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Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“Awesome game viewing”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

We always wanted to go to Madikwe. So when we got a chance to go to Mosethla we jumped at it.

We were not disappointed, what an awesome experience. The game viewing was more than excellent. We only stayed 2 nights but we saw loads of animals. 3 different Leopard sightings, Lions mating, Cheeta, wild dogs, elephants, white rhinos and Buffalo. The guides are excellent and extremely knowledgeable and their tracking skills are amazing. Even on the Elephant sighting you are completely at ease.

The lodge is very rustic and lovely. Its nice to be able to relax and not to worry about the outside world for a couple of days.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Caroline L, Owner at Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Dear Jacques 136
Sorry we didn't manage to score an "excellent" from you, but thank you so much for the stunning photos (already mentioned on Facebook!). Please feel free to share them to FB too .... easier to share so everyone can enjoy them :)
Hope to see you back soon.
Best eco regards
Caroline Lucas
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

I stayed at Mosetlha for 3 days (2 nights) in early January, 2014. I chose Mosetlha for it's eco approach and because I wanted something off the beaten path---I am happy with the choice! The camp is basic but very comfortable, staff are friendly and professional, and the game viewing is wonderful. I loved my cabin, and though I was prepared with a mosquito net I was not bothered by bugs, birds, or any other animals. At night, cabins are lit by charming solar lamps and pathways by kerosene lamps. A neighboring cabin had a bush baby nesting in their eaves and we all had turns watching it! The bath and toilet facilities, though basic, are tasteful and easy to use. During my visit the temperatures were warm enough that I didn't even need to heat water for a shower. Though the camp was full, I never worried about privacy or access to the facilities.

During the morning and evening game drives we visited many areas of the park and a variety of terrain. Guide Justice has excellent and extensive knowledge of the birds, animals and plants and which he easily spotted and identified. One morning he identified mating lions by sound, and worked together with guide Johnny to successfully locate the pair deep in the bush. Another afternoon we followed two cheetah as they hunted together. Over 5 game drives we saw giraffe, rhino, cheetah, lions, African wild dogs, warthogs, elephants, wildebeest, springbok, klipspringer, impala, kudu, and numerous birds. One evening we parked the jeep in an open plain and shared tea, wine and snacks as we watched the stunning sunset. If I had stayed longer I would have enjoyed a morning game walk as well.

Meals are buffet style in the shaded but open common area. Food was basic but healthy and delicious. A separate common area has games and reading materials, and cold drinks for purchase. Allow at least 2 nights to really experience the camp and the game viewing!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Caroline L, Owner at Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Reid W
Thank you so much for your very positive review of your very positive experience :)
We are positively delighted you had such a good time.
Best eco regards
Caroline Lucas
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

My fiance and I had the most amazing time at Mosetlha Bush Camp in January 2014. I wouldn't have wanted to experience safari any other way. I chose the camp because it was recommended to me by friends who live in Johannesburg, and also because it was the only place I could afford. This place is excellent value for money. You will not be disappointed.

We stayed two nights, which was great as this gave us the chance to do four game drives, three in a jeep and one on foot - which was very exciting when we can across three white rhino!

On each game drive our ranger, who was very experienced and knew the park like the back of her hand - impressive given how vast it is - managed to find lots of fantastic animals to see. Once we saw about 30 elephants coming out of the bush to drink at the watering hole. We saw lions, zebras, giraffes, wild dogs (very rare), cheetah (very very rare as they are very shy), buffalo, rhino, and many many more. You are pretty much guaranteed to see the big 5 here, and probably on each game drive. You get driven around in a jeep, the sun shining, wind in your hair, and on the afternoon drives you stop for drinks and nibbles as the sun sets. Bliss!

On the last day we chose to go on a walking safari. (Our guide Noelle had a rifle just in case.) The guides at Mosetlha know how close you can get to each animal, how to be safe on safari etc, so you can rest assured you're in safe hands. The walking safari was a great way to learn more about the small details/animals of the Bush - animal tracks, markings, insects, birds etc. Lots of fun, with the bonus that we happened across 3 rhinos on our return to camp!

