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About Moditlo River Lodge

Situated within 36,000 acres of African bushveld along the picturesque banks of the Nbesi River in the Greater Kruger, Moditlo Private Game Reserve provides an array of magical wildlife encounters and beautiful accommodations. Moditlo River Lodge is centrally located in the Blue Canyon Conservancy, featuring an impressive variety of flora and fauna. Bearing the name "Moditlo," meaning 'place of the elephant' in reference to the gentle giant of the bushveld, the lodge exudes the tranquil grace of this extraordinary creature throughout its surroundings.

Crafted to merge the rustic charm of a bushveld retreat with the sophistication expected of a top-tier safari destination, the 18-bedroom lodge ensures guests enjoy every comfort and convenience. Immerse yourself in the adventure with game drives led by passionate and knowledgeable nature guides, savour the finest South African wines and cuisine at the full-service restaurant, and enjoy al fresco boma barbecues prepared by skilled chefs. Families with children aged 8 and older are warmly welcomed, with youngsters able to engage in a specially curated activity plan to enhance their wildlife knowledge and join game drives at the manager's discretion. For added exclusivity, private vehicles can be arranged for your family's use.

Moditlo River Lodge Setting

Situated at the base of the renowned Drakensberg mountain range of South Africa, Moditlo Private Game Reserve is situated within the Blue Canyon Conservancy, adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. Widely acclaimed as a sought-after retreat, Moditlo River Lodge is the quintessential bush getaway and stands as one of South Africa's premier wildlife destinations. Encompassing approximately 16,500 hectares of unspoiled African bush, the reserve is a habitat for some of Africa's most coveted wildlife, including lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, hippos, and an array of bird species typical to the Lowveld.

Notably, Moditlo is home to a pack of wild dogs, the second-rarest carnivore species in Africa, with an estimated 2000 remaining globally. The Blue Canyon Conservancy offers exceptional biodiversity, featuring two primary eco-zones: the Northern thornveld and Southern bush-willow woodlands. The reserve's landscape encompasses numerous lakes, perennial streams, dams, abundant large trees along the river beds, panoramic views of the Drakensberg mountains, and a rich variety of wildlife. This, combined with unparalleled natural beauty, establishes Moditlo Game Reserve as an unforgettable safari destination.

What's included

  • Tea/coffee and guest amenities
  • All meals and a welcome drink
  • 2 game drives per day (drinks on the game drive included)

Frequently asked questions

  • Is there a shuttle that fetches us from Hoedspruit?

  • Is there a Spa at Moditlo River Lodge?

  • Is there a swimming pool?

  • Are the big 5 in your reserve?

  • Is there wifi?


  • Superb

    The staff are great. Facilities and rooms are excellent. Very comfortable.

    Conservio.com review

    K. Venter

  • Cherished Memories

    Our stay at Moditlo far surpassed our expectations in all aspects of the experience. Beautiful and tranquil luxury lodge with a friendly vibe from attentive, courteous and accommodating staff. Excellent food in Boma fireside setting as well as outdoor dining area. Lovely, ultra-comfortable accommodation with frequent visits from gentle nyala rummaging in the grass and entertaining monkeys.

    Conservio.com review

    D. Tor

  • Exceptional in every way

    The Lodge was beautiful and all of the staff were exceptional and made the whole experience a once in a lifetime safari.

    Conservio.com review

    C. Schuur

Moditlo River Lodge impact highlights

Numerous highly endangered species, including the ground-hornbill, African wild dog, brown hyena, and others, have found refuge at Moditlo and are now thriving through successful breeding efforts – a source of joy for the reserve's rangers, wildlife experts, and safari enthusiasts alike. Positioned at the base of the dramatic and renowned Drakensberg mountains, with its abundance of lakes, diverse wildlife, and unparalleled natural beauty, Moditlo Game Reserve stands out as an unforgettable destination for safari holidays. After exploring the reserve, several wildlife conservationists have concluded that the Blue-Canyon Private Game Reserve boasts one of the most abundant and varied biodiversities across the entire African continent.

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