We recently discovered this luxurious South African lodge when looking for a new alternative in the Hoedspruit region.
Hoedspruit itself is a bustling town, home to many private lodges and estates bordering the world famous Kruger National Park. Moditlo River Lodge part of the Blue Canyon Conservancy is situated on 36000 acres of African bushveld bordering the Nbesi River – 16 kms from Eastgate Airport and no more than a ten minute drive from the centre of Hoedspruit Shopping Village. All this means its well located & easy to get to from Johannesburg. Moditlo means place of the elephant and we certainly saw plenty of these beautiful animals whilst there.
We were extremely impressed by the standard of accomodation, relaxed ambience, contemporary style, engaging staff and mostly the fact that our game drives delivered some great sightings including the elusive and endangered Wild Dog.
We drove ourselves to Moditlo and were appreciative of our warm welcome. The refreshing drink on the deck was a great beginning to 24 hours of enjoyment. Room number 9 was our haven. The pool, restaurant, spa, bar and shop are all on one side of the Nbesi river bed whilst the beautifully decorated rooms are strewn out on the other. Raised wooden walkways connect each side. Our room had an interconnecting door which would be great for families when closed though it was soundproof.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast were absolutely delicious and very well presented. The chef came and spoke to us personally to make sure our son would be happy with the dinner selection . Great selection of wines to accompany your meal. As we were in South Africa for my special birthday the Lodge surprised me with a lovely cake and singing/dancing over breakfast. Loved it! Charlie the Manager brought a spotted tree snake to the sing along!
Game drives were great. Wild dogs on an impala kill returned to their den to regurgitate food for their pups. Also saw rhino, elephants, cheetah and enjoyed the stunning landscapes of the Drakensberg over gin and tonics and coffee laced with amarula. Perfect.
Would thoroughly recommend a 2-3 night stay so you can really relax, treat yourself to some spa treatments and connect with the nature which is all around you. We booked direct with Moditlo but you can also book through booking.com or contact a travel agency like Swagman Tours who specialise in safaris to Africa.