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Vuyani Safari Lodge

Moditlo Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Vuyani Safari Lodge

The five-room Vuyani lodge is the only property on South Africa's Moditlo Private Game Reserve, and the á la carte pricing means you select your activities and excursions—from hot-air balloon rides to elephant tracking—for a more affordable safari.

The Scoop

This rustic South African safari lodge stands out for its small size and intimacy. Consider the statistics: it's made up of only five rooms, an infinity pool, and a traditional boma hut for braais (grilled meat in Afrikaans). But what the lodge lacks in scale, it delivers in its surroundings. Set within the Moditlo Private Game Reserve, a 36,000-acre expanse at the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, the location—reached by a one-hour flight from Johannesburg—is a gathering place for the Big Five: rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, and leopard, plus more than 400 species of birds, including the rare ground hornbill. Guests participate in twice-daily game drives and can opt for additional excursions, from a flatboat cruise on the Olifants River to a hot-air balloon ride over the Drakensberg mountains. Bring a travel partner—many of the hotel's excursions have a two-person minimum. But an unusual perk is that the hotel allows travelers to pay á la carte. Those who prefer the all-inclusive option go on two game drives per day, while everyone sleeps in one of the five chalets, each furnished with canopied king-size beds and alfresco showers.

Insider Tips

Pay special attention to the off-roading experience; unlike the excursions led by guides at properties located in nearby Kruger National Park, the lodge's safari jeeps are permitted to explore the entire Moditlo Private Game Reserve, which means that guests can spend more time observing the animals without another jeep in sight.

If time is of the essence, book one of the hotel's private jet transfers for the one-hour flight from Johannesburg's O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), Nelspruit Airport (NLP) or Phalaborwa Airport (PHW). Transfers provided by Lodge personnel.

Moditlo Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • 12-meter Eternity Pool
  • Deck with Lounge Chairs
  • Observation Upper Deck
  • Personalized Service
  • Boma for traditional Braais
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Guided Game Drives
  • Organized Activities (fee)
  • Nearby Golf (fee)
In-Room Amenities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • International TV
  • Luxury Amenities
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • In-Room Dining
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Available room types:
Rates Include:
  • Welcome drink and fresh towels
  • Breakfast, lunch buffet and 3-course dinner daily, including mineral water, juices and tea
  • Two safaris per day on the private game reserve
  • Complimentary WiFi
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Moditlo Private Game Reserve

South Africa's Moditlo Private Game Reserve is a 36,000-acre expanse at the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, just south of Kruger National Park. The trump card? Incredible biodiversity.

Don't Miss

Best Photo Op: Don't miss a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Drakensberg mountains and Kruger Park. Upon your return, a guide will serve locally produced sparkling wine and orange juice.
$423 per person.

Outdoor Adventure: A two-story flatboat is the best way to see the park's water-based animals—from hippos to African crocodiles—that live in the Olifants River. For more dramatic landscapes, head to Blyde River Canyon; trained guides can point out the famous Three Rondavels rock formations and the 660-foot Kadishi Tufa waterfall.

Top Day Trips: Learn about the cultural traditions of the local Shangaan tribe on a half-day excursion to their village. For those more interested in wildlife conservation, hotel rangers will bring guests to a nearby cheetah rescue center or to a private elephant sanctuary, a 45-minute drive from the hotel.

Breathtaking views + African blue skies.

Breathtaking views + African blue skies.

Why Go Now

December 16 - 18, 2013
Mapungubwe Arts & Cultural Festival
Reflecting cultures and traditions of the province, events include theater, kwaito, jazz, fashion shows and cultural displays.
Polokwane Cricket Club.

February 2014
Berry Festival
Fun festival revolving around DIY berry-picking held at numerous of the surrounding farms.
Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg Village.

February 2014
Polokwane Show & Music Festival
Eleven of South Africa's top artists will be there to entertain you along with fashion shows, food stalls and a beer tent.

Vuyani Safari Lodge

Moditlo Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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