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Kurisa Moya
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R71 from Polokwane | PO Box 280, 0730, South Africa   |  
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Kurisa Moya is the one place I have to get to at least once a year! It is the most amazing place in this world. It is where I go to recharge, find peace.
The farmhouse is situated on the edge of a pine forest, few steps away from an indigenous forest. To walk through this forest is one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It is so incredibly peaceful. There are hundreds of birds there, and I am not a keen birder, but I am tempted to stop and listen and watch.
Time is lost while in the forest, and I always come out feeling completely renewed.
My family love this place, we have spent many wonderful nights both in the kitchen and around the fire, enjoying each other’s company.
This is soul food!
We will continue coming back :-)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Wonderful, peaceful, beautiful. Not enough words to explain our stay at Kurisa Moya in Thora Boloka cottage. So much detail, creativeness, neat and perfectly clean.
Here you can really relax, enjoy nature, and much more. The Forest walk is spectacular. Unfortunately we are not birders, but enthusiastic photographers.
We had a lovely cooked dinner delivered to our cottage!
Thank you Lisa and staff for sharing you're piece of heaven with us.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

This is the perfect getaway for the stressed and tired city dweller. The extreme quiet only interupted by the song of birds and the sound of the logs on the fire burning gives you instant peace and the goose feather duvet invites sleep for the most weary.
During the day one can go on various walks and the fresh smell of pine is most refreshing, the clear blue skies and not seeing a singe person for a full day is heaven. Back to the lodge cabin a relaxing shower, with ample hot water and the best smelling body wash is just what the doctor ordered. Then later settling down to a braai whilst watching the clear night skies filled with stars, is the great end to a day. Later when it gets a bit cool, to sit in front of the log fire inside sipping some good red wine..hmm pure heaven.
The forest lodge cabin, we stayed at the 1st one, Bird Song Cabin, is quaintly decorated, with gas stove and shower,hot water, which works great, the lights are solar powered, not that it was really needed - the light of the fire was enough. The time seems to stand still once there and the days go by real slow. The place is perfectly clean, which was a great surprise as me and my husband stayed at a tree house once before for honeymoon, Sycamore Avenue Treehouse Lodge, and it was filthy, bugs everywhere, layers of dust so old and grimey, the mozzi net disgusting, I lay still on the bed,not even under the cover! and thanked the stars that we had only booked there for one nite!! I understand a little bit of dust when in a outdoor place but Kurisa Moya is perfect in everything, super clean, mozzi net, and bug sprays, plenty fire wood, matched, utencils, coffee tea, and the most friendly host,Lisa, which comes to meet and greet you and makes sure your settled in completely, even helping you with your luggage.
I definately recommend this place for the tired, for the romantic, families will also love it,kids can go hiking as the trails aren't difficult and they will love the outdoors and especially I'd recommed this for the overseas traveller who can experience a truely beautiful part of SA which they would not find anywhere else!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

If you are coming direct from Polokwane, you will have a good tar road all the way to the turnoff to the lodge, then you have 2.3km of a really rough road. Like the previous reviewer, we did this trip in the dark coming from Phalaborwa where the first 9km or so are also a bad road and we had a little Ford Focus.

Once you actually get there, it is a wonderful eco-lodge and ideal for bird watchers. You can book tours with one of the top bird guides in South Africa-David Letsoalo and he will do everything he can to find the species you are interested in. For us, it was Cape Parrots which were very elusive on the first day (heard but not seen) but the second day, we got to see 5 of them!

We stayed in the Forest Lodge which overlooks primary rainforest and even though it rained the first day, we still saw lots of birds, we also went up to the farm house to see birds in the garden. We self catered with pre-packaged supermarket food but you can also get Lisa, the owner to cook you a meal and judging by the guestbook comments, she is a great cook! The lodge is gorgeous, very rustic and charming, well stocked wood burning fireplace. It gets pretty chilly at night so you need lots of wood! We did two of the walks on the property (Bird Watchers and Forest Walk) which were really nice.

If you want to do a bird watching tour with David, you will need a 4WD, there is no way a little sedan car would make it in the Woodbush Forest roads. We paid extra to use his truck. Also, bring all the food you need if you are self-catering, there is no place to shop nearby and you also need to charge up your camera and cell phone batteries.

Kurisa Moya is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature and especially birds!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

We choose this cottage due to the fact that they allow dogs on their nature reserve, we wanted to try the experience of enjoying nature with our dogs.
The road to this location for the most part is excellent, but I would recommend something other than a sedan for the last half a mile.
We arrived after dark on our first night, and was completely charmed by the tasteful decor and quirky style of the cottage. Attention to details just great...plenty of chopped firewood with all the tools you need for the job...solar powered lights, plenty of candles, books and boardgames etc. Coffee, tea and sugar provided along with towels and bedding.
Daily cleaning service, which was a joy.
The next day we woke up to a fog shrouded mountain view, and had our first look around the property. The cottage has abundant seating and sleeps 6. There's a wrap around stoep (porch) from which to enjoy the view and eat meals. There's also a small garden area with a fire pit, bordered by wild bushveld.
The silence is profound... interspersed only by birdsong and the the wind rustling the grasses.
The only two negatives about the cottage would be a problem with hot water due to a blocked boiler, which management sorted out quickly. Also the indoor fireplace do not draw correctly, with the consequence of having a smoke filled bedroom...not pleasant when you're belongings start to smell of wood smoke!

We went on 2 hikes, both times managing to get lost!
Granted, we are complete novices in the hiking world, but perhaps the trail marking could be clearer for the noobs like us.
The beauty of the area and the varied fauna and flora is a true delight.
Our dogs had the experience of a lifetime as they're both city pooches! I would recommend a shave before taking long haired dogs...mine lost nearly her coat due to burrs and blackjacks!
Although we did not partake in any other activities, there seems to be a wide range of other attractions, such as elephant safaris and cultural villages nearby.
We had a wonderful holiday!
I would recommend packing plenty of warm clothes, it gets very cold in the mountains!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: R71 from Polokwane | PO Box 280, 0730, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Magoebaskloof
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Magoebaskloof
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge Guest Lodge Accommodation Restore your spirit Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge is only 3 - 4 hours from Johannesburg, but the privacy and tranquility offered at this Nature Lodge will truly restore your spirit. Kurisa Moya is a 422 hectare property in the Magoebaskloof area near Tzaneen, Polokwane in the Limpopo Province. Kurisa Moya is perched on the edge of the Drakensburg escarpment, so it has mesmerising views out over the lowveld. This soulful place embraces a pristine indigenous forest with massive moss-covered trees where ancient Yellow-woods carry an energy all of their own. Burbling streams make their way over boulders to the dams below. Here, nature's tranquility is broken only by booming Samango monkeys, croaking crimson-winged Knysna Turacos and Bushbuck barks. Kurisa Moya has mountains, rivers, indigenous forests and bushveld and offers accommodation in 3 unique venues - each private and tranquil. Activities include 7 marked walking paths, hiking trails, guided birding walks with South Africa's top local bird guide, 4x4 sunset drives, fly-fishing lessons, guided nature walks, Adventure Mountain Bike trails, village tours and home stays. ... more   less 

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