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Location & Contact Details
Address: Little Leigh, Soutpansberg District, Makhado, Limpopo, South Africa
Contact : Marlin Neethling
Tel : +27-872335027
Cell : +27-79-6025482

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of Mashovhela Lodge in Morning Sun Nature Reserve, tucked away in a steep valley, surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops where Black Eagles nest. This Natural Heritage Site is situated in the scenic, malaria free Soutpansberg Mountains.

Be revitalized by the natural beauty and the Venda culture of dance, drums, secret forests and lakes, unique mythology and the magic of the sacred Mashovhela rock pool, "Place where the drums beat".

Let our warm and friendly staff pamper you whilst you relax in our cozy Venda style lodge, which is recognized for its eco-friendly principles, sustainable energy usage at an affordable rate.

Our 10 intimate en-suite chalets have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly units.
The call of bush babies and the hooting of Owls 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, whilst watching the Black Eagles returning to their nest.

Experience a wide variety of traditional and exciting new flavours in our pan-African cuisine in an ethnic environment

Our excellent service and warm atmosphere is culturally inspired and will make the dining experiences a special occasion to remember.

The restaurant, terrace, boma and even the bush, as well as the fully licensed bar guarantees not only variations in food, fine South African wines, cocktails or a drink of your choice, but a different setting for various occasions.

The memorable dinners start as the sunsets and the drums call you to our African boma to join in a Venda dance to honour the chef for the creative and delicious meal to be served.

Be one of the few to enjoy the solitude of 4000 ha (10 000 acres) of untouched bush in this eco-friendly environment.

Explore and discover the natural beauty and wonders of this natural heritage site. From the spectacular scenic Soutpansberg Mountains and valleys, streams and rock pools, diverse wildlife and plant species to past cultural mythology.

Walk freely through the reserve and study the diversity of plants and trees, variety of antelope and other mammals, and the abundance of birds. Join our resident Venda guide who will share his knowledge of this intricate ecosystem and share stories of his people and their use of nature in a sustainable and responsible manner for medicines and food.

According to Venda tradition King Thohoiyanda mysteriously disappeared with his sacred drum. Neither were ever seen again. Legend has it that the drum can sometimes be heard in the echoes of the cliffs surrounding Mashovhela pool.

Listen for the beat of King Thohoiyanda's drum at Mashovhela rock pool, the second most sacred place in Venda folklore.

Venture into silent mystical indigenous forests and to hidden lakes of Venda not general advertised to tourists with our registered Venda guide.


  • Won the SA Tourism Welcome Award: Best Lodge 2009/2010
  • We won and Imvelo Award: Single Best resource management program: Energy
  • SA Natural Heritage Programme: 1988
  • Gold leaf : 2009
  • TGCSA 3 Star grading: From 2009
  • BirdLife South Africa - Birder Friendly: From 2009
  • Welcome award: 2010
  • Imvelo Award for responsible tourism : 2010
  • BAOBAB - Bush Banquet - Best Waitrons/ Service: 2010
  • Salt Shaker Finalist of the year: 2011
  • South African - Hidden Treasure - Experience & Craft 2011
  • Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTITSA): 2012
  • Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • AA Associate
  • Birdlife South Africa - Birder Friendly
  • Member of TripAdvisor
  • air conditioner (some units)
  • airport transfers
  • babysitting service
  • bar/cocktail lounge
  • Bird watching
  • braai / barbecue - communal and onsite
  • car hire (less than 20km)
  • communal pool
  • communal TV lounge
  • conference venue onsite
  • DSTV in communal area
  • electronic safe
  • fireplace
  • flat screen TV
  • Free Wi Fi
  • generator
  • guided nature walks
  • internet facilities
  • laundry facilities (less than 2km)
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • library
  • linen & towels provided
  • lock-up safe
  • Malaria free
  • nature trail (less than 10km)
  • nature trail (less than 2km)
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • packed lunches
  • parking all onsite
  • Personal safe in all rooms
  • picnic basket
  • playground
  • private entrance - outside rooms
  • restaurant (walking distance)
  • restaurant onsite
  • room service
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • television in communal area
  • wi-fi / hotspot

