- Tel: +27 (0)12 991 6930
- Mobile: +27 (0)79 427 6333
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.morningsun.co.za
- Address: Entrance is 16km north of Louis Trichardt on the N1 to Musina, Louis Trichardt, Limpopo, 0920, South Africa
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Mashovhela Lodge - Morning Sun Nature Reserve
Mashovhela Lodge is situated in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve - a natural heritage site in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountains in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The lodge offers guests the chance to explore the nature reserve with a local guide, with trails winding through indigenous forests, along streams, past waterfalls to the sacred Mashovela rock pool. With more than 540 species of birds recorded on the reserve, it is a birding hotspot.
The theme of the Lodge is based on the Venda Culture and all the materials and patterns used in the rooms are sources from local artisans. The award winning Drumbeat restaurant serves delicious pan-African cuisine and dinners are accompanies by the sound of beating drums and a performance by local Venda dancers. Accommodation is in 10 en-suite, dome-shaped chalets resembling Venda huts. The lodge also has a safari tent and a hammock camp where you can sleep under the southern night sky in order to experience a unique stargazing adventure.
Mashovhela Lodge strives to minimise impact on the environment, spread benefits throughout the local economy and promote community wellbeing. The lodge is entirely detached from Eskom's power-grid and in order to minimise the emission of greenhouse gases, the lodge runs on alternative, renewable and sustainable energy. Their hot water is heated by solar energy, supplemented by (alien) wood-fired boilers. For electricity they rely on photovoltaic solar energy, supplemented by diesel generators.
Mashovhela Lodge is aware of the negative impact that tourism can create and are committed to spreading the benefits of tourism to previously disadvantaged communities by sharing their skills and knowledge, connecting communities with opportunities, funding and facilitation. The lodge also has a local community development element to it, through employment of lodge staff and dancers, education and supporting local arts and craft producers.