Upon arriving at Safari Moon a pathway winds past a sprawling star chestnut tree, waterfall feature and succulent gardens. A splendid private collection antique chandelier creates a dramatic entrance and sets the stage for the opulent guest experience that awaits you. Styled with many a statement piece from Nicola’s collection including a Lional Smit sculpture and painting which adorns the entrance and lounge. High-ceilings create a grand interior appeal but the centrepiece of this space is the 55 piece wall feature of African Ardmore ceramics, which provide an artistic and original backdrop to any dining occasion. The main lodge has a spacious kitchen / Island in which the continental breakfast and hosted cooking demonstrations are presented.
Safari Moon may be a bed & breakfast lodge, but during your stay you can sample the different dining experiences. Tapas-style platters can be ordered at lunch, consisting of a gourmet spread which includes a variety of homemade dips, pâtés, breads, cheeses, pickles and salads. Best paired with a bottle of Creation wine, and can be served by the pool or to your room. Leaving the lodge for the day? Packed breakfasts and homemade picnic lunches can also be arranged to take with you on any self-drive excursion or day trip.
Dinners are a lavish affair and are usually served communally under the Ardmore collection, alfresco on the deck or fireside in the boma. Nicola’s flair for flavour, presentation and winning combinations is what makes the food here so enjoyable. Theres something for all and no matter the dietary requirement or intolerances everyone can be catered for at Safari Moon. Depending on the South African season, Nicola changes up the menu, with lighter dishes like gazpacho, pink picked salads, and sorbets in the scorching summer months and wintertime it’s all about the sumptuous potjies, creamy chicken pies, and spiced poached pears.
Utilising only the best local ingredients, simple, yet quality dishes are served at Safari Moon.
The main lodge opens out to a stylish outside lounge area, pool deck, sun loungers, succulent gardens, braai area and cosy boma. Water-features are found throughout the gardens and create a tranquil atmosphere. Beautiful Balinese parasols catch the bush-veld breeze and create an inviting appeal to the Safari Moon pool deck which is also shaded by a flowing knobthorn, little marula and a twisted velvet corkwood.
A hanging chair and leopard orchid suspends in the corkwood which overhangs the bar. Fully stocked with a variety of wines, beers, spirits and beverages to suit all tastes. If you wish to order something specific or a particular celebratory champagne, let us know prior to arrival in your booking notes. We also ask if guests have any preferences for drinks and snacks in their in-room mini bar.
Safari Moon | Lodge Facilities
(Lunches, Dinners & Demonstrations must be pre-booked in advance)
Located in South Africa’s Safari hub of Hoedspruit, Safari Moon is a boutique base from which to discover the wonders of South Africa’s Lowveld region. Explore a range of nearby attractions from the famed Kruger National park to the scenic Panorama Route, or simply chose to relax and unwind in nature, making the most of your private piece of Wildlife Estate wilderness.
The entrance to Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is located in the centre of town, just a 20-minute drive from Hoedspruit airport. We are easily accessible by road from Johannesburg which is a scenic 5-6-hour drive. Upon confirmation, guests will be asked to provide their contact details in which the owner will send the gate details prior to arrival.
The Wildlife Estate is secure with electric fencing, 24 hour access control & security guards. The central hub of the quaint Hoedspruit is just a short walk from the gates where you can shop, stock up, and take a stroll around town.
Directions From Hoedspruit : Via Dullstroom / Strijdom Tunnel Route