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ACCOMMODATION

Mokabi Lodge is a stone and thatched cottage situated in secluded woodland. It is the only guest lodge on the property, the only other occupants of the farm being the owners, Lyn and Richard Wadley and staff.

The lodge consists of a large central room comprising lounge, dining room and kitchenette, flanked by two bedrooms each with its own bathroom. French doors open onto an open, thatch-roofed stoep (verandah), which in turn looks out on a waterhole and gives access to the adjacent plunge pool and braai lapa (barbecue enclosure). The rooms are very comfortably furnished and decorated with African themes.

Board games and books are provided for indoor entertainment. In keeping with the tranquil ambience of the bush, the lodge is not equipped with radio or TV. In winter, an open fireplace in the lounge offers warmth and a convivial atmosphere. In summer, the high thatch roof and fans ensure that the interior of the lodge remains comfortably cool. In the interests of safety and because many find the smell of stale tobacco smoke offensive, guests are requested not to smoke in the lodge or while walking in the bush.

All bedding, towels (except swimming towels), cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, cleaning materials and insect repellants are provided. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge/freezer, electric stove/oven and microwave oven. There are fans and wall heaters in the bedrooms. Although connected to the Eskom grid, the lodge can rely on locally- generated electricity during power failures, which can be common during summer thunderstorms. Firewood is supplied at no additional charge and a gas barbecue unit is also provided.

In order to afford privacy, the lodge is not serviced while occupied by guests. However, bedding and towels are changed for guests staying longer than four nights.

The water, from a borehole, is clear and perfectly safe to drink. The area is malaria-free (1400m above sea level); summers are warm (up to 37 C) and winters are mild and frost-free. Rainfall (about 600mm annually) occurs mainly in the summer months, from November to March, usually in the form of late-afternoon showers.

The lodge is unfenced, as is the pool area. The pool is covered with a safety net in the event of guests with small children, although it remains the responsibility of parents to supervise their children. While leopard and brown hyena are known to frequent the farm, the property is quite safe for walking and relaxing. The Waterberg is well known for its snakes, however, and guests should keep the lower half of doors closed at all times.

 

 

ACTIVITIES

Situated as it is, in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, Moletadikgwa Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a remarkable variety of animals, birds, trees and other plants. Activities for guests at Mokabi Lodge focus on enabling them to enjoy as much of this diversity as possible, in their own time and at their own pace.

Trails
Several well-marked trails traverse a variety of habitats and terrain on Moletadikgwa. Two short trails, the Waterbuck Trail and the Duiker Trail, begin at Mokabi Lodge and together form a circular route. Trails are marked in both directions with green and white signs that bear the spoor of the animal for which the trail is named. A much longer walk, the Zebra Trail, can be accessed from the road that passes the House Dam or by crossing over the small hill south of Mokabi Lodge on the Kudu Trail. The Leopard Trail, which incorporates a very steep section, provides a scenic link between the Zebra Trail and the Duiker/Waterbuck Trails. All trails have panoramic views of different parts of the Waterberg. The well-known landmark Hanglip (30km to the east) is always visible on the Zebra Trail and, on a clear day, it is possible to get a good view of Aasvoëlkop (90km to the west) from both the Zebra Trail and the start of the Waterbuck Trail. A map of the trails is provided for easy reference. (See detailed file about our trails)

Guided Walks
Lyn Wadley is an accredited field guide as well as a professional archaeologist with an extensive background in the identification of botanical remains. Tree and nature walks can be arranged for a nominal charge. Richard Wadley is a professional geologist with wide experience in the field. There are many interesting geological and geomorphological features to be seen on the property. (See file on Trees)

Bird Watching
Almost 200 species of birds have been identified on the property so far and undoubtedly many more remain to be sighted (See file on Birds Updated June 2007). From October to April, numerous summer migrants from Europe, central Asia and the Middle East are breeding visitors to the area, adding to the resident population. Guests are encouraged to report new sightings.

Game Viewing
Over 150 animals visit or live on the farm: giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala, hartebeest, warthog, waterbuck, mountain reedbuck, bush pig, duiker, steenbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer, baboon and vervet monkey are seen regularly. In addition, leopard, brown hyena, aardwolf, caracal, civet, genet, jackal, aardvark, porcupine, honey badger, night ape and pangolin occur but are seldom seen.

Game may be viewed on foot, by mountain bike or, by arrangement, on game drives with one of the owners. Guests may not use their own vehicles.

Mountain biking
The farm is ideally suited to mountain biking. One formal route of about 10km has been laid out and marked on a map, but there are numerous other vehicle and game tracks that can be used. This is a particularly good way to see animals.

Horse Riding
Although there are no horses on the farm, riding is available at reasonable rates on nearby properties.

Other Activities
Within easy driving distance is the Waterberg Rhino and Cultural Museum (and restaurant) at Melkrivier (17 km); a recently-opened art gallery at the museum; and the acclaimed Geluksfontein goat's milk cheese farm and restaurant (22km). Another restaurant (with bar and TV lounge), “Explorers”, is located at a timeshare resort nearby.

Further afield, there are several “Big Five” game farms that accept day visitors for game drives. Another property offers elephant rides and elsewhere there is a white lion breeding farm that accepts day visitors. In Mabatlane (Vaalwater), there are two good curio shops with a wide range of African crafts at reasonable prices.