One lucky reader stands to win two nights in a brand-new pod, plus all the perks, at this wildlife escape near Bonnievale.
Though it’s just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town, this 2 500-hectare game reserve near Bonnievale feels like it’s a million miles away. With nothing but an acacia-shaded valley extending to the Riviersonderend Mountains in the distance; and the sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves to keep you company, Melozhori is the ultimate reprieve.
Founded in 2008, this private game reserve (once part of the historic wagon route) lies in the majestic Cape Fold Mountains in the Overberg. Following considerate rehabilitation efforts, the reserve is host to plains of Karoo succulents, mountainous fynbos and Renosterveld that provide the perfect grazing grounds for a slew of wildlife, including rare yet beautiful sable antelope, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, eland, oryx and bontebok, to name a few. The Cape leopard has also been spotted here on rare occasion!
There is a lodge and a cottage on the property, but it’s the two brand-new pods (Valley Pod and Waterfall Pod) that are currently making waves. Perched on an untouched area of the reserve that overlooks the game-dotted plains beyond, the pods are perfectly positioned to allow guests to game spot from the comfort of a hammock or hot tub while letting the serenity and solitude of the surrounds do their thing.
Each pod features an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area with an indoor fireplace, and an outdoor deck with a braai, seating, wood-fired hot tub, pizza oven and even a 14-metre hammock – the ultimate place to game watch.
Guests are