Moditlo River Lodge sits at the heart of the Blue Canyon Conservancy, a stretch of protected land in close proximity to the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park, and is home to an astonishing array of fauna and flora.
Named for the gentle beast of the bushveld, Moditlo means ‘place of the elephant’, and the quiet grace of this extraordinary creature echoes throughout the lodge and its surroundings. At Moditlo we maintain the wild surrounds in which we humbly inhabit.
Moditlo is a celebration of the abundance and variety of animal, bird and plant life that you’ll find in the diverse landscape of the Great Kruger National Park. Relish your stay in our classically chic accommodation and enjoy the beauty of our glorious slice of African heaven.
Designed to provide guests with an authentic, yet luxurious African safari experience, the Main Lodge is a spacious structure of warm, natural wood and thatch with ample verandas that wrap around our various dining and entertainment areas. Here you will find a crystal-clear swimming pool, restaurant, curio shop, communal lounges and bar.
Stroll from your room down the meandering wooden walkways to enjoy a relaxing drink beside the pool as the heat of the day settles on the bushveld soil and take a moment to drink in the stark beauty of the African continent.
Lunch is long, lazy and delicious with the added option of enjoying a special high tea in true Colonial tradition. For dinner, our restaurant – Medium Rare – prepares a feast that can be served in the thatched dining area or around the campfire in our open-air boma.
Settle in for the evening and watch as our inspired chefs prepare delicious South African dishes to tempt your taste buds then wind down the evening with a drink around the crackling fire.
Sport and news enthusiasts will be happy to know that although we steer clear of televisions and other distractions in our guest rooms, we do have a private lapa with satellite TV where big matches and other important events may be viewed.
Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, a glass of wine or a post-meal digestif in our stylish cocktail lapa. Here, guests can watch the sunset as they sip and savour their choice of beverage under the attentive service of our professional barmen.
Sumptuous accommodation can be found in our 18 luxurious rooms, each set at the end of meandering walkways that link to the Main Lodge. Built in accordance with our conservation policy, the locations of the rooms as well as the raised walkways were carefully chosen to ensure that our presence here has the least possible impact on the environment.
Relax in understated elegance, in a cool, calm oasis of crisp, white Percale linen, gentle air-conditioning and utter privacy. Our spacious rooms are the perfect retreat for a refreshing afternoon nap, undisturbed evening slumber and the private decks are an ideal setting for an invigorating morning coffee or peaceful nightcap.
Sink into a soothing hot bath in the free-standing tub to enjoy a nice, long soak after your game drive or open the blind fully by your shower and enjoy your own private view of the surrounding terrain.
Each room is fitted with a coffee station, personal safety box and mini bar for your convenience and comes stocked with a range of high quality guest amenities. Our discreet staff are on hand throughout your stay to maintain your room and assist your every need. Should you require it, you also have the option of having a ranger to escort you to your room in the evening.
Should you wish to deeply relax at the luxurious setting of the river lodge, why not experience a pampering session like no other at the experienced hands of our wellness therapists at the Moditlo Spa. Let the tranquil sounds of the bush and enriching African ingredients in treatments such as baobab, fynbos and marula, sooth and revive.
With its beautiful setting and the sheer luxuriousness of its treatments, our spa offers refreshment and restoration of the mind, body and spirit amid the tranquillity and peace of the bush.
Turn your big day into your dream day with a fairytale wedding in the heart of the African bushveld! Set in beautiful surroundings, Moditlo River Lodge offers you and your guests an African wedding experience that will not easily be forgotten.
The venue’s natural glory, stunning decor and delicious gourmet cuisine will prove to be both romantic and forever memorable. Enjoy serene privacy for you and your guests when booking out the luxurious lodge.
Lodge guests will receive a boma dinner the night before the wedding, as well as a Sunrise Game Drive followed by a breakfast at the lodge on the morning of the event. After an intimate ceremony in the bushveld, guests can enjoy a plated three-course meal or buffet style dinner and dance their way into the night before heading off to bed.
