2022-02 Bushtime at Mabula

Overview, trip report, images, and reviews from our visit to Bushtime at Mabula.


“Situated at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains in a private game reserve, is one of Africa’s hidden secrets. Whether taking a short break or a well-deserved holiday, BushTime at Mabula has it all. Situated at the foothills of the Waterberg mountains, within the 10 000 hectares Mabula Private Game Reserve, this bush resort offers prolific game which includes the “Big 5” and more than 300 recorded bird species.

The accommodation units are located in four separate camps each with its’ own unique setting. “Modjadji” has the bush and wide open plains, “Sunset Hill” has views forever and sunsets that only Africa can offer, while “Bush and Game Lodge” has magnificent views over the plains and distant hills. The chalets have been spaced to maximize privacy and enhance the feeling of being in the wild.

All the units are fully self-catering and range from one-bedroom chalets to six-bedroom bush camps. A mere two hours drive from Johannesburg this malaria-free Reserve will ensure that you leave feeling rejuvenated, with memories of quality time spent with family and friends, having experienced the wonders of the African bushveld.”

Bushtime at Mabula Trip Report

We are privileged to own a timeshare week at Bushtime at Mabula, where we spend our annual family holiday. This year, we had our 8th get-together – the first time with our grandkids joining us.

Planning and preparation usually start in January to compile itineraries, reserve safari drives, plan menus and make sleeping arrangements. With all this completed, we set out for our destination to arrive in time for check-in at the timeshare office. Check-in progressed smoothly, and soon we were headed to Bush Lodge, where we have a Bush House. The rest of our family arrived shortly afterward and we were set for a week of relaxation and spending precious time together. Not everyone could spend the whole week, but we were happy to share what time we had.

Dinner preparations that evening were hampered by heavy rain but fortunately, we had nice weather for the majority of our stay.

We had scheduled safari drives for each day, which is, of course, the highlight of the day. The well-qualified safari guides always make these drives very informative and educational and they go out of their way to take you to the best wildlife sightings.

We were privileged to have wonderful wildlife sightings and photo opportunities. The veld and the animals were in such good condition due to the ample rainfall received.

The highlights of our wildlife sightings were most definitely the cheetah mum and her 3 cubs and the lion sighting. Apart from these highlights, all the usual suspects were seen and Mabula, as always, did not disappoint.

It is always wonderful to spend time with our family and share precious memories. With heavy hearts, we had to pack up and all too soon we said our goodbyes: to family and magical Mabula. Looking forward to next year!