Frequently Asked Questions Preparation Do I need vaccinations to go on a Mangwa African Safari at Mangwa Lodge?
No, you don't need vaccinations. For personal advice contact your general practitioner or visit your local travel clinic. Are there any specific rules for traveling with children?
The South African government has tightened immigration laws. There are important changes with regard to minors who want to travel in and out of South Africa. Here you can find more information about the rules that have been introduced. Is Mangwa Lodge situated in a malaria free environment?
Yes we are, the complete Waterberg Biosphere is a malaria free environment, so you do not have to take any medication to prevent malaria in any way. Travel in South Africa What is the voltage at Mangwa Lodge?
South Africa uses the same voltage as Europe, an adapter will be available at the reception. How do I get to Mangwa Lodge?
Click on "Getting to Mangwa Lodge and Route Description" to get more information. When is the best time (season) to go to Mangwa Lodge? In contrast to Central Africa, South Africa has four seasons, in which every seasons characterized. Spring (September to November) is an ideal season to go game "spotting" because the bush has become thinner due to the dry winter months. The green grass is coming up everywhere. The weather is dry and hot with temperatures between 22 to 28 ° C daytime and 12 to 17 ° C in the evening. The summer (December to February) is generally warmer and rainy. It rains but not at a stretch. The rains are usually short, powerful showers in the late afternoon or evening. The advantage of the summer is that the bush turns into a green oasis. Temperatures range from 25 to 35 ° C during the day to about 15 to 20 ° C in the evening. February is the hottest Month. In the early evening and daytime in the shade it is pleasant. Autumn (March to May) is the best time if you are looking for average temperatures, between 22 and 28 ° C during the day and about 10 and 15 ° C in the evening. The bush is still very green. In May and June the trees lose their leaves and the grass is gold. In May it is still warm enough, at night a sweater is needed. Winter (June to August) is certainly one of the best seasons to go on a "photo safari". It is a dry and cool period. The grasses are almost completely dead and there are no leaves on the trees. The game is easier to find, even the somewhat shy animals struggle to hide themselves in this season. The evenings are cool, you can now enjoy sitting around the crackling fire in the dining room. Temperatures range from 18-25 ° C during the day to 5-10 ° C in the evening. Pricing & Booking How can I pay my reservation?
Payment can be made by credit card or by electronic transfer into our bank account (also if you make your booking through the nightsbridge system on our website). Please indicate your reservation number and name when making the payment. If you made the reservation through our lodge, you will receive a provisional booking confirmation with our banking details. With these details you can make the payment. If you want to pay by credit card the lodge will send you a credit card authorization form. When paying by credit card an administration fee of 3% will be charged. How can I make a reservation?
You can contact us via This email address to make an inquiry or make the booking online. About MANGWA Lodge What are the check in and check out times?
You can check in as from 14.00, and we kindly ask you to vacant your room by 10.00 in the morning. What times will food be served and availability of spirits, beers and wine ?
The dining/deck area is opened for breakfast from 9H00 – 10H00, lunch is served from 13H00 – 14H00 and you can enjoy our dinner from 19H30 – 21.00. You are welcome to order from the bar all day and have a drink while you enjoy the beautiful view. Am I allowed to use my own car for game viewing experiences on your property? We have a strict policy regard this matter and our guests are not allowed to use their own vehicle for game viewing experiences on our property. We offer, inclusive game drives to our guests with our vehicles, if you have a special request, please inform us and we’ll arrange it for you. Do you offer a Self-Catering and Bed & Breakfast?
All reservation are on a Full Board basis, it means that you will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner in our dining/deck area. We do not offer self-catering which means that breakfast, lunch and dinner’ s are provided and included in the daily rate per person. Environment I’m staying here for a longer period of time, can I extend my stay and are there any excursions of things to do in the surrounding?
Yes, subject to availability you may extend your stay and there are, additional "activities/excursions" available, all special requests may be granted if possible. Ask the receptionist at the site for a list of tours and prices that we offer to our guests. Where is MANGWA Lodge situated?
Mangwa Game Lodge is situated in the beautiful Waterberg area in the South African Limpopo province. The closest town is the little town of Vaalwater on the R33 from Nylstroom to Lepalale, where you can find money machines, a well stocked supermarket, pharmacy, petrol station and small restaurants. Mangwa African Safari organizes game drives to Welgevonden Nature Reserve to see the Big Five for yourself. What does, "game", game drive, 'game reserve', and 'big five', nature drive mean?
