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Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve

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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.


Spa Facilities

The rustic day spa at the Kwa Madwala Private 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.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

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.


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
  • Housekeeping service
  • Safari drives
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris
Social Responsibility
  • The Kwa Madwala, Private 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 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 reserve and contribute to the ongoing sustainability of conserving this patch of Africa.

Available Rooms

Manyatta Rock Camp

# Rooms:

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 R1940
Double Room R2980

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -25.488938

Longitude: 31.714836


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.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star