The camp itself is wonderful. It's like being on an adventure. You are staying in open wood cabins on stilts. The front and back 'window' areas are open, and you can't lock the door, as it's just a swing shut door. (There is a safe for personal belongings though.) One night a bat flew in and out of our cabin. And there were a few moths, but apart from that there were no scary creepy crawlies. There was apparently a buffalo that would walk through the camp at night, but I never heard it/saw it. There is a high wire around the camp to prevent elephant from wandering through. We always felt perfectly safe and comfortable in our cabin.

There is fire in the centre of the camp where you can sit and chat at night before dinner. There is an open but shaded hut with a bar and sofas, and another open hut where all the guests sit to have their meals with the guides. When we stayed we were lucky that there were only three other people staying, so it felt like having a 'private' safari experience.

It's an eco lodge, so no running water or electricity, but this adds to the fun. At night they have solar powered lamps, and for showers they have a very efficient contraption to instantly and naturally heat water which you then hoist in a bucket above your head and you can actually enjoy a normal shower. The toilets are like normal toilets but with a drop hole below them. You might be disturbed by a few flies/bees in the toilet, but it wasn't that bad, and there are potties in the room which you can use too.

The food was simple but nice home cooked food, quite healthy. Lots to choose from for breakfast. It's not gourmet, but then you're on an adventure, so you wouldn't really expect it!

If you want a fancy luxurious lodge, then this isn't the camp for you, but the joy of safari is being surrounded by nature, being at one with nature, and going on adventure, and this camp really gives you that experience. I normally hate camping and the outdoors, but I loved this bush camp experience. I loved my cosy cabin, the welcoming camp staff who look after you well and tell you so much about the animals, the long guided jeep drives through the beautiful Bush, seeing amazing animals up close safely. A friend of mine went to South Africa and did safari in a very luxurious and much more expensive place, but she also did one where she got to stay in a cabin/bush camp and she said that the bush camp experience was by far her favourite too - and she's the kind of girl who normally likes her luxuries!

You won't be disappointed with this place. I would love to go back again soon. It feels like home from home.

Thank you to the Mosetlha team who made our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Caroline L, Owner at Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear xvs_traveller
Thank you for such a lovely, detailed review :)
Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Best eco regards
Caroline Lucas
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Any one who wants a safari with a difference should stay at the Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge. No running water or electricity. Instead roaming animals, both large and small on the campsite. The bucket shower works well and is an experience.
We were treated as friends and Johnny is a fantastic guide of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The early morning starts are worth it to see the wildlife as well as the late afternoons ending with a G&T as the African sun set and searching out nocturnal life in the Reserve.
Excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The lodges are basic but very comfortable.
Our early morning walk in the Reserve was also an incredible experience with our lovely, gun carrying guide, Noelle.
Thank you and we will be back.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Caroline L, Owner at Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Purzell_54
Thank you so much for such a complimentary review - it really means a lot coming from a senior reviewer such as yourself ... love the heading!!
Best eco regards
Caroline Lucas
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I have childhood memories of game reserve visits to the Kruger National Park. It was vast, hot & seemingly sparsely populated. We drove ourselves along endless dusty roads, occasionally happening upon wildlife, sometimes another tourist's car. Accommodation was basic, but clean, the food wasn't as good as we had at home, but if we were good there was Fanta, Sprite & ice cream at some camps.

Fast forward 35 years... We drove straight from O R Tambo & reached Madikwe in time to be included in that evening's drive. As dusty & tired as we were from travelling, each & every opportunity we had to explore this wonderful place re-envigorated our spirits. There's so much to see! Our guide, Jonny, was sharp-eyed, insightful and his experience showed us new aspects of the Madikwe reserve each time we went out with him. I never felt that jaded 'Yeah, another impala' reflex - there was always something intriguing about their social behaviour, their young, why the were where the were, etc.

