HONEYGUIDE TENTED SAFARI CAMPS – MANTOBENI & KHOKA MOYA
Bordering the Kruger National Park and situated between the Timbavati and the Sabi Sand Reserves, lies the Manyeleti Game Reserve which encompasses 23,000 hectares of land. The Manyeleti Reserve is home to our two tented camps – Mantobeni Camp & Khoka Moya Camp.
Each camp offers breath-taking wildlife experiences, including the Big Five, superb cuisine and service excellence. Under the profound knowledge and experience of our rangers and trackers, you will experience 2 daily game drives; morning & evening. This allows you the opportunity of 2 varied experiences during your time with Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps. As we are only one of 3 lodges on the Manyeleti Game Reserve, we are extremely proud of our game drives for the experience our guests receive and for the unique fact that you will not sight many other vehicles / persons whilst on your game drive.
Khoka Moya Camp is situated on both sides of a river bed, offering an authentic African experience without sacrificing luxury, safety or comfort.
Guests are welcomed at our large, colourful lounge and dining areas of the camp overlook the green lawns which lead to our swimming pool. At Khoka Moya we also have an extensive climate controlled wine cellar and bar.
Each of the 15 large tents are furnished in a comfortable, contemporary style. Each tent has king sized beds we can (convert these to twins should this be required) and a large sized day bed. The tents are en-suite with double showers, his & hers basins and a separate toilet.
Khoka Moya Camp welcomes children of all ages. The tents measure 60 square metres and can comfortably accommodate families of four, all protected with mosquito nets.
Babysitting can be arranged at Khoka Moya Camp, provided advanced notice is given for the necessary arrangements to be made.
Mantobeni Camp is designed to reflect Hemingway’s Africa.
There are 15 tents which are nestled in a Tamboti grove overlooking a dry river bed. Our reception area is comprised of a large sitting area, an outdoor area with a splash pool & sun loungers, a bar and an extensive climate controlled wine cellar.
Game visiting the nearby watering hole can be seen from the swimming pool deck which adjoins the reception area.
The tents at Mantobeni Camp are furnished with king-sized beds (we can convert these to twins should this be required), mosquito nets and soft leather couches. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a sunken concrete bath, double shower, his & hers basins, and a separate toilet.
The tents are each set on a wooden platform that has 5 steps leading up to the tent. There is soft lighting within the tent and we do provide mosquito repellent for our guests.
Due to the layout and terrain of Mantobeni Camp, we only accommodate children over the age of 12 years.
The food is a highlight. At both camps it's a communal affair, usually served outdoors at a long table, with log fires and torches to create a really authentic bush feel. Simple homemade dishes, using predominantly local produce, are plentiful and exquisitely presented. N.B. Special arrangements can be made for in-room dining or a private bush dinner.
The day starts with tea or coffee and rusks served in bed - and heralded by Honeyguide's famous dawn drumbeat - before the early morning safari drive. On your return a lscrumptiousarge breakfast follows with a choice of cereals, fruit and a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is a light 3-course meal, served around 2pm. Dinner comes quite late - after a sunsetn afternoon / evening game drive. to see the sunset or nocturnal animals. It's another magnificent 3-course affair served either inaround the boma (fenced-in campfire) accompanied by the fascinating and seductive sounds of the African night or a buffet in the main dining area on certain nights. Our chefs are well trained and able to cater for meal preferences. There is a well-stocked bar with an excellent wine selection, stored in a temperature-controlled cellar.
Features include: All meals included, selected drinks and game drive snacks.
Guests are taken on game drives in open game viewing vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon/evening. Late afternoon and evening drives include sunset drinks, views over the Mohwareng Hills, and glimpses of nocturnal creatures.
Larger game frequently sighted in the reserve includes elephant, rhino, lion and hippo. In between meals and drives, watch the game and bird life pass by while relaxing by the pool or take a walking safari through the deep bush, accompanied by an experienced, armed ranger; it can be hot work, but it's very exciting - seeing the animals from a vehicle just doesn't compare. Group tours are available to the nearby village of Welverdiend, where guests will learn about the relationship between traditional and contemporary living. ( please provide more specific details, this is to general.
Activities on site or nearby include:
• Bird watching from a newly built hide opposite a watering hole
• Hiking and walking safaris
• Plant life/flora and footprint tracking
• Private guided tours
• Safaris in a private conservancy or into the neighbouring Kruger National Park
• Wildlife photography
The camp is open to visitors all year. Game viewing, is at its best the dry Winter (May-October). Animals congregate around water holes and the lack of foliage and grasses gives you a clearer view. But it does get cold at night and during the morning game drive, so pack accordingly. For bird watching, summer (December-March) is best: the rivers are full, the bushveld is lush, and there is no shortage of materials for food, nesting and hiding. This is prime holiday season in South Africa, but it can get seriously hot. Autumn (April-May) is also good for birding but probably the worst months for bigger game. In spring (November-December) you can spot lots of newborns.
Children of all ages are welcome at Khoka Moya and there are special activities for children such as beading, and educational walks. etc. They can share accommodation with their parents - extra beds are available on request.
Children under the age of 12 pay 50% of the adult rate; children under the age of 2 stay free of charge.
Mantobeni is reserved for guests over 12 years old, as it is that bit 'closer to nature'.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on the walking safaris for safety reasons, but there are shorter guided tours around the circumference of the camp for them.
The camps are approximately 6 hours by road from Johannesburg in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. Arrival time has to before 17:00 as the gates are locked.
ORT International and Lanseria International Airports are the closest international airports. From these airports there are daily scheduled flights to Hoedspruit (80km). Other small airports nearby are Nelspruit, Skukuza & Phalaborwa. Honeyguide has a light aircraft private airstrip.
From the Airport
Ground transfers from the airport can be arranged by Honeyguide on request.