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  • In the unspoilt Pilanesberg National Park
  • Big 5 safari within easy driving range of Joburg
  • Sumptuous full-board luxury

Morokolo Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

35km from Sun City

 

-25.1687, 26.9824

About

Being so close to bustling Johannesburg, the Pilanesberg National Park, which occupies the bed of a huge extinct volcano, offers one of the most convenient Big 5 safari experiences available in South Africa. The reserve was created as a result of the biggest animal translocation in history - when 6000 animals were introduced in the 1980s - and today holds more than 10 000 animals.

Morokolo Game Lodge is situated on the Black Rhino Reserve, a private concession that was incorporated into Pilanesberg in 2004. Access to this 2 000ha piece of bushveld paradise is only granted to guests staying at the handful of lodges in the reserve, while the lodges are also able to traverse the vast expanses of the national park.

Named after the pretty num-num flowers that grow around the lodge, Morokolo offers tasteful, modern African-style accommodation in eight luxury thatch and stone units. The units are tall and steepled, creating an immense feeling of space, while the large windows dominating their upper halves let in plenty of natural light.

Six double rooms sleep guests in King-size or twin beds, while the two family rooms make use of the extra vertical space by adding a loft room with twin beds. 

In each room, the interior styling is clever and interesting, with the beds set up against a freestanding wall that wraps around to enclose a full en-suite bathroom. After getting back from an exciting safari, a soothing rinse in the outdoor shower (available in most rooms) is a fitting way to refresh. Delightful stone baths are an attractive feature of all of the bathrooms, which also have the advantage of double basins.

Between safaris, guests can recline in the comfortable indoor armchairs or on the patios, looking out for birds fluttering around in the veld.

Although the star attraction at Morokolo is the safari experience, the open-plan main lodge offers plenty in the way of entertainment. Guests have the choice of settling down in front of a satellite television (with DVD player) in the lounge, taking a plunge in the swimming pool or Jacuzzi, or potting a few balls at the pool table in the bar area. A variety of board games are also available, so guests young and old will be kept thoroughly busy.

The stuff that safari dreams are made of, twice-daily game drives - conducted by trained guides - will get you in touch with a huge range of wildlife, including the Big Five and specials such as wild dog and cheetah. Walking safaris are available for those who want a more intimate connection with the bush. 

A hearty African breakfast, dinner and high tea each day, served daily at the restaurant or at the outdoor braai area, provide plenty of fuel for the safari fire, with lunch available as an optional extra.

To add a little more spice to your stay, head to Sun City, where attractions include the Valley of the Waves, shopping, world-class golf and much more, or take a spectacular sunrise glide over the park in  a hot-air balloon.

Rates & Summary


6 Double Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Lounge area
Most with outdoor shower

2 Family Suites

Each sleeps 4 in King bedroom and loft twin room
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Lounge area
Outdoor shower

Pricing

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

Catering

Breakfast, dinner and high tea included
Lunch available as an optional extra

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Cots are available.
No children under 6 years on game drives.

Why Stay Here?

Morokolo Game Lodge is a luxury lodge situated in the unspoilt bushveld of the Pilanesberg National Park, half an hour’s drive from the famous Sun City. Accommodation is offered in eight freestanding luxury chalets. The lodge is just two-and-a-half hours from Johannesburg, making it a very convenient Big Five safari destination. Guests at Morokolo can expect close up encounters with a wild variety of wildlife, while enjoying full-board luxury accommodation and delicious African cuisine.

Summary

  • In the unspoilt Pilanesberg National Park
  • Big 5 safari within easy driving range of Joburg
  • Sumptuous full-board luxury

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel roads leading to the lodge are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Nearby: Sun City, golf, hot-air ballooning, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, archery.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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Bojanala

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It’s a quick hop, skip and jump over the Gauteng border to the Bojanala region of the North West province and all its delights, which include the Hartbeespoort Dam water mecca, the “something for everyone” Sun City, the scenic calm of the Magaliesberg and big-five game viewing in the Pilanesberg.

The principal town in Bojanala is Rustenburg, a name that indicates the town’s restful environment at the foot of the Magaliesberg.  Nowadays, with two prosperous platinum mines on the Merensky reef in its vicinity, the town is often referred to as “Platinum City”. It is also headquarters to the influential Royal Bafokeng, who live in the area and have extensive interests in the mining.

