South African Lodges
Welgevonden Game Reserve
South Africa
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Mhondoro Lodge Reviews & Information

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The Mhondoro Game Lodge in malaria free, 'Big Five' Welgevonden Game Reserve of South Africa's Limpopo Province.  The drive from Johannesburg to the lodge takes about 3 and a half hours while direct access to the reserve's airstrip by private charter plane is also available.  Upon arrival at the Main Gate of the Welgevonden Game Reserve, guests are welcomed with snacks and drinks before being transferred to the lodge.

The lodge's beautiful chalets overlook the waterhole and adjacent plains, alongside the ridge. Each cottage provides its elegant sense of style and décor, designed to make guests feel pampered, spoiled and extraordinary.  Large double sliding doors lead onto the private viewing sundeck. The en-suite bathrooms at Mhondoro have a choice of the indoor shower and a hippo-sized bathtub.

Room types:

  • Deluxe Suite
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Executive Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Family Suite
  • The Villa.

The chalets are spacious and offer a beautiful viewing deck which invites a relaxing time watching the animals meander past.  The en-suite bathrooms offer showers and bathtubs while the outdoor showers complete the luxury of the chalets.

Chalet features:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower and bath
  • Outside Shower
  • Verandah balcony /deck
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Safe and fan
  • Dressing gowns
  • Pure cotton linen
  • Hair dryer
  • Minibar
  • Mosquito nets.

Facilities and Services

Ideal for couples, honeymooners as well as families travelling with children alike, the lodge features an outdoor swimming pool from which scenic bushveld views can be admired. Weather permitting, meals are served on the large, wooden deck or in the boma which makes for unforgettable dining experiences. Rejuvenating spa treatments can be enjoyed in the wellness centre while the energetic guests may continue their exercise routine in the well-equipped fitness centre.


  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Dining venues
  • Bar
  • Kiddies Club
  • Business Centre
  • Secure parking   
  • Gym
  • Yoga venue
  • Health and beauty spa
  • Star deck.


  • Mobile connectivity
  • 24-hour security
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Babysitting
  • Travel Desk
  • Transfers and Airport shuttle
  • Concierge services.


Thrilling game viewing activities await guests during a stay at this five-star lodge in Welgevonden.  Game drives are enjoyed in the early mornings and the late afternoon/evenings while adventurous walking safaris are also on offer.  Enjoy close encounters with lions, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo, rhinos as well as zebras, giraffes and zebras to name but a few of the reserve's many animals.

Refreshing sundowners and snacks are served during evening game drives. The game rangers, who are all fully qualified, usually choose magnificent spots such as at the top of the mountain ridge where one can stand and stare at the majestic beauty and enjoy an excellent South African Chardonnay. For those early morning drives, hot drinks and snacks are available for all guests to keep them nice and warm.


  • Game viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Spa treatments
  • Yoga
  • Fitness.

Spa & Wellness

The health and beauty spa, which is adjacent to the main lodge, provides a tranquil and secluded paradise for pure relaxation.  Dedicated spa therapists provide a wide choice of treatments which include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages as well as aromatherapy, manicures and pedicures. 

Two massage beds can be placed on the private deck or inside depending on the guest's preferences.  The outdoor deck st this exclusive wellness retreat features an open-air bath, where guests may relax in the heart of nature overlooking the waterhole.

Star Deck

The star deck at the lodge offers an exceptional vantage point from which to admire the vast African sky by night.  View the constellations of the southern hemisphere from the elevated wooden deck which offers custom-made seating.  These different seats are equipped with seat backs angled at 45 degrees which allow for easy star-spotting.  The high-powered telescope is connected to a sophisticated computer programme which allows for an exciting, detailed search of the cosmos.

Kids on Safari at Mhondoro

Known for its child-friendliness, kids enjoy swimming, playing in the safe, secluded playground (protective elephant fence) as well as exploring the bush on thrilling bush walks.  The spacious Family Suite, as well as the exclusive-use Villa, are ideal for families.

Family accommodation:

  • Family Suite (four guests)
  • The Villa (six guests).

The Family Suite accommodates four guests in its two bedrooms.  It features a shared bathroom, a lounge as well as a dining area.  From the private viewing deck, guests enjoy beautiful views over the waterhole.  A separate building, this suite offers direct access to all the facilities of the main lodge within short walking distance.

Guests who prefer exclusivity, the villa is most ideally suited.  Meals and selected local drinks are served here while Villa guests enjoy their own, private pool, gym and yoga room as well as their safari vehicle with a personal ranger, a private chef, a private butler and housekeeping staff.  Accommodating a family of six, it features a master suite and two additional bedrooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck


Dining at the Mhondoro Lodge

Mhondoro Lodge offers a unique culinary experience. A full and delicious breakfast consists of freshly baked bread, muffins and other treats. Afternoon teas offer mouth-watering home-made sweets and savories while the three-course dinners are different each day.

Some meals take the form of a traditional South African braai in the open air boma. Mhondoro offers a wide choice of wines, many from excellent local vineyards, which are chosen by the owner with the utmost care. Mhondoro Lodge has featured an excellent recipe book of all the kitchen secrets which is available for guests.