All these words come from English and have their origins in the hunt. The English call wild animals 'game' so a 'game drive' with a open landcruiser /jeep safari is English for jeep safari. A 'game reserve' literally means , wild reserve. The term 'big five' has also been devised by the English hunters, since they are the five most dangerous animals to hunt because they caused many casualties among the hunters. The big five are the dangerous game such as lion , leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. We have a breeding pair of buffalo on Kamonande Nature Reserve, you will see lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino on Welgevonden. A Nature drive – is a drive in nature where fauna and flora, birds and insect will be the highlight. Facilities Is there a swimming pool? And can I make use of it free of charge?
Yes we have a beautiful swimming pool, with a beautiful attached deck to it, overlooking Kamonande Nature Reserve. There are several sun loungers, available where you can enjoy a drink next to the swimming pool. Swimming towels are provided. The use of the pool is free of charge. If I book my MANGWA Lodge on an exclusive use basis, what does it include ?
Exclusive use accommodation at Mangwa African Safari includes: • All meals and beverages (coffee, tea and water ) • Private guide, house host, chef and house staff • Private open Landcruiser Safaris (1 vehicle for up to 10 guests, 2 vehicles for 9-12 guests), walking safaris, mountain biking safaris (accompanied by experienced guides ), tennis All rates exclude: Tourism levy at ZAR 55 per person per night • Telephone calls • Purchases from the Mangwa African Safari Boutique & Gallery • ( spirits, beer, wines, liqueurs, Champagne and soft drinks ) Beauty and Spa treatments (to be pre-booked and pre-paid) • additional activities and special requests ● Additional vehicle (available on request at an additional charge) • Transport to and from the reserve ● Return road transfers between the Kamonande Nature Reserve and OR Tambo airport • Laundry service.
• Children of all ages are welcome at Mangwa African Safari Lodge • Infants under the age of 2 years will be accommodated free of charge.
• Children aged 2-16 years will be accommodated at 50% of the adult rate when sharing a standard Suite with 1 adult or child.
• Children accommodated in their own suite will attract the full adult rate. Is there a supermarket or shop on the park?
No, there is no supermarket or shop at or close to Mangwa Lodge. A stocked mini bar is available in your room, you may request additional snacks etc. this must be requested upfront. Is there a TV in the accommodations?
The Mangwa Lodge has a television in the communal lounge area, our rooms do not have televisions sets, this is a time to immerse yourself in the African bush and enjoy the sounds of Africa Are there safes in the rooms to store valuables?
Yes there are, you’re welcome to make use of them. Is a coffee station supplied in the room?
All rooms have a coffee and tea station, special requests will be served by our Hosts in the lounge , dining and deck area. Are hairdryers available in the rooms?
Yes, all rooms are supplied with a hairdryer. How can I pay at Mangwa Lodge?
At Mangwa lodge you can pay special requests, additional excursions, beverages and purchases from the curio shop in (ZAR, Euros and US Dollars), payment by debit (pin) card (card must be activated for World) and by credit card (when paying by credit card an administration fee of 3% will be charged). We only accept Visa and Mastercard at Mangwa Lodge. In the nearby town of Vaalwater (30 km) is an ATM where you can withdraw from your European debit card. Can I use Internet at Mangwa Lodge?
Upon request there is a business centre available that allows you to surf the Internet. A fee will be charged for this service. There is WIFI in the Lounge and dining room. Please keep in mind that you are in Africa and we might have limited connectivity. Is there any cell phone reception? And are there any phones in the rooms?
A small area around the Lodge has mobile reception. Do I have to bring my own mountain bikes?
We have several mountain bikes here on the property and you are free to make use of them, so you do not have to bring your own (Use of Mountain bikes (3 hours): R 50,-). However, especially during the busy periods the use of the mountain bikes is on a first come, first serve basis and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to make use of them at the moment you find it convenient. Are there hiking trails set out on your property?
We have several hiking and biking trails. The team of Mangwa Lodge is willing to inform you about the trails. Since we do not have any “dangerous” animals, you can freely walk, run or cycle around and enjoy what nature provides. However guests are reminded that they are in a nature reserve with wild animals. About Mangwa Game Reserve Are children allowed to join a game drive in Welgevonden Game Reserve?
Yes, children of all ages can join a game drive in Welgevonden (at the discretion of the game ranger). However they have to pay the full rate. The ranger is responsible for the safety of guests and it is up to him/ her to decide if children can join a game drive. Contact How do I order a brochure?
Send us your details via , we will send you a free brochure as soon as possible. Do you have a questions?
Please feel free to contact us!

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