Melozhori is a picturesque private game reserve located just under 200kms from Cape Town. Travellers of old used the land as a place of rest and recuperation on their journey along South Africa’s gorgeous Garden Route. Over the years the area has seen many changes, not least of which was the construction of our beautiful lodge as well as our comprehensive restoration and conservation efforts. Whether you are making your way further east or have Melozhori as a final destination, here are the top five reasons to visit us in the Overberg;
Located just a two and a half hours drive – including a pit stop – from the Mother City, Melozhori Private Game Reserve is ideal for a magical weekend away. Take a leisurely drive to soak in some spectacular scenery and stop in at the Peregrine Farm Stall before arriving at one of the most beautiful game reserves near Cape Town.
Since purchasing the land in 2008, the Bhorat family have slowly reintroduced an array of species back into the area such as springbok, eland, giraffe, Bat-eared Fox, and zebra. For a full list of species, click here. Although not introduced by Melozhori, caracal and even a leopard have been spotted on occasion. As well as an impressive list of mammals, Melozhori’s birdlife has thrived on the revived fauna and the reserve has become a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Taking into account historically occurring species, the once damaged land was fastidiously restored thanks to guidance from local experts and is now a verdant landscape of renosterveld, Karoo, and pristine fynbos.
All 2,300 hectares of the reserve form part of local conservation efforts regarding the protection and preservation of species such as the Cape Leopard.
There are so many ways to enjoy nature at Melozhori: embark on a game drive with one of our expert guides at the helm, take a leisurely walk through the veld, or set off on an adventure with your mountain bike. Located far enough away from light pollution, consider staying up for some stargazing. One of our personal favourite activities is taking a picnic out into the veld to watch the sunset.
If a stay at one of the best game reserve near Cape Town sounds like your idea of paradise, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0)76 430 3948 to make a reservation.