Sharing Abelana

View from the deck at Abelana Safari Camp
Sharon Gilbert-Rivett
Sharon Gilbert-Rivett

New tented camp offers walking and horse safaris in Greater Kruger region

Bookings are now open for Abelana Safari Camp that offers walking trails and horse safaris on the Mashishimale community owned 15,000ha Big Five reserve, leased by MTH Lodge Holdings in a sustainable conservation and eco-tourism partnership.

Conveniently located between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, adjacent to the Greater Kruger’s Balule Nature Reserve and neighbouring Selati Private Game Reserve, Abelana Game Reserve includes a 10km stretch of the semi-perennial Selati river.

Abelana Safari Camp, which accommodates just eight guests in five Meru-style en-suite luxury tents, is located amid the distinctive towering granite rock formations and koppies that dominate the southern section of the reserve.

Abelana Safari Camp tent located amid the distinctive towering granite rock formations and koppies that dominate the southern section of the reserve.

There’s a central lounge and dining area, fire pit and viewing deck atop the koppie on which the camp is built, offering panoramic views of the entire reserve and the waterhole below. The camp has a light footprint with solar power and gas geysers. No large trees were removed during construction.

The area surrounding Abelana Safari Camp is perfect for exploring on foot or on horseback, and South African trails guide and trainer John Fouche will lead guests on morning walking safaris and afternoon game drives. Qualified guide and expert equestrienne, Tamlyn Whitebread will head up the horse safaris from Abelana Safari Camp.

The first  guests at Abelana Safari Camp will enjoy being the only guests on the entire 15,000 hectare reserve until its second accommodation offering – the 20-room Makubu Lodge – opens in 2020.

Rates for Abelana Safari Camp for 2019 are R3000 pppns for walking trails, (minimum two-night stay) and R5500 pppns for horse safaris. These rates include all meals, tea and coffee and activities.

“Abelana means ‘to share among each other’ in Sotho,” explains Ian Beauchamp, CEO of MTH Holdings and Abelana Game Reserve. “It’s fitting that we are sharing this lovely new camp and beautiful reserve with the Mashishimale community and visitors from across the world seeking an authentic, intimate and sustainable African safari experience.”