Morning Sun Nature Reserve offers accommodation in Louis Trichardt in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountain area of the Northern Limpopo province. This Natural Heritage site is centrally located while travelling to Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe National Park, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The Reserve offers visitors an unforgettable ALL-IN-ONE family friendly holiday: African Culture in South Africa, Walking Trails, Archaeological Ruins and Birdwatching and Butterfly hotspots.

Accommodation is available at our two lodges,  eco Mashovhela Bush Lodge and self-catering Lokovhela Mountain Cottages ideal for small groups and Backpackers, or at our Morning Sun Bush Camps for Family-friendly Holidays and Weekend Getaways welcoming both local and international guests.

Our venues at Mashovhela Bush Lodge and Drumbeat Restaurant are ideal for small Business Conferences, Weddings and Functions.



Situated 20km north of Louis Trichardt / Makhado only 4km off the N1, our eco-award winning MASHOVHELA BUSH LODGE nestled in the Soutpansberg valley accommodates guests in Venda style chalets with Bed, B&B or Full Board options.

Mashovela Bush Lodge

Mashovela Bush Lodge

Unwind in the tranquil atmosphere of our intimate and unique Eco-friendly accommodation in our standard or family Venda style units. Situated in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountains, our en-suite chalets have a unique ethnic feel and offer comfort and privacy.

Situated close to Mashovhela Bush Lodge, the MORNING SUN BUSH CAMPS cater for all camping enthusiasts from bush sites at the waterfall to our unique 4x4 Safari camper truck on top of the mountain or Hammock camps with a stargazing view.

Morning Sun Bush Camps

A perfect stop over to the north, experience a Malaria-free and safe for camping at the waterfall or on top of the scenic Soutpansberg mountain plateau in this Natural Heritage Site. Beautiful year round weather you to experience this unique, untouched indigenous African bush.

Located on top of the mountain, a scenic 30 minute drive from Mashovhela takes you to our self-catering option at LOKOVHELA MOUNTAIN COTTAGES which is perfect for small groups or Backpackers.

Lokhovhela Mountain Cottages

Lokovhela Mountain Cottages

The perfect Self-catering cottages are ideal for a family-friendly weekend getaway or as a stop over when travelling to the Northern Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, Zimbabwe or Botswana. Our accommodation is ideal for small groups, families or backpackers.




Book kick-off meetings, team building events, year-end functions or any private function ideally situated in the Soutpansberg only 20km from Louis Trichardt | Makhado.



Let us make your wedding the special day it should be. Situated on our Malaria-free Morning Sun Nature Reserve, nestled in the scenic Soutpansberg mountains with waterfalls, streams and indigenous forests allowing for an abundance of photographic opportunities.

Drumbeat Restaurant

Drumbeat Restaurant

Let us custom create your Wedding, Conference or any Special function in the peaceful atmosphere of our Eco-lodge and Restaurant. The restaurant, terrace, boma and bush, as well as our fully licensed bar, offers a variety of South African cuisine at different settings for various occasions. Situated in a Natural heritage Site just north of Louis Trichardt | Makhado in the Northern Limpopo Province.


We offer you selected programs and packages at a discounted rate.

Morning Sun Programs

Morning Sun Programs

We have planned a memorable itinerary for 2-4 nights stay at Morning Sun Nature Reserve. Our suggested Soutpansberg Splendour and Venda Culture programs ensure a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Package Partners

Our ‘Best of Both Worlds’ partners.

Lodge Packages

Lodge Packages

Offering you the ‘Best of Both Worlds’, we partner with surrounding lodges to experience the combination of Authentic African Venda Culture with a Big 5 safari.


Explore the beauty of our bio-diverse Natural Heritage Site and the Authentic Venda Culture or simply relax at our swimming pool. The perfect weather all year round allows you to revitalise in the natural beauty of the spectacular scenic Soutpansberg mountains while following the  Walking Trails through indigenous forests and along valley streams and waterfalls. Enjoy a thirst-quenching sundowner during the Venda dance and drums around a fire.

Morning Sun Activities

Morning Sun Activities

Morning Sun Nature Reserve offers guided and unguided Walking Trails, guided Scenic Drives, Bird and Butterfly Spotting. With over 300 Tree Species on the Reserve making up part of an intricate ecosystem, creates opportunities for studying and identifying the fauna and flora of the Soutpansberg mountains.

Lodge Packages

Guided Area Tours

Guests staying at Mashovhela Bush Lodge or Lokovhela Mountain Cottages can experience guided tours to the Kavambe Cultural Village, Venda Culture and Arts, Baobab Forest, Archaeological Sites and Big 5 Reserves during their visit.

Venda Cultural Experience

The Soutpansberg Mountains of the Limpopo Province in South Africa is the home of the Venda people, the smallest of the South African cultures. The Venda culture is steeped in the spirit world and finds expression in their wood carvings, pottery and general decoration. It is built on a vibrant mythical belief system, and water is an important theme – the belief that lakes and rivers are sacred. Drums are central in the culture and there are legends and symbols linked to them.



Travelling north along the main roads, suggested routes from Morning Sun Nature Reserve enable you to explore the panoramic Soutpansberg mountains. Towards the west, you can view the salt pans. The Baobab forest will take you eastwards to the Giant Baobab tree or travel northwards to Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.


Morning Sun Nature Reserve is ideally located just off the N1 north of Louis Trichardt | Makhado only 4 hours drive from Pretoria.

Directions to Mashovhela Bush Lodge and Lokovhela Mountain Cottages


MAPUNGUBWE: SA’s Lost City of Gold

Unesco said “What survives are the almost untouched remains of the palace sites and also the entire settlement area dependent upon them, as well as two earlier capital sites, the whole presenting an unrivalled picture of the development of social and political structures over some 400 years.”

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 to protect South African wildlife. An area of almost 2 million hectares filled with abundant fauna and flora, history and archaeology – a treasure to be experienced.


The Majestic Victoria Falls is one of the the main tourist attractions in Africa, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This waterfall is the largest in the world and has a collection of the most diverse fauna that exist in a waterfall area.


Pont Drift Border Crossing – the closest entry into Botswana from Morning Sun Nature Reserve. Botswana, a true leader in ecotourism, offers stunning landscapes and pristine wilderness with fantastic game viewing and birding throughout the year.