Safari Moon Luxury Bush Lodge  Verified Listing

Hoedspruit > Limpopo > South Africa

Excellent Rating: 4.8 / 5
Based on 4 verified guest reviews

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Member since: 1 Sept. 2009

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Boma Fire
Private Bathroom
Pets are not allowed
Swimming Pool
Coffee Machine
Outdoor furniture
Dining Area
Bar fridge
No smoking
Tea and coffee facilities

Safari Moon Luxury Bush Lodge is the latest venture of esteemed designer and decorator, Nicola Leitch: an avid collector of art and all things interesting. Owners of coastal properties, Penguin Palace and Whale-Tide Villa in Cape Town, Nicola and Guy have recently branched out their boutique collection to the bush and established yet another unique accommodation.

Stepping into the lodge is much like entering an eclectic art exhibition, it’s inspiration stemming from around the globe, there is attention to detail in each and every aspect of this brand new boutique B&B.

The lodge and living spaces are draped in luxurious finishes and fine art, from a 55-piece collection of renowned Ardmore ceramics to an array of Lionel Smit paintings and sculptures - Safari Moon provides a cultured and contemporary setting for the discerning traveller.

There are 6 stylish suites to choose from during your stay, named after different wildlife species that can be seen in the estate and around the lodge. Every room has its own charm, style and story, not forgetting a vibrant collection of both international and African art. One can expect a luxurious and tranquil space to revitalise and rediscover one of South Africa’s most sought after safari destinations.

Guests can look forward to a personalised and exceptional service during their stay, and it’s not just the artwork that’s from every corner of the globe, the culinary experience also has an array of international elements but always comprises from quality ingredients that are both locally sourced and seasonal. Breakfast is included in a stay at Safari Moon and consists of a spectacular spread of seasonal fruit, crunchy homemade granola, yoghurt & honey, freshly squeezed juice and two daily options for the main course. Meals can be ordered in advance from tapas-style gourmet platters enjoyed by the pool, to a three-course lavish dining affair with your host and fellow travellers.

Located in South Africa’s Safari hub of Hoedspruit, Safari Moon is a boutique base from which to discover the wonders of South Africa’s Lowveld region. Explore a range of nearby attractions from the famed Kruger National park to the scenic Panorama Route, or simply chose to relax and unwind in nature, making the most of your private piece of Wildlife Estate wilderness.

In Room Facilities:

Accommodation at Safari Moon consists of 6 individually unique suites, all embellished with artistic pieces from all over the world. Each room offers something different, but what they all have in common is the attention to detail in the decor, from fresh foliage to the finishing touches. They are fitted with all of the modern luxuries and quality amenities that you may need. Named after the different wildlife species that can be seen in the estate and around the lodge, every suite has its own charm, style and story.

Guests can expect a luxurious and tranquil space to relax and unwind in nature. Room facilities include:

* Private Outdoor Decks or Raised Open Balconies
* Sun Loungers & Seating Areas
* Air-con & Fans
* Four Poster / Extra Length King Size Beds
* 100% Cotton Sheets
* Feather Pillows & Duvets
* Coffee Machine & Tea Station
* Large bar fridge which can be stocked in advance
with your preferred goodies
* Africology Amenities / Hairdryer
* International Plug Points
* Spacious Storage, Hanging Space & Safety Box
* Complimentary Hi-Speed Wifi
* Mosquito Spray & Hand Sanitiser
* Spacious Bathrooms, Vanity Basins, Outdoor or Indoor Rain Showers
* Victorian Claw, Freestanding Stone or Built-In Bathtubs
* Complimentary Sherry

Area Information:

The Hoedspruit Wildlife estate has plenty to do if you don’t fancy venturing very far from the lodge. Explore the self-drive game drive routes, make use of the bird hides and cycle tracks, horse riding or simply take a leisurely stroll around the estate.

Further afield there is an array of guided safari excursions, scenic tours and adventures in the Lowveld region. The most popular has to be a trip into the Kruger National Park. Spend sunrise to sunset scouring this iconic wilderness region, searching for its diverse array of species that roam, stalk, soar and sprint.

The entrance to Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is located in the centre of town, just a 20-minute drive from Hoedspruit airport. We are easily accessible by road from Johannesburg which is a scenic 5-6-hour drive. Upon confirmation, guests will be asked to provide their contact details in which the owner will send the gate details prior to arrival.

