The Morning Sun Nature Reserve is registered under No. 89 as a National Heritage Site, because it is a prime example of the unique biodiversity of the Soutpansberg.

Morning Sun Nature Reserve is situated in the Soutpansberg Mountains of the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

It presently consists of four farms, namely Zwarthoek, Zwarthoek portion1 (Lokovhela), Little Leigh and Morning Sun in the Soutpansberg District. The first of these, Little Leigh, was purchased in 1970 by the current owner, Dr Hans H Hahn.

Mashovhela Bush Lodge was built on the already degraded site of an abandoned Venda settlement in order to minimise the ecological footprint and a conscious decision was made not to connect to the public power grid. Instead renewable energy, wherever possible, would be used to satisfy the energy needs of the Lodge. In this manner Mashovhela Lodge contributes to minimising greenhouse gas emissions and climatic change.

Mashovhela Bush Lodge received its first paying guests in May 2008. The lodge has 10 en-suite chalets and a restaurant and conference centre that can accommodate 60 covers in one sitting, a safari tent annex is under construction (one prototype tent is already available).

Morning Sun’s Vision

Enjoyment of a unique eco-experience amidst stunning scenic beauty and biodiversity in a malaria-free area providing guests with an escape from the busy city life in an atmosphere of warm and friendly hospitality.
Promoting understanding, respect and preservation of the Venda culture, upliftment of local communities and conservation of the Soutpansberg environment.

Objectives and Goals

  • Create an economically sustainable operation.
  • Create new employment opportunities
  • To provide an eco-friendly operation
  • Provide on-going training and skills transfer to all staff
  • Increase the land under conservation, through purchasing further farms or creating a conservancy with likeminded neighbours.
  • Controlled introduction of game species indigenous to the region
  • Removal of all exotic and invasive plant species
  • To provide a memorable experience for guests
  • To inform and educate staff and guests in eco-friendly living
  • To aid in the upliftment of the local village through employment, including part time employment of dancers and labourers, village tourism and skills transfer.
  • To create awareness of the Soutpansberg as a tourism destination