This rustic and remote Bush Camp is unfenced, offering visitors enjoy a genuinely down-to- earth African safari experience in this pristine slice of bushveld paradise.
As the only authentic Eco Lodge in Madikwe, Mosetlha Bush Camp is proud to support the Game Reserve’s valued conservation initiative. The Lodge successfully fulfills all ten of the “eco lodge” principles outlined in the acclaimed International Ecolodge Guidelines which is co-written by Hitesh Mehta who has in fact been a guest at Mosetlha.
To ensure visitors receive the staff’s undivided attention, Mosetlha sleeps a maximum of 16 people in nine double cabins.
Each comfortable cabin is slightly raised on a wooden deck with canvas roll-downs on all sides. The cabins are built to offer adjoining or detached double rooms with twin beds and include basic amenities like duvets, pillows, blankets, towels, and oil lamps. As the bush camp is not fenced in, only children aged eight years and older are allowed.
In keeping with its mission to provide a unique eco-tourism destination, and minimise the impact on its surroundings, Mosetlha Bush Camp does not provide mod cons like running water and electricity. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to take cold showers – unless you choose to – as there is a “donkey” boiler for heating water. Nor does it mean you must forfeit your privacy. While the cabins do not feature en-suite bathrooms, the available toilet/shower facilities are discreetly positioned between them.
The heart of Mosetlha Eco Lodge is, without a doubt, the Lapa area where wholesome bush fare is prepared on the open campfire. Also included are tea, coffee, fruit juice, rusks, fruit and snacks throughout the day and on your daily walks and game drives. And drinks are available at a nominal mark up and not the typical “hotel” prices.
And because exploring the diverse wonders and wildlife of Madikwe Game Reserve and escaping real life, if just for a few days, is what a visit to this fabulous Eco Lodge is all about, Mosetlha offers you plentiful game viewing and bird spotting opportunities.
Activities include morning and late afternoon game drives in open 4X4 vehicles – including picturesque sundowner stops and the chance to view the more secretive nocturnal predators and birdlife – and interpretive bush trails in the company of Mosetlha’s highly skilled field guides.
Experience the thrill of the bushveld
Mosetlha captures the essence of a true African safari adventure. The smell of coffee and wood smoke as day breaks. The cry of the crested francolin. The silence of the wilderness in the heat of the day. The welcome shade of a wild fig tree. Watching the sunset over a waterhole while a herd of elephant meanders down to drink. The breathtaking night skies twinkling with stars. The whoop of a hyena or distant roar of lion the only sounds in the darkness. At Mosetlha Bush Camp, you can easily imagine yourself an explorer of old making your way along the ancient Mafikeng Road that passes through Madikwe Game Reserve.
The Ten Eco Lodge Principles:
Helps conserve the surrounding flora and fauna.
Tries to work with the local community.
Offers educational interpretive programs to both its employees and tourists about the surrounding natural and cultural environments.
Uses alternative, sustainable means of water acquisition and reduces water consumption.
Provides for careful handling and disposal of solid waste and sewage.
Meets its energy needs through passive design and renewable energy resources.
Uses traditional building technology and materials wherever possible and combines these with their modern counterparts.
During construction has minimal impact on the natural environment.
Blends with local physical and cultural environment through careful attention to form,
landscaping and colour, as well as the use of local traditional architecture.
Contributes to sustainable local community development through educational programs and research.
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International Visitors Rates
|Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability|
|Details||1 Dec 2017 to 30 Nov 2018|
|Per Person Per Night Sharing||2 595.00|
|Per Person Single||3 095.00|
- Please note that for a 1 night stay over a weekend (Friday or Saturday night) there is an additional charge of R200 per person.
- Please note that the above rates are based on a minimum 2 night stay.
- Mosetlha is a rustic unfenced bush camp they only accommodate children over the age of 8 years.
The camp is unfenced and our guests are accommodated in true safari style in raised wooden cabins set amongst the natural vegetation around a central camp fire and lapa area. Cabins have partly open sides and are arranged in adjoining or detached double rooms with twin beds and simple amenities. Duvets, pillows, blankets and towels are provided by us. Whilst bathrooms are not en suite, they are essentially private fenced toilet/shower complexes are discreetly situated amongst the cabins. We pride ourselves in our bushveld simplicity and do not have mod cons such as electrical power or running water - our showers are safari showers and water is heated through a donkey boiler … so you only have a cold shower if you want one!
It has always been Mosetlha Bush Camp mission to provide an exclusive and unique wilderness experience for our guests, with minimal ecological impact on our surroundings.