Of course morning coffee or sun-downers at a suitable juncture during the drive helped tremendously & made us feel very pampered in this splendid land. Apart from the profundity of wildlife in Madikwe, the rich & famous are in evidence if you have good enough binoculars. I gather that other lodges in the reserve offer very opulent accommodation indeed, although on a completely contrasting ethos to the low impact one of Mosethla. Which brings us to the camp...

The whole place could not be more relaxing & conducive to engaging with a wildlife reserve. Don't be alarmed by the fact there is no fence around the camp! The stilted cabins are in close proximity to each other as well as to the main camp, although you feel very private & secluded once in your room. The route to the toilet & shower is fenced-off & lamp-lit at night. Elephants (& any other game of similar stature - giraffes spring to mind) are kept at bay by an electric wire surrounding the camp at head height.

Meals were hearty, beautifully presented & of superb quality - the only problem was making sure you had an appetite for the next treat. As well as soft drinks, there was a well stocked bar & a selection of wines on offer to enjoy with your meals. Meals are taken in the open sided dining room at the refectory table, along with all the other guests (I'd guess about 18 of us in total). Early morning coffee & dinner are in lamplight!

Everything is very clean & comfortable. Everyone enjoys the bucket showers because preparing them is such fun. I want a donkey boiler for Christmas! The toilet system is also low-impact & has none of the unpleasant aspects of less well thought-out systems.

Chris & all the team at Mosethla are to be commended for the way the camp is established & run. It is just wonderful that such a high standard of accommodation & guiding are available for such an affordable price (it was great to see a couple of families there during our 3-day visit). We hope it is unchanged by the time we have saved-up enough to return!

As for the wildlife, it would seem from the care being invested the reserve & the husbandry of it's animals, there can be no better place to visit the special creatures of southern Africa. I could list what we saw, but that would spoil the surprise...

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Caroline L, Owner at Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you Conrad
Your review is just lovely! And I'm sure it will inspire others to NEED to come and experience Madikwe they way you have, with us at Mosetlha :)
I'm going to copy this to our FB page if that's okay with you?
Hope to see you this December again (if your Christmas wish is anything to go by?!).
Best eco regards
Caroline Lucas
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We have been there the second time in the space of one year and we can't wait to get there again. The team and the atmosphere is fantastic. This camp gives you the correct bush feeling including the famous bucket shower. The interaction of the team makes you feel rather like a friend than a paying guest. This translates to the other visitors who all behave like friends the minute they arrive. That the game drives and the rangers are good is out of question. But even the breaks between game drives are inspirational. We had lots of good discussions with people from various nations and all walks of life. The meals with all guests around one big table was always a pleasure.
Well done to the Mosetlha team, we will come again.
Ilka and Michael from Johannesburg

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Caroline L, Owner at Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you, Ilka and Michael
I so agree with your comments - guests forge life long friendships at Mosetlha!
We look forward to having you guys back soon.
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Caroline
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

My husbind and sons (12 & 15) and me spent 4 unforgetable days in this camp in the midle of Madikwe. Great experience if you are looking for close contact with wild animals in their environment and on their conditions. What you can learn from guides is only limited by your own ability to continue asking questions. Guides really care for the animals in Madikwe and that is so inspiring and educative if you are visitors with teenegers. Very comfortable camp (despite Eco stamp) is perfectly managed by friendly Noel. We have seen all animals we could think of to watch out for. I must mention also fantastilk smell from the bush, we were there in December. We strongly recomend Madikwe and Moseltha Bush camp to all nature lovers. Sweedish family.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Caroline L, Owner at Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thank you, Masa V, for taking the time to write such lovely words about us.
We hope to see you back some day!
Best eco regards
Caroline
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Property: Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge
Address: Mosetlha Bush Camp, Madikwe Game Reserve 2146, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
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Ranked #6 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Number of rooms: 8
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Mosetlha, nestled right at the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve and its only genuine eco lodge and authentic bush camp, is unfenced, rustic and intimate. Comfy beds in raised wooden cabins, oil lamps, traditional bush meals prepared on the open fire, a donkey boiler for hot safari showers and twice daily game drives in open 4x4s with expert guides, promise you a true wilderness experience. Come get the dust of Africa on your feet ... ... more   less 
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