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About Mashovhela Bush Lodge

Unwind in the tranquil atmosphere of our intimate and unique Venda styled lodge surrounded by African bush.

Tucked away in a steep valley, surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops, on the site of an abandoned Venda settlement, lies our small lodge which gets its name from the sacred Mashovhela rock pool, "Place where the drums beat". Be pampered by our warm and friendly staff that offer excellent, attentive and concerning service. Our 10 cozy rooms, restaurant, cocktail bar, conference venue, boma, swimming pool, arts and crafts shop where all built to minimize the ecological footprint and are run on a sustainable energy program. Mashovhela Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in the Louis Trichardt and Soutpansberg Area.

Relax in our unique ethnically decorated chalets that evoke a special Venda village atmosphere.

Our 10 intimate en-suite chalets, decorated by Ingrid Hahn, have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly units. The call of bush babies, the hooting of Giant Eagle Owls and chirping of cicadas and frogs 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 under the African sun, whilst watching the Black Eagles returning to their nest.

Wedding Venues: Can accommodate up to 60 people. We quote according to your individual requirements.

Conference Venues: We can accommodate up to 60 delegates. Facilities; Extension cable and adapters, flip chart, paper, screen, data projector, 74 cm TV DVD and Video Player. Personal modems required for internet.

Family friendly: Playground for children, swimming pool, guided and un-guided walking trails, scenic drives.

Romantic: Honeymoon package of four nights with all meals included available with a wide variety of activities included: a scenic drive in an open 4x4 vehicle, a walk to the sacred Mashovhela Rock Pool, three course candle light dinners, Venda dancing.

  • Response Rate: 57%
  • Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Includes: All Meals and Activities
  • Sleeps: 34
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 9 Reviews

Facilities

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Venda (Tshivenda)

Grading

  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Approved
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

The balance is payable 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Payments may be made via bank transfer; cash deposit or credit card.
Regret no cheques.
Sorry not pets allowed.

Room availability and prices

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          Reviews for Mashovhela Bush Lodge

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          Astrid , South Africa
          11 August 2015

          Absolutely beautiful eco lodge!

          Sally Wells, South Africa
          08 December 2014

          Very simple but absolutely meets the needs of a great value bush retreat. Attentive staff, beautiful landscape, soul lifting walks and hikes, comfortable beds, clean, cool chalets, great food. And despite being only 4km off the N1, tucked away in a hidden valley you feel as if you are deep in the bush with only the sounds of birds, insects, monkeys and baboons.

          Wolf Dr. Roland, Germany
          07 March 2013

          We like the area for its outstanding biodiversity. Due to management changes we experienced some problems, but we were granted free beverages for the inconvenience. Generally good value for money.

          Francois Combrinck, South Africa
          02 January 2013

          Service was superb. Great location. Very warm welcome. But...Not having a kettle or minibar in the rooms makes it less than ideal for traveling with toddlers. (I must add that we were initially booked to stay in a safari tent which is even less ideal for toddlers, but we were accommodated in a another room at no extra cost within 20m of arriving.)The place has lots of potential and is set in breathtaking surroundings, but the experience was a bit surreal at times. On NYE the main course of the dinner consisted of rump steak and a big bowl of yellow rice. By 9PM the already unimaginative music...
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          Marlene van der Merwe, South Africa
          28 October 2012

          To the staff and managers, thank you so much for going out of your way to make us feel at home! We will most definitely be back!

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          Mashovhela Bush Lodge Map

          Mashovhela Bush Lodge is 11.4km from the centre of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) , the nearest airport 112.6km (Polokwane Airport).
          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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