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An Overview of Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris

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Exodus Safaris presents Manyeleti Safaris, an enriching exploration of the untamed wilderness of Manyeleti Game Reserve in South Africa. Located adjacent to the renowned Kruger National Park, Manyeleti offers a pristine and authentic safari experience characterized by vast plains, dense bushveld, and abundant wildlife. Committed to responsible tourism and conservation, Manyeleti Safaris curated by Exodus Safaris provide travelers with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of South Africa while contributing to the preservation of its biodiversity.

Coming on a Manyeleti Safari with Exodus Safaris promises an unforgettable adventure filled with captivating wildlife sightings and breathtaking landscapes. Led by experienced guides with a deep understanding of the reserve, guests partake in game drives, bush walks, and birdwatching excursions, offering intimate encounters with Africa’s iconic species such as lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo.

From the golden hues of sunrise to the ethereal glow of sunset, Manyeleti Safaris offer travelers the chance to witness the beauty and drama of the African bushveld while staying in comfortable accommodations and enjoying personalized service. Manyeleti Safaris with Exodus Safaris provide an authentic and immersive safari experience that celebrates the wonders of Manyeleti Game Reserve.

Why go on Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari

What to do on the Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari

Game Drives

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Game Drives

 Game drives are the primary activity in Manyeleti. You can embark on both morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers. This is your chance to spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo) and a wide range of other wildlife species. The open vehicles provide unobstructed views and the expertise of your guides enhances the experience.

Guided Bushwalks

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Guided Bush Walks

For a more immersive and up-close experience with nature, join guided bushwalks. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, you can explore the reserve on foot, learning about the smaller creatures, plants, and tracks that are often missed from a vehicle. These walks offer a deeper understanding of the ecosystem’s intricacies and provide opportunities for close encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat.


Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Birdwatching

Manyeleti is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 300 bird species. Bring your binoculars and bird field guide to spot a variety of avian species, including eagles, vultures, hornbills, and colorful songbirds. Whether you’re a seasoned ornithologist or a casual bird enthusiast, the diverse habitats of Manyeleti offer ample opportunities to observe and photograph these feathered wonders in their natural surroundings.

Night Drives

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Night Drives

Some lodges offer night drives, allowing you to see nocturnal wildlife such as hyenas, leopards, and owls. These drives are guided by spotlights and are a unique way to witness the reserve’s nightlife. Experience the thrill of encountering elusive creatures under the cover of darkness, adding a new dimension to your safari adventure.


Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Photography

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional photographer, Manyeleti offers incredible photographic opportunities. Capture the wildlife, landscapes, and stunning sunsets to create lasting memories. With its diverse and unspoiled wilderness, every moment offers a chance to frame the beauty of this reserve through your lens, ensuring unforgettable images that showcase the essence of African wildlife and scenery.


Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Stargazing

As the reserve’s name, “Manyeleti,” means “Place of Stars” in the local Shangaan language, it’s an excellent spot for stargazing. On clear nights, you can marvel at the African night sky and its constellations. Away from city lights, the brilliance of the stars illuminates the vastness above, offering a serene and awe-inspiring experience that connects you with the ancient beauty of the cosmos.

Cultural Interactions

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Cultural Interactions

Some lodges in Manyeleti offer cultural experiences, allowing you to visit local communities and learn about the traditional customs, dances, and way of life of the local Shangaan people. Immerse yourself in their rich heritage through guided tours and interactions with community members, gaining insight into their beliefs, artistry, and daily rituals. These experiences foster a deeper appreciation for the cultural tapestry that enriches the Manyeleti region, offering a meaningful exchange that goes beyond wildlife encounters.

Relax at Camp or Lodge

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Relax at Camp or Lodge

Manyeleti offers various accommodation options, from luxurious lodges to tented camps. Spend your downtime relaxing at your chosen accommodation, enjoying the amenities and the natural surroundings. Whether you prefer a cozy tent under the stars or a lavish lodge with panoramic views, each option provides a comfortable retreat after a day of safari adventures. Unwind amidst the sounds of the bush and take in the tranquil beauty of Manyeleti, ensuring a memorable and rejuvenating stay in this wilderness haven.

