- Chidozie Uzoezie
Mhondoro Lodge Celebrates 5th Birthday with New Face
Ending the year on a high note, Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa is celebrating its 5th birthday with the unveiling of an extensive revamp that took place over the past few months.
Lodge improvements include the refurbishment and redesign of guest suite bathrooms, the extension of decks, and the addition of plunge pools to all suites (excluding Family Suites), as well as updating soft furnishings and décor items throughout the lodge.
Mhondoro sleeps a total of only 24 guests in 2 Luxury Pool Suites; a 2-bedroom Executive suite with en-suite bathrooms and a plunge pool and a 2-bedroom Family Deluxe suite with 2 en-suite bathrooms.
Other accommodation types are Family Suite with 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom, a romantic Honeymoon suite with a private plunge pool and viewing deck with a daybed, and an exclusive-use Villa that can accommodate six adults.
Unique features include a custom-built stargazing ‘star deck’ and a waterhole with underground game viewing hide that is connected with the main lodge by a 65m reinforced concrete tunnel.
Other lodge facilities extend to a gym, infrared sauna and heated swimming pools for all-year-round swimming, and a dedicated Spa complete with a private, outdoor spa deck and bath.
Other recent additions to the Mhondoro footprint include the purchasing of two farms measuring about 2 400 hectares adjoining Welgevonden Game Reserve. These tracks of derelict farmland are being rehabilitated and over time will become protected wilderness areas.
A section of one of the farms is being utilized to grow fresh produce for use at the lodge. It includes a chicken coop for farm fresh eggs and a greenhouse where herbs and vegetables are grown, with surplus produce donated to the surrounding communities.
The 5-star lodge, situated in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg in the Limpopo province of South Africa, was recently voted the Best Family Villa on a Global level; Best Pool Villa in Africa; and Best Safari Lodge in South Africa in the 2020 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards.