Safari Experiences at Mashovhela Lodge, Morning Sun Nature Reserve

Mashovhela Lodge is the ideal stopover for cultural and eco-friendly travel in South Africa, en route to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mapungubwe National Park.

On a Venda cultural holiday in South Africa at Mashovhela Lodge, guests can explore sacred mountain areas and rock pools on guided walks, hikes and day or night drives, and go birding or biking along trails through secret forests. Guests can enjoy delicious breakfasts and sundowner snacks in the natural surroundings of Morning Sun Nature Reserve.

Guests on a cultural holiday in South Africa will have a warm welcome at Mashovhela Lodge, a great getaway in the scenic Soutpansberg Mountains. Dancing, drumming, art and craft are part of the Venda culture as are fascinating myths and legends. The resident Venda guide shares his knowledge of the environment and local customs on spectacular outings in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve.

Back at Mashovhela Lodge, visitors can sit indoors or outside in comfort whilst enjoying the high thatched ceilings and spacious guest terraces for dining, relaxing and socialising. There is also a sparkling pool which has great views of the surrounding cliffs and nesting sites of the rare Black Eagle.
The Morning Sun Nature Reserve is a bird watchers haven with around 400 recorded species.

The Soutpansberg Mountains are rich in flora and fauna. Many animals large and small can be seen on outings and others close to the lodge such as shy Sharpe's Grysbok, Red Duiker and Reedbuck. Hartman's Zebra live in the mountains while steep wooded areas are favoured by the nocturnal Leopard. Mashovhela Lodge offers a number of activities and also a wide variety of special interest tours, regional excursions and workshops.

Activities at Mashovhela Lodge

  • Eco-hikes on marked routes through wonderful scenery
  • Scenic 4x4 bush drives (including night drives)
  • Guided walks
  • Birding
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Mountain climbing and abseiling (experienced climbers with own equipment)
  • Venda cultural events.
  • Venda drumming sessions
  • Special interest excursions (Big Five, ecology, art, culture, archaeology etc)
  • Workshops (photography, botany, birding, geo-sciences etc.)

Self-drive or guided tours from the lodge to attractions in the area include

  • Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site
  • Northern Kruger National Park (Pafuri, Crooks corner, Thulamela)
  • Art, crafts and Cultural Routes along the Soutpansberg (Venda Culture)
  • Musina Nature Reserve with its high number of Baobab Trees
  • Nwanedi Nature Reserve (wildlife and scenic)
  • Tshipise Hot Springs
  • The “Big Tree” at Sagole Spa
  • Blouberg Nature Reserve with the largest colony of Cape Vultures
  • Venetia Mine Nature Reserve (Wild dog tracking)
  • Lots of other regional options to choose from
South Africa Nature Reserves : Game Reserves and National Parks
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