Morning Sun Nature Reserve is situated in the Soutpansberg Mountains of the Limpopo Province, close to Louis Trichardt / Makhado. Due to its convenient location, it is an ideal relaxing stop over en route to and from Botswana, Zimbabwe, northern Kruger National Park and the Mapungubwe National Park.
Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Morning Sun Nature Reserve, sited between cliffs where Black Eagles nest. This Natural Heritage Site is situated in the scenic, malaria-free Soutpansberg Mountains of the Limpopo Province .
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.
Let our warm and friendly staff pamper you whilst you relax in our cosy Venda-style lodge, which is recognized for its eco-friendly principles and sustainable energy usage all at an affordable rate.
The reserve is home to two camps:
(1) Mashovhela Bush Lodge which is a family friendly, award winning eco-Lodge for an authentic Venda- culture experience. Unwind in our unique Hammock camp at our Waterfall in our malaria free Morning Sun Nature Reserve which is a Natural heritage site. Experience beautiful relaxing Walking trails, perfect for Butterflies and Birding.
(2) Lokhovhela Mountain Cottages which are situated at a high altitude where the malaria carrying mosquito cannot survive. We have had no incidence of malaria and are regarded as a malaria free destination.
(3) Two Hammock Camps - Away from the lodge there are 2 x 10 persons hammock camps at the small waterfall, which allow for a unique experience to sleep under the amazing southern night sky with paraffin lamps, nested within issued sleeping bags and protected by insect nets.
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 by the Venda people and will make the dining experiences a special occasion to remember.
The Drumbeat Restaurant, terrace, boma and selected sites in the bush, as well as the fully licensed bar guarantee not only variations in food, fine South African wines, cocktails or a drink of your choice, but a choice of settings for various occasions.
Beautiful year round weather allows you the opportunity to breakfast in the bush at one of many archaeological sites or shadowed beneath a magnificent old, Baobab tree. An individualized lunch can be planned according to the day’s activities.
The memorable dinners start as the sun sets 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 under the star filled sky.
Our exceptional hospitality is typical of the Venda-culture and has won a Welcome award for best lodge by South African Tourism. The lodge is also accredited with two of South Africa’s highest awards for Eco-tourism and has been graded with 3 stars.
Conference & Function Venues - This multi-purpose venue set in unspoilt natural surroundings makes it the ideal facility for any occasion, corporate or private. Your next out-of-office corporate event can be both professional, satisfying and enjoyable. Flexibility in the bush is the key to successful conferencing, team building, inspiring and revitalizing your staff.
From weddings and anniversaries to celebrating birthdays, your special occasion can be arranged to reflect your unique needs to ensure a memorable occurrence.
Explore the natural beauty of the Soutpansberg, experience the Venda culture or simply relax at the tranquil lodge’s swimming pool. Activities on the reserve include: Nature Hikes and Walking Safaris. Guided Walks and Drives. Venda Dancing & Drumming.
Nature Walks. Guided Walks and Scenic Drives. Venda Village Visit. Venda Cultural Tour. Venda Arts & Crafts Tour. Star Gazing. Horse Trails. Hammock Camp. Birding.
Messina 79 km
Pietersburg 108 km
Potgietersrus 167 km
Thohoyandou 73 km
Tzaneen 123 km
En-suite Safari tent with a double bed and separate section with 2 single beds. Private outdoor sitting area. Walking distance from the Main Lodge.
Each chalet with an en-suite bathroom. Each unit can be made up with a king size bed or 2 single beds, with a further side bed/couch that can be utilised. (3 beds each). Each double chalet has also got a sharing 2 single bed loft (for children older than 10 years) as well as one common veranda and its own enclosed garden court.
En-suite with a king size bed or by arrangement 2 single beds. A bed/couch with one mattress is available for children. Each chalet has its own veranda and enclosed garden court. A total of 3 beds. ( A loft for one extra child can be arranged.)
S: 29° 55’ 46”
E: 22° 56’ 90”
From Gauteng - Drive North on the N1 (Toll road) towards Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg). Just before Polokwane (about 10km) lookout for the road sign indicating N1 Louis Trichardt (as the sign boards keep changing here also look out for Mussina, Makhado, Tzaneen and Giyani) and take the off ramp. As you progress around Polokwane, keep following the signs to Louis Trichardt, Makhado or Musina. Passing Polokwane you will be on the N1 to Louis Trichardt and a sign board indicates Louis Trichardt 102 Km. In Makhado/Louis Trichardt drive straight, passing two 4Way stops. Continue North passing a traffic circle. Set your odometer to 0 to measure 16km. Pass Ingwe Ranch (from here you have 2 km to go).Pass the 120kmh speed sign and indicate to turn LEFT. At MASHOVHELA LODGE (MORNING SUN NATURE RESERVE) sign board turn left and enter our gate. Follow the sand road and signs for 4km until you end up at the Lodge.