Mabalingwe Kalahari 4×4 campsite review

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Mabalingwe nature reserve is situated in the Waterberg region of Limpopo province. It is around 2.5 hours drive from Johannesburg and the closet town is Bela-bela.

Mabalingwe is all about getting back to Nature – a spectacular landscape allows you to lose yourself in true Waterberg Bushveld with abundant birdlife, stunning indigenous nature and a wide variety of

There are many different accommodation options at Mabalingwe ranging from chalets to a caravan park. The Kalahari bush camp is well-suited for the more adventurous nature-loving explorer and for campers that really want to be in the beautiful untouched bushveld that the Waterberg is so
well-known for.

There are 7 unfenced stands; Arend and impala are the largest stands with Arend being the most private. Olifant is a medium-sized site. Vlakvark, Kudu and meerkat are small sites and are closer to the ablutions. There is one unnamed site that’s right next to the road, so not that great. A maximum of four adults can occupy each of the stands. There is no electricity, water or bins at the stands. There is a basic braai but you’ll have to bring your own grid. This camp is ideally suited for campers with all of their owngear. The camps are frequented by baboons and monkeys unfortunately so be sure to
secure your food, toiletries and garbage, don’t leave anything in your tent. Never feed any animals! All of the Bush Camps are only accessible with 4×4 or high-clearance vehicles.The ablutions feature two flushing toilets, hot water showers and a small outdoor scullery. It takes a little finesse to get the hot
water to the right temperature.

Aside from the main paved and gravel roads most of the jeep tracks require a high-clearance vehicle and there are also 4×4-only sections, albeit not all that technical. You’ll get a map at reception and the roads are well sign-posted.

The rest of the reserve is fairly commercial featuring a restaurant, pub, convenience store, fuel station, atm, swimming pools as well as numerous other entertainment facilities.

For the bush lover the main attractions are self-drive game drives, guided walks and night game drives. Here you’ll have the opportunity to spot 4 of Africa’s big 5.

So if you’re looking for secluded camping but not too far from a few luxuries, Mabalingwe truly offers best of both worlds.


Bookings can be made through the website, email or telephone;

Tel: +27 (0) 14 001 7011


Be careful of Baboons and monkeys at the campsite