The wilderness is waiting…

It’s hard to believe that winter is upon us and that 2020 is already virtually half over. The bush here at Abelana Game Reserve is beginning to thin out, with the rich autumnal colours slowly giving way to the browns of the dry season that…

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Meet the world’s biggest antelope!

Tipping the scales at a whopping 900kg or so and standing around 1,7m at the shoulder, a fully grown bull eland is the reigning heavyweight of the antelope world and a wonderful sight to behold. Abelana Game Reserve is home to this fascinating and eye-catching…

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Making a meal of it!

When it comes to traditional African fare, this brightly coloured caterpillar tops the list! Meet the infamous mopane worm! It actually isn’t a worm at all, but rather the larvae of the beautiful emperor moth. It’s named for the tree it is found in and…

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Welcome to our latest addition!

This little creature is a newborn sable antelope and is the latest addition to Abelana Game Reserve, having come into the world in the last few days, right at the end of the calving season. It’s hard to believe that this unassuming, tiny brown antelope…

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Abelana: past, present and future…

While the Abelana Game Reserve brand is a recent addition to South Africa’s tourism industry and the African safari landscape, the land itself has been under protection for quite some time. In fact, it was first proclaimed as a “nature reserve” in 1958 and was…

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Our lovely lion ladies are doing well!

Some fantastic news from Abelana Game Reserve is that our two new gorgeous lioness “sisters” that were released onto the reserve late last year are doing wonderfully well and thriving in their new home! Caught on video on a recent game drive from Abelana River Lodge, the pair of lovely…

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A jumbo encounter…

Coming across elephants while out on a game drive at Abelana Game Reserve is always a highlight, but when Abelana River Lodge safari guide Annie White encountered a young elephant bull on a recent drive with guests, some unexpected behaviour made for an interesting and exciting sighting, which was captured…

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Abelana River Lodge unveiled at last!

[meta_gallery_carousel] The end of February saw the moment all of us here at Abelana Game Reserve have been waiting for – the opening and launch of our beautiful new Abelana River Lodge! It’s taken virtually a year of building, interrupted at the last minute by heavy annual rains, but…

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Hooray for hippos!

One of the wonderful things about staying at Abelana River Lodge is its location on the banks of the Selati River and the constant “serenading” of our resident hippo pods. You’ll most likely hear their raucous grunts as you sit on our viewing deck or…

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First impressions of Abelana River Lodge…

With the countdown to the opening of Abelana River Lodge nearing its zenith, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at how some of the original artist’s impressions of the lodge are translating into reality, focussing on the stunning guest suites… Located on either…

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What it takes to build a safari lodge…

Abelana River Lodge is in its final stages of construction and everyone involved is slowly gearing up to the official opening on 23 February. It takes unfathomable patience and considerable resources, both financial and human, to build a safari lodge. Then, of course, there’s location and when it comes…

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A river runs through it!

The northern reaches of Abelana Game Reserve are considerably different to the rocky outcrops and koppies of the south and are marked by the 10km stretch of the river that dissects the reserve – the Selati. At around 140km in length, this seasonal river…

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Summer’s in full swing!

The sun is shining and the sky is a beautiful shade of blue. The bush is lush and verdant, there are baby animals aplenty and the air is thick with the hum of cicadas… It can only be summer in Africa! It’s truly incredible…

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