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Moholoholo Forest Camp
Norway
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“Great start on our safari vacation”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

After a long flight to Jb and drive from Jb to Moholoholo, we (three families 2+2) got a very warm and enthusiastic welcome by Kevin - our guide during our entire stay. Kevin really made our stay special for each of us. The setting of the camp was beautiful, close to Drakensberg.
Both the chalets and the common rest and dining areas were really nice. Having the children in one chalet and adults in another was not a problem. One of the families had a very nice chalet with two separate bedrooms. It was really special to see so many animals close up, like young nyalas playing with each other outside the chalet and warthogs eating.
We had both night drives and morning walking safaris inside Moholoholo. Kevin were good at finding both very small insects and different animals, as well as tracks. Taking good care of all animals/reptiles/insects were in focus, so even stopping the car when ants crossed the gravel road was fun.
We also learnt a lot during our trip to Moholoholo rehabilitation senter. After a fun and interesting introduction, guides followed us around the sendter and tought us about the different animals, how the animals had been injured, how animals were endagered, rescued, relocated /reintroduced to its natural environment. Animal - human conflicts, pollution etc.
Thank you for an excellent stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

I was fortunate enough to stay at this wonderful camp for 2 nights in August 2012.I was speechless when I first saw it at the end of the drive from the highway. What a wonderful setting at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains.I stopped here after going to Kruger which is another review before flying to Victoria Falls.To have the animals in touching distance (but one does not touch) is amazing to wake to the sounds of the monkeys coming out of the trees is also amazing and to hear Big Boy from the rehabilitation centre roaring is also amazing.
The camp has a drinking pond for the animals and a hide at ground level so you can experience the animals at their level.The only complaint I have about the hide was that it was opened outwards and quite a distance to the ground so landed with a thud which did frighten the animals and also made it difficult to close.Unfortunately when I was there I do not think many people had used the hide as there were quite a few cobwebs over the hinges and that is a shame that it had not been used.
The staff where always courteous and pleasant.I liked the idea that the manager sat with you for dinner and more than happy to answer any questions .
Breakfast/dinner/lunch was served on the balcony over looking the pond where the animals came to drink or outside so that again you could observe the animals wandering around especially the resident Nyala that would wander around the BBQ.
Jarods night drive to see the animals is a must and even though you may think you will not see anything you will be surprised.I saw giraffe,zebra,wilderbeast,impala and an aardvark how lucky was I.Dress warm as the nights are cold.
The next morning before breakfast Jarod took us on a walk to a waterhole where resides a hippo another must thing to do and in daylight you will see the animals of last night except the aardvark which is an noctornal animal.
Jarod had told us that of a night as the camp sleeps zebra and giraffe walk through as evidenced by paw marks not to mention the resident Nyala.
Close by is the Rehabilitation Centre for wild animals another must thing to do.To pat a cheeta, feed a cheeta ,see first hand a cheeta run so amazing to hear the noise of the paws on the ground and have a bird of prey land on your arm is just - words cannot explain.
More importantly is to listen about the plight of the leopard and how the centre is trying to reeducate farmers and instead of shooting the leopard but trap it in a cage supplied by the rehab centre so that it may be relocated.
To see how animals having been caught in poachers traps will never be released because of injuries sustaned.
To meet the resident warthog named Wartee and to get up close and personal with a honey badger are just a few of the atractions of the rehab centre.
To see the multi cultural volunteers who pay to be there carry out their duties with care and concern for these animals is just amazing.
No need for me to post photos of Moholoholo Camp as other satisfied guests have done that so I will post some photos of the animals.
I can highly recommend the camp and the rehab centre.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

In the middle on nowhere in the African bush there is Moholoholo Forest Camp and it is beautiful. You sleep in bamboo huts that lets you listen to the sounds of nature throughout the night. In our case it was foremost two nyala bucks trying to warn each other off the territory.
The mosquito nets are arranged in a way that makes you feel royal and the bathroom lacks of nothing.
Food is great and hotel lobby, honest bar and dining room very sober with interesting details.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

A day's stay at Forest Camp and a visit to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center should be a prerequisite for all travelers visiting Kruger National Park, if just to get a better understanding of the myriad of threats to both the park and it's wildlife.

