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  • Authentically themed luxury lodge blends its Venda stylings elegantly into the surroundings
  • High standard of accommodation in a wonderfully remote corner of the country
  • Breathtaking vistas abound in the mountainous nature reserve with walking trails and roaming game

Leshiba Wilderness

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

51km from Louis Trichardt

 

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At a beautiful nature reserve at the top of the mystical Soutpansberg mountains in Limpopo, internationally-renowned Venda artists Noria Mabasa and Thomas Kubayi were called on to replicate an authentic traditional village that treats guests to a luxury lodge experience with a difference.

The lodge features sculpted clay walls and depictions of people and animals, creating a unique African feel that is accentuated by thatched roofs and tasteful traditional decorations.

Radiating out from a central area with a swimming pool, lounge and open fireplace, the mazy Venda Village Lodge offers the Marula and Lemon Tree double rooms with Queen-size beds, as well the Mbeki and Noria twin rooms, which can be converted into King rooms.

Each room has a magical open-air bathroom featuring a huge oval bath with views over the mountains and bushveld, along with a shower and outdoor shower. Solo travellers can choose to stay in the equally attractive Wild Plum single room.

Coming with King-size beds, the Mwedzi and Dhuva luxury suites are exceptionally private and each features its own plunge pool, patio and braai area with stunning views over the reserve. The bathroom has a double shower to go with the oval bath and outdoor shower. While the rest of the rooms are only available on a full board basis, the luxury suites have a lounge and a fully-equipped kitchen that allows the option of self-catering.

Larger self-catering groups can stay at the secluded Hamasha Bush Camp, an exclusive-use camp surrounded by magnificent cliffs and mountains. The camp comprises two units with two double bedrooms each, along with a kitchen, fireplace-warmed lounge, braai area and outdoor showers. There is no cellphone signal, while the camp can only be reached with a high clearance vehicle, making it ideal for nature lovers who want to explore the reserve.

A network of 12 well-marked hiking trails winds through the reserve’s lush gorges, mountains and bushveld plains, which guests are welcome to explore at their leisure. Keep an eye out for giraffes, rhino and other wildlife, and cool off in beautiful river rock pools. There are also several scenic bush tracks for mountain bikers to enjoy, while horseback safaris on Leshiba’s hardy Nooitgedacht Ponies will delight riders. 

On the guided game drives and walks, guests can encounter more of the area’s fauna and flora, and night drives may reveal a host of rare nocturnal creatures such as leopard, African wild cat, brown hyena and pangolins. The Soutpansberg is also the only place in the country which offers the chance to see all five of South Africa’s primates, including the lesser and thick-tailed bushbabies, samango and vervet monkeys and chacma baboons.

The guided archaeological trail will take participants to seven Bushman and Khoe Khoe rock art sites, varying from between 200 and 2000 years old, providing a fascinating insight into the past.  

An illuminating stargazing trip with an astronomy guide is the perfect way to end the day.

During relaxation time, guests can unwind around the lodge’s swimming pool, admiring special views over the valley, or book themselves a soothing massage therapy.

 

Rates & Summary


2 Double Rooms (Marula and Lemon Tree)

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Patio with bushveld views

2 Twin Rooms (Mbeki and Noria)

Each sleeps 2 in twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Patio with bushveld views

Wild Plum Single

Sleeps 1 in single bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Patio with bushveld views

2 Luxury Suites (Mwedzi and Dhuva)

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, double shower and outdoor shower
Kitchen, dining room and lounge
Plunge pool and braai area
Bushveld views

Hamasha Bush Camp

Sleeps 8 in 2 units with 2 bedrooms each
En-suite outdoor showers
Lounge with fireplace
Kitchen and braai area
Bushveld views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Full board and self-catering options

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome at Hamasha Bush Camp.
No children permitted in other accommodation.

Why Stay Here?

Leshiba Wilderness is a serene mountain getaway offering a range of full board and self-catering accommodation, along with numerous activities and luxury facilities. This magical lodge has an authentic Venda building style incorporating numerous clay sculptures. The nature reserve is spectacularly beautiful and offers a wealth of attractions, ranging from game viewing, to evocative rock art and spectacular hiking trails.

Summary

  • Authentically themed luxury lodge blends its Venda stylings elegantly into the surroundings
  • High standard of accommodation in a wonderfully remote corner of the country
  • Breathtaking vistas abound in the mountainous nature reserve with walking trails and roaming game

Privacy

The luxury suites are extremely private.
Hamasha is perfect for an exclusive, private self-catering stay.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.
A 4x4 or high-clearance vehicle is needed to reach Hamasha Bush Camp.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Game viewing
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse trails
  • Rock art sites
  • Massage therapies

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Gas stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and gas geysers
  • No electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km

Payment

  • EFT accepted

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Vhembe

Limpopo

About

Vhembe is Limpopo province’s northernmost region and borders both Zimbabwe and Botswana. Vhembe includes the towns of Louis Trichardt, Musina and Thohoyandou. One of its major tourist attractions is the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site. This was South Africa’s first city of gold, set on the banks of the Limpopo River and dating back to the 12th century.

