Melozhori Private Game Reserve | Game Reserves Western Cape


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Your Pocket of Paradise

Melozhori Private Game Reserve, conveniently located less than 2 hours from Cape Town and at the start of 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 5 spaciously positioned accommodation options for a maximum of 18 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 mountain biking, 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 38 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.

“" The difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is that little bit extra" We had the most extraordinary experience at this piece of paradise. The staff all went the extra mile to see to our every needs providing a romantic Valentines weekend for us! Rose petals everywhere, a personalized gift that my partner had arranged with Mareeza prior to our arrival. Her attention to detail including our bush sundowners during our game drive around the fire pit was extra beautifully done. Our guide, Leon , even though young , has such obvious enthusiasm and knowledge of the bush! Thank you to all for an efficiently run game reserve that assisted in creating an extra special time!”

Lauren Unterslak
March 2024

“What an incredible weekend getaway spot! We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Treehouse celebrating a very special 10-year wedding anniversary. Perfect spot to escape from the world, recharge and reconnect.”

Magriet Basson
March 2024

“Perfect getaway retreat just a short distance from cape town and winelands. Easy and safe drive to the game reserve. We stayed in the Waterfall pod with the semi-catering package and was plenty food for our stay & had fun cooking on the BBQ and pizza oven. Highly recommend for a special few days!”

Laura Mallaband
April 2024

“Breathtaking experience. Ideal break away from the city. Experiencing nature first hand, enjoying the fireplace daily and finishing the day of with a nice braai or use of the pizza oven. Obviously, enjoying the hot tub on a wet cold autumn day.”

A. E. van Wyk
June 2024

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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