Spa Facilities

The spa at Mhondoro is a sanctuary for body and mind. Professional staff pamper guests, allowing one to experience total relaxation.

Spa treatments include:

  • Massages
  • Feet treatments
  • Hot stone therapy
  • Facials

Wildlife activities

Mhondoro is the ideal venue for game drives and bush walks. During the game drives the Rangers will pull up at a pleasant spot for a refreshing cup of coffee or tea and delicious home-made treats or a sunset cocktail and typical African snacks, like biltong.

The bush walks and excursions are led by qualified rangers, each with their own specialization. Some specialize in the ‘Big Five’ while others track the ‘Little Five’: the wild elephant shrew, the leopard tortoise, the rhinoceros beetle, the buffalo weaver and the ant lion.

There is an additional option of organizing a visit to the Bushman paintings. This trip takes you back to when Welgevonden was home to the San tribe.


The Spa & Wellness Centre also houses a fully equipped gym with a steam room.

  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Gym
  • Hotel Bar
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
Baby Facility

Babysitting can be arranged for guests before arrival. This service is on offer for an additional fee.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • Please take note of the following children's policy at the Mhondoro Game Lodge:

    Parents are kindly asked to sit with their children on game drives.

    Children of 8 years and older, can accompany parents in the morning & evening game drives.

    Children must adhere to the Rangers instructions. Should they not adhere to the Rangers instructions, safety on the drive may be compromised, and the drive will be concluded. The child/children will not be permitted on future drives.

    No children under the age of 8 years are allowed on the game drives. While parents are on the morning game drive; the children will be entertained by the lodge staff, who will do fun 'Wild Africa' activities.

    If the entire lodge is booked by a family, or they are the only guests booked, all the children will be permitted to accompany the family on the game drives. However, the Rangers cannot go to dangerous sightings with very young children, and this will be discussed with the family by the Rangers.

    The above policy is not to inconvenience parents, but to ensure that the guest's safety and enjoyment are not compromised. 

    Please note that the Lodge is not surrounded by an electric fence, and has high decks with no children safety rails.

Children Activities
  • For the children, a special kids’ corner can be found in the lounge where children can play and let their imagination run riot on the Lego table.

Available Rooms

Deluxe Suite

# Rooms:

Deluxe Suite feature:

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom en-suite
  • Private viewing deck.
Single Room R7350
Double Room R9810

Honeymoon Suite

# Rooms:

Honeymoon Suite features:

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom en-suite
  • Private viewing deck with daybed
  • Spa-Pool.
Single Room R8270
Double Room R11020

2 Bedroom Executive Suite

# Rooms:

2 Bedroom Executive Suite feature:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Lounge
  • Fire place
  • 2 bedrooms each en-suite
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private viewing deck.
Single Room R19290
Double Room R19290

2 Bedroom Family Suite

# Rooms:

2 Bed Family Suite feature:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Family lounge
  • Dining area
  • 2 bedrooms with shared bathroom
  • Private viewing deck.
Single Room R13870
Double Room R13870


Villa feature:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Family lounge
  • Dining area
  • 2 bedrooms with shared bathroom
  • Private viewing deck.
Single Room R39270
Double Room R39270

Mhondoro Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Spend a 4 night stay Sunday - Thursday at the Mhondoro Lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, and only pay for 3 nights. Receive one night for free. This offer is valid May, June and July 2018 and May and June 2019, but only applicable to midweek bookings.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, all meals, teas & coffees, soft drinks, local branded beers and hand-select house wines. Two safari activities per day, including game drives in open vehicles or walking safaris with Mhondoro guide. Return scheduled transfers from Welgevonden Reserve Main Gate or Welgevonden Airstrip to Mhondoro Game Lodge.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Premium brands and additional reserve wines available from the temperature controlled wine cellar at the Main Lodge.
  • Additional transfers outside the normal hours of 12h30 – 13h00 at Welgevonden Main gate or Welgevonden Airstrip to Mhondoro Game Lodge charges at R1000.00 per vehicle and might interfere with the first afternoon game drive depending on how much later the guests arrive.
  • Spa treatments at our exclusive dedicated spa suite with a big deck and views over the waterhole.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Conservation Levy: R130.00 per person per day

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid May, June and July 2018 and May and June 2019; subject to avaialbility
  • Only valid midweek Sunday - Thursday
  • Minimum 4 night stay
  • Cannot be combined with any other specials
  • Subject to availability
  • Not valid for the villa

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What I loved about Mhondoro lodge was the unspoiled African bushveld ranging from rocky outcrops where the leopards watch from their hidden crevices to wide open savannah where the herds of Zebra, Wildebeest and Impala abound.

I had a great time in the bush.





I liked the paths at Mhomdoro which offer a tantalizing glimpses of the waterhole which is situated just in front of the game lodge.

I had a great braai in the open air boma around a wood fire under the African skies.

Was great.

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.339142

Longitude: 27.806993


1. Keep on the N1 North from Johannesburg towards Pretoria
2. Come off the N1 at the Kranskop Toll Plaza
3. Turn left and continued straight on the R517 towards Thabazimbi
4. The Welgevonden Main Gate is 26km from Vaalwater on the left-hand side
5. Clients will be collected at the Main Gate of the Welgevonden


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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