Vhembe’s habitat ranges from the subtropical Soutpansberg mountains to wild and arid stretches of bushveld along the Limpopo River. This is the heart of the ancient Limpopo River Valley. The region is famed for its thousands of baobab trees, source of much folklore and tourism icons of Limpopo province.

Vhembe is a gateway to the northern parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP), including the popular camps of Pafuri and Punda Maria. This is part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Fences between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique have been dropped to create the world’s biggest transfrontier park. In the north of the KNP lies Thulamela National Heritage Site, which was once a royal palace and dates back to the 15th century.

The Soutpansberg or Tha vhani ya muno (mountain of salt) is South Africa’s northernmost mountain range. It gets its name from the many salt pans here. The Soutpansberg mountain area has thick forests, dramatic cliffs and majestic look-out spots. The area is a day tripper’s paradise – offering scenic day drives, artist routes, wilderness experiences and excellent hiking and birding. There are also a lot of archaeological ruins and rock art, as well as museums, historic buildings and battlefield sites.

Louis Trichardt, in the foothills of the Soutpansberg mountains, is the region’s biggest town and main agricultural centre. It’s one of the main conduits for travellers en route to Zimbabwe, Botswana and the KNP.

It also serves as a centre for surrounding farms, which produce litchis, bananas, mangos, nuts, tea and coffee. North of Louis Trichardt is Musina, a sweltering border town.

Thohoyandou is north-east of Louis Trichardt, a colourful urban centre for surrounding farms and villages.

Vhembe is sometimes dubbed ‘the land of legend’ because of the rich culture of its Venda people and its many ancient heritage and cultural sites. You can visit ancient ruins and sacred lakes, and find out about the traditions and mythology of the Venda people.

Behind the Soutpansberg is the Limpopo Valley, a natural basin through which flows the Limpopo River, immortalised by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘great greasy grey-green Limpopo’. It cuts its way through South Africa and Mozambique before spilling out into the Indian Ocean. At the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, three countries unite: South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The Limpopo River forms the heart of the Limpopo River Valley, supporting a massive and fascinating eco-system. This includes large elephant herds, plenty of hippos and crocs, and over 350 recorded bird species. There is a host of reserves and game ranches.

Look out for

Mapungubwe World Heritage Site - A flourishing empire in the 12th century, on the banks of the Limpopo River in baobab bushveld. The people of Mapungubwe traded with Arab traders from present-day Mozambique, and other African kingdoms to the north and west. At Mapungubwe you can take a guided tour of ancient San cave paintings, explore fascinating ruins of South Africa's first city of gold, and enjoy game drives and walks. Set in a national park, there are guided drives & trails, and overnight accommodation.

Land of Legend route - Take a guided or self-drive tour to some of the cultural spots around the historic village of Elim. You can visit the studios of artists, potters and weavers, and meet sculptors and crafters. The land of legend route also includes visits to Thathe Vondo Holy Forest, the sacred Lake Fundudzi and the Dzata Ruins. The latter were once the capital of the Venda people, ruled by the great Thohoyandou, whose name means ‘head of the elephant’.

Hangklip Forest Reserve - Walk, climb, meander, stroll, picnic and hug trees. This 35ha nature reserve is set within the Soutpansberg mountains and is a wonderful escape for nature lovers, hikers and climbers. There are walking trails, waterfalls, look-out points, picnic sites and magnificent trees.

Thulamela National Heritage Site - A guided tour to Thulamela in the northern Kruger National Park gives you a fascinating insight into the lives of an ancient culture. A hillside of stone walls and ruins tells the story of people who settled here in the 15th century.

The Skirmish Route - Local historian and personality, Charles Leach, takes you on a fascinating adventure back in time to the days of the Anglo-Boer War The last bloody days of the war played out here. Visit graves, battle sites, look-out points and historic buildings. You can also visit the Schoemansdal Open Air Museum, 14km from Louis Trichardt. This quirky museum has memorabilia and exhibits from the days when the Voortrekkers trekked to these parts with their ox-wagons and Bibles. There are also exhibits from the early San and Khoi inhabitants of this area.

The Soutpansberg Limpopo Birding Route - The Soutpansberg mountains and the Limpopo River Valley host over 540 bird species, making this is a rewarding route indeed. It includes northern parts of the Kruger, Mapungubwe National Park and the Soutpansberg mountain range. The Blouberg also has a large population of vultures.

The Musina Baobab Reserve - Take a slow drive through the bushveld and see thousands of baobab trees. South of the town of Musina, the Musina Baobab Reserve is a wonderful day-drive and picnic spot, set against the backdrop of the surreal baobab trees. Adansonia digitata, as the baobab is scientifically named, is one of the trees in Africa with the longest lifespan. Some baobabs in Limpopo province are already over 3 000 years old. On average baobab trees found in Vhembe are between 300 and 500 years old.

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