KURISA MOYA NATURE LODGE is a 422 hectare Fair Trade Tourism Eco-Lodge near Tzaneen, Polokwane and Magoebaskloof, renowned for its unique venues, indigenous forest, birding, hiking, slackpacking and responsible tourism cultural experiences. Perched on the edge of the Drakensburg escarpment, Kurisa Moya has five unique off-the-grid accommodation venues in indigenous forests, with mesmerising views of mountain peaks and endless vistas into the Kudu's River Valley. Take time out at Kurisa Moya and recharge your soul.
With its indigenous forests, ancient trees and mountain wilderness areas, Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge in Magoebaskloof is a 422 hectare conservation area with five unique lodges set in completely different habitats. This soulful place embraces a pristine indigenous forest with massive moss-covered trees where ancient Yellow-woods carry an energy all of their own. Here, nature's tranquillity is broken only by booming Samango monkeys, croaking crimson-winged Knysna Turacos and Bushbuck barks. For 20 years, this Eco-birding lodge has developed an excellent reputation with local and international nature-lovers, responsible travellers and birders. Visitors return again and again to stay in one of Kurisa Moya's unique venues, each private and tranquil.
The Farmhouse is a beautiful venue built in 1937 and lovingly restored. It has amazing sunset views from its hilltop location and is surrounded by trees and a large garden. It has 5 spacious en-suite bedrooms (2 double and 3 twin); a large farm kitchen, lounge and dining-room with fireplaces, a wrap-around patio and private gardens.
The two Forest Lodge cabins are tucked away in an ancient indigenous forest - they are on stilts so you have huge trees and nature all around. There are only 2 cabins, some distance from each other with a private walkway, so the tranquillity and privacy are incredible. The only sounds you will hear will be of a Narina Trogon calling through the forest or the Bushbaby's haunting cry at night. The cabin is fully self-contained with a double bed looking out onto ancient trees; a kitchenette; a bathroom (shower) and private deck.
Thora Boloka Cottage is on the edge of a bushveld - grassland area overlooking the Kudu's River Valley. This is an earthy venue with magnificent views down into the Kudu's River Valley below. Thora Boloka is situated far away from the other venues so it is completely private and incredibly peaceful. You can see a million stars at night and hear jackal running down the road. There is a double bed downstairs and 4 single beds in the loft rooms upstairs. It has an outdoor (and indoor) shower and hand-made washbasins. There is a large patio and garden around the cottage.
The Dula is a rustic venue completely hidden from the world. It looks up onto the second-highest peak in the area from the spacious bedroom, lounge, dining room and deck. It is a magnificent choice for a couple who wants to retreat and recharge.
Kurisa Moya is not just about the buildings - It is the way the light streams through the forest at the break of day; the clivias nestled in the gnarled bark of ancient trees; the low whooping call of the Narina Trogon, carried on the wind or the loud boom of the Samango monkeys vibrating through the forest. I find my soul restored by silence, the serenity and the endless night skies with Wood Owls singing their enchanting duet to the stars. Kurisa Moya is a key part of the Magoebaskloof tourism ecosystem, collaborating with Graceland Eco Retreat on a magical three-day slackpacking trail through five different habitats. Kurisa Moya offers travellers the privilege to take a walk in the indigenous forest with South Africa's top local Bird Guide, David Letsoalo and Paul Nkhumane. All your senses come alive as you smell the loamy scent of mushrooms on the forest floor, hear the whisper of the wind through the trees and catch a glimpse of the Black-fronted Bush Shrike skulking in the canopy of towering trees. It is regarded as one of the top Birding Lodges in the country but most of all, it a property with soul. Go hiking, birding, walking, biking or trail-running.... search for butterflies and mushrooms... hug a 2000 year old tree. Take a guided bird walk with the top local bird guide in the country, go on an immersive village experience to meet a Traditional Healer, enjoy the rhythms of daily village life and try traditional food. Learn the art of fly-fishing, do a 3-day slackpacking trail or go on a tour of the area.
This top Eco-lodge offers beauty in nature, peace and tranquillity, close to birds and animals, with 7 hiking trails in 5 habitats and guided birding or nature outings with South Africa's top local Bird Guides. But there is also lots to do in the Magoebaskloof area, including an adrenaline-fueled Canopy Tour over waterfalls and gorges; adventure sports; a vibey Craft Brewery, Organic Cheese Farm, Craft Gin Distillery, Mountain biking and hiking, slow food options, Waterfalls and beautiful Cheerio and Sequoia Gardens.
Kurisa Moya is delightfully off-the-grid, but with all you need for a comfortable stay – solar lights; a gas stove with an oven and a fridge with a small freezer while hot water is from a gas geezer. Meals are available from our chef when ordered a week in advance. We provide a free basket of firewood (invasive Black Wattle) but you should bring charcoal for the Weber on the deck or braai facilities on the forest floor. The venues are serviced daily if you wish to have housekeeping. Please note that we have dirt roads on the property so extremely low-clearance vehicles are not suitable for the terrain.
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