Mosetlha Bush Camp eco-lodge
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At 75 000ha, Madikwe is the 4th-largest reserve in South Africa after Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
There are many luxury bush lodges in Africa, but the true eco-lodges are few and far between.
Mosetlha Bush Camp in the Madikwe Game Reserve is 1 of these.
Here there is no air conditioning – instead you breathe fresh bushveld air wafting across the half-walls of your raised wooden cabin.
All the emphasis is on your direct experience with nature: the rustle of francolins wandering through the camp; the depth of quiet at midday in the shade; the shimmering song of cicadas; the meticulous craftsmanship of a spider spinning a web; a dung beetle rolling a ball as big as he is; an ant-lion setting a trap for an ant; or elephants lording it over all the other animals at a waterhole.
This is an exclusive wilderness experience with minimal ecological impact.
Instead of luxury, Mosetlha offers comfort. Instead of using electricity, delicious meals are cooked over an open fire (and the water for your shower is heated in the same way).
Instead of television, there are the sparks rising from a fire to meet the sparkling Milky Way above.
The soundtrack is entirely natural – the penetrating stillness of the bushveld, punctuated by the distant roar of a lion or the wistful whoop of a hyena.
The unfenced camp, which accommodates a maximum of 16 guests, is owned by Chris and June Lucas and their daughter, Caroline.
Chris ran a field-guide training company in the early 1990s, based in Madikwe. For 4 years, Mosetlha was a sleeping-bag-and-rough-it weekend operation, in large part established to give jobs to the newly qualified field guides.
Demand grew, and the dormitory style sleeping places morphed into individual cabins.
But Mosetlha has never lost its bush cred. Many of those original field guides and staff members, now highly experienced, have been with Mosetlha from its small beginnings, and there are many return visitors.
Guests rave about the game drives and walks in this malaria-free Big 5 reserve – thanks in large part to the excellent guides.
This low-impact environmentally conscious bush lodge adheres to all the principles as of ecotourism, including a light ecological impact, sustainable water use, careful disposal of waste, involvement of local community and conservation of fauna and flora.
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Mosetlha Bush Camp
Tel:+27 (0)11 444 9345