Mhondoro, where humans and elephants rub shoulders
Spiritual retreat in the heart of the Bushveld
In fact, one of the publicity images of a lone bull slurping away from the pool, with a guest sunbathing on a lounger a few meters away, had heightened my curiosity to visit the lodge.
It seems lady luck was with me as, on my first night at the lodge situated inside the Wel- gevonden Safari Reserve, a cheekybullcame nearthepool, flapped away the cover and merrily drank from it. He was so close, one only needed to extend a hand to pat his task.
Guests immediately abandoned their food to capture the experience on their cameras.
It is such a signature experience at the lodge. The establishment runs a competition toencourage guests to upload their selfies with ele- phants drinking from the pool on the background, if one is lucky enough to see this, for a chance to win a stay at the lodge.
My drive to the lodge, that is owned by Dutch couple Frank and Myriam Vogel, was pleasantlyquick, just overtwohours. Situated just outside Vaalwater, off the main Polokwane N1 highway in the Waterberg area.
Being put up in a luxury honeymoon suite at Mhondoro meant a stay fit for A-listers.
The suite has its ownplunge pool, large bathroomandshower area where the indoor show- er leads to a rugged bath-time experience of their outdoor shower.
No luxury has beensparedin the contemporary afro-chic influenced decor. When I ask about their world class furnishings, I learnfromfront officeassistant, Tashinga Dzwukutu, that Myriam is the one who decorated the lodge.
“We hada firea fewyears ago at the main house and she had the prefect opportunity to refurbish it,” she said.
The honeymoon suite is situated a stone-throw away from the four other suites for privacy.
On my first day I savoured the room andwatched the sunset from the heated plunge pool. The lodge can accommodate 14 to 18 guests in their four suites, but those with