Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 8

Lookout for

Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Spotted Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Nyala
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile
Ostrich

Manyeleti Game Reserve is neatly tucked away between Sabi Sands and the Timbavati in South Africa's Kruger Lowveld. It opens on to the Kruger National Park. Less-well known than its famous neighbouring reserves, Manyeleti offers a top-class safari experience. Great big 5 game viewing, all the general game, and great predator activity make for an all-round superb safari. The terrain is typical savannah woodland interspersed with the odd rocky outcrop, some excellent tree specimens, and a large lake in the centre of the reserve that attracts high densities of birds, hippo and crocodiles. There are three luxury camps in the park that provide top quality guided safaris. In addition, there are two very affordable self-catering camps in the park, Buffelshoek and Ndzhaka, where visitors have the option of going on guided game drives or walks. Guests have the option of ‘upgrading’ to be catered for on a full-board basis. The park is no longer open for self-drive safaris.

Why we like it

Big 5 game viewing; Lake attracts excellent birdlife; Luxury and affordable accommodation available

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 23 000 Ha
Reserve Type: Concession
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hoedspruit

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Khoka Moya Tented Camp, Manyeleti Luxury Full Board
Mantobeni Camp, Manyeleti Luxury Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Elephant
Buffalo


BRIDS
Martial Eagle
Lappet Faced Vulture
Bateleur Eagle
Saddle-billed Stork
Ground Hornbill


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor Lizard
Puff Adder


TREES
Marula
Knob Thorn Acacia
Rock Fig


HABITAT TYPES
Savannah Woodland
Thornveld Thickets
Seeplines
Riverine
Open Water