A short flight from Johannesburg (or five hour drive), the secluded Honeyguide Mantobeni lodge takes its aesthetic cue from a colonial past, offering all the comforts of an authentic safari experience under canvas. Each of the spacious and elegant Nehru-style tents include kingsize beds and leather couches, their own bathrooms as well as a small wooden decked terrace, reminiscent of a scene from Out of Africa. Daily game drives brings guests up close and personal with the wildlife and Big 5 that call the reserve home while experienced guides and rangers offer guided walks in the surrounding wilderness.
The sound of early morning drums wake guests for the first game drive of the day and accompanying explorations of this sprawling private game reserve.After a few hours of animal sightings, guests are rewarded with a hearty breakfast back at camp. Days are spent lazing around the lodge pool that overlooks the waterhole where animals congregate, and when the sun sinks into the horizon, guests can enjoy sundowners in the wilds while on their evening game drive. Evening time sees guests returning to camp for dinner in the lodge’s central boma in the lodge itself or even alfresco, in the bush. Meals here are characterised by their rustic appeal, coupled with a selection of fine South African wines, lazy days extend into languid evenings. Listen out for a wandering elephant or the sounds of lions calling while relaxing over a candlelit meal.
Honeyguide Mantobeni offers visitors to the South African wilderness a unique opportunity to experience a luxury tented camp safari experience at an affordable all-inclusive rate.