We invite you to share what we consider to be a unique way of life and enjoy the wildlife on nature walks, game drives and horseback trails. Take pleasure in the landscape and panoramic views from the tranquillity of the Lapa. Activities may be arranged prior to arrival or after checking in for your stay.
Our reserve boasts more than 50 wildlife species, made up of a combination of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Guests may enjoy day and/or night drives in an open game drive vehicle. The best time for game viewing is early morning and late afternoon, as wild animals usually bed down during the heat of the day.
Early morning, late afternoon and moonlight rides (during full moon only) are tailored to suit guests’ horsemanship. Experienced staff accompany all rides and first time riders are welcome. Enjoy an hour or more (depending on your riding skills) in the Bushveld on well-schooled horses, suitable for all levels of horsemanship.
Guided Bush Walks
These walks are focussed on both the fauna and flora on the reserve. Learn about medicinal values of plants and trees as used by the locals, or simply enjoy being out in Nature. Trail distances are tailored to suit individual guests. Game may be stalked and viewed at close range and an abundance of bird varieties all adds to the experience of being at one with nature. Guests are guided by knowledgeable staff who will open up a new world to you.
The diversity of habitat at Mafigeni makes it a premier bird watching area. More than 365 bird species have been recorded in the area. For your convenience, a card listing the most common birds is available to take with you on your bird watching excursion.
Tracking rhino puts you on the search of one of the largest animals on the planet, but one that can be effectively tracked and approached to a good viewing distance – truly an exhilarating experience. Walking though the bush is a completely different experience than game viewing from a vehicle as it allows you to move slowly and observe the smaller life all around you, creating a different type of connection with nature.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
If you would like to experience the thrill of firing a rifle, without harming an animal, then clay pigeon shooting is for you. Test your accuracy with a 12-gauge shotgun or a more accurate rifle and try hit the clay disc as it is launched into the air. Suitable for young and old and no previous experience is required. This is a game of skill, using hand-to-eye co-ordination to hit moving targets flying at approximately 120km per hour. Have fun trying your hand at shooting clays under the guidance of an experienced Professional Hunter.
Archery is the art, practice or skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow. Archery has historically been used for hunting and combat; in modern times, however, it’s main use is that of a recreational activity. We invite you to join our resident Professional Hunter for a session of archery.
Combine an early morning game drive or horse trail, followed by a romantic Bush Breakfast.
Guests may enjoy a picnic lunch on the reserve.
Poolside or Bush Dinner
Guests can get close to nature and enjoy an African bush dinner lit by candles and paraffin lanterns – perfect for a romantic surprise or a special occasion.
Discover the Southern Hemisphere with its clear skies and good “seeing”. In the Southern Hemisphere night sky, there are remarkable celestial objects that can be seen with the naked eye, which are below the horizon on the Northern part of the Globe and therefore unseen or poorly seen in the North. Look carefully for the Milky Way, the well-known constellations of the Crux, Southern Cross, Clouds of Magellan, Orion’s Belt, Venus and complex satellite galaxies of the Milky Way.
Our pool is for the use of lodge guests only. Pool towels are available poolside. Please note: the pool is not supervised and we, therefore, ask that you do not leave children unattended. Use of the pool is at guests own risk.
Join our resident Professional Hunter for target shooting at the Mafigeni Rifle range. Shoot various calibres that range from .22 to 416.
Art is an integral part of Mafigeni life and we offer our guests an opportunity to meet a few of the artists in person, who can share their experiences and inspirations with them. If you wish to meet some of the artists, please book at least 36 hours in advance.
Let us resident Professional Hunter guide you a trophy or on a biltong hunt. We offer on-site slaughter facilities, coolroom and butchery for your to work your meat. Trophy caping and skinning will be done by our experienced staff.
Should you want to go for a run, our management team will be pleased to provide you with a suggested jogging route.