About Mopane Bush Lodge
Mopane Bush Lodge is a small bush retreat, graded a 4-Star luxury lodge, of African Renaissance design. Nestled in the Mopane bushveld, it is at Mapungubwe, the most northerly point of South Africa. Come and experience the “real Africa" part of South Africa. The lodge is tranquil, quiet, and peaceful and managed by the owners who give the guests their personal attention.
Mopane Bush Lodge is the ideal stopover when touring the northern part of South Africa, and particularly when traveling between Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and the Kruger National Park or the Tzaneen area in South Africa. The lodge is 2 hours from Kruger National Park and ˝ hour from Mashatu in Botswana. There are other properties in the area, which offer complimentary activities and attractions, making traveling to the northern end of South Africa very rewarding.
Eight secluded twin-bedded thatched chalets with en-suite bathroom, each situated in their own kraal with an exclusive veranda and an additional outdoor shower. All chalets have an uninterrupted view over the mopane bushveld to the distant horizon, with no view of any other building or development.
The spacious bedrooms are designed for a relaxed stay in luxurious comfort, with top quality mattresses and bedding, generous cupboard space, safe in each room, hair dryer, good lighting over a large mirror at the dressing table and at the bedside tables and a laundry service. There is a tea/coffee station in every room. The bathrooms have spacious showers, large thirsty towels, good lighting over the basin with a large mirror and shelf space on each side and an 110v/220v shaver plug.
One of the chalets is wheel chair friendly.
On a warm valley day, cool off in the sparkling pool with waterfall and martini seat beside the bar. A comfortable lounge with a small library provides the ideal retreat for those leisurely moments, with a fireplace for the wintry nights.
Shelters are available for all guests vehicles.
Delicious meals, simply prepared, are served in our spacious dining room, in the boma around the fire under the brilliant southern night sky, in the lapa around the pool or in the bush. The boma, lapa and pool areas are served by an outside bar. Any special dietary requirements can be catered for if informed with the reservation.
Due to the seclusion of the chalets, they are not ideally suited to accommodate young children. However, children can be accommodated on the understanding that sleeping in bunk beds or cots in the chalets with parents is a compromise.
Attractions & Activities
We arrange and take our guests to any of these attractions and activities as requested. Refreshments are included on all excursions.
Mapesu Nature Reseve
Mopane Bush Lodge is situated on Mapesu Nature Reserve, a 6000-hectare game farm in the Limpopo Valley. This Nature Reserve is a safe environment for walking, cycling, birding, game tracking and driving in the bush either self guided or with a guide. The Reserve is home to many species of game (no dangerous animals) and birds, and a variety of trees and shrubs, some of which are endemic to the area. Rates include all activities such as guided drives or walks on Mapesu Nature Reserve.
Mapungubwe National Park
A new National Park with spectacular views of the Limpopo River, dramatic scenery, spectacular sandstone cliffs, riverine forests with elephants and other wildlife. Also available is an elevated boardwalk through the forest to a hide overlooking the Limpopo River and viewing decks with an awesome experience overlooking the confluence of the Limpopo & Shashe Rivers where Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa meet.
Mapungubwe World Heritage Site
A tour to Mapungubwe Hill, the site of the first African Kingdom which reached its climax in the 13th Century, pre-dating Great Zimbabwe. This is where gold and other artifacts found here prove the kingdom traded with China, India and the Arabic countries of the east in the 13th Century. The home of the famed “Golden Rhino”, South Africa’s crown jewels.
Limpopo San Art
Enjoy and have an interpretation of special Limpopo San rock art, the art of the San people who lived here up to 4000 years ago.
Go birding in one of South Africa’s best birding areas, with over 400 species to be seen, identified and enjoyed.