Mangwa Valley Game Lodge is located in the malaria-free Dinokeng Reserve, home to 15 species of African wildlife, including the Big Five. Guided game-viewing on foot or game vehicles offers the opportunity to encounter these animals up close.
Mangwa has wonderful facilities on their premises that will make your time spent there memorable, relaxing and luxurious.
Spend some time relaxing on the pool deck with a cocktail in hand, or wine and dine at their fabulous on-site restaurant.
Don’t forget to use your R75 bonus voucher towards a game drive or exciting quad biking experience!
Evenings are exciting as guests enjoy sitting around the boma fire while enjoying the sounds of nocturnal animals, the chirping of crickets and the croaking of frogs in the distance.
Guests can also enjoy a delicious dinner at the on-site restaurant (at your own expense) or dine at one of the lovely restaurants in Cullinan.
- Swimming pool
- Reading room/lounge
Accommodation at Mangwa is aesthetically designed to embody African safari while still perfectly blending in with the environment. Each chalet comes with a patio, perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee or tea with a rusk early in the morning.
Your double room thatched chalet includes:
- Double bed
- Desk & chair
- Ceiling fan
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Outdoor patio with seating
Three lovely places to visit in Dinokeng:
Dinokeng Game Reserve
If you’re longing for a bushveld escape but don’t feel like the drive to Mpumalanga or Limpopo, choose Dinokeng Game Reserve instead. Dinokeng Game Reserve, located 120km from Johannesburg, is the only Big Five game reserve in Gauteng. This lovely game reserve has all the animals you might expect, such as antelope, predators and birdlife. There are other small reserves in the area that are just as wonderful, such as Roodeplaat, Rietvlei, Groenkloof and Abe Bailey.
Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve is a well-known destination for those living in Gauteng seeking to escape to nature to enjoy a bit of birdwatching, picnicking, angling or water sports.
Roodeplaat dam was originally meant for providing water to Montana, Doornpoort and the Magaliesberg area, but was later developed to form part of a game reserve. The reserve is divided into a northern and southern side, each with its own attractions.
The northern side of the dam is great for canoeing, sailing and fishing. This side of Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve is equipped with picnic sites, braai areas and bathrooms. Birds in the vicinity include terns, warblers, kingfishers and African fish eagles.
The southern side of the reserve is home to wildlife like zebra, waterbuck, warthog and jackal, and prolific birdlife like francolin, ibis, and cuckooshrike, among others. The southern side is also quieter and more tranquil than the northern side.
Visit the picture-perfect Victorian village of Cullinan for a lesson in diamond mining and an afternoon walking oak-lined streets. Cullinan made its name as a mining settlement in 1905 after the discovery of the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan Diamond (which now sits in Queen Elizabeth’s crown, displayed at the Tower of London).
The lucky discovery of the Cullinan Diamond:
The Cullinan Diamond Pipe, where the Cullinan diamond was discovered only 9m from the surface, is believed to be the oldest diamond pipe in the world. Diamonds are still occasionally found there, but even though it’s unlikely you’re to discover one yourself, do place the working diamond mine tour on your list of things to do in Cullinan.
Witness a throwback to Victorian times when visiting Cullinan’s favourite tourist destination - Oak Avenue. Oak Avenue is a living museum lined with giant oak trees, beautifully restored old Victorian houses, art galleries, quirky shops, cafés and inviting restaurants. A seemingly popular restaurant choice among visitors is Jan Harmsgat se Agterplaas. Read more about Cullinan on our blog by following this link.
Things to do in the surrounding area:
Calabash Safari Cycle Tours
If you’re looking for a unique way of experiencing the bushveld, then get in touch with Calabash Cycling Tours and Safaris for a tour of Dinokeng Game Reserve on bicycle. Guests are welcome to bring their own bicycles or rent one from the host. Viewing wildlife out in the open, unobstructed by a vehicle, is a wonderful opportunity to embrace nature and let go of stress.
Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park
If you love wildlife, especially monkeys and chimpanzees, then you should venture to Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park for the morning or afternoon. The park is home to South Africa’s largest primate collection, exotic birds, and predators like rare white lions and cheetahs. Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park has both zoo and sanctuary status, and is a member of the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria.
Aloe Creek Farm
Aloe Creek Farm is a fisherman’s delight with superb fishing opportunities available along a 1km stretch of the Eland’s River, which the farm occupies. This prime fishing destination is home to barbel, bass and carp. Please be aware of SASSI’s strict guidelines when fishing. Contact Aloe Creek Farm for their rates.
How to get there:
Head towards Bela-Bela – Warmbaths on the N1 Polokwane (Pieterburg) from Pretoria.
Go past the Walmansthal/Pyramid and Murrayhill/Petronella off-ramp.
Take the Hammanskraal/Boekenhout off-ramp.
Turn right after the toll gate and cross over the N1 highway.
Turn first left at Rust De Winter turnoff and drive for ± 11km, passing Kwalata, Mongena and Safari garage.
Turn right, 100m from the garage, at the De Wagensdrift Road turnoff, and continue for ± 9.5km.
The entrance to Mangwa Valley game lodge will be on your left.
GPS coordinates: S25, 22, 58; E28, 27, 40.5.