Mhondoro Game Lodge

Welgevonden Game Reserve, Madikwe

At a Glance

  • A luxury lodge in a non-malarial reserve, only 2 hours 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg

  • Two wonderful 2 bedroom family suites, perfect for anyone with youngsters

  • A large deck overlooking the waterhole is the perfect place to relax and watch the wildlife

  • There's an underground waterhole hide, accessed from the lodge through a tunnel

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Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Autumn (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.

Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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Insider's View

The food at Mhondoro is really exceptional - healthy, light, creative and always delicious, it's a real highlight!

We love the Scandi-influenced decor at the lodge - it has a real sense of it's own style with chic, unique furniture pieces, a far cry from the neutral tones you find in many safari lodges.

Make sure you go on a game-drive to the southern part of the Welgevonden reserve at some point during your stay - the vast open plains are reminiscent of the Serengeti, really breathtaking!

If your children need to burn off a little extra steam between safari activities, there's a jungle gym with toys, trampoline, sandpit and swings and the lodge can arrange nannies to keep an eye on your little ones while you relax or have a spa treatment!

Have a pre/post dinner tipple at the bar and sample some of their extensive range of whiskey and gin

Spend an evening on the star deck and see what you can see through their large telescope

Ensure you have the opportunity to sit in the hide for one hour.

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Mhondoro Game Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to South Africa


Mhondoro Game Lodge is a luxury lodge situated in the Welgevonden game reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. This is a rich and diverse malaria-free reserve, with an amazing variety of mammals, birds and plant species to be found.

Mhondoro Game Lodge has recently been completely revamped to include a newly built main lodge and separate villa. Located in a non-malarial reserve, this is the perfect spot for a family safari, with exceptional wildlife, family suites, and all of the sought-after Big 5 in abundance. There's even a private villa that sleeps 6 if you're looking for a really exclusive experience.

A particularly special feature of the lodge is it's new underground waterhole hide, accessed via a 60m tunnel leading into the main lodge. This will allow you to get right up close to the wildlife and take some incredible photos from a safe location.

The suites are stylish and thoughtfully designed, each with an ensuite bathroom with bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, and all with a lovely balcony area overlooking the waterhole. Fireplaces in the rooms keep them warm during the cooler months and there's air conditioning to keep temperatures cool in the summer.

The cuisine is fresh, healthy and delicious, with modern twists on favourite dishes. The lodge has been created with every luxury thought of, such as an amazing new state of the art spa and gym for anyone wanting some relaxing treatments or to work off some steam. Anyone wanting to enjoy a bit of adventure can also take advantage of their new star bed, located away from the lodge, on a safely elevated platform, where you can enjoy a night under the stars listening to the sounds of the bush around you.

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Mhondoro boasts 3 Deluxe Suites that sleep 2 people each, 1 Family Suite that sleeps 4, 1 Executive Suite that sleeps 4, and 1 Villa that sleeps 6.


Children of all ages are welcome and the family is well geared up to welcome younger travellers, with the option to provide cots, a well-designed family suite and the villa for families looking for more space. Please do be aware that the balcony railings in the suites and at the main lodge are not fully closed-in, so parents need to accompany children under the age of 6.


Gym, spa, pool, WiFi (in the main area), star bed, waterhole hide, private fully staffed villa.


Safari activities at Mhondoro Game Lodge consist of 2 game drives in open vehicles or walking safaris with a Mhondoro guide each day.



Sian Frost (Staff)

This lodge has so many unique touches you could not have a boring stay here. The decor is modern with African touches. The varying accommodation and experiences they offer make it perfect for families, groups and couples. The rooms are beautifully appointed with large baths, indoor and outdoor shower as well as a staggered deck with a day bed. For children they have a huge array of activities and also a large fenced play area so there is no chance of boredom as well as a sound proof indoor children's playroom. For a more romantic trip away they have a large spa room perfect for couples massages and a fantastic outdoor bath overlooking the waterhole as well as wine tasting in their cellar. The main highlights for this lodge are the waterhole hide which has been superbly constructed so that you barely feel like you are underground but it allows for the most incredible up close encounters. The food is to die for, there are 5 chefs at Mhondoro as one of the owners main focus' is to have excellent quality food right in the middle of the bush. The dinners are light and well presented and paired with an incredible selection of wines.


Katie Fewkes (Staff)

This is a beautiful lodge, healthy food, great safari guiding, stylish accommodation and great hosting - what more can you want! I love that the owners are trying to break the mould of safari lodges a bit, making the meals more healthy and light, breaking away from the khaki colours in the decor. The southern part of the reserve is stunning with vast open plains reminiscent of East Africa - I recommend a visit at least once during your safari.

Location & directions

Welgevonden Game Reserve, Madikwe

Located a 2.5 hour drive or a 1 hour flight from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

How to get there

11-hours British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg International Airport. Mhondoro Game Lodge is approximately a two and a half hour drive from Johannesburg airport to the reserve gate, where you'll be met and game-driven to the lodge.

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