Check in time at the Gate is 12.30 and you will be directed from there to the NWPTB Administration Offices where you will park your car and one of our guides will meet you and bring you back to the Camp to start your Mosetlha Experience! On arrival at the Camp you will find lunch ready for you and you can unpack and settle in. That afternoon you'll be taken on your first game drive. (Leaving time varies depending on the time of year from about between 3.00 in mid winter to 4.30 in the heat of summer.)
Our professional, qualified field guides will take you out into the Reserve in our open 4x4 vehicles where you will have the chance to see the Big Five, the endangered wild dog, cheetah, a multitude of plains game and over 340 species of birds. You’ll be out for about 4 hours and half way through you'll stop at a picturesque spot for drinks and snacks at sunset. After dark, spot lights are used to ensure that you are able to witness our more secretive, nocturnal animal and bird life. Upon your return, a wholesome and traditionally cooked dinner will be waiting for you. After this, you can take your drinks or coffee to the camp fire and share your experiences of the day before collapsing into bed, to sleep as you can only do in the silence of the bush, under the stars.
The next morning we'll wake you up for a quick cup of coffee and an early morning start. (Here again, times vary between a 5am wake up call on the hot summer mornings and as late as 7.30 when it’s colder.) There is always a game drive available in the mornings to find the big and hairies and sometimes (depending upon various factors such as weather, veld conditions etc) it is possible to offer a guided bush walk, which is not strenuous but rather interpretive. This is the time to experience the wonders of the flora and fauna, insects and birds that Madikwe has to offer. (See our Gallery for some amazing photographs of wild flowers and insects taken by our guests.) In the summer when you get back you'll have a quick breakfast (toast, cereals and muesli, yoghurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs and cheese) and time for a shower and a rest before lunch, then some more chill out time read your book, do some bird spotting at the little water holes we have around the camp, or have an afternoon nap. Then it's time for the afternoon drive. During the winter months, we do a big cooked brunch and lighter afternoon high tea of soup, sandwiches and muffins just before your game drive.
On your day of departure, after your morning game activity, you come home to the camp for breakfast. We then take you back to your car at around midday for your return trip home (where it's back to real life after a few days of fabulous game viewing and serious relaxation, taking with you lots of photographs and some wonderful memories.
Madikwe Game Reserve is located in South Africa’s North West Province with Botswana as our northern border. It is about a 3½ to 4 hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, either via Zeerust or via Sun City.
From the Airport, get on to the R21 heading towards Pretoria – After about 15 - 20 minutes you join the N1 Pretoria. You travel through Centurion and after about 10 - 15 minutes, you’ll see a sign N4 Rustenburg – follow this sign. There are 2 toll roads over the next half hour. Now you’re on the N4, you can either continue straight and follow the Rustenburg/Zeerust route, or you can take the Sun City/Pilanesburg turn off and go that way.
- Accommodation, all meals per day, two activities a day (game drives), snacks on your drives and emergency medical evacuation insurance.
- Rates displayed are subject to change without prior notice.
The things you will need to bring "pocket money" for are:
- The Reserve Entrance Fee per person once off (subject to change without prior notice), which we collect from you on behalf of North West Parks and Tourism Board.
- Please note that this fee is subject to change without prior notice.
- Alcoholic and Soft Drinks. As regards drinks, we sell a reasonable selection of beers, wines, spirits, fizzy drinks and mineral water.
- Mosetlha branded clothing.
- Staff gratuities.
Check In | Check Out
- Please note that arrival time at the gate is at 12h30 and check out time is around midday. (Please don't arrive at the Reserve Gates before 12h30 as the lodge is unable to accommodate you before then.)
- If you arrive later than 12h30, you run the risk of missing the afternoon/evening game drive.
- If you are not at the gate by 18h00 in the evening, the North West Parks Board have said that no guests are permitted to drive in the Reserve unless they are escorted in - this is mainly for safety reasons.
- However, arriving at this time there is an additional charge of R 250.00 (subject to change) per vehicle as a ranger will have to meet you at the Reserve Gate and escort you to the North West Parks Board Office which is where you leave your vehicle during your stay.
- In order to secure a booking we require a 50% deposit on confirmation and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
- For bookings made within 30 days of travel, the full payment is required on confirmation.
- In the event of cancellation more than 30 days before the date of your stay, all monies paid will be refunded except for 10% of the total booking value as an administration fee. If accommodation is booked for a date less than 30 days after the booking date, the full amount is payable at the time of booking and only 50% will be refunded in the event of a subsequent cancellation. Once again, your booking is not confirmed until payment is received.
- Please note that no refund can be made in the event of cancellation less than seven (7) clear calendar days before the booked date of arrival.
- Levies are inclusive of VAT and subject to change without prior notice. They will be charged by the respective lodge to the guest's overall bill and paid at check-out.