Moledi Gorge – An Exquisite Hidden Gem in the North West

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One of the things I love about what I do is discovering hidden gems. The uber-chic Moledi Gorge is one such treasure. Built high on a cliff, in a malaria-free private reserve near Derby in the North West province, this five-star lodge overlooks a spectacular gorge. Retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows throughout the lodge take maximum advantage of the breathtaking views and bring the outdoors in.

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Main Lodge

We left Johannesburg on a Friday afternoon and reached Moledi Gorge, after a pleasant drive of one-and-a-half-hours. At the lodge, we were welcomed with a song and chilled mocktails from the staff, then led inside. Immediately, we were drawn to the magical views and my first thought was that everyday troubles certainly pale into insignificance when faced with a vista like this.

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The main deck

This intimate and exclusive sanctuary has just seven deluxe rooms and an opulent Presidential Suite, and can be booked for individual stays or for groups. The décor is eclectic and though the rooms have similar styling, they are individually decorated. I couldn’t get over the trendy furnishings and my daughter, an art connoisseur-in-training was fascinated with the beautiful artwork.

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Presidential Suite

All the rooms have private balconies with panoramic views of the gorge.  Two of the rooms have enclosed bathrooms and the rest have partially enclosed or open-plan bathrooms. It is best to state your preferences when booking. The presidential suite – which also makes a perfect honeymoon suite – features a private garden with its own swimming pool and a hot tub.

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Our bedroom

Our bedroom had a king-sized bed, a working desk and an open-plan bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub. A Nespresso machine and a complimentary mini-bar were on hand to quench our thirst in between mealtimes. Africology amenities were provided in the bathroom area. There are no TV’s in the rooms, but they weren’t missed at all.

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Bathtub

Full-length windows led onto our private balcony and looked out onto the gorge.  The first thing I’d do in the mornings when I woke up would be to open the blinds and admire the scenery. Sometimes, I could see sable antelopes grazing on the opposite cliff. There were daybeds and an outdoor shower on the balcony. My son especially enjoyed the latter.

Children are welcome at Moledi Gorge. My kids had their own en-suite bedroom, which they loved. They also loved having their own mini-bar and unlimited wi-fi.

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Main lodge area

The main lodge is spacious with an open-plan lounge and dining area. A large deck with outdoor seating overlooks the gorge and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink while watching the sun set. On the other side of the lodge is another deck with an infinity pool flanked by sun beds and boasting more great views. Amid the manicured lawns is a steam room, a spa treatment room and a games room for the kids.  My kids were having too much fun in the pool to spend much time there though.

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The Infinity Pool with a view

Stays include one game drive a day. Although the reserve doesn’t have many predators, there are several species of plains game. We saw zebras, giraffe, wildebeest, kudus and Red Hartebeest, inter alia. But more than the wildlife, we enjoyed the picturesque scenery in the reserve. What made it even more special, was that we had the whole reserve to ourselves, as there are no other commercial establishments there.

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A giraffe stares at us

Meal times were usually a wonderful surprise. Every meal was at a different location. For lunch, we had a picnic in the hammock garden and for supper we were given a surprise seafood braai in the bush boma.  The next morning, breakfast was in the bush, a 20-minute game drive away. The service at Moledi is personalised and the friendly staff were always at our beck and call.

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Breakfast on the deck

If you are in search of privacy, luxury and relaxation, Moledi Gorge is the ideal place. The wide-open spaces, fresh air, and sumptuous food and accommodation promise to lull you into a state of zen-like tranquility and you will learn to master the Italian art of “Dolce Far Niente”, the sweetness of doing nothing.

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The hammock garden

For more information and to book, visit Moledi Gorge.

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9 comments
Ami Bhat

I like this place. It looks so natural and green. And you can spot Giraffes from here – I wonder what other surprises you would get. The rooms are comfy and nice too but the hammock has to be my favorite.

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Kevin Del Prado

Everything about this place is perfect. I was really surprised when I saw a giraffe. I can stay here for months, escaping the city and just swim in the pool or eat some natural food.

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Ha

This place looks so beautiful! I love the view from the bedroom, and also the wildlife around the area. Breakfast on the desk looks so yummy as well!

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Swati & Sam

The place looks absolutely stunning. Would love to visit South Africa someday. Both the view from the rooms and the rooms look stunning. I could spend an entire day in the hammock doing nothing.

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Tania Mukherjee

Opening the blinds to see antelopes grazing will be such a dream-come-true situation for me. The suite looks and sounds absolutely mind blowing. No wonder you never missed TV. Who has time for TV when there are daybeds, animals and tubs!!

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Lisa

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome place; now I know the next place I’d love to stay at. These style lodges and the landscape is the reason I can’t wait to return to southern Africa. The presidential suite is incredible, and those views, just breathtaking!

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Juliette S

What an incredible retreat! This is certainly a hidden paradise away from anything which might distract you from simply relaxing and enjoying nature. I love how you mentioned it was a malaria-free area ha ha! Good to know! Love the claw foot bath.

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Erin

Oh wow this places looks truly magical! I have never seen a more luxe looking suite yet stylish and understated! And the proximity to animals! That shot of the giraffe!!! Also good to know the wifi is unlimited 😉

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Lois Alter Mark

With views like that, it’s no wonder you didn’t miss the TVs! Moledi Gorge seems like a total dream- from the personalized game drives to the surprise meal adventures (so fun!), I can only imagine what a joy it would be to stay there. Thank you for sharing such a special place with us.

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