Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa is a luxurious, five-star private Safari Lodge and Villa situated within the malaria-free Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa. The Main Lodge and private Villa were extensively rebuilt in 2015, following a devastating fire. The interior of the suites, also having been refurbished, means the style of the whole Lodge is an elegant mélange of chic African and contemporary European design.  The sophisticated yet child-friendly lodge is rapidly becoming distinguished for its newly added underground waterhole hide, which is connected to the Main Lodge by a tunnel. This unique feature offers an accessible, safe and one-of-a-kind opportunity to get up close to the animals drinking at the waterhole in front of the lodge. Mhondoro Safari Lodge is the first and only five-star Safari Lodge to offer this exciting and special experience.

Mhondoro Safari Lodge is family friendly yet is private and exclusive, enabling guests to relax and explore abundant wildlife on guided game drives. Welgevonden Game Reserve’s strict policy limiting the number of vehicles on the Reserve, enhances the exclusive and peaceful drives and ensures there will be no interruptions from vehicle traffic.  For those preferring to indulge in blissful relaxation, there is a Spa and Wellness Massage Suite where a team of experienced beauty therapists offer treatments to help you unwind.   Or perhaps a bracing workout at the fully equipped gym will suit those wishing to stay in shape while viewing the animal activity at the waterhole. The heated pool, sauna, bar and lounge areas are available to all guests throughout the day.  Mhondoro Safari Lodge is only a 2-hour 45-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, making it the perfect safari destination for those coming to South Africa via Johannesburg. Even faster is travelling by small plane as you’ll arrive in less than an hour and you’ll enjoy the breathtaking experience of flying over the Waterberg and Welgevonden Game Reserve en route.

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Honeymoon Suite – (1 Suite)
One Bedroom with en-suite bathroom, private viewing deck with daybed and plunge-Pool overlooking the waterhole. Suite with most privacy, furthest away from Main lodge, with beautiful bush & waterhole views.

Luxury Pool Suite – (3 Suites)
The Deluxe Suite accommodates 2. It boasts 1 bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a private viewing deck with Plunge-pool that overlooks the waterhole. The thatch-roofed building provides a secluded hideaway with all facilities of the Main Lodge at hand.

2 Bedroom Family Deluxe Suite – (1 Suite)
The Family Deluxe Suite accommodates 4. It boasts 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom, a lounge a dining area and a private viewing deck that overlooks the waterhole. The thatch-roofed building provides a family friendly environment.

2 Bedroom Executive Suite – (1 Suite)
The Executive Suite accommodates 4. It boasts 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a lounge, a fireplace and a private viewing deck and plunge-pool that overlooks the waterhole. The thatch-roofed building provides an opulent retreat.

Villa – (3 Bedroom Villa)
The Mhondoro Villa is perfectly suited as an exclusive family or group accommodation where you are looked after from beginning to end. The Mhondoro Villa boasts a magnificent master suite and two additional bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

2 Bedroom Family Deluxe Suite – (1 Deluxe Suite)
2 bedroom family deluxe suite. It has 2 spacious bedrooms, each with it’s own en-suite bathroom and outside showers and spacious deck with a parcial with over the waterhole. No plunge pool. Ideal with families with kids. Close walking distance to Main lodge.

Family Suite – (2 Bedroom Family Suite)
2 Bedroom Family suite. 2 Bedrooms with 1 shared bathroom. Ideal for families with young kids. Spacious lounge & dining area with kitchenette and outside deck. No view over the waterhole. Close walking distance to main lodge.

Experience a wealth of African flavors like never before at Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa. Our iconic destination is unrivalled when it comes to sublime culinary experiences, with master chefs expertly preparing lavish dishes with typical African flair and taste.  Discover irresistible local specialties crafted from only the freshest ingredients sourced right here on the continent. Enjoy modern African cuisine that feels perfectly at home in our luxury safari lodge setting, thanks to its unique combination of style and quality.  The options are endless here at Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa – whether you’re indulging in a daily-changing menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner, tucking into home-made snacks on a game drive or there’s something special in store for an unforgettable evening under the stars. Come and tantalize your taste buds with exceptional cuisine and an enthusiastic atmosphere – all just steps away from stunning wildlife!

Mhondoro is proud to present an award-winning wine list (Diners Club Platinum Wine List Award 2017 & 2018). The temperature controlled wine cellar is stocked with a wide selection of Premium South African wines from all the different wine regions of South Africa, as well as French Champagne. Wine Tastings are available on request, at an extra cost. We have a temperature-controlled wine cellar in the Main Lodge where we can offer special wine tastings upon request.

Adjacent to the Main Lodge is the Massage Suite, which offers a quiet and secluded haven for those seeking inner peace. Indulge in the moment and let a dedicated spa therapist treat you to a deep tissue massage, a hot stone massage or an aromatherapy treatment. Two massage beds can be placed inside the building or on the private deck, whichever is your preference. The deck also boasts an outdoor bath, which allows you to immerse your body in milky luxury while enjoying the views overlooking the waterhole. And why not finish your session with a manicure or a pedicure? We proudly use products from Rain Africa who combine indigenous plants and natural ingredients based on recipes used since antiquity by African healers and which are the heart and soul of the Rain range.

If you’d like to take home a piece of Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, our collection of African products offers mementos for yourself or souvenirs as gifts, catering to all ages. The Curio Shop stocks traditional African jewellery, luggage and interior design ornaments. Our collection also includes modern South African design classics like the handcrafted Pichulik jewellery that is a bespoke range of handcrafted necklaces and accessories made in Cape Town. Also for sale is the Rain Africa collection used in our spa treatments and available in the guest bathrooms. Rain products are made from indigenous plants that have been used since antiquity by African healers. Rain Africa creates handmade bath and body products using natural African ingredients. They are responsibly handmade with love and care for their customers, craftspeople and the environment.

For many, just being on safari in Africa is romantic in itself. The opportunity to be in the wild, absorbing the atmosphere and breathing in the pristine natural air is glorious on its own. Adding in our star deck to this experience, as an exceptional vantage point to gaze up at the vast Africa nightsky, will take romance to a whole new level. As your own private viewing deck of the infinite constellations, with very little light pollution in the area, you can look up into the Milky Way from where, on a clear night, you should be able to see about 2,500 stars. You will be able to spot the Southern Cross constellation with its two stars of Alpha and Beta Centauri, often referred to as the ‘pointers’ to help stargazers locate the asterism of the Southern Cross. The elevated wooden star deck has custom-made seating, with seatbacks angled at 45 degrees to allow for comfortable star-spotting. Our high-powered telescope is linked to a sophisticated computer programme that enhances a thrillingly detailed search of the cosmos.

The Main Lodge and the Mhondoro Villa both feature a fully equipped gym where you can stay in shape while enjoying the wildlife activity at the waterhole. Embrace a cardio session on the treadmill, an invigorating cycle on the home trainer, a total body workout on the cross trainer, or improve your strength with the weights. Go wild!

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa is known for its child and family friendliness. Little travellers can enjoy the swimming pool and the safe, secluded playground with its protective elephant fence, or explore the variety the bush has to offer during a Kiddies bush walk. The spacious Family Suite and the exclusive-use Mhondoro Villa are perfectly equipped to accommodate families. Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa offers a Kiddie’s programme for the youngest children. The Kiddie’s programme consists of a welcome pack with a children’s work book. We also offer Kiddie’s insect walks, animal track moulding with plaster of paris, track and sign ID, clay animal sculpture making, archery for older children, star gazing and cookie baking & decorating with our pastry chef (R 150 / € 10 * per person). Regret children under 6 years of age may not be accommodated on scheduled game drives when other guests are joining. Bumble game drives may be arranged for families with small children at a rate of R 600 / € 41 * per bumble drive, subject to the availability of a vehicle and a ranger at the time. The drives are tailored to carter to our smaller visitors and can vary in duration and will include child appropriate facts and sightings.

IMPORTANT: Please take note of the NEW South Africa Child Visa Regulations and requirements for all family travelers.


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