• Mosethla

    Bush Camp
  • Mosethla

    Bush Camp
  • Mosethla

    Bush Camp
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Mosetlha Bush Camp | Eco Lodge

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Mosetlha Bush Camp is a family owned and managed Ego Lodge set deep in the heart of the world-renowned Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve.

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.
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International Visitors Rates

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 1 Dec 2017 to 30 Nov 2018
Per Person Per Night Sharing R2 615 
Per Person Single R3 120

  • Please note that for a 1 night stay over a weekend (Friday or Saturday night) there is an additional charge of R200 per person.
  • Please note that the above rates are based on a minimum 2 night stay. 
  • Mosetlha is a rustic unfenced bush camp they only accommodate children over the age of 8 years.

The camp is unfenced and our guests are accommodated in true safari style in raised wooden cabins set amongst the natural vegetation around a central camp fire and lapa area. Cabins have partly open sides and are arranged in adjoining or detached double rooms with twin beds and simple amenities. Duvets, pillows, blankets and towels are provided by us. Whilst bathrooms are not en suite, they are essentially private fenced toilet/shower complexes are discreetly situated amongst the cabins. We pride ourselves in our bushveld simplicity and do not have mod cons such as electrical power or running water - our showers are safari showers and water is heated through a donkey boiler … so you only have a cold shower if you want one!


It has always been Mosetlha Bush Camp mission to provide an exclusive and unique wilderness experience for our guests, with minimal ecological impact on our surroundings.

Check in time at the Gate is 12.30 and you will be directed from there to the NWPTB Administration Offices where you will park your car and one of our guides will meet you and bring you back to the Camp to start your Mosetlha Experience! On arrival at the Camp you will find lunch ready for you and you can unpack and settle in. That afternoon you'll be taken on your first game drive. (Leaving time varies depending on the time of year from about between 3.00 in mid winter to 4.30 in the heat of summer.)

Our professional, qualified field guides will take you out into the Reserve in our open 4x4 vehicles where you will have the chance to see the Big Five, the endangered wild dog, cheetah, a multitude of plains game and over 340 species of birds. You’ll be out for about 4 hours and half way through you'll stop at a picturesque spot for drinks and snacks at sunset. After dark, spot lights are used to ensure that you are able to witness our more secretive, nocturnal animal and bird life. Upon your return, a wholesome and traditionally cooked dinner will be waiting for you. After this, you can take your drinks or coffee to the camp fire and share your experiences of the day before collapsing into bed, to sleep as you can only do in the silence of the bush, under the stars.

The next morning we'll wake you up for a quick cup of coffee and an early morning start. (Here again, times vary between a 5am wake up call on the hot summer mornings and as late as 7.30 when it’s colder.) There is always a game drive available in the mornings to find the big and hairies and sometimes (depending upon various factors such as weather, veld conditions etc) it is possible to offer a guided bush walk, which is not strenuous but rather interpretive. This is the time to experience the wonders of the flora and fauna, insects and birds that Madikwe has to offer. (See our Gallery for some amazing photographs of wild flowers and insects taken by our guests.) In the summer when you get back you'll have a quick breakfast (toast, cereals and muesli, yoghurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs and cheese) and time for a shower and a rest before lunch, then some more chill out time read your book, do some bird spotting at the little water holes we have around the camp, or have an afternoon nap. Then it's time for the afternoon drive. During the winter months, we do a big cooked brunch and lighter afternoon high tea of soup, sandwiches and muffins just before your game drive.

On your day of departure, after your morning game activity, you come home to the camp for breakfast. We then take you back to your car at around midday for your return trip home (where it's back to real life after a few days of fabulous game viewing and serious relaxation, taking with you lots of photographs and some wonderful memories.


Madikwe Game Reserve is located in South Africa’s North West Province with Botswana as our northern border. It is about a 3½ to 4 hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, either via Zeerust or via Sun City.

From the Airport, get on to the R21 heading towards Pretoria – After about 15 - 20 minutes you join the N1 Pretoria. You travel through Centurion and after about 10 - 15 minutes, you’ll see a sign N4 Rustenburg – follow this sign. There are 2 toll roads over the next half hour. Now you’re on the N4, you can either continue straight and follow the Rustenburg/Zeerust route, or you can take the Sun City/Pilanesburg turn off and go that way.

Park fees - R210 per adult per STAY | R105 per child per STAY
Landing fees - R280 per adult | R140 per child (provisional, subject to change)
Guest Conservation Contribution: R210 per adult per DAY | R75 per child per DAY Rates are quoted per person per night
Tariff Includes
  • Accommodation, all meals per day, two activities a day (game drives), snacks on your drives and emergency medical evacuation insurance.
  • Rates displayed are subject to change without prior notice.
The things you will need to bring "pocket money" for are:
  • The Reserve Entrance Fee per person once off (subject to change without prior notice), which we collect from you on behalf of North West Parks and Tourism Board.
  • Please note that this fee is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Alcoholic and Soft Drinks. As regards drinks, we sell a reasonable selection of beers, wines, spirits, fizzy drinks and mineral water.
  • Mosetlha branded clothing.
  • Staff gratuities.
Check In | Check Out

Please note that arrival time at the gate is at 12h30 and check out time is around midday. (Please don't arrive at the Reserve Gates before 12h30 as the lodge is unable to accommodate you before then.) If you arrive later than 12h30, you run the risk of missing the afternoon/evening game drive. If you are not at the gate by 18h00 in the evening, the North West Parks Board have said that no guests are permitted to drive in the Reserve unless they are escorted in - this is mainly for safety reasons. However, arriving at this time there is an additional charge of R 250.00 (subject to change) per vehicle as a ranger will have to meet you at the Reserve Gate and escort you to the North West Parks Board Office which is where you leave your vehicle during your stay.

Payment Policy
In order to secure a booking we require a 50% deposit on confirmation and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
For bookings made within 30 days of travel, the full payment is required on confirmation.
In the event of cancellation more than 30 days before the date of your stay, all monies paid will be refunded except for 10% of the total booking value as an administration fee. If accommodation is booked for a date less than 30 days after the booking date, the full amount is payable at the time of booking and only 50% will be refunded in the event of a subsequent cancellation. Once again, your booking is not confirmed until payment is received.
Please note that no refund can be made in the event of cancellation less than seven (7) clear calendar days before the booked date of arrival.
Levies are inclusive of VAT and subject to change without prior notice. They will be charged by the respective lodge to the guest's overall bill and paid at check-out.
Bookings with check-in before 1 August 2017 as well as bookings made before 1 June 2017 will not be affected by this new levy.

Need Assistance ?

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Business Hours

Mon – Fri: (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat: (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone UTC/GMT +2 hours

E-mail: safaris@madikwe.net


What sets us Apart!

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.