The Magaliesberg, an ancient range of mountains, is all the more remarkable for rising out of the predominant flatness of the region. This is a location of forests, streams, country-style restaurants and craft shops, excellent hiking, abseiling and rock-climbing. An increasing number of spa resorts have appeared on its landscape, making the most of its scenic tranquillity.

South of this range is the Hartbeespoort Dam, its shores surrounded by recreational and adventure facilities. A cableway offers wonderful views of the surrounds, while at ground level there are elephant and bird sanctuaries to visit, a reptile park, a cheese factory, a cultural village and arts and crafts and curio shopping.

The “oasis” of entertainment that is Sun City, suddenly appearing in the bushveld, constantly features on the itineraries of international visitors to the country. This casino resort has cleverly survived the establishment of gambling properties closer to Gauteng’s big cities by changing its focus to family entertainment.

Features such as the Valley of the Waves, a Superbowl, two 18-hole golf courses, an Adventure Playground, video arcades, shops and eateries provide recreation for every age group. The resort backs onto the Pilanesberg National Park, lodged in the remains of an extinct volcanic crater and restocked with game, including the big five mammals. With a range of accommodation, including some very upmarket lodges, it has become one of the country’s most popular safari experiences.

Other towns in Bojanala include Brits in the heart of a citrus-growing area, Broederstroom, Ga-Rankuwa, Koster with some interesting caves in its environs, Kroondal with a distinctly German feel, and Swartruggens.

Look out for

Lesedi Cultural Village – At this village, the tourist is exposed to traditional homesteads of the Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho groups. Local families resident in these homesteads can be seen engaged in traditional activities, such as arts and crafts production. Special features of the attraction include an Ndebele village and craft market, a song-and-dance show called the Giant Ingoma, a feast of African dishes served in the Nyama Choma restaurant, and overnight stays in traditional beehive huts, but with the addition of modern facilities.

The Cradle of Humankind – The Maropeng Visitors Centre in this world heritage site makes use of interactive and hi-tech displays to tell the story of the location where man first walked upright. The highlight of the experience comes right at the beginning, with the boat ride through time. Couple this with a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves, where archaeologists are still engaged in digs for hominid fossils.  Underground tours run every half hour and last 45 minutes. 

Pilanesberg National Park –Thousands of head of game are to be found in this 55 000-hectare game reserve, including the big five.  A 200-kilometre network of well-maintained dirt roads and a group of luxury lodges make the park a comfortable self-guided safari experience.  Guided tours are on offer too, and more novel means of game-viewing are on elephant back, by hot-air balloon or quad bike.  The creation of Pilanesberg involved an ambitious game relocation programme called Operation Genesis.

Sun City – A spectacular setting, four luxury hotels, including the legendary Palace of the Lost City, a vast convention centre, golf, water sports, gambling and entertainment all day long have kept Sun City on the list of most desirable tourism spots in the country. New attractions keep appearing, such as zip-sliding, quad-biking and wakeboarding, while the line-up of big names in stage entertainment continues to grow.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre – Here you can witness the fastest animal on land at top speed.  Three times a week the centre exercises its cheetahs by having them chase a high-speed lure. This breeding programme, established by Ann Van Dyk, has succeeded in breeding 800 cheetah cubs since 1971, including the king cheetah.  This is despite the mammal being notoriously difficult to raise in captivity.

Kgaswane Mountain Reserve – This 5 300-hectare reserve above the town of Rustenburg has a population of more than 800 antelope and small predators.  It is particularly known for its breeding herd of sable antelope and breeding colony of Cape vultures. A series of hiking trails, some overnight, are open to the public.

Van Gaalen se Kaasmakerij – Food-lovers definitely need to stop over at the Van Gaalen cheese factory for an arresting array of local cheeses. Regular tours of the cheese factory are scheduled for day visitors.

Hot-Air Ballooning is a popular activity in Broederstroom. If you’re up bright and early, a balloon safari is a wonderful way to view the Magaliesberg mountains and the scenic beauty of Bojanala.

Margaret Roberts Herb Farm close to Hartbeespoort Dam is an attraction for those who enjoy nature. Here, you can learn all about the healing powers of South Africa’s indigenous plants and buy organic products formulated by the legendary Margaret Roberts.

Historic attractions in the area include Paul Kruger Country House Museum, Saulspoort Mission Station, Hervormde Church Square, the SS Mendi Memorial and many others.

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