Leshiba Wilderness lies in a hidden valley on top of the Soutpansberg Mountains in Limpopo Province, with one of the country’s most unique environments with a high biodiversity in flora and fauna. Transcending expectations, this private nature reserve is a family-run mountain retreat. It is offering a uniquely African experience with luxury touches, warm hospitality and rich memories. Climb above clouds and walk with rhino in a breath taking mountain top environment. Stay at the Venda Village Lodge, unlike anything else in Africa; a hand sculpted, luxurious, artistic wonderland. Join us in our activities, including hiking trails, horse riding, mountain biking, rock art, game viewing and more.
Leshiba offers a variety of guided and unguided activities. Ten marked walking trails weave along cliff faces, down gorges, and through open plains. Wander freely amongst the rhino and other wildlife. Splash into rock pools in the summer or enjoy the pool and plunge pools at the lodge with panoramic views of the valley. Champagne breakfasts, g uided walks to Bushman rock art sites and game drives are some of the features we offer. Mountain biking is permitted but you need to bring your own bikes! Horseback game viewing is another wonderful activity we offer at Leshiba.
Leshiba offers an exceptional walking experience. Meander along one of the 12 well-marked trails varying in time from 1 and ½ to 7 hours. Special features of the trails include baobab trees (in some areas), sparkling rock pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim after the summer rains and deep gorges framed by high cliffs. On some of the trails hikers are rewarded with breathtaking views from lofty vantage points. Walking unguided amongst our wildlife is reminiscent of an Africa almost forgotten and still to be discovered.
Rock Art sites:
Our guided archaeological trail at Leshiba offers an enlightening and mystical venture into the past. Leshiba has seven rock art sites where there are Bushman (San) paintings and Khoe Khoe hand and foot paintings and three sites where there is evidence of habitation. The paintings are between 200 and 2000 years old. Our rangers have studied the subject extensively and are able to give interesting and insightful information on the lives and habits of the Bushman, including demonstrating the tradition of fire making with sticks. The walk also details the medicinal and useful plants that the Bushman and other African cultures used. This is Leshiba’s signature trail, a MUST DO!
Bring along your mountain bikes and gear and enjoy an exhilarating cycling experience at Leshiba. The reserve is 4km wide by 7km long and there is a wide network of roads and animal tracks over varied terrain. Ride amongst the wildlife, up mountains and through grassy plains.
Leshiba’s guided walks offer an opportunity to experience the bush in a completely new way. Our knowledgeable rangers will show you medicinal and useful plants, how to identify trees, teach you tracking skills and take you up close and personal with wildlife that includes rhino. They also afford a wonderful opportunity for birders to locate and identify new species. Our guided walks are a perfect introduction to gaining confidence in the wild and for learning about the African bush and all she has to offer.
Leshiba offers game viewing at its best. With two valleys that each have their own wetland area, you are certain to have an exhilarating game experience. The reserve is a sanctuary for white rhino, giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, bushpig and warthog, while large antelope are represented by amongst others kudu, waterbuck, mountain reedbuck and impala. Common and red duiker, Sharpe’s grysbok and klipspringer count among the smaller antelope species.
Adventure horse trails:
Leshiba has a family herd of Nooitgedacht ponies. Bred for rough mountainous terrain, these amazing horses roam freely throughout the day and are stabled at night. For experienced riders only, our rides head out in the early morning and vary in duration from an hour and a half to 3 hours. The trails take you along quiet bush tracks, under canopies of trees and down rocky ridges. Feel the wind in your hair as you gallop through the plains and watch with awe as you encounter rhino, giraffe and other game, all unperturbed by your presence.
Venda Village Lodge:
The Lodge is an authentic traditional village re-created together with internationally renowned Venda artist, Noria Mabasa. The Village has 5 en-suite African style huts that open up to sculpted sun-baked courtyards.
· a lounge with an indoor fire place
· an outdoor open fire place
· a pool deck with a stunning view over the Duluni valley
· and the famous “most delicious bath in Africa”
Mwedzi and Duvha luxury suites offer a romantic and secluded stay with private plunge pools and patios overlooking the animals grazing on the plain below.
The two suites are in close proximity to the lodge but well hidden away in beautiful bush surroundings to ensure complete privacy. The suites also boast fully-equipped kitchens and lounges to allow the choice of a fully catered or self-catering experience.
· a lounge / kitchen / dining room
· an outdoor open fire place and braai / barbecue area
· private plunge pool
· en-suite bathroom with a large stone bath, double shower and outdoor shower
· 100% cotton luxury linen
Indigenous Knowledge Centre:
The Indigenous Knowledge Centre is Leshiba's group accommodation venue. It is situated close to the cliffs with endless views and is ideal for workshops eg. yoga, photography, retreats; small conferences and interest groups eg. hiking, birding, dendrological. All the systems have been designed to be eco friendly and self–sustainable.
· Max. 28 people sharing (bunk beds)
· Excluding the bunks, max. of 16 sleeping 2 per room
· 3 large rondavels, divided into two, each able to sleep 2 to 4 people
· Two outside bathrooms with showers & toilets
· A fourth rondavel divided into two has en-suite facilities, shower & toilet & sleeps 2 in each room
· A large open plan thatched communal room with kitchen, lounge and surrounding verandah
· Outdoor boma
· Solar powered & grey water is filtered into a dam, which attracts game to the immediate area
· Wireless internet
Hamasha Bush Camp:
Hamasha Bush Camp offers self-catered accommodation in Limpopo. Surrounded by trees and nestled within a spectacular amphitheatre of high cliffs and mountains, this eight-bedded Camp has a magnificent view through Hamasha gorge.
The perfect getaway for small groups of nature lovers and the ideal base to discover the flora and fauna of Leshiba on foot along a well-marked network of trails.
· Private small bush camp for max. eight people
· Fully-equipped kitchen and outdoor braai / barbecue area
· Comfortable, cozy lounge with open fire place
· Two units with two en-suite inter-leading bedrooms each
· Outdoor showers
· Ideal for small groups and families
· Remotely situated and offering total privacy and exclusivity
· No cell reception
· Excellent value for money
· Please note: 4 x 4 or high clearance vehicle required