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  • Elegant and luxurious rooms in a beautiful bushveld setting
  • Private reserve has good general game viewing on drives or on foot
  • Large variety of outdoorsy activities in the area

Monate Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

42km from Modimolle


-24.7453, 28.6674


An idyllic retreat for nature lovers, Monate Game Lodge is situated in a pristine bushveld setting in the Monate Game Reserve, and is primarily focused on providing a luxury safari experience, complemented by a host of other activities to make a stay here truly memorable. 

On optional morning and afternoon game drives (which are included in the rates) guests will be driven through over 1 000 hectares of beautiful wilderness, where the landscapes change from open plains to rocky outcrops, caves and dense riverine bush. The reserve offers the opportunity of seeing rhino, buffalo and leopard, along with a plethora of other wildlife and almost half of South Africa’s bird species, making for a fascinating and varied safari.

The thatched lodge is a luxurious base where guests can enjoy top class accommodation and royal service. Situated at the main building, the 26 full en-suite double rooms have a choice of King-size or twin beds and are decorated in a clean-cut modern style accentuated by elements reflecting the surrounding bushveld. Guests can relax on their private patios while watching the variety of animals and birds that find the green gardens hard to resist.

To enjoy absolute privacy within easy walking distance of the main lodge, guests can choose to stay in one of two luxurious deluxe suites, ideally suited for families or honeymooners. Each sleeping four guests, both of the suites have the advantage of their own private plunge pools on sundecks overlooking the bush, as well as comfortable lounge areas. The full en-suite bathrooms are spacious and modern, while guests staying in the Shengwedzi Suite can make use of an outdoor shower surrounded by indigenous trees. 

A dining room in the Skukuza Suite allows guests to enjoy the lodge’s delicious meals in complete privacy, and a fireplace is on hand to create a romantic atmosphere. For optimum comfort and convenience, all the rooms are fitted with air conditioning, wireless internet, wireless telephones, hairdryers, tea and coffee stations and multi-functional plug outlets.

Guests will be treated to three hearty meals per day, as well as snacks served at scenic locations during the game drives. Between drives, guests can head to the nearest swimming pool, have a siesta, kick back in the guest lounge or discover what else the lodge has to offer. Activities include mini-golf, clay pigeon shooting, and trips to the myriad of fascinating archaeological sites on the reserve, stretching as far back as 300 000 years.

Guided bush walks provide a more intimate connection with the wilderness, while birdwatchers can pre-book a trip to the nearby Nylsvley Nature Conservancy, a wetland paradise that attracts hundreds of species. Stargazing trips, where guests will learn all about the carpet of stars which come out in full glory at night, can also be pre-booked. If all these activities still don’t quite suffice, there are several world-class bushveld golf courses within driving distance of the lodge, as well as 4x4 trails, ziplining and health spas.

Rates & Summary

26 Double Rooms

Situated at the main lodge
Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private patio

Shengwedzi Luxury Suite

Main bedroom with King-size bed
Second bedroom with single beds
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Second en-suite bathroom
Open-plan lounge
Sundeck with plunge pool and bushveld views

Skukuza Luxury Suite

Sleeps 4 in two King bedrooms
Two full en-suite bathrooms
Lounge and dining area
Sundeck with plunge pool and bushveld views


  • R 3 830 pp sharing DB&B and includes 1 game drive


Full Board.


Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in a huge, wildlife-rich private game reserve in the province of Limpopo, Monate Game Lodge offers luxurious full board accommodation which allows guests to immerse themselves in the bushveld while being treated to top-class service. Guests are accommodated in contemporary African-style luxury, and apart from offering twice daily game drives and bush walks, the lodge has a multitude of other entertaining activities to keep all members of the family busy. The game reserve is home to three members of the Big Five and has a host of other wildlife to view.


  • Elegant and luxurious rooms in a beautiful bushveld setting
  • Private reserve has good general game viewing on drives or on foot
  • Large variety of outdoorsy activities in the area


The free-standing luxury suites are set away from the main lodge and are particularly private.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The good gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles. Visitors need to abide by a 30km/h speed limit.

Activities & Attractions

  • Twice daily game drives
  • Game walks
  • Swimming pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Mini-golf
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Archaeological sites
  • Star-gazing
  • Nearby: guided bird watching, golf courses, crocodile farm, zip-lining, 4x4 trail, health spa.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe







Rugged mountains, rolling bush and abundant wildlife characterise this area. The Waterberg is one of Limpopo’s most popular eco-tourism regions. Over the past decade it has come to rival Mpumalanga’s legendary Lowveld, with the added plus of being malaria-free.

The Waterberg offers a range of wildlife and safari experiences. These vary from Big 5 private reserves and game lodges to remote wilderness hideaways and self-catering bush camps. There are also national and provincial reserves.

