Just two hours from Cape Town, time spent at Melozhori Private Game Reserve feels as though you’ve travelled to some far-flung wilderness, and to a time when Fynbos was all that conquered the land along with ample wildlife.

Old agricultural land near Bonnievale is slowly being taken back by nature, providing a swathe of natural space in this otherwise ploughed landscape.

an eco pod in the middle of an open bush

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Although it’s a pocket, you feel far away from any civilisation, except for the swanky lodgings of course. Melozhori’s two new eco-pods are their latest accommodation offerings, located at secluded spots in the reserve.

the interior of the eco pods at melozhori

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No luxury was spared with the trimmings, with each pod equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven, wood-fired hot tub, indoor fireplace and a braai area (that’s four spaces to light a fire!).

Not enough? How about a 14m hammock in front of the veranda that overlooks the kloof below? keep a lookout for the game, or stare at the stars above. If you get cold, then hop in the hot tub.

the view from melozhori patio

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You might be tempted to never leave the pod during your stay but you’d be amiss to not arrange a game drive with one of Melozhori’s lovely guides.

These guides have a capacious knowledge of the 2 500-hectare reserve and all its residing beings. Home to 38 game species, which include the rare sable antelope, black impala and even a small herd of giraffes.

animals at melozhori

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There are no large predators, so feel free to explore the reserve via an MTB ride or a trail run. The eco pods are perfect for a romantic escape and Melozhori has managed to impress once again, even when comparing it to their incredible Treehouse unit.

the view from the eco pod at melozhori

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Melhorzi is the kind of place where you can do as much or as little as you like. The eco-pods are available from R4 500 per night (minimum two-night stay), suited for a couple with a child. Bookings can be made via their website here.


Pictures: Jared Ruttenberg/ @Jaredincpt

Originally written by David Henning for Getaway Magazine.