Bordering the Kruger National Park and situated between the Timbavati and the Sabi Sand Reserves lies the 23 000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve. Manyeleti means, “The Place of the Stars” in the local Shangaan language. The Manyeleti Reserve is home to two tented camps: Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp and Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp. The 12 Nehru-styled tents at Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp are nestled in a Tamboti grove overlooking a dry river bed. The reception areas comprise a large sitting area, a bar and climate controlled wine cellar. Honeyguide Khoka Moya comprises 12 large tents furnished in a contemporary yet comfortable style. A private outdoor seating area in front of each tent allows guests to relax and take in sights and sounds of the bush. Simply designed and built of corrugated iron, the large colourful lounge and dining areas of the camp overlook green lawns leading to the swimming pool. The camps offer breathtaking wildlife experiences at the same time as pampering the senses with meticulous service and superb cuisine.
The Mantobeni tents feature a free-standing bedroom set on a wooden platform, with roll-up walls and a runaround terrace, making for a very close-to-nature feel. The nearby waterhole means you can often see elephants from your room. Leather sofas, a single standard lamp and a stone-built bathtub create a pioneering, colonial atmosphere. The main building, on the other hand, is a decidedly modernist and boxy affair, with earth-coloured walls and columns built around the teak-decked dining area and the narrow pool. Room amenities include: Ironing facilities, fan, writing desk, mosquito netting, complimentary toiletries and outdoor furniture.
The spacious Khoka Moya tents are furnished in a contemporary style with king-size or twin beds. There is a seating area featuring a large couch. Behind a screen is a good-sized 'wet-room' with twin showers, twin basins and a flush-toilet. There is plenty of space - each tent is 10 x 5m; and plenty of privacy - the doors and window flaps roll down at night. Room amenities include: Ironing facilities, fan, writing desk, mosquito netting, complimentary toiletries and outdoor furniture.
At both camps, meals are a communal affair, usually served outdoors at a long table, with log fires and torches to create a really authentic bush feel. Simple homemade dishes, using predominantly local produce, are plentiful and exquisitely presented. The day starts with tea or coffee and rusks served in bed - and heralded by Honeyguide's famous dawn drumbeat - before the early morning safari drive. On your return, a large breakfast follows with a choice of cereals, fruit and a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is a light 3-course meal, served around 2pm. Dinner comes quite late - after an afternoon / evening game drive to see the sunset or nocturnal animals. It's another magnificent 3-course affair served around the boma (fenced-in campfire) accompanied by the fascinating and seductive sounds of the African night. There is a well-stocked bar with an excellent wine selection, stored in a temperature-controlled cellar.
Enjoy morning and evening game tracking drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, bringing you into close contact with the Big Five, as well as the other aspects of the local wildlife. Highly experienced guides can also take you on foot to bring into clear focus the magic of the bush with its myriad of busy insects and resplendent birdlife.
Relax with a good book at the onsite library or sunbathe by the outdoor plunge pool.