For many of Kruger's international visitors, it can be very easy to ignore the realities of the environmental threats to Kruger while drinking fine wine in a luxury lodge, but Brian Jones and the staff of Moholoholo do a great job of painting an accurate picture of the park and its future, dark as it may be.

The rooms at Forest Camp were far more comfortable than we ever expected...roomy, clean and with excellent bathroom and shower facilities....top notch. Our hut could have easily accommodated a family of 5 instead of just my wife and I.

The lodge provides free Wi-Fi for those who need to be connected and while the meals were adequate, they were not nearly up to the standards of some of the other lodges we've stayed in. The lunch of "chicken mcnuggets" was a bit disappointing for many in our merry troop, but the open bar, which is managed on an honor system, was very convenient for water, juice and other beverages.

Our primary purpose for visiting Moholoholo was to tour the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. We had the pleasure of spending a very busy day and a half at the center. The passion and knowledge of the staff was not just an educational experience, but a great inspiration as well. Our encounters with the baby Rhino and baby Cheetahs was mesmerizing. The Center provides a great chance to see some of Africa's great animals up close and personal while learning quite a bit about the environment and the pressures being brought to bear on many of them. It's just a shame that the Center and it's founder, Brain Jones, don't receive more coverage and support here in the USA. Too much of the "African" agenda has been highjacked by propagandists from PETA and other organizations.

If you can't book a room at Forest Camp, it's certainly well worth a day visit to see the Rehab Center.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Escondido
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Out of 3 lodges we stayed at in the area, the Forest Camp rooms were absolutely beautiful. The huts were very well spaced out and well off the main path. It was a long winding pathway of archways, vines and rustic fencing that led us to the room. The room was huge, and beautifully decorated. The bathroom was unbelievably beautiful. The beds were very comfortable. Dinner that night was in a beautifully lite boma and the food was delicious. The view of the mountains is stunning. The experiences on our tour of the rehab center the next day was amazing. They do great work with the animals. Many are non releasable and serve as ambassadors for the wildlife in the area. We learned so much about the eco system of Africa and important conservation issues. We got up close and personal with all sorts of animals including cheetah and vultures. I highly recommend Forest Camp and the Rehab Center tour. I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Room 9 or 10 were the furthest our and most private.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

We spent a night at Mountain View camp middle of March 2012 before moving on to Kruger Park. We loved every minute from arriving at dusk to see giraffe, zebras etc on our way to the cottages. Staff were amazingly helpful and friendly - we loved it and wish we had stayed on there for the next 3 nights and used it as a base for the Kruger - accommodation there at the same price was extremely basic comparatively. Highly recommended, like finding a wonderful secret hide away. We will defintely be returning.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

One of our stops along the way on our recent three-week motorcycle tour of South Africa was spending three nights at the Moholoholo Forest Camp near Hoedstruit. Being a wild life preserve, we were announced and given an escort to the camp from the gate. We followed the ranger to the camp and were delighted to have been assigned the honeymoon suite for our three night stay.

The rooms are beautifully appointed, set apart from one another giving total privacy and a sense of peace and tranquillity while feeling that we were in the bush. The rehab centre that does a lot of good work educating people on the animals that share our world is quite close to the Forest Camp and we could hear “Big Boy”, the male lion roaring in the night.

Our stay was full board and the meals were delicious. The Camp operates an “Honour” bar and they have a nice selection of beers and wines to choose from as well as a good selection of soft drinks. We had a lovely range (Jacques) at our disposal, and were treated to numerous game drives around the camp, as well as visiting the rehab centre and meeting some of the lovely animals (and people) at the centre.

Well worth a visit! Looking forward to going back again soon.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Moholoholo Forest Camp
Address: North Eastern Lowveld Drakensberg mountain range, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Moholoholo
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Moholoholo
Number of rooms: 10

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