This secluded, rustic Eco Lodge is unfenced, providing guests enjoy a gloriously authentic African safari experience in this untouched slice of wilderness paradise.
As the only bona fide Bush Camp in Madikwe, Mosetlha is honoured to be a part of the Game Reserve’s crucial conservation initiative. The Camp embodies all ten of the “eco lodge” criteria laid out in co-author Hitesh Mehta’s acclaimed book International Ecolodge Guidelines. Hitesh Mehta has incidentally also visited Mosetlha, so he writes from first-hand knowledge.
To ensure guests enjoy the highest possible standard of service, Mosetlha offers accommodation for a maximum of 16 people in nine double cabins.
Each cosy cabin is slightly elevated on a wooden platform and features canvas roll- downs on the sides. The cabins are constructed to provide adjoining or detached double rooms with twin beds plus basic amenities including duvets, pillows, blankets, towels, and oil lamps. As the bush camp is not fenced in, children aged seven years and younger are not allowed.
In keeping with its mandate to provide an exclusive “green” getaway, and contain the ecological impact on its landscape, Mosetlha Bush Camp does not have mod cons like electrical power and piped water. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll be reduced to taking cold showers – unless you want to – as there is a “donkey” boiler for heating the water. Nor does it mean you need forfeit your privacy. While the bathrooms are not en- suite, the available toilet/shower complexes are thoughtfully placed between the cabins.
The focal point of Mosetlha Eco Lodge is surely the Lapa area where wholesome meals are prepared in traditional bush style on the open fire. Also included are tea, coffee, fruit juice, rusks, fruit and snacks throughout the day and on your daily walks and drives.
And drinks are sold at a nominal mark up as opposed to the usual "hotel" prices.
And because getting off the beaten track and discovering the wonderfully rich biodiversity of Madikwe Game Reserve, if just for a few days, is what a stay at this beautiful Bush Camp is all about, Mosetlha gives you ample opportunities to view the resident bird- and wildlife.
Activities include twice-daily game drives in open 4X4 vehicles – including memorable sundowner stops and the chance to view the notoriously elusive nocturnal bird- and wildlife – and interpretive bush walks accompanied by Mosetlha’s talented field rangers.
Immerse yourself in the magic of the bushveld
Mosetlha captures the essence of a genuine African safari adventure. The smell of coffee and wood smoke at dawn. The call of the crested francolin. The stillness of the bushveld in the heat of the day. The shade offered by an ancient wild fig. Watching the sunset over a waterhole as a herd of elephant makes its way down to drink. The mesmerising night skies bursting with stars. The distant roar of lion or the whoop of a hyena in the darkness. At Mosetlha Bush Camp, you can easily picture yourself as a character in one of Herman Charles Bosman’s well-loved folk stories which are based on the surrounding Marico area.
The Ten Eco Lodge Criteria:
Helps conserve the surrounding flora and fauna.
Tries to work with the local community.
Offers educational interpretive programs to both its employees and tourists about the surrounding natural and cultural environments.
Uses alternative, sustainable means of water acquisition and reduces water consumption.
Provides for careful handling and disposal of solid waste and sewage.
Meets its energy needs through passive design and renewable energy resources.
Uses traditional building technology and materials wherever possible and combines these with their modern counterparts.
During construction has minimal impact on the natural environment.
Blends with local physical and cultural environment through careful attention to form, landscaping and colour, as well as the use of local traditional architecture.
Contributes to sustainable local community development through educational programs and research.