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  • Ruggedly beautiful mountainous bushveld terrain, complete with waterfalls to explore
  • Elegant, comfortable rooms and a large pool for the summer heat
  • Walks and 4x4/quad bike trails on the farm, lots of nature to explore in the region

Thula Meetse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

35km from Mookgophong

 

-24.3783, 28.4805

About

Hidden amongst indigenous trees in the river-threaded mountains of Limpopo, Thula Meetse Mountain Lodge offers an enchanting experience to those seeking a quiet self-catering break from life’s realities. Guests stay in very privately-situated chalets which boast modern comforts and a homely feel.

Five chalets sleep two guests each, and include a romantically-appointed honeymoon suite with a spa bath, and a lovely luxury unit with a shower. Guests in the other three double rooms can also soak in luxuriant spa baths. 

Families are very well catered for, with one chalet sleeping four guests in double and twin bedrooms, sharing a bathroom with a spa bath and shower. Two chalets can accommodate six people in three bedrooms, and each of these chalets houses a shower. 

In each room, well-equipped kitchens allow for easy preparation of meals, while braais can be enjoyed on the furnished deck while soaking up the beautiful outdoor scenery. Amenities such as satellite television, air conditioning and ceiling fans keep the rooms up-to-date and comfortable. 

The main thatched lodge offers plenty in the way of entertainment, whether indoors or outdoors. The lounge has a satellite television and is a jovial gathering place when big sporting events are on, while the games room offers a pool table and dartboard.

When not in the mood to cook for themselves, guests can savour hearty food at the restaurant, accompanied by drinks from the well-stocked bar, which is open throughout the day.

Outside, the lush park-like garden will delight children and is also an idyllic place for a leisurely picnic. Hours of family fun can be had at the putt-putt course. The hot Limpopo summers and mild winters will tempt guests to take a dip in the sparkling swimming pool at least once during their stay. 

For the more energetic, early mornings and sunny afternoons are the ideal times to head out and explore the beautiful farm. Take a picnic along on a hike to the spectacular waterfall, or explore one of several other challenging and scenic trails. 

Bring your own quad bike if you want to have some engine-fuelled fun in the mountains under the supervision of a guide. Off-road enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to test out the farm’s rugged 4x4 trail, while nature lovers can search for a diverse array of birds and wildlife.

Although every stay will be memorable, Thula Meetse is particularly accommodating of special occasions, making huge effort to create an unforgettable birthday, honeymoon, anniversary or wedding in a spectacular natural setting.

Rates & Summary


2 Bed Chalet

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite spa bath or shower
Kitchen 
Deck and braai area

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite spa bath
Kitchen
Deck and braai area

4 Bed Chalet

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Kitchen
Deck and braai area

6 Bed Chalet

Sleeps 6 in 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms
Bathroom with shower
Kitchen
Deck and braai area

Family Lux Chalet

Sleeps 4 in 1 double and 1 twin bedrooms
Bathroom with spa bath and shower
Kitchen
Deck and braai area

Pricing

2 Bed Chalet

  • R 1 190 - R 1 500 pp sharing

4 Bed Chalet

  • R 1 540 - R 1 850 pp sharing

6 Bed Chalet

  • R 2 000 - R 2 430 pp sharing

Family Lux Chalet

  • R 2 027 - R 2 400 pp sharing

Rates vary according to weekday & season

Catering

Self-catering
The restaurant serves meals

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
The lodge has a children’s playground.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the Waterberg Mountains outside the town of Mookgophong in Limpopo, Thula Meetse Mountain Lodge is a quiet breakaway accommodating guests in nine homely self-catering chalets, with attractions including a swimming pool and a range of outdoor activities. The lodge offers magical seclusion in the pristine bushveld and mountains of the Waterberg, with the farm even playing host to a 20 metre high waterfall, which makes a superb picnic spot. Each well-appointed chalet allows guests complete privacy and has its own braai area.

Summary

  • Ruggedly beautiful mountainous bushveld terrain, complete with waterfalls to explore
  • Elegant, comfortable rooms and a large pool for the summer heat
  • Walks and 4x4/quad bike trails on the farm, lots of nature to explore in the region

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.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Putt-putt
  • Hiking trails
  • Quad biking
  • 4x4 route

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Ceiling fans
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

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Waterberg

Limpopo

About

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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