Accommodation near Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve

The Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve is a picturesque protected area in the heart of Limpopo province. The 4600 hectare reserve is only 3 hours from Johannesburg, and almost as close to Pretoria, and yet sitting on the dam's banks, surrounded by open savannah and the towering Waterberg Mountains, you couldn't feel further from the city if you tried. The closest town to the reserve is the tiny coal-mining town Lephalale, with a population which hovers below 3000.

To fill you in somewhat, the Mokolo Dam is a rock fill dam, fed by the mighty Mokolo River. The dam itself is the largest in the Limpopo province and when the water levels reach the high-water mark, the dam takes up most of the space within the reserve's boundary. The abundance of water and the combination of soetveld (sweet grass) and suurveld (sour grass) means that the reserve is a popular haven for many species of antelope and other herbivores. It is also a bird paradise, boasting a hefty variety of waders and other species.

The Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve is open to day visitors and is a popular spot to spend a lazy day picnicking and spotting birds. For the more active, the dam is the perfect place to get down to some water-sports, with wake-boarding and water-skiing being ever-popular options.

Fishing is another popular past-time in the reserve, with previous reports suggesting bass catches of up to 4 kilograms!

Finally, the ever-present birds, the open grassland and the varying shadows and shapes cast by the magnificent Waterberg repeatedly catch the eye of keen photographers, earning the Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve an impressive reputation amongst photographers, amateur and professional alike.

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Dinkweng Safari Camp
13.8 km

From R995 pps

Dinkweng Safari Camp is a wildlife sanctuary in the UNESCO-registered Waterberg Biosphere in Limpopo Province, just three hours' drive from Johannesburg (Gauteng). A wide variety of indigenous game... More Info

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18.3 km

From R300 pps

Ashante, meaning "grateful", is the most perfect bushveld getaway spot for a relaxing vacation. Ashante lies nestled in the folds of the Waterberg Mountans on the banks of the Rietspruit River outside... More Info

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Wild Ivory Eco Lodge
20.7 km

From R960 pps

Wild Ivory Eco Lodge is a private and exclusive bush lodge situated in Welgevonden Game Reserve, a well established big 5 game reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa and in the heart of the W... More Info

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Ama Amanzi
21.2 km


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From R799 pps

Ama Amanzi Game Lodge offers you a warm welcome in the bush. Enjoy the Waterberg bushveld as it is your own. . personal attention and a private atmosphere . pristine bushveld to enjoy at its pu... More Info

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Matamba Bush Campsite
24.3 km

From R225 pps

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"Built by campers for campers" Situated on a beautiful 400Ha private game farm, within the Waterberg Biosphere, and home to a wide variety of plains game and superb birdlife. Matamba offers two exclu... More Info

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Sabrisa Romantic Getaway
25.7 km

From R775 pps

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For a truly unique experience in the Limpopo Bushveld come and visit us at Sabrisa Romantic Getaway only 19 kilometers from Lephalale (Waterberg area) en route to Botswana. Enjoy romantic dinners unde... More Info

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Shibula Lodge & Spa
26.2 km

From R2200 pps

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Nestled in the unspoilt wilderness of the Malaria-free Waterberg, Shibula Lodge is strategically located in the centre of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. Rated as one of the top 10 romantic bush... More Info

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Sediba Private Game Lodge
26.5 km

From R4200 pps

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Sediba offers exclusivity, style and luxury against a backdrop of wild Africa in all her splendour. Situated in the malaria free and 'Big 5' Welgevonden Private Game Reserve and is only a 3- hour driv... More Info

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57 Waterberg
26.8 km

From R3875 pps

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Fifty Seven Waterberg is located in the majestic Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, only 3 hours from Johannesburg and it sports the Big Five in a malaria free environment. This is a place of rare and... More Info

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Jamila Game Lodge
27.3 km


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From R1947 pps

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Jamila, meaning "a place of beauty", is a spectacular game lodge situated in the northern part of the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, a pristine wilderness area which includes the Big F... More Info

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