Visit Waterholes and Bird Hides

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safari Visit Waterholes and Bird Hides

Some lodges have strategically located waterholes and bird hides, allowing you to observe wildlife and birds from a concealed vantage point. These hides provide a quiet and undisturbed environment where you can patiently watch animals drinking or bathing, and observe a myriad of bird species up close. It’s a perfect opportunity for photographers and nature enthusiasts to capture intimate moments of wildlife behavior in their natural habitat, creating unforgettable memories of your safari experience in Manyeleti.

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Each Moment On Manyeleti Safaris Promises a Breathtaking Adventure

When is the best month to travel to Manyeleti National Park?

Manyeleti National Park in January

  • Weather: January is summer in Manyeleti National Park with hot temperatures ranging from 18°C to 32°C (64°F to 90°F). It’s the rainy season, so expect occasional afternoon thundershowers.
  • Wildlife: The vegetation is lush, and the park is teeming with life. You can spot a variety of birds, and many animals are giving birth to their young during this time.
  • Events: No major events, but this is an excellent time for birdwatching and witnessing the birthing season for many animals.

Manyeleti National Park in February

  • Weather: Similar to January, with warm temperatures and occasional afternoon rain showers. The landscape remains green and vibrant.
  • Wildlife: The park is still abundant with wildlife. It’s a great time for birdwatching, and you may witness the continuation of the birthing season.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a walking safari to get up close with the flora and fauna.
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Manyeleti National Park in March

  • Weather: The end of the rainy season, with temperatures ranging from 16°C to 30°C (61°F to 86°F). The vegetation is lush and green.
  • Wildlife: This is an excellent time for wildlife viewing as animals gather around waterholes. Birdwatching remains fantastic.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a game drive to witness the wildlife congregating around water sources.
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Manyeleti National Park in April

  • Weather: Autumn brings cooler temperatures ranging from 12°C to 28°C (54°F to 82°F). The landscape starts to dry up after the rainy season.
  • Wildlife: Wildlife viewing is still good, and the drying vegetation makes it easier to spot animals. Birdwatching remains rewarding.
  • Events: No major events, but embark on a morning game drive to catch animals during their most active hours.

Manyeleti National Park in May

  • Weather: Dry season begins, with temperatures ranging from 8°C to 26°C (46°F to 79°F). Days are warm, and nights are cooler.
  • Wildlife: Excellent wildlife viewing as animals gather around limited water sources. The reduced vegetation enhances visibility.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a sunset safari for a unique wildlife viewing experience.

Manyeleti National Park in June

  • Weather: Winter in Manyeleti brings cool temperatures ranging from 4°C to 24°C (39°F to 75°F). Dry conditions prevail.
  • Wildlife: Prime wildlife viewing as animals concentrate around water sources. Vegetation is sparse, making it easier to spot animals.
  • Events: No major events, but indulge in a night safari to observe nocturnal animals.

Manyeleti National Park in July

  • Weather: Winter continues with cool temperatures ranging from 6°C to 24°C (43°F to 75°F). Clear skies and dry conditions.
  • Wildlife: Excellent wildlife viewing, especially around waterholes. The dry landscape allows for optimal animal sightings.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a hot air balloon safari for a unique perspective of the park.

Manyeleti National Park in August

  • Weather: Similar to July, with cool temperatures and dry conditions. Ideal for daytime safaris with comfortable temperatures.
  • Wildlife: Prime wildlife viewing continues. Animals are easily spotted, and birdwatching remains rewarding.
  • Events: No major events, but explore the possibility of a photographic safari to capture stunning wildlife moments.

