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Mashovhela Bush Lodge Bed & Breakfast Accommodation In Makhado (Louis Trichardt)

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of Mashovhela Lodge in Morning Sun Nature Reserve, tucked away in a steep valley, surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops where Black Eagles nest. This Natural Heritage Site is situated in the scenic, malaria free Soutpansberg Mountains.

Be revitalized by the natural beauty and the Venda culture of dance, drums, secret forests and lakes, unique mythology and the magic of the sacred Mashovhela rock pool, "Place where the drums beat".

Let our warm and friendly staff pamper you whilst you relax in our cozy Venda style lodge, which is recognized for its eco-friendly principles, sustainable energy usage at an affordable rate.

Our 10 intimate en-suite chalets have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly units.
The call of bush babies and the hooting of Owls will break the silence of the night whilst you stretch out on our luxurious "king size" or twin beds.

From your own private veranda surrounded by "magube" walls you can enjoy a cocktail, whilst watching the Black Eagles returning to their nest.

Experience a wide variety of traditional and exciting new flavours in our pan-African cuisine in an ethnic environment

Our excellent service and warm atmosphere is culturally inspired and will make the dining experiences a special occasion to remember.

The restaurant, terrace, boma and even the bush, as well as the fully licensed bar guarantees not only variations in food, fine South African wines, cocktails or a drink of your choice, but a different setting for various occasions.

The memorable dinners start as the sunsets and the drums call you to our African boma to join in a Venda dance to honour the chef for the creative and delicious meal to be served.

Be one of the few to enjoy the solitude of 4000 ha (10 000 acres) of untouched bush in this eco-friendly environment.

Explore and discover the natural beauty and wonders of this natural heritage site. From the spectacular scenic Soutpansberg Mountains and valleys, streams and rock pools, diverse wildlife and plant species to past cultural mythology.

Walk freely through the reserve and study the diversity of plants and trees, variety of antelope and other mammals, and the abundance of birds. Join our resident Venda guide who will share his knowledge of this intricate ecosystem and share stories of his people and their use of nature in a sustainable and responsible manner for medicines and food.

According to Venda tradition King Thohoiyanda mysteriously disappeared with his sacred drum. Neither were ever seen again. Legend has it that the drum can sometimes be heard in the echoes of the cliffs surrounding Mashovhela pool.

Listen for the beat of King Thohoiyanda's drum at Mashovhela rock pool, the second most sacred place in Venda folklore.

Venture into silent mystical indigenous forests and to hidden lakes of Venda not general advertised to tourists with our registered Venda guide.


  • Won the SA Tourism Welcome Award: Best Lodge 2009/2010
  • We won and Imvelo Award: Single Best resource management program: Energy
  • SA Natural Heritage Programme: 1988
  • Gold leaf : 2009
  • TGCSA 3 Star grading: From 2009
  • BirdLife South Africa - Birder Friendly: From 2009
  • Welcome award: 2010
  • Imvelo Award for responsible tourism : 2010
  • BAOBAB - Bush Banquet - Best Waitrons/ Service: 2010
  • Salt Shaker Finalist of the year: 2011
  • South African - Hidden Treasure - Experience & Craft 2011
  • Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTITSA): 2012

Payment Options:
Cash on arrival
EFT / Bank Transfer

Air conditioner (some units)
Airport transfers
Babysitting service
Bar/cocktail lounge
Bird watching
Braai / barbecue - communal and onsite
Car hire (less than 20km)
Communal pool
Communal TV lounge
Conference venue onsite
DSTV in communal area
Electronic safe
Flat screen TV
Free Wi Fi
Guided nature walks
Internet facilities
Laundry facilities (less than 2km)
Laundry facilities onsite
Linen & towels provided
Lock-up safe
Malaria free
Nature trail (less than 10km)
Nature trail (less than 2km)
Nature trail onsite
Outdoor pool
Packed lunches
Parking all onsite
Personal safe in all rooms
Picnic basket
Private entrance - outside rooms
Restaurant (walking distance)
Restaurant onsite
Room service
Tea / coffee making facilities
Television in communal area
Wi-fi / hotspot

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Rates valid until 29 February 2020
  • Budget Chalet and Safari Tent Bed Only
  • Per person sharing bed only: R400.00 pp
  • Single person: R650.00 pp
  • Child under 12 years: R200.00 pp
  • Standard Chalets, Family Chalets and Group chalets bed only: R870.00 pp
  • Single person: R1025.00 pp
  • Children: R435.00 pp

Hammock Camp: R230.00 pp (no meals included)

  • Continental and English breakfast: R120.00 pp
  • 2 Course lunch: R110.00 pp
  • 3 Course dinner: R210.00 pp
  • Children 3 - 12 years gets a half portion and pays 50 % of the adult rate
  • A la carte menu also available
Rates valid from 01 March 2020 - 28 February 2021
  • Budget Chalet and Safari Tent bed only: R430.00 pp
  • Single per person rate: R695.00 pp
  • Children 3+ - 12 years: R230.00 pp
  • Standard chalets, Family Chalets and Group Chalets: R930.00 pp
  • Single per person rate: R1095.00 pp
  • Children 3+ - 12 years: R465.00 pp

Hammock Camp: R245.00 pp (no meals included)

  • Continental and English breakfast: R130 pp
  • 2 Course lunch: R120.00 pp
  • 3 Course dinner: R225.00 pp
  • Children 3+ - 12 years gets a half portion and pays 50 % of the adult rates
  • A la carte menu also available
Branch: Master