A nature reserve in the Magoebaskloof Mountains
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge
Dawn at Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge
© Bridget Hilton-Barber
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge is a soulful spot. Set high in the Magoebaskloof Mountains overlooking the Kudu River Valley, this nature reserve has dramatic views and charming, eco-friendly accommodation. Take your pick from a rustic farmhouse, tree houses on stilts in an indigenous forest, or a remote and romantic cottage.
Did you know?
Kurisa Moya offers specialist birding tours on their reserve and in the surrounding Magoebaskloof Mountains.
Let Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge feed your soul and ease your mind. This remote nature reserve, high up in the Magoebaskloof Mountains, is a great escape from the rat race. You can go walking, hiking, fishing, birding and picnicking. Or you could just hang out and enjoy some of the finest mountain views in Limpopo.
Depending on your crowd, you can either stay in a rustic old farmhouse with an enormous veranda, a log cabin in the indigenous forest, or in a remote little cottage overlooking the mountains. You can either self-cater – all the accommodation options have kitchens – or try one of Kurisa Moya's delicious country meals.
The Kurisa Moya farmhouse was built in 1937 and has wonderful gardens and mountain views. Cool in summer and warm in winter, it's a great place for groups. The log cabins are built on stilts in the cool indigenous forest. From your private deck, 3m up, you are eye-to-eye with the samango monkeys that frolic in the forest, as well as a diversity of birdlife.
Thoro Boloka is the name of the little cottage with the big views. The name means 'dream maker' in the local SaPedi language and this charming cottage overlooks the Kudu River Valley, where the sunrise and sunset views are nothing short of spectacular.
The name Kurisa Moya means 'tranquil spirit' and that's the general idea behind this Magoebaskloof nature reserve and lodge. You can hit the walking trails, go on a 4x4 drive, take a guided birding tour, try your hand at trout fishing or lie back and enjoy a massage.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
From Polokwane take the R71 toward Tzaneen. After 30km turn left at the University of Limpopo. This road takes you up the mountainside to Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge.
Around the area
Visit the nearby village of Haenertsburg, the Dap Naude Dam, the Debegeni Falls and the Houtbosdorp Forest.
Tours to do
Go on a birding tour with Kurisa Moya's bird guide David Letsoalo, a legend in the area for his birding knowledge and warm hospitality.
Kurisa Moya's nature reserve has wonderful walks, hikes and rambles. Time to leave that car for a while.
What to pack
Sturdy walking shoes or boots, sunscreen, hat, camera and binoculars.
Where to stay
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge offers 3 accommodation options: a rustic farmhouse sleeping 12; log cabins in the forest that sleep 4; and a quaint cottage sleeping 6.
What to eat
You can self-cater - all the accommodation options feature fully-equipped kitchens - or let Kurisa Moya do the catering for you.
The Magoebaskloof Spring Fair is held in the area every September. In July, the nearby village of Haenertsburg hosts a Holistic Fair.
For arts, crafts, books and collectibles, spend a morning browsing through the shops in the nearby village of Haenertsburg.