Manyeleti National Park in September

  • Weather: Spring begins with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 28°C (50°F to 82°F). The landscape starts to show signs of new growth.
  • Wildlife: Excellent wildlife viewing as animals continue to concentrate around water sources. Birdwatching is still rewarding.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a walking safari to explore the rejuvenating landscape up close.

Manyeleti National Park in October

  • Weather: Spring continues with warmer temperatures ranging from 14°C to 32°C (57°F to 90°F). The vegetation becomes greener.
  • Wildlife: Wildlife viewing remains excellent as animals are active. Birdwatching is at its peak with migrant species arriving.
  • Events: No major events, but embark on a boat safari if available to explore water-based wildlife and birdlife.

Manyeleti National Park in November

  • Weather: Late spring with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 34°C (64°F to 93°F). The landscape is lush and green.
  • Wildlife: Excellent wildlife viewing as animals give birth to their young. Birdwatching is still rewarding.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a horseback safari for a unique and immersive wildlife experience.
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Manyeleti National Park in December

  • Weather: Summer begins with warm temperatures ranging from 18°C to 32°C (64°F to 90°F). It’s the start of the rainy season with occasional afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife: Wildlife is abundant, and many animals are caring for their young. Birdwatching remains excellent.
  • Events: No major events, but indulge in a cultural safari to learn about the local communities and their traditions.
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FAQ about Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris

  • Safari activities include game drives, guided walks, birdwatching, and cultural experiences with local communities. Many lodges also offer spa facilities.

  • Manyeleti is a safe destination for safaris. The reserves and lodges prioritize visitor safety and follow strict safety guidelines during activities.

  • Manyeleti is easily accessible by road from major South African cities like Johannesburg and Nelspruit. The nearest airport is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

  • Yes, Manyeleti Game Reserve is committed to conservation and sustainable tourism. Your visit supports these efforts, and many lodges actively contribute to wildlife protection and local community development.

  • Pack light, breathable clothing in neutral colors. Don't forget essentials like a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, a camera, and comfortable walking shoes. Check with your lodge for any specific recommendations.

Best Accommodations While On Manyeleti Safaris

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

  • Location: Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa.
  • Price: $600 – $1000 per person per night.
  • Description: Tintswalo Safari Lodge provides luxurious accommodations in spacious suites with private decks overlooking the wilderness. Guests can enjoy guided game drives, bush walks, and relaxing spa treatments, as well as gourmet dining experiences in a beautiful safari setting.

Honeyguide Mantobeni Tented Safari Camp

  • Location: Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa.
  • Price: $300 – $500 per person per night.
  • Description: Honeyguide Mantobeni Tented Safari Camp offers authentic bushveld experiences in comfortable tented accommodations. Guests can embark on guided game drives led by knowledgeable rangers, relax by the campfire under the African sky, and enjoy delicious meals prepared with fresh local ingredients.

Manyeleti Main Camp

  • Location: Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa.
  • Price: $200 – $400 per person per night.
  • Description: Manyeleti Main Camp provides affordable accommodations in rustic chalets and safari tents. Guests can enjoy self-drive safaris in their own vehicles, guided walks with experienced trackers, and unforgettable encounters with Africa’s iconic wildlife.

Tintswalo Manor House

  • Location: Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa.
  • Price: $800 – $1500 per person per night.
  • Description: Tintswalo Manor House offers exclusive-use accommodations ideal for families or small groups seeking privacy and luxury. The elegant manor features spacious bedrooms, a private pool, and dedicated staff to cater to guests’ every need, ensuring a memorable safari experience.

Manyeleti Game Reserve Bush Camps

  • Location: Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa.
  • Price: $150 – $300 per person per night.
  • Description: Manyeleti Game Reserve offers several bush camps, including Khoka Moya, Mantobeni, and Tintswalo Safari Camp, providing comfortable tented accommodations amidst the wilderness. Guests can enjoy guided game drives, bush walks, and authentic safari experiences while staying close to nature.