GPS Coordinates: Gate: S: 22° 56' 53.8" E: 029° 55' 27.4"
  • Payment Methods
  • Cash on arrival Cash on arrival
  • EFT / Bank Transfer EFT / Bank Transfer
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Visa Visa
  • Languages Spoken At Establishment
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Venda
  • Bed Configuration
  • Budget Chalets (6, 10) (Sleeps 3) x 2
    • Room 1 - king, single sleeper couch
  • Family Chalet (2 & 3) (Sleeps 9) x 1
    • Room 1 - king, single sleeper couch
    • Room 2 - twin, single sleeper couch
    • Room 3 - king, single sleeper couch
  • Family Chalet (4) (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - king, single sleeper couch
    • Room 2 - twin, single
  • Group Chalet (8 & 9) (Sleeps 8) x 1
    • Room 1 - king, single sleeper couch
    • Room 2 - twin, single sleeper couch
    • Room 3 - double sleeper couch
  • Hammock Camps (Sleeps 10) x 2
    • Room 1 - single
    • Room 2 - single
    • Room 3 - single
    • Room 4 - single
    • Room 5 - single
    • Room 6 - single
    • Room 7 - single
    • Room 8 - single
    • Room 9 - single
    • Room 10 - single
  • Safari Tent (Sleeps 3) x 3
    • Room 1 - king, single sleeper couch
  • Standard Chalet (2, 5, 8) (Sleeps 3) x 2
    • Room 1 - twin, single sleeper couch
  • Standard Chalets (3, 5, 9) (Sleeps 3) x 3
    • Room 1 - king, single sleeper couch
  • Superior Honeymoon Chalet (1) (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - king
  • Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodationdetails
    Accommodates how many people?
    Capacity : 60

    The following apply
    Exclusive / preferred service providers on call
    Restroom accessible
    Kitchen accessible
    Audio – visual equipment (request details)
    Food / beverage facilities for catering purposes
    Crockery and cutlery available for hire
    Catering done in-house
    Designated parking area
    Sufficient parking space
    Fully staffed (cleaning, servers etc.)
    Internet connection
    Wireless internet connection
    Air conditioning
    Good lighting that can be operated independently
    Liquor license
    Bar on-site
    A purpose-built and dedicated back entrance available for equipment loading and offloading
    Wheelchair friendly
    A specified area for coaches and buses to stop to allow delegates and guests to embark and disembark safely
    Dedicated storage space that can safely store event materials and equipment overnight
    Individual lockable storage available for storage of more valuable items
  • Interesting Place Accommodationdetails
    Why is your establishment interesting?
    Detail description : Mashovhela Bush Lodge is situated on the Morning Sun Nature Reserve in the Soutpansberg Mountains. The surroundings are scenically very beautiful with a private waterfall and the sacred Mashovhela Rock Pool on the property. Guided walking trails and scenic drives up the Soutpansberg Mountains are available as well as free unguided walking trails.

  • Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Bring your own bicycle
    Bicycles to hire
    Bicycle set trails
    Bicycle - free to explore
    Bring your own quad bike
    Quad bikes to hire
    Quad bike set trails
    Quad bikes – free to explore
    Bring your own off-road motorcycle
    Off-road motorcycles to hire
    Off-road motorcycle set trails
    Off-road motorcycle – free to explore
    4x4 vehicle set trails
    4x4 vehicle – free to explore
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
  • Wedding Venue Accommodationdetails
    Capacity Information
    Overnight accommodation for how many people? : 30
    Max people allowed at the venue? : 60

    The following apply
    Reception area
    Area for wedding ceremony
    Undercover area for signing the register
    Fully catered
    Couple must provide own catering
    In house events coordinator (compulsory)
    In house events coordinator (not compulsory)
    Liquor license
    Fully stocked bar
    Cutlery and crockery rental
    Cleaning / serving staff
    Bridal suite
    Honeymoon suite
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