Modjadji Cultural Camp provides visitors an interesting combination of cultural and natural activities. It’s situated in the Modjadji Cycad Reserve where guests have the opportunity of walking through the ancient cycad forest. Called the Modjadji Palm, visitors can view the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. There is a cycad nursery, picnic sites, trails through the forest and an information centre.
Traditionally this area was considered the garden of the Rain Queen – the matriarchal leader of the Lobedu dynasty. Visitors to Modjadji can arrange a visit to the Royal Kraal, and for those visiting the area during the spring, attending the Rain Making festivals of the locals Indunas can be a fascinating experience.
Note: Special offers are non-commissionable and apply to direct bookings only. For these rates please enquire using the form below.
Accommodation & Dining
Modjadji Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Linen is provided as part of the tariff. Ablutions are en-suite, with flush toilets, shower and basin. A stand-alone communal bathroom is also available. Solar provides energy for lights & hot water, and USB and 12V (cigarette lighter-style) charging for phones etc.
The kitchen, dining and camp-fire facilities are communal, and give adventure travelers an ideal opportunity to get to meet and interact with other like-minded travelers. You will share a gas hob and camp fire for cooking, as well as fridge and freezer for storage of food. The necessary pots, crockery & cutlery are also supplied. Catering by local villagers can be arranged – please pre-order when booking.
There is no electricity, and paraffin or solar lanterns are provided for light at night. If self-catering, don’t forget to bring firewood. While it is safe to drink, some people don’t like the taste of the local water, so you are advised to bring your own bottled drinking water.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Full-service Inclusions: Accommodation with linen & towels, all meals, two activities. Full-service Exclusions: Gratuities, reserve entry fees. Self-catering Inclusions: Accommodation with linen & towels, self-catering facilities with gas cooker, fridge & freezer, cooking utensils, crockery & cutlery; a few LED solar lights in rooms and USB-solar charging facilities. Self-catering Exclusions: Meals, activities, gratuities, reserve entry fees.
Please note: optional meals or activities must be pre-ordered & paid when booking accommodation. We do not carry any stock of alcohol, soft drinks or bottled water in the camps, and guests are advised to bring their own. Should this not be suitable, please advise us at the time of booking and we will quote for your specific requirements.
Experience the Ancient Cycad Forest
Modjadji Cultural Camp provides adventure travelers a fascinating mixture of cultural interaction, and natural wonders. Situated in a forest of ancient cycads, the camp’s community owners are members of the Lobedu community who are subjects of the Modjadji Royal Family – Southern Africa’s only matriarchal royal dynasty.
Directions from Tzaneen
Drive from Tzaneen to Phalaborwa on the R71. After 1.7 km turn left to Deerpark (S23°48.860’ E30°10.397’). Drive for 17 km and turn left to Bolobedu South (S23°43.622’ E30°17.239’). Drive for 13 km and turn left at stop sign (S23°39.865’ E30°21.837’). Watch out for unmarked speed humps. Drive for 6.5 km and turn right onto a brick paved road (S23°37.480’ E30°20.771’). Continue on the paved road for 2 km before going onto a gravel road. Continue for another 1.2 km. Turn right at the Ivory Route Modjadji Camp sign (S23°37.107’ E30°22.453’). After 900m, passing some homesteads, you get to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve gate (open from 06:30 to 16:30). Drive 300m to camp (S23°37.602’ E30°22.182’).
Total distance from Tzaneen is 43 km and approximate driving time is 45 minutes.
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30 days or more before arrival – no charge | 29-15 days before arrival – 50% of total cost | 14-0 days before arrival – 90% of total cost Please take out travel insurance to cover cancellation fees.