Abelana Game Reserve
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Abelana Game Reserve is a 15,000ha (36,000 acre) Big Five game reserve, in close proximity to the renowned Kruger National Park and the Selati Game Reserve, close to the town of Phalaborwa in South Africa’s beautiful Lowveld – the country’s prime big game region.
We offer an authentic safari experience with a sensitive ecological touch, as well as luxury accommodation comprising two lodges to choose from, creating memorable transformative experiences for our guests.
Abelana River Lodge
This stylish, newly rebuilt 20-room lodge offers spectacular views over the Selati River. The river is home to a plethora of wildlife such as hippo and crocodile and a variety of bird species.
Abelana Safari Camp
The small camp accommodates eight guests in five Meru-style tents. Located in an elevated position amid spectacular granite outcrops, the camp’s viewing deck overlooks a large watering hole for game viewing while relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Abelana Game Reserve offers guests the chance to enjoy a unique feeling of exclusivity while on safari while offering exceptional value for money.
Take a Roadtrip to the Lowveld (5 hours from Johannesburg!)
The good news is that, while Abelana Game Reserve is located in the Lowveld – in close proximity to the renowned Kruger National Park – vehicle access to the reserve is obtained predominantly via a long stretch of stellar highway and the gorgeous, winding scenery of Route 71.
Some of our favourite Route 71 destinations include the delightful Haenertsburg, with it’s quaint cafés and knick-knack shops, Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours and Magoebaskloof Hiking Trails. Enjoy the magnificent drive around Tzaneen Dam, organic farms stalls and dairies, and venture to the Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, for those with a refined taste for adventure.
With half of your trip sailing smooth along the N1 highway, and the other half enjoying mountain passes and cultural stops along the way, it’s a 5-hour road trip from Johannesburg that passes in the blink of an eye.