The region is named after the Waterberg mountain range - ‘water mountains’ in Afrikaans - that stretches west to east for about 150km from Thabazimbi to the Mokopane. The mountains form the shoulder of the Palala Plateau – the bushveld of which rolls westwards all the way to Botswana.

True to their name, the Waterberg mountains include many rivers, streams, swamps and wetlands. The Limpopo River forms the western boundary of the region and the Mogalakwena River the eastern. The Waterberg has vast tracts of bushveld savannah punctuated with clusters of trees and tall savannah shrubs. The Springbok Flats are to the south. 

The Waterberg is more than three million years old – and there are numerous archaeological finds and San paintings that give us glimpses of its past.

Mining has long been essential to the Waterberg’s economy. An Iron Age mineshaft found in the Waterberg was carbon dated to 1 500 AD. Five hundred years later, mining is still taking place. The Waterberg is one of the richest mineral deposits in the world. It’s part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex - a unique geological complex of volcanic rocks formed some 600 million years ago. The complex extends over 50 000km² and is rich in platinum, iron ore, vanadium, tin, tungsten, chromium and coal.

The Waterberg region includes the towns of Bela-Bela, Modimolle, Mabatlane, Lephalale, Mookgophong and Thabazimbi. The largest town is Bela-Bela, a lively centre for surrounding farms and game reserves, and famed for its hot springs. The name Bela-Bela means ‘water that boils’ in Tswana.

The towns of Modimolle and Mookgophong are steeped in interesting Iron Age, Nguni and Voortrekker history. The quaint village of Matlabane is a meet-and-greet spot for many travellers to the area, and Lephalale is the centre for the region’s thriving hunting industry.

The heart of the Waterberg is the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, a 400 000ha protected wilderness area offering a mix of nature, culture and heritage. It was declared by UNESCO in 2001 on the basis of its mountainous habitat, magnificent red sandstone cliffs and evidence of human occupation dating back thousands of years. It was first inhabited by the San people, who left their legacy in the form of rock art and cave paintings.

The only savannah reserve of its kind in southern Africa, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve includes private and provincial game reserves. It also has areas of cultural and archaeological significance. The region has a strong conservation ethos, and eco-tourism and sustainable practices underpin many lodges and reserves here.

The Waterberg offers an exciting mix of wildlife and wilderness experiences – from traditional game lodges to tailor-made adventures. You can go hiking, camping, 4x4 off-roading, horseback riding and birding. The Waterberg is famed for two significant birding sites. The Nylsvley Wetlands is home to over 400 species of waterbirds. The Marakele National Park is home to the largest Cape vulture colony in the world. The area also has conservation training programmes, wildlife rehabilitation centres and educational school camps.

Look out for

Marakele National Park - The name Marakele is Tswana for ‘place of sanctuary’ and this wild and remote reserve is just that. Marakele has craggy hills and deep wooded kloofs, with rare cycads, tree ferns and yellowwood trees. This is an unspoilt part of the Waterberg, home to all the large game species from rhino to elephant and the big cats. It is also home to the world’s biggest Cape vulture population – over 800 breeding pairs.

Nylsvley - The Nylsvley Conservancy is a favourite destination among South Africa’s birding community. It is part of the country’s largest flood plain. Stretching over 70km from Modimolle to Mokopane, Nylsvley is a world-renowned RAMSAR site. In the rainy summer months the grasslands of Nylsvley are transformed into lake that stretches for kilometres. It virtually becomes an international bird airport. The Waterberg Nylsvley Birding Route covers Nylsvley, the Waterberg mountains and Marakele National Park.

The Waterberg Meander - The Waterberg Meander is a self-drive route through the heart of the region that takes you to a series of interesting sites, community projects and tourist attractions. Visit local arts & crafts projects, explore the ancient hill of Melora, meet the Waterberg Red Beds, an unusual geological formation, check out the glorious mountain peaks known as the Seven Sister of the Waterberg, or visit a monument dedicated to explorer David Livingstone.

Bela-Bela’s hot springs - Long known for their healing properties, the hot mineral springs at Bela-Bela bubble out of the ground at about 2 200 litres per hour, at a temperature of around 53ºC. The water is rich in sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts with natural healing properties. The Bela-Bela Aventura Resort is a popular spot for its water world activities. There are many health and pampering opportunities in and around Bela-Bela.

The annual Big Five Marathon - The 42km-long Big Five Marathon is known as the wildest of them all – they say it’s tougher than South Africa’s famous 88km-long Comrades Marathon. Held at Entabeni Game Reserve in the Waterberg mountains, this annual marathon attracts thousands of runners from around the world. Out here there are ravines and gorges, rivers and lakes, and stretches of unspoiled bushveld. There are no fences; just wide open spaces and a tough challenge for marathon runners.

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