Mpumalanga New Year Retreats – Part 1 - The Manyeleti Game Reserve


While the majority of holidaymakers are making their way back to their day to day routines of work, traffic, school and New Year responsibilities, a select few are just getting ready to embark on their vacation. After having worked through the mainstream holiday period, many travellers head into the New Year with a low-profile, intimate and undisturbed break to begin the New Year with. While the weather is still pristine, travel routes are quiet and accommodation is almost always available (and often priced at a reduced rate given the time of year), January may just be the best month to retreat to the magical province of Mpumalanga!


Known as the "Place of stars", the Manyeleti Game Reserve offers visitors a Big 5-star bushveld experience to begin the year off in one of the most idyllic bushveld settings. Located immediately south of the Kruger’s Orpen Gate, the Manyeleti Game Reserve can be easily accessed via Johannesburg (Longitude 31.4724, Latitude 24.6053) found on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park just off the R531 from Klaserie.


Satisfying the wanderlust of those in search of low-key couples tranquillity, the safari-hungry holidaymaker or young families looking for an "off the beaten track"  vacation, the Manyeleti Game Reserve boasts unsurpassed Big 5 Game viewing set against the backdrop of the open savanna, dense riverine vegetation and the untouched African wilderness bushveld. Offering an endless game viewing experience, uninterrupted by mainstream vacationers, secluded and exclusive, the Manyeleti Game Reserve extends over 23 750 hectares sharing fenceless borders with the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands and the Timbavati Game Reserves. 


Following a self-guided tour using the well maintained 200km park road networks (suitable for all vehicle types); the Manyeleti Game Reserve is host to a variety of Big 5 sightings and an abundance of birding species. Alternatively holiday makers in search of an authentic safari experience can explore the vast bushveld and prolific wildlife on a guided open vehicle game drive or on foot for a guided bush walk, chaperoned by only the most experienced and well informed game rangers.


Offering a variety of accommodations, the Manyeleti Game Reserve caters to affordable family-friendly accommodation including 34 Self-catering, en-suite bungalows of which 19 are newly renovated. Where camping is your preference the Manyeleti game Reserve also offers up to 20 caravan camping areas equipped with communal ablution facilities as well as two large swimming pools and a small tuck shop.


Leaving a lasting impression that will see many a return visit, unforgettable family memories and not to mention too-many-to-print prize wildlife photographs, the Manyeleti Game Reserve looks forward to welcoming you to an exclusive game viewing exploration of free roaming wildlife and up to 300 bird species recorded in the region including a variety or large raptors.


For more about the Manyeleti Game Reserve, to check  accommodation  or camping site availability or to make a reservation contact the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Reservations Clerk on telephone +27 13 759 5432, Mobile 079 775 9539  or email

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