Property Facilities:

Lodge Facilities / Features :

* Communal Pool / Sun-loungers
* Secluded Indoor / Outdoor Lounge Areas
* The Safari Moon Bar
* Braai Area / Cosy Boma / Stylish Seating Area
* Self-Serve Coffee Machine / Tea Selection / Rusks (Complimentary)
* Tapas-Style Platters are available to order during lunch | R320pp &
(Min x2 Guests)
* The Dining Experience | Dinner Set-Menu 3-Courses | R450pp
* Lunches, Dinners & Demonstrations must be pre-booked in advance
* Cooking Demonstrations with Nicola (Min x4 Guests)
* Can cater to all tastes and dietary requirements including Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian & Vegan

The main lodge opens out to a stylish outside lounge area, pool deck, sun loungers, succulent gardens, braai area and cosy boma. Water-features are found throughout the gardens and create a tranquil atmosphere. Beautiful Balinese parasols catch the bush-veld breeze and create an inviting appeal to the Safari Moon pool deck which is also shaded by a flowing knobthorn, little marula and a twisted velvet corkwood. A hanging chair and leopard orchid suspends in the corkwood which overhangs the bar.

Safari Moon may be a bed & breakfast lodge, but during your stay you can sample the different dining experiences. Tapas-style platters can be ordered at lunch, consisting of a gourmet spread which includes a variety of homemade dips, pâtés, breads, cheeses, pickles and salads. Best paired with a bottle of Creation wine, and can be served by the pool or to your room. Leaving the lodge for the day? Packed breakfasts and homemade picnic lunches can also be arranged to take with you on any self-drive excursion or day trip. Dinners are a lavish affair and are usually served communally under the Ardmore collection, alfresco on the deck or fireside in the boma. Nicola’s flair for flavour, presentation and winning combinations is what makes the food here so enjoyable. Theres something for all and no matter the dietary requirement or intolerances everyone can be catered for at Safari Moon.

Depending on the South African season, Nicola changes up the menu, with lighter dishes like gazpacho, pink picked salads, and sorbets in the scorching summer months and wintertime it’s all about the sumptuous potjies, creamy chicken pies, and spiced poached pears. Utilising only the best local ingredients, simple, yet quality dishes are served at Safari Moon.

(Lunches, Dinners & Demonstrations must be pre-booked in advance)


We have listed the most popular activities to do nearby, in other words a bush-veld bucket-list :

* Full Day Kruger National Park
* Panoramic Route Tour
* Game Drives & Bush Walks (In surrounding big-five reserves)
* Walking Safaris
* Photographic Safaris
* Bird-Watching Tours
* Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise
* Blyderiverspoort Hiking Trail
* Microlight Flying
* Scenic Hot Air Ballon Ride
* Maripskop Mountain Walks (with local guide)
* Jessica The Hippo
* Hiking Excursions
* Quad Biking
* Horse Riding & Bike-Hire
* Helicopter Ride over Blyde River Canyon
* Afrocology Spa Treatments

Safari Moon is ideal base to explore the wonders of what the Lowveld has to offer. Activities can be booked during your stay, from a day in the Kruger National Park, a tour of the Blyde River Canyon boat ride to horse riding in the estate. We recommend planning activities prior to arrival which can be arranged with Nicola via email at -


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Nomsa Masoka
06 April 2021

It was a beautiful place and I loved every piece of the decor from the kitchen to the bathroom. The designer paid attention to details on all the art pieces and finishings. Everything was excellent, from cleanliness, delicious food, friendly staff and amazing hostesses. It felt like a home away from home. It really was by far one of the most luxurious lodge I have ever been to both locally and internationally.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Nomsa Masoka
06 April 2021


Superb. 5 out of 5
21 December 2020

Beautiful place. Interior decor on point. Clean and comfortable. A calming environment!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
12 December 2020

Great location . Wonderful host and staff.
World class décor!!

Superb. 5 out of 5

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Hoedspruit Reviews

Rene Capuli
25 March 2021


Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Refilwe Mangena
09 January 2021

The town is very small yet beautiful and neat. It has lots of tourist attractions and good place to visit, just to unwind!

Superb. 5 out of 5
28 August 2019

Endangered Species Centre.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Helena Louw
12 September 2018

Sight seeing, Moholoholo Animal Rehab Centre, Blyde Canyon, Kruger Park, Cheetah and Endangered species project, Mariepskop viewpoint
Everything close-by. Walking, Jogging, Gymming, Game drives.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Kathy Vermeulen
08 August 2018

There is plenty to do in Hoedspruit, people are friendly and laid back!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

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