Welcome to Abelana Game Reserve, a 15,000ha paradise of untamed wilderness and breathtaking beauty. Come discover the wild wonders of this special place, where the call of Africa’s majestic Big Five echoes through the treetops and each sunset brings with it a unique sense of awe. Experience all that this incredible habitat has to offer; see it on foot with experienced guides or from atop an open-vehicle game drive, explore its hidden secrets and admire its abundance of flora & fauna in all its glory. At Abelana Game Reserve you will be taken care of by our friendly team who come with a deep understanding of African bush lore and culture – not to mention unrivaled hospitality. We look forward to sharing Abelana’s natural splendor with you soon!

Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Limpopo region, Abelana Game Reserve is a wildlife lover’s paradise. With 10 kilometers of the meandering Selati River, lush vegetation and a plethora of animal life, Abelana exudes a rare beauty and serenity you won’t find anywhere else. As one of the top safari destinations in southern Africa, Abelana is home to the Big Five – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo – as well as an array of other wildlife species. From leisurely game drives to river cruises and walking safaris led by experienced guides, visitors can immerse themselves in the wonders of Africa while exploring Abelana’s diverse terrain.

What sets them apart

Abelana Game Reserve offers guests the chance to enjoy a unique feeling of exclusivity while on safari while offering exceptional value for money. With just two lodges – Abelana Safari Camp in the south of the reserve and Abelana River Lodge in its northern section – guests could easily be in the only vehicle exploring the reserve’s 15,000ha at any one given time. This low density approach allows us to offer a completely immersive, authentic safari experience which can be easily tailored to suit guest preferences. Geographically, the reserve is blessed with a range of eco-systems, from the distinctive granite outcrops and koppies of the south to beautiful riparian forest in the north, dominated by large riverine trees.

Abelana Game Reserve is committed to the principles of sustainable tourism, working with the Mashishimale community to uplift and empower its people while conserving and protecting the wilderness under its stewardship. Our environmental ethos is to operate with as light a footprint as possible. Abelana Safari Camp uses solar power and gas geysers and no large trees were removed during its construction. The camp could be dismantled, and the site completely rehabilitated within 12-18 months. We are against single-use plastics and we have our own reverse osmosis systems providing fresh drinking water from an underground aquifer to our lodges and staff in stainless steel or recyclable glass bottles. All waste is separated and removed from the property.

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  • 20 luxury airconditioned en-suite guest suites sleeping a maximum of 40 guests.
  • Either 1 x king bed or twin bed configuration
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Private deck overlooking the Selati River
  • Tea and coffee station
  • Bar fridge
  • Open fireplace
  • Open fireplace
  • Lounge area
  • In-room dining
  • Hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day is provided on the premises.
  • Option of in-room dining
  • Guided morning and afternoon game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Birding
  • Photography
  • Stargazing