Feeling like getting away from it all, but doing it in comfort and style? Look no further than the Monate Game Lodge, a luxurious, yet tranquil African bushveld break-away near Nylstroom in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Ke Monate means It is nice! in one of the indigenous South African languages. What a fitting name, because Monate Game Lodge can cater for all your leisure time wishes and needs. This spot, ideal for a weekend escape, honeymoon, or corporate event, is situated just two hours from OR Tambo International Airport, near Johannesburg, in a malaria-free location.
Wildlife in the bush
This highly recommended 4* game lodge is a hide-away in the typical and unique African bushveld with water holes, endemic bush, grassland, rocky outcrops and caves.
Monates nature sanctuary hosts a surprising number of wildlife: zebra, jackal, crocodile, warthog, giraffe, hyena, lion, hippo, a variety of antelope, as well as many bird species. Three of the Big Five also roam freely in Ke Monate: the endangered rhino, the bulky buffalo and the shy leopard. Nature lovers, remember your cameras and binoculars, and leave those cell phones switched off! Experienced and enthusiastic rangers will guide you towards the diverse ecology during early morning and late afternoon game drives. The ultimate experience is a helicopter flight providing a birds eye view of the Africas majestic beauty.
Wildlife amongst the chalets
In the manicured gardens around the lodge, rock rabbit or dassies bask in the sun, vervet monkeys play around in the indigenous trees and tame nyala antelope often forage among the chalets. Other outdoor activities include clay pigeon shooting, viewing ancient rock art, bird watching and stargazing, all to be booked and escorted by knowledgeable guides.
Sophistication in the wild
Competitive conference packages include use of the conference facilities and equipment, accommodation, all meals and tea breaks as well as a game drive. Team-building activities and other entertainment can be arranged on request.
Monate also caters for group occasions, such as special birthdays, anniversary celebrations or wedding receptions, all done by experienced and enthusiastic event co-ordinators. Options for a wedding ceremony include a spectacular wedding tree with decorated seating, a romantic natural cave, or a more traditional chapel. The conference room is transformed to a reception hall. The outdoor bushveld boma is a more relaxed option for a daytime wedding. A variety of luxurious accommodation options includes the special Skukuza lodge for the bridal pair.
A few rocky steps upwards from the boma bring you to the spectacular cave where traditional and special potjiekos sit-down dinners by lamplight can be arranged as the ultimate highlight of your bushveld visit.
Nightlife in the wild
When the sun sets, the magic of the African nightlife awakes. Enjoy the unique evening ambience around a boma camp fire with the unimaginable starry skies above. Be quiet and listen to the far-away animal sounds the snort of an antelope, the bellow of a hippopotamus, the howling of a jackal on the prowl. See a shooting star and make a wish !
Afterwards guests retire to relax in luxurious, tastefully equipped en suite rooms, chalets or suites, all decorated in authentic Out of Africa style.
What are you waiting for? Go on, book a flight, pack a bag and escape to this sanctuary to experience the unique sights and sounds of the African wildlife.
Celine Renaud is Head of Sales for Leo Trippi.
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