Mhondoro Game Lodge

Game Lodge, The Waterberg


Holding a magical position by the edge of a vibrant waterhole hidden in the heart of Welgevonden Game Reserve, Mhondoro offers that little bit extra. Sit back and gasp in delight as elephants saunter up to drink in front of the lodge, while you unwind in five star luxury. And just 2.5 hour by car from Johannesburg - this jewel in the Limpopo provence is something quite special.


The lodge caters for up to 20 guests, with a select choice of luxurious suites and an exclusive villa. The luxurious suites include a honeymoon suite, with private viewing deck, spa pool and daybed, 2 deluxe suites which sleeps 2, an executive suite with fireplace, 2 ensuite bedrooms and private viewing deck or a family suite with 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom

A separate three bedroom luxury Villa, with it’s own chef, private pool, gym, yoga room, personal butler and guide is also available.


The main lodge has been recently revamped and the retreat offers a family friendly environment to relax. Due to its location there is a wealth of wildlife on offer around the lodge, including zebra, elephants, baboons, warthogs and kudus.

A new underground waterhole hide - which is connected to the main lodge through a 60m tunnel - allow guests to experience eye-to-eye encounters with animals. And for those who want to to be pampered & pushed, there is a luxury spa and a fully equipped gym. 


The Welgevonden boasts all of Africa’s Big 5 in abundance as well as the cheetah, giraffe, crocodile, hippo, brown hyena, honey badger and a whole lot more. Trained rangers will take you out morning and evening in open air vehicles to the animals in their natural habitat - with the area also being home to the largest population of white rhino in the world.

Guests are also offered the chance to experience walking safaris so they can experience the mysteries of the bush and get up close to a variety of game.

Back at the lodge guests can later relax either in the library, entertainment centre or swimming pool or dine in style with a exquisite pan African cuisine.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome.

Mohondoro Game Lodge

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Mhondoro Game Lodge Reviews

An amazing trip to South Africa

My adult son and I recently returned from an amazing trip to South Africa organised by Ash of Best of South Africa.  It was a tailor made holiday staying in two different game reserves - Etali in Madikwe and Mhondoro in Welgevonden.  A couple of days before we were due to fly BA announced their pilots were striking and our outgoing flight to Jo’berg was cancelled!  Ash was on a family holiday in Greece but within hours and a few texts she had re-scheduled us to fly a day earlier and arranged for us to stay one night in Sandton Sun hotel in Jo’berg. We had a beautiful room on the 19th floor with amazing views over the city.  Ash is a star and  amazingly efficient.  We were met and greeted at the BA plane steps and led quickly through the airport to a  waiting air conditioned comfortable car.   In the morning another car was waiting to drive us to the Fedair terminal for our flight in a 12-seater plane to the first game reserve.  Ash obviously knows SA intimately and she even organised beautiful big ‘0' birthday cakes in both lodges accompanied by the staff singing happy birthday in Ndebele and English!  Nothing fazes Ash - she even contacted my GP to email a letter to both lodges permitting me to go on walking safaris as am over 60!  If you are thinking of going to SA would thoroughly recommend you book with Ash of Best of South Africa Travel. Forget the big tour companies who cover numerous countries -  small is best - you wont regret it!  Throughout the holiday Ash was always in contact through WhatsApp.  Thank you Ash for a brilliant, very memorable holiday following a difficult year.

who stayed here in September 2019.

Highly recommend Mhondoro as its a truly beautiful place

The whole thing was fantastic and we had a great time .

The waterhole hide was great and a very unique feature with lots of animals coming to drink.  The elephants came to the swimming pool one night which was really cool to see .

 As for accomodation and customer service it was excellent in every way . The gas fireplace in the room was great and we actually had it on one morning! The temperature was usually in the mid 30's , around 90 Fahrenheit.

The food was incredible , there could have been a few more choices at lunchtime as it was generally a sharing platter but still very good .

Our guide(Mike) was very informative and clearly enjoyed what he did . We had 12 great game drives seeing lots of wildlife .

There were a lot of kids there and I knew it was a kid friendly place but some of them were very young(3-5) , I think too young to be on safari .

 I would give it 8.5 /10 because we can only compare it to Marataba safari lodge which I'd give a 10/10 . This is due to the fact that Marataba just did things to a slightly higher standard all round with regards to food and drink choices . It is also the only lodge in its own reserve which meant not seeing another vehicle on the drives which was fantastic.

 I would still highly recommend Mhondoro as its a truly beautiful place with plenty of wildlife and first class hospitality .

Thanks a lot for your help with everything ash and we'll definitely get in touch next time .

who stayed here in October 2017.

Mhondoro Game Lodge, The Waterberg has been rated 2 times, with an overall rating of 4.62 out of 5.

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