Mhondoro Safari Lodge’s new Family Villa Suite makes group bush vacations a lot more luxurious
This time of year sees an exodus of South Africans heading on holiday abroad. And while European summer holds some appeal, a bush holiday offers just as restorative a getaway.
Mhondoro Safari Lodge is located in the Waterberg (Limpopo), in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, a 35 000 hectare, malaria-free expanse which is a relatively easy drive from Johannesburg that boasts a textbook bush experience, low game vehicle traffic and frequent Big Five sightings.
A luxury five-star destination offering an intimate safari experience, Mhondoro has until now comprised the main lodge and a private villa. A new Family Villa Suite that can accommodate two adults with two children has now been added to increase the capacity of the exclusive-use villa to a total of 10 guests. Adjacent to the original Villa, the new Family Suite has two bedrooms and living area with a fireplace leading onto a private deck.
Open to children of all ages, it makes an ideal option for families travelling together who want a luxury hotel experience, but with a measure of privacy to spend together as a group. Likewise, groups of friends looking for somewhere to spend a special occasion or milestone event will appreciate the balance between seclusion and service that the new increased villa capacity offers – the comforts of home with the convenience of a private chef and butler, guide and private game viewing vehicle.
Made up of a magnificent Master Suite (with indoor and outdoor showers), a separate private lounge and study, as well as two further en-suite bedrooms, the Villa also boast spacious outdoor deck and dining areas in view of, but secluded from the main lodge, perfect to view the waterhole and wilderness beyond from.
Enjoy sundowners while watching the ‘resident’ elephants stop at the waterhole for a drink, and during winter appreciate the indoor and outdoor fireplaces – which allow you to sit on the deck and stargaze even on colder evenings. The private, fully-equipped gym and a massage or yoga room are located within the Villa for those wishing to start the day with a workout, or relax with a massage treatment, yoga or Pilates session.