Melozhori Private Game Reserve | Game Reserves Western Cape


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Your Pocket of Paradise

Melozhori Private Game Reserve, conveniently located less than 200km from Cape Town and halfway to the Garden Route, offers you an exquisite and unique natural wilderness with luxurious and secluded accommodation to relax, breathe and feel rejuvenated.

Melozhori is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive game reserves in the Western Cape. With only 4 spaciously positioned accommodation options for a maximum of 16 guests, without any other signs of civilization in sight, you are completely secluded and immersed in pure wilderness. Ranging from an expansive Lodge to romantic Eco-Pods, each accommodation offering is luxuriously and stylishly fitted for your utmost comfort and enjoyment, including our very popular wood-fired hot tubs and rim flow pools.


Relax, unwind and feel rejuvenated by the wide open landscapes, crisp country air and flourishing wildlife of this pristine pocket of paradise.

With intentionally low guest capacity, expect authentic, personal and friendly service. Every staff member is committed to your comfort and relaxation, understanding that rare quality of unobtrusive service. While you’re at Melozhori, it’s your home too. From guided game drives to fire-side dining under bright, starry skies, there are so many ways to experience the rejuvenating qualities of Melozhori, a home for all seasons. Do as much or as little as you desire.


Mountain Biking

For those travellers seeking a more adveture-filled holiday, opt to explore exhilarating mountain bike trails through hilly terrain.


Mountain Biking

For those travellers seeking a more adveture-filled holiday, opt to explore exhilarating mountain bike trails through hilly terrain.


Game Drives

Enjoy game drives with expert guides where you stand a chance at spotting mammals such as zebra, giraffe, eland, kudu, red hartebeest, sable antelope, waterbuck and bushbuck.



As night descends, turn your attention to the sky and bask in spectacular sky-gazing unobstructed by light pollution.


Nature Walks

An environment free of dangerous predators ensures peace of mind and endless possibilities for you to explore and enjoy the reserve at your leisure. Set out on a relaxing hike to enjoy panoramic views.


As a family owned establishment, we understand the needs of families. An environment free of dangerous predators and malaria ensures peace of mind and endless possibilities for you to explore the reserve at your leisure. Enjoy game drives at your leisure with expert guides; a relaxing hike to enjoy panoramic views; exhilarating mountain bike trails through hilly terrain; a sundowner picnic in the veld; or a long soak in a wood-fired hot tub under a Milky Way of stars. Over 2,300 hectares of undulating hills and mountains offer up breathtaking panoramic views, and a home to 36 species of game, 129 species of birds and a unique mix of indigenous flora.

Melozhori Game Reserve lies in the picturesque Cape Fold Mountains, adjacent to the tiny hamlet of Stormsvlei, in the verdant Overberg district of the Western Cape, less than 200km from Cape Town and conveniently halfway to the famous Garden Route.

“My family and I spent the weekend at this absolute hidden treasure. This game reserve is top class luxury and pure relaxation. The lodge has staff who are always willing to go the extra mile. We saw so many animals and the kids just loved the up close experiences with the wildlife. The rooms are immaculate and the lodge is so comfortable. A beautiful deck overlooks the mountains with the animals and a rim flow pool to relax in. A must for nature lovers.”

Genevieve Burns
August 2020

“Had the privilege of staying in all three of their accommodation offerings - the Pod, the Cottage & the beautiful Lodge... and all I can say is wow wow wow! An experience that I will never forget. The reserve is so naturally beautiful and peaceful, you really feel like you are escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. I would recommend Melozhori to anyone and can't wait to visit again.”

Amy Lyn Eveleigh
March 2021

“Thank you to the Melozhori team for making our trip so relaxing and memorable. From arrival we were treated with the utmost love and care. The food was spectacular, the fireplace kept burning and the game drives were nothing less than amazing! Well done to Lientjie and the rest of your team. My family could relax and enjoy the weekend away from the city in luxury. We will be back for more! ”

Vicky Van Wyk
June 2021

“Still in awe from our two night getaway at Melozhori game reserve. Everything was so perfect! From the beautiful stargazing on the hammock to the pizza oven to my favorite feature - the wood fire hot tub. So much attention to detail in this place! Can only recommend this getaway. We stayed in the beautiful Waterfall Pod and we cant wait to go back.”

Chad Nathan
July 2021

About Melozhori

The history of Melozhori is the story of the Bhorat family and their search for a getaway in nature to call their own. With no history of agriculture, but a passion for conservation and wildlife, the family acquired an old sheep and cattle farm in 2008 on the historic wagon-trading route between the Overberg and Cape Town.

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Just a few of the mammals that can be found in the reserve are zebra, giraffe, eland, kudu, red hartebeest, sable antelope, waterbuck, bushbuck, black-backed jackal and the bat-eared fox. The once endangered bontebok, now protected, thrives on the reserve. Special bird species include the blue crane, black harrier and cape vulture. The reserve also participates in local conservation efforts to monitor and protect the elusive Cape Leopard, which has been spotted on the rare occasion.

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From the blog

Melozhori Packing List

Visiting Melozhori Private Game Reserve and not sure what to pack? Take a look at our suggestions for what to pack according to the season.

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Nyala and Impala Introduced to Melozhori

We’re happy to share that towards the end of 2021, impala and nyala were introduced to Melozhori Private Game Reserve.

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Fun Facts About Bontebok

For those unfamiliar with them, we've put together a few interesting facts about Bontebok.

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