Mashovhela Lodge Description
Tucked away in a steep valley, surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops, on the site of an abandoned Venda setllement, lies our small lodge which gets its name from the sacred Mashovhela rock pool, "Place where the drums beat". Be pampered by our warm and friendly staff that offer excellent, attentive and concerning service. Our ten cozy rooms, restaurant, cocktail bar, conference venue, boma, swimming pool, arts and crafts shop where all built to minimize the ecological footprint and are run on a sustainable energy program. Mashovhela Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in the Louis Trichardt and Soutpansberg Area Our 10 intimate en-suite chalets, decorated by Ingrid Hahn, have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly units. The call of bush babies, the hooting of Giant Eagle Owls and chirping of cicadas and frogs will break the silence of the night whilst you stretch out on our luxurious "king size" or twin beds. From your own private veranda surrounded by "magube" walls you can enjoy a cocktail under the African sun, whilst watching the Black Eagles returning to their nest.
Northern Kruger National Park: The Kruger National Park is world known and its northern reaches are arguably the most beautiful and least commercialised. This area offers outstanding birding and it is often described as the "botanical garden" of the Kruger. Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site: Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and the cultural importance of the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe Musina Baobab Nature Reserve: Famous for its high number of Baobab trees. Wild Dog tracking: Track down this endangered animal at Venetia Mine Nature Reserve Ratho & Parma crocodile farms: An operational crocodile farm with on average 4,000 - 5000 crocodiles on the farm, including a very rare 'White Crocodile'. They have a Croc Shop where croc meat and hand made crocodile and other leather items are sold. Blouberg Nature Reserve: View the largest colony of Cape Vulture. Nzhelele Dam: This beautiful dam is surrounded by a nature reserve plentiful in plains game. It is also recognised as an excellent fishing area. Muthavhasindi Nature Reserve: This nature reserve has been established to protect the Brakenridgia zanzibarica trees or ‘Magic Tree’. It is the only place in South Africa where these trees are found and its bark is used by traditional healers. There is usually a local guide that can give you an informative talk. Gundani Brachystegia Woodland: This is the only known patch of Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland in South Africa. Miombo woodland is common in Zimbabwe and further north and are considered to be rich in biodiversity and most rural communities depend on their resources. Nwanedi Nature Reserve & Waterfall: This beautiful reserve surrounding the Nwanedi Dam is well stocked with game and boasts an impressive waterfall.
Mashovhela Lodge Directions
• Drive North on the N1 (Toll road) until you enter Polokwane/Pietersburg • At the 3 set of traffic lights turn left. Signposted as preferred route for LDV’s to Zimbabwe/ Makhado (NELSON MANDELA DRIVE) • Pass the Industrial Area for 3,5km • At the 7th set of traffic lights turn right. Signposted as N1 recommended route & airport (VERMIKULIET DRIVE) • Drive 4km to the T junction. Turn left onto the N1 • Pass the Airport & follow the signs to Makhado/Louis Trichardt • You will now drive north for about 100km (Toll road) • In Makhado/Louis Trichardt drive straight, passing two 4Way stops. Continue North passing a traffic circle. Set your odometer to 0 to measure 16km • Pass Ingwe Ranch (from here you have 2 km to go) • Pass the 120kmh speed sign and indicate to turn LEFT. • At MASHOVHELA LODGE (MORNING SUN NATURE RESERVE) turn left and enter our gate. • Follow the sand road and signs for 4km into the mountain valley, until you end up at the Lodge. By Air