Pronounced ‘mo-di-tlo’, we take our name from the herds of majestic elephants that roam the whopping 36,000 acres of African bushveld that make up the reserve.Set within the Blue Canyon Conservancy at the foot of the famous Drakensberg mountain range, Moditlo is near the Greater Kruger National Park.
The Blue Canyon Conservancy boasts bio-diversity that rivals that of many of South Africa’s premier wildlife destinations. The vegetation is made up of Northern Thornveld and Southern Bushwillow Woodlands, two distinct eco-zones that each supports an abundance of animal species.
Depending on the time of year, guests can encounter elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, hippos, as well as a pack of wild dogs (the second rarest African carnivore species, with only an estimated 2000 remaining specimens). Birdwatchers are treated to ample sightings of the several hundred species of bird typical to the lowveld.
Scattered throughout the reserve are numerous lakes, perennial streams and dams that support the growth of large trees and underbrush, providing the perfect habitat for the wide variety of wildlife species that call Moditlo home. We look forward to sharing our piece of paradise with you, introducing you to an unforgettable safari destination.
GAME DRIVES & SAFARI
Join us on a morning and evening safari and see nature at its finest. No safari is the same, each morning and evening brings with it new encounters and, depending on the weather, time of year, herd behaviour and various other factors, you could encounter lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, hippos, crocodiles and the increasingly illusive rhino.
Awake early to the dawn chorus of bird song and witness the bush come alive with the rising of the sun as you venture into the veld on a morning safari. Over a cup of tea of coffee, and a snack, our guides will answer all questions, whilst describing the terrain and the possible sightings that you might witness.
Once completed, guests are driven back to the lodge to enjoy a hearty breakfast that includes everything from fresh, seasonal fruit and creamy yogurt to full English or Continental fare.
Evening Safaris begin in the late afternoon and provide guests with the opportunity to watch day-roaming animals prepare to settle in for the night, whilst our nocturnal friends emerge to stalk the plains.
Guests will be driven into the veld as the sun begins to set turning the sky brilliant shades of rose, amberand gold, before ushering in a velvet sky brimming with twinkling diamond-shaped stars. Whilst enjoying the sunset, guests are offered delicious cocktails before setting out to find night-time predators stalking their prey.
After the excitement, guests are transported back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner which is served at the thatched dining area or beneath the stars at our open-air boma.
The best months of the year for safari excursions are April-May and September-October but the changing seasons and colours of the surrounding landscape make game drives an enjoyable event no matter the time of year.
Moholoholo is a home for many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and a highly regarded contributor to wildlife education in our country.
Situated in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop” this unique Rehabilitation Centre is home to many animals and birds. Some of them are the rescued lions from an Egyptian Circus; Queen the Crowned Eagle, Chui the leopard, Jolly &Juba the Cheetah ambassadors and many more.
Animals that can possibly be viewed are lion, leopard, serval, lynx, honey badger, eagles, vultures, wild dogs and any baby animals that they may have at the time of your visit. A visit to the Centre will stimulate awareness and an understanding of the plight faced by our wildlife today.
There are two tours daily from Monday to Saturday. (Closed on Sundays). Approximate duration of the tour is 2 – 2½ hours. During the Limpopo School holidays and over long weekends, Moholoholo will operate on Sundays. On these occasions there will only be one tour at 15h00.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Rise above the plains and float silently, basking in the glorious surrounds, spying the Big 5 from above. Whether chosen as a romantic couple’s adventure, or an exciting family day-out, a hot air balloon safari will offer views unsurpassed.
Treat your eyes to one of the most jaw-dropping scenic views where vast skies meet imposing cliff faces, age-old rock formations and beautiful waterfalls.
The route, centred around the Blyde River Canyon, offers panoramic scenes of grandeur that will almost take your breath away. Unrivalled in its numerous, awe-inspiring viewpoints, historically, it was a pivotal trade route and many towns planted along the route are steeped in legend.