Mopane Bush Lodge

Mopane Bush Lodge is situated on MAPESU NATURE RESERVE, a 6000 hectare game farm in mopane bushveld. It is a safe environment for walking, cycling and driving in the bush. The Reserve is home to many species of game and birds and a variety of trees and shrubs, some of which are endemic to the area. Mapesu has mostly level plains criss-crossed with dry watercourses, some small low hills and rocky outcrops. There are walking trails from the lodge to the Mapedu River and a bird hide at the dam.

Mapesu Nature Reserve is adjacent to the new Mapungubwe National Park . It lies in the summer rainfall region of Southern Africa with hot summers and warm winters.

The game on the reserve includes most species of plains game including giraffe, eland, kudu, waterbuck, red hartebeest, gemsbok, zebra, wildebeest and impala. Sightings occur of predators such as leopard, cheetah, caracal, wild cat, spotted and brown hyena and jackal. The birds frequently seen include kori bustard, ostrich, guinea fowl, francolins, hornbills, eagles, shrikes and waterbirds mainly in the wet season. The reserve has recently been visited on several occasions by elephants.

Mapesu is a member of the Limpopo Valley Game Reserve Conservancy comprised of a group of 30 land owners in the area who own about 100000 hectares and are committed to conservation. Mapesu Nature Reserve is the largest single property in this conservancy.

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At a Glance

  • Malaria – free area
  • 16 guests in eight secluded, twin bedded, en-suite thatched chalets - one of which is wheel chair friendly.
  • Qualified professional game rangers and trackers will accompany guests on all game drives and nature walks

Mopane Bush Lodge, of African Renaissance design, nestles in the mopane bushveld. The lodge has been designed to provide simple luxury while being luxuriously simple, ensuring guests can relax in quiet exclusivity.

The entrance leads onto a mezzanine where the vista of the bushveld unfolds before you. A curved wooden staircase sweeps down into the dining room & lounge.

The full service bar links the boma and lapa which overlooks the sparkling pool.

Mopane Bush Lodge has accommodation for 16 in eight secluded, twin bedded, en-suite thatched chalets, each within its own kraal. There is an uninterrupted view to the horizon from each verandah.

The spacious bedrooms are designed for you to enjoy your stay in comfort, with deep firm mattresses, luxurious linen and large absorbent towels. All windows and doors are screened. There is a safe in the wardrobe for guests to store their valuables. The coffee/tea station, together with iced water, is available for refreshment at any time.

Each chalet has its own en-suite shower room with a 110v/220v-shaver plug and a hairdryer. Or the more daring can take a shower outdoors under the African skies.

One of the chalets is designed and equipped to be wheelchair friendly.

The sparkling pool, with waterfall and martini seat, is an option on a warm valley day.

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Facilities & Activities
A walking trail leads to a hide overlooking the dam where game and birds can be observed.

There is a large bird pond, with a bench, where guests can relax and watch the birds, dragonflies and sometimes game coming for a drink.

The lodge has open game viewing vehicles for drives on the Nature Reserve and in Mapungubwe National Park

  • Mopane Bush Lodge is located on Mapesu Nature Reserve, a safe environment to go walking, cycling, birding, game viewing and bush driving or just meet up with nature.
  • Mapungubwe National Park - A new National Park with awesome views of the Limpopo River , dramatic scenery and spectacular sandstone cliffs. Also game including elephants, rhino, leopard and good birding.
  • Mapungubwe World Heritage Site - Mapungubwe Hill is the site of the first African Kingdom, which reached its climax in the 13th Century, predating Great Zimbabwe.
  • Track the endangered wild dog, accompanied by a researcher to view these fascinating animals in the wild.
  • Go birding in one of South Africa’s best birding areas.
  • Drive the new 4 x 4 Eco-route in the National Park.
  • Walking or cycling the Baobabwe Peace Trail.   Restore your soul with the splendour and majesty of giant Baobab trees, thousands of years old.
  • Visit the Messina Baobab Nature Reserve - home to hundreds of large baobab trees and sable antelope.   See the world’s oldest dated exposed rock.
  • Try some crocodile meat and see thousands of crocodiles being bred for their skins and meat at the Ratho Crocodile Farm

Power supply
There is 24 hour electricity to all rooms.

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