ACTIVITIES

Make memories with magical outdoor experiences

RESERVE ACTIVITIES

From guided 4×4 safaris, to escaping the heat of the day in our sparkling pool, there’s plenty to get up to at Babanango Game Reserve! But if you’re looking for something a little more thrilling – take a look at some of the other activities on offer.

HIKING

HIKING

With more than 30km of trails criss-crossing grassland, forest and following sections of the White Umfolozi River, Babanango Game Reserve is a hiker’s dream. Our trails are suitable for short strolls and all-day traverses of our beautiful habitats.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Our trails are graded to suit beginners through to hardcore enthusiasts, and include flat sections where you can take in the view, to technical (and steep) ascents and descents for thrill-seeking lovers of adventure!

GAME DRIVES

GAME DRIVES

Take the scenic route in daily morning and evening nature drives, and view buffalo, impala, zebra, giraffe and kudu, not to mention a variety of birdlife.

BIRDING AND BUTTERFLYING

BIRDING AND BUTTERFLYING

Babanango Game Reserve’s varied habitats are home to more than 285 species of birds and 32 species of butterflies, so bring your binoculars and life lists! Notable bird species include nine breeding pairs of Blue Crane, Black Eagles, the Lappet Faced and White Backed Vultures, Crowned Eagles and the Narina Trogon. Special butterflies include Dark-webbed Ringlet (Physcaeneura panda), Millar’s Haritail (Anthene millari) and Mocker Bronze (Cacyreus virilis).

BUSH DINING

BUSH DINING

The ultimate in dining by candlelight under a canopy of stars, surrounded by the African bush. Enquire about our romantic, private bush dinners, as you enjoy an experience both gastronomic and magical as night birds, crickets and other nocturnal animals serenade you with their evening song.

GUIDED WALKS

GUIDED WALKS

A guided bush walk is where you’ll discover the microfauna and flora that call our reserve home – from grassland flowers and butterflies, to lizards, beetles and ground birds. Your guide will point out any interesting spoor and clues left by the reserve’s wild inhabitants, giving you a true wilderness experience, with the added option of visiting our unique copper mine.

HORSE SAFARI

HORSE SAFARI

Experience the beauty of the African bush on a one-hour, half-day or full-day outride on horseback. Babanango’s horse trails explore some of the deepest recesses of the reserve, and our Boerperd horses are renowned for their strength and gentle nature. Being on horseback allows you to get close to wild animals, as they don’t see you as a threat – this makes for truly extraordinary game viewing! Horse riding is offered from Matatane Lodge, and guests are required to self-drive to Matatane for this activity.

HELICOPTER TRIPS

HELICOPTER TRIPS

A ride like no other, Babanango offers an exhilarating 20-minute flip with our professionally trained security team. The scenery is gorgeous, and the flight pattern sometimes erratic, should the pilot spot something of interest. Helicopter flips are offered from Valley Lodge; internal transfers may be arranged from other lodges, and charges may apply. Please inquire on arrival.

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