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Leshiba is a unique, eco-friendly game and nature reserve spectacularly positioned atop the mystical Soutpansberg mountains in the Limpopo province, just 36km west of Louis Trichardt.
A variety of guided and unguided activities are available, including 12 marked walking trails which weave through some of the country’s most unique environments with a high biodiversity of flora and fauna. Here you can walk amongst wildlife, including giraffe, antelope, leopard, porcupines and zebra. Trek along spectacular trails through forests and across plains. Hike down breathtaking gorges to sparkling natural pools. Visit ancient rock art sites and enjoy sundowner game drives, guided walks, horse riding, stargazing and more.
The Venda Village Lodge is an authentic traditional village re-created together with internationally renowned Venda artists, Noria Mabasa and Thomas Kubayi. Apart from five rondavels, there are two romantic private suites, each with a plunge pool and patio overlooking the wildlife grazing on the plain below.
Hamasha Bush Camp offers rustic self-catering accommodation in a remote setting with spectacular views through the Hamasha gorge (4x4 required).
Luvhondo Camp is Leshiba’s group accommodation venue. It is situated close to the cliffs with endless views and is ideal for workshops eg. yoga, photography, retreats; small conferences and interest groups eg. hiking, birding, dendrological.
Leshiba offers unrivalled scenery, unspoilt nature, a variety of wildlife and a high number of endemic species. This private game reserve is a family-run mountain retreat that offers a uniquely African experience with personal touches, warm hospitality and rich memories.
4x4 lodge transfers | Children at the Venda Village Lodge by arrangement | Complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot
Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.
36 km west of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) off the R522 to Vivo.
4x4 required or 30 min lodge transfer arranged prior to arrival.
GPS Co-Ordinates: 22°59’ 0” S 29° 33’ 0” E
Take the M1 North out of JHB
Get onto the N1 North to Polokwane (Pietersburg).
At Polokwane follow signs N1 to Makhado (Louis Trichardt)
Take the N1 to Makhado (Louis Trichardt)
At Makhado (Louis Trichardt), the first main 4-way stop that you come to is Rissik Street / R522 to Vivo.
NOTE: If you put your speedometer to 0 at this first four way stop it is 36.1km to our turn off.
Turn left into Rissik Street.
The BP garage that you will come to on the left is the last fill up spot
Take Rissik Street all the way out of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) and +- 31km outside of town you will cross over a railway line
Carry on over the railway line for +- 4.7km and you will cross over the SAND RIVER Bridge
After the bridge +- 300m down the road you will see a Leshiba sign on the right hand side.
Turn right onto the gravel road.
NOTE: There are a number of gates along the road, which may or may not be closed. Please leave these as you find them. Follow all signs to Leshiba.
Carry on along the dirt road. After +- 3km's, you will come to a farmhouse on your left.
IF YOU HAVE PRE – ARRANGED A TRANSFER AND HAVE CALLED TO INFORM THE LODGE OF YOUR TIME OF ARRIVAL, PLEASE PARK YOUR CAR IN THE PARKING BAYS PROVIDED. SOMEONE FROM LESHIBA WILL MEET YOU HERE.
After the farmhouse, a few hundred metres up ahead, the road forks and you keep to the right. Continue following the signs that say Leshiba.
Follow the road up the mountain to the gate. Please make sure that you have put the chain around the gate and not just the gate post and that you have secured the combination lock.
Keep straight at the first sign that says RECEPTION
At the next intersection, which is a large 4 way intersection, turn right to RECEPTION
You will pass a sign that says HORSE & HOUND, carry on straight towards RECEPTION
After +- 100m, turn RIGHT at the next sign / road to the right and carry on following RECEPTION signs
You will drive through the valley and the road curves right.
Keep right and cross the valley up to the VENDA VILLAGE where you will find our RECEPTION where you will be checked in.
NOTE: Please ignore the signs that say 'gate locked' and ensure that you close the gate properly.
Important tips when driving up the mountain:
Keep the car in first gear the whole way up.
Try not to use your clutch too much.
Try to take the drainage bumps at an angle rather than driving straight over them.
If you travel very slowly you should have no difficulties.
Please call Leshiba at 015 593 0076 or 082 315 9930 or 071 695 8603 when you reach Louis Trichardt/Makhado and if at any time you would prefer a transfer up the mountain, please let Leshiba know. Please note that cell / mobile phones, other than the number above, have no reception at Leshiba.