The Bhorat family started Melozhori Game Reserve in 2008 armed with a burning passion for conservation. Forming part of a historic wagon-trading route, the overgrazed area – part indigenous veld and part farm-land – featured just a few dilapidated buildings, no roads, badly located, over-silted dams and no wildlife at all.

Under expert guidance, the Bhorat family slowly began their journey to rehabilitate the land. With care and consideration to historically-occurring species, game was gradually introduced and today the 19 different mammal species and 131 identified birds bear testimony to the patience and long-term vision needed for conservation to be meaningful. Just a few of the wildlife to call Melozhori Game Reserve home are sable antelope, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, eland, oryx and bontebok. The reserve also forms part of local conservation efforts regarding the protection and preservation of species such as the Cape Leopard, which has been spotted on the rare occasion.

From its conception, the reserve has expanded to 2,300 hectares of succulent Karoo, renosterveld and sections of fynbos in the mountainous areas. An expansive dam was repaired and work began on the infrastructure for a family’s ‘home away from home’ – what we now know to be The Lodge. And now, the Bhorat family would like to welcome you to their home at Melozhori for a truly unique and bespoke experience.