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Mhondoro Game Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 21, 2010

This was the highlight of our honeymoon, if you are not sure where to go on safari go and visit Leon and Arena here you will have no regrets. Everything about this place is great. It is located in the middle (ish) of the Welgevonden Game Reserve which is a malaria free reserve. The reserve itself is fully of animals and they like to visit the watering hole that sits outside the main reception/eating area of the lodge and all four of the rooms overlook the watering hole (although Room 1 which we were in is the furthest from the hole).

There are 4 rooms in the lodge, one of which has a double room for families. Our room was the furthest to the right of the lodge and had a beautiful bedroom and bathroom with a balcony overlooking the path to the watering hole. The indoor and out door shower are great and the bath is huge. We spent the one afternoon we had to ourselves sitting on the balcony looking at the beautiful view and just appreciating where we were.

Your day will result in an early morning and a later afternoon drive. You will grab a coffee before the morning drive (06:00), go out for 3 hours and stop off for coffee and a biscuit (all made by the magnificent chef in the lodge) then back for breakfast which was fantastic. Then you get 3-4 hours to yourself before reconvening about 15:00 for afternoon tea (again the chef excelled herself) off for another drive which includes coffee and cakes, then back to the lodge for dinner. The terrain is varied, there are forests and plains and some areas are extremely hilly.

The food here is amazing, the chef was new when we arrived and was nervous but the pepper soup she made on the second day was one of the best I have tasted and her cakes were fantastic. She also came up with an afternoon tea item which was tortillas with avacado, tomato and onions but served in a totally different way. The breakfasts were very good with a huge choice especially considering we were in the middle of the reserve. One night we had the boma going and it was a lovely atmosphere with great food, another special night on our honeymoon.

Leon manages the lodge but took us out on the drives as their ranger was away. He is a very friendly person who has a lot of experience. Some of my best moments on safari were when Leon was tracking the big cats and he has a wealth of information about the animals and he gave us loads of details that helped our understanding of the different animals. We did see 3 (elephant, rhino and lions) of the big 5 in 2 days, plus hippos, giraffes, water bucks, cheetahs, impala, zebra, secretary birds, klipspringers, jackals, baboons and many more besides.

Arena manages the lodge and the staff and she is the sort of person who makes everyone welcome. She is always around, available for a chat and just makes the lodge a warm and friendly place to be. The two make the perfect hosting couple and have the interests of their guests at heart. One of the many advantages of visiting a small lodge came clear on the first morning when we were tracking lions. Leon just called back to the lodge to say we were going to be late for breakfast and we stayed out longer looking for animals.

A couple of bits of information. This is in the middle of the reserve and there are no fences up so animals can wander around at any moment, so you are taken to bed at night. There is a plung pool and a gym for the more enthusiastic of you however we decided to just relax. The only complaint I would have is that when we booked I should have been told how much I would love it and that 2 days was not enough you need to book 3 at least. This was the highlight of our honeymoon because of the people we stayed with, the food, the location, the views, the staff and most of all Leon and Arena. Although we try not to go back and we were recommended to try other reserves I would go back here and I could easily spend weeks just looking at the views.

All I can say is although it is not cheap, if you want a great safari go here you will not regret it.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2010

great game guide and game drives where we saw the "big 5"

an incredibile staff who made our visit enjoyable and totally relaxing. delicious food completed our stay .

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 30, 2009

This was our first trip to south Africa and I'm so glad we came to mhondoro. First, the animal viewing is out of this world and the guide, Sylvester is extremely knowledgeable, flexible and just a lovely person. He knows exactly where to go to find the different animals and almost has this 6th sense of where they'll be and when. We saw the big 7 - hippo, giraffe, elephant, rhino, leopard, bison, lion plus, of course, about a million wart hogs, wildebeast, zebras etc

Second, the accomodations are lovely. We had the family suite with two bedrooms, baths, sitting area and deck (with jacuzzi!). The outdoor shower was terrific, great toiletries, comfy beds etc

Third, the food! Was delicious. The day starts with a continental spread at 6 am before the first game drive, then a full breakfast upon return, a heavy tea around 4 before the afternoon game drive followed by drinks and dinner on return.

Finally, the staff was just incredible. Warm, friendly, just about the most lovely people you'll ever meet. They made our trip!!!

  • Stayed October 2009
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Reviewed May 1, 2009

What an incredible place. We went for two nights over the Easter weekend and what a treat. By far and away the best game lodge I have been to in South Africa. We were a group of four and took the large suite, with two rooms and a jacuzzi. What could be better than having a jacuzzi and looking across the watering hole.

Sylvester and Melvin were wonderful drivers and trackers. Precious and her team cooked us delicious meal after delcious meal. Everything is included in the price, so you can be as indulgent as you want.

If you are lucky, you get to eat dinner in the boma around the bonfire.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2008

It is our favourite game lodge in the Waterberg. We've been there twice and will go back !! The people are very friendly, the food is very delicious, and the rooms are well decorated and taste full. What I love the most about Mhondoro is that they make you fell at home. You can go into the kitchen and get yourself something to eat, you can pour your self a drink at any time of the day. Eveything is included. And their high tea is very nice. There is a lovely lounge at the main are just to sit in front of the fireplace, have a glass of red wine and relax. The rooms also have fireplaces so when get back after the drive it's nice and hot inside the room. If you are a family they've got a nice unit with 2 bed rooms with their own en suite bathroom, small lounge are and a Jacuzzi. I can say with all confidence that this is a place for everyone who loves the bush!!

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  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Mhondoro Game Lodge
Address: | R517 towards Thabazimbi, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Mhondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mhondoro Game Lodge is a luxury 5-star accommodation in Welgevonden Game Reserve, a malaria-free and Big 5 game reserve in Limpopo, South Africa. Its main lodge and private villa have recently been rebuilt and the interior of its suites have been refurbished, offering a tasteful mix of African chic and contemporary design. The luxurious, child-friendly lodge has quickly become famous for its new underground waterhole hide, connected to the main lodge by a tunnel, offering an easy, safe and above all unique opportunity to be amongst the animals drinking at the waterhole in front of the lodge. Mhondoro is the only 5-star safari lodge that has this feature. Mhondoro is family friendly yet private and quiet to accommodate small groups to relax and explore the abundantly present wildlife during game drives. For those who prefer to indulge in ultimate relaxation or work up some sweat, the spa and gym are at your disposal, including a team of qualified and experienced beauty therapists. The pool, sauna, bar and lounge are available for all guests during the whole day. Mhondoro is located a 2 hour and 45 minutes' drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, making it the perfect safari destination for those who arrive in South Africa in Johannesburg. Even quicker is travelling by a small plane - it not only takes you there in less than an hour, but it also offers an amazing experience flying over the Welgevonden Game Reserve as you approach the runway. ... more   less 
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