlights Kwa Madwala has to offer. Enjoy these two gentle giants!  Time is available prior to breakfast to partake in the Microlight Safaris and or Horse Back Safaris at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve - not included in the package.  
 
Departure for KMIA  

Important information  
With the exception of your flights to and from KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International airport) the tour is conducted by road and is fully inclusive of all transfers and transport.  

The tour is a weekly scheduled tour which means that it always starts from Manyatta Rock Camp on a Sunday and guests need to plan their arrangements so that they arrive in SA at the KMIA airport on a Sunday. It similarly departs on a Sunday and unless guests would like to stay longer at one of the Kwa Madwala Lodges it is important that they make arrangements to depart from KMIA on a Sunday.

Package rate: R18,350.00 per person (valid until 31 December 2018)  (no children under 6)

Included in the rate:

  • Return transfer to and from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
  • All entrance fees
  • Breakfast, Dinner and Lunch at Manyatta Rock Camp in the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve
  • Kwa Madwala will include Boma dinners where possible
  • Coffee and rusks on all morning safaris
  • Afternoon sun downers on all afternoon / evening safaris in the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve

Excluded from the rate:

  • Visas are required for Mozambique and pending your country of residence you may require a visa for Swaziland. These are not included and must be arranged by your travel agent or yourselves. It is preferable to pre arrange them.  
  • All alcoholic beverages and drinks
  • Lunch and dinner at Macaneta Island
  • Lunch on Day 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
  • All Activities in Mozambique
  • Laundry service

Terms and Conditions:

  • With the exception of your flights to and from KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International airport) the tour is conducted by road and is fully inclusive of all transfers and transport.
  • No children under 6
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 12 pay 25% less 
  • The tour is a weekly scheduled tour which means that it always starts from Manyatta Rock Camp on a Sunday and guests need to plan their arrangements so that they arrive in SA at the KMIA airport on a Sunday. It similarly departs on a Sunday and unless guests would like to stay longer at one of the Kwa Madwala Lodges it is important that they make arrangements to depart from KMIA on a Sunday.
BOOK NOW

Book your stay at Kwa Madwala Manyatta Rock Camp for four nights for R8,200.00 per person sharing for four nights with activities included (minimum 2 pax).

This package is valid until 31 December 2018

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis & 2 nights on a Full Board Bais
  • Choose between one 2 Hour Walking Safari OR one 1 hour Horse Back Safari or one 1.5 hour Wilderness Game Drive
  • 1 Full Day Kruger National Park experience. Breakfast included. Lunch & conservation entrance fee excluded
  • 1 Microlight Safari (15 minutes)
  • 1 x Hour Elephant Back Safari experience

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation entrance fee, Lunch, all drinks bought from the bar
  • Items not mentioned to be included

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for travel 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2018
  • Subject to availability
  • Only valid for a 4 night stay
  • Minimum 2 pax to book this package
BOOK NOW

Book your stay at Kwa Madwala Manyatta Rock Camp for four nights for R8,080.00 per person sharing for four nights with activities included (minimum 2 pax).

This package is valid until 31 December 2018

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis & 2 nights on a Full Board Bais
  • Choose between one 2 Hour Walking Safari OR one 1 hour Horse Back Safari or one 1.5 hour Wilderness Game Drive
  • 1 Full Day Kruger National Park experience. Breakfast included. Lunch & conservation entrance fee excluded
  • 1 Half Day Kruger National Park experience. Breakfast included. Conservation entrance fee & lunch excluded
  • 1 x Hour Elephant Back Safari experience

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation entrance fee, Lunch, all drinks bought from the bar
  • Items not mentioned to be included

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for travel 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2018
  • Subject to availability
  • Only valid for a 4 night stay
  • Minimum 2 pax to book this package
BOOK NOW

Book your stay at Kwa Madwala Manyatta Rock Camp for three nights for R5,970.00 per person sharing for three nights (minimum 2 adults).

This package is valid until 31 December 2018

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis & 1 night on a Full Board Bais
  • Choose between one 2 Hour Walking Safari OR one 1 hour Horse Back Safari or one 1.5 hour Wilderness Game Drive
  • 1 Full Day Kruger National Park experience. Breakfast included. Lunch & conservation entrance fee excluded
  • 1 x Hour Elephant Back Safari experience

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation entrance fee, Lunch, all drinks bought from the bar
  • Items not mentioned to be included

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for travel 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2018
  • Subject to availability
  • Only valid for a 3 night stay
  • Minimum 2 pax to book this package
BOOK NOW

Book your stay at Kwa Madwala Manyatta Rock Camp for two nights for R4,200.00 per person sharing for two nights (minimum 2 adults).

This package is valid until 31 December 2018

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation: 1 night on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis & 1 night on a Full Board Bais
  • Choose between one 2 Hour Walking Safari OR one 1 hour Horse Back Safari or one 1.5 hour Wilderness Game Drive
  • 1 x Half Day Kruger National Park Game Drive Breakfast included. Conservation entry fee excluded
  • 1 Half Hour Elephant Interaction experience

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation entrance fee, Lunch, all drinks bought from the bar
  • Items not mentioned to be included

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for travel 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2018
  • Subject to availability
  • Only valid for a 2 night stay
  • Minimum 2 pax to book this package
BOOK NOW

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2016-07-08

At Kwa Madwala I really enjoyed visiting the Matsamu Cultural Village, I had a great time on the exciting and adventurous safaris & had a great dinner in the boma.

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2016-07-04

Beautiful Lodge, with Magnifficent Views, I loved the time I spent at the Spa & my room was comfortable and elegant.

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -25.488938

Longitude: 31.714836

Directions

Driving directions to the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve from the Nelspruit Airport KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport):

1. Take the exit road from KMIA airport and after two minutes you will reach a T Junction.
2. Turn left and follow the road for approx 15 minutes until you reach the N4 (National Toll Road)
3. Turn left and drove through the Nkomazi Tollgate to the town of Malelane
4. Drive east on the N4 from Malelane
5. 1km before the city of Hectorspruit on the N4 turn right along the R570 towards Jeppes Reef. This road is signposted Kwa Madwala/Low Hills and Inkuba Game Farm. Please note there are two turnoffs after Malelane the second goes to Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve.
6. Continue for 4.5km till you see a sign for Kwa Madwala and Strydomblok Road on your left. Turn left and continued for a further 4.5km until you see the Kwa Madwala turnoff on your left clearly visible by the lion's head logo.
7. After 300m, you will arrive at the security entrance gate to the Reserve. There you will need to pay the conservation fee of R100-00 per vehicle and will be given a map.
Buses will then drive a further 1.5km of dirt road to the central buses/coaches parking area. Private vehicles travel 5km on a dirt road to the guest parking area.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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