Types of Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris

Classic Game Drives

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris Classic Game Drives

Classic game drives are the most common type of safari in Manyeleti. You’ll explore the reserve in open 4×4 vehicles, led by experienced guides who track and interpret wildlife behavior. These drives are available in the early morning and late afternoon when animals are most active. It’s during these times that you can witness predators on the prowl, herds of elephants gathering at waterholes, and a wealth of other wildlife species going about their daily routines in their natural habitat.

Birdwatching Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve Birdwatching Safaris

The reserve is a haven for birdwatchers. Birdwatching safaris are led by expert birding guides who help you spot and identify a wide variety of bird species, including raptors, waterfowl, and forest birds. With their specialized knowledge and keen eyes, these guides enhance your birding experience by pointing out subtle details and behaviors, making each safari a rewarding opportunity to add new species to your birding list while immersing yourself in the diverse avian life of Manyeleti.

Self-Drive Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve Self Drive Safaris

While Manyeleti primarily offers guided safaris, you can also embark on self-drive safaris in Kruger National Park, as the reserve shares open boundaries with Kruger. This provides the flexibility to explore at your own pace, venturing into one of Africa’s largest and most renowned wildlife sanctuaries. Navigate through diverse landscapes, from savannahs to riverine forests, and encounter iconic wildlife such as lions, elephants, and rhinos, all while enjoying the freedom to stop and observe nature’s wonders as they unfold before you.

Guided Bush Walks

Guided bush walks offer a more intimate and close-to-nature safari experience. Accompanied by an armed ranger, you’ll explore the reserve on foot, learning about tracking, plants, insects, and the smaller details of the ecosystem. These walks provide a different perspective on the wilderness, allowing you to engage all your senses as you immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the African bush. It’s a unique opportunity to appreciate the intricacies of nature up close and gain a deeper understanding of the delicate balance that sustains life in Manyeleti.

Night Drives

Manyeleti Game Reserve Night Drives Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve allows night drives, which offer a unique opportunity to observe nocturnal animals like leopards, hyenas, and owls. The use of spotlights illuminates the nighttime activities of wildlife, providing an exhilarating experience as you witness these elusive creatures in their natural habitat under the cover of darkness. These drives are guided by experienced rangers who enhance your understanding of nocturnal behavior and ensure minimal disturbance to the animals, making each night safari a thrilling adventure into the heart of Manyeleti’s nightlife.

Photographic Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve Photographic Safaris

For photography enthusiasts, Manyeleti offers specialized photographic safaris. These safaris are led by guides who understand the needs of photographers, providing ample opportunities to capture wildlife and landscape shots. Whether you’re aiming for close-ups of animals in action or sweeping panoramas of the reserve’s scenic vistas, these safaris cater to your creative vision. Benefit from expert guidance on composition, lighting, and camera settings, ensuring you can seize the perfect moment and create stunning images that showcase the beauty and diversity of Manyeleti’s wildlife and landscapes.

Family Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve Family Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve welcomes families and offers family-friendly safaris. These may include shorter game drives tailored to children’s attention spans, educational activities such as tracking lessons or bushcraft skills, and accommodations designed to accommodate families comfortably. Whether observing wildlife from open 4×4 vehicles or exploring nature trails on guided walks, these experiences are crafted to engage all ages, fostering a deeper appreciation for the natural world while creating lasting memories together in Manyeleti’s wilderness.

Luxury Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve Luxury Safaris

Luxury safaris in Manyeleti provide the utmost in comfort, style, and exclusivity. Expect opulent accommodations nestled in pristine surroundings, gourmet dining featuring local flavors, personalized service, private game drives tailored to your preferences, and rejuvenating spa treatments to unwind after exhilarating wildlife encounters. Whether lounging in a private villa with panoramic views or enjoying a sundowner amidst the sounds of the bush, every moment is designed to immerse you in luxury while surrounded by the untouched beauty of Manyeleti Game Reserve.

Cultural Safaris

Manyeleti Game Reserve Cultural Safaris

Manyeleti also provides opportunities for cultural interactions with local communities. These safaris allow you to learn about traditional South African cultures and engage with local people. Experience authentic rituals, dances, and crafts firsthand, gaining insight into the rich heritage and daily life of the Shangaan people who call Manyeleti home. These interactions foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of South Africa’s diverse cultural tapestry, making your safari experience in Manyeleti not only about wildlife but also about meaningful connections with the local community.

Everything About the Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris



Manyeleti Game Reserve is situated in the northeastern part of South Africa, bordering Kruger National Park to the east. It covers about 23,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, renowned for its diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. This expansive reserve offers a sanctuary where animals roam freely, providing an authentic safari experience in a picturesque setting teeming with natural beauty.



The reserve offers a range of accommodations, including luxury lodges, tented camps, self-catering options, and more affordable choices, making it accessible to various budgets. Whether you seek an indulgent retreat with panoramic views and personalized service or a cozy tent under the stars with essential amenities, Manyeleti caters to every preference, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay amidst its pristine wilderness.


Conservation and Sustainability

Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris Conservation and Sustainability

Manyeleti Game Reserve is committed to conservation and sustainable tourism, with many lodges actively contributing to conservation efforts and supporting local communities. Through initiatives such as wildlife protection programs, community outreach projects, and eco-friendly practices, Manyeleti aims to preserve its natural heritage while benefiting the local economy and promoting environmental stewardship. Visitors can participate in these efforts through educational activities and by supporting lodges that prioritize sustainability, ensuring the long-term preservation of this remarkable wilderness area for future generations to enjoy.


Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris Access

The reserve is easily accessible by road from major South African cities such as Johannesburg, as well as via Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Whether you choose to drive through scenic routes or fly to the nearby airport, Manyeleti offers convenient access for travelers seeking an unforgettable safari experience in the heart of South Africa’s wilderness.




Safety is a priority in Manyeleti, with well-trained guides and a focus on visitor well-being during safaris. Experienced guides lead excursions, ensuring guests are informed about wildlife behavior and conservation protocols, creating a secure environment for memorable encounters with Africa’s diverse wildlife.


Manyeleti Game Reserve Safaris Landscape

The reserve boasts varied landscapes, from open savannas and bushveld to riverine forests, providing a picturesque backdrop for safaris. These diverse habitats support a rich array of wildlife, offering visitors a dynamic and immersive safari experience amidst stunning natural scenery.



Manyeleti is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros), as well as cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species. The reserve’s unique location near Kruger ensures abundant wildlife, offering exceptional opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts to observe these iconic animals in their natural habitat.



  • Game Drives: Classic game drives in open 4×4 vehicles are the primary way to explore the reserve. Experienced guides lead these drives, providing insights into the flora and fauna.
  • Guided Bush Walks: Bush walks allow you to get closer to nature, led by armed rangers who explain tracking, plant identification, and animal behavior.
  • Night Drives: Night drives are conducted using spotlights, providing a glimpse into the nocturnal activities of wildlife.
  • Photographic Safaris: Specialized photographic safaris cater to photography enthusiasts, offering opportunities to capture the stunning wildlife and landscapes.
  • Birdwatching: Birdwatchers will be delighted by the reserve’s abundant birdlife. Expert birding guides help spot and identify various species.
  • Cultural Experiences: Manyeleti provides the chance to engage with local communities, learn about their traditions, and appreciate South African cultures.
  • Luxury Safaris: Luxury safaris offer high-end accommodations, private game drives, gourmet dining, spa treatments, and exclusive experiences for a lavish and personalized safari.

Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The dry winter season from May to August is considered the best time for wildlife viewing in Manyeleti. However, spring months (September to November) also offer great safaris with lush landscapes and young animals. During this time, the rejuvenated vegetation and increased water availability attract wildlife, making it an excellent opportunity to witness the vitality of the reserve’s ecosystem and observe young animals learning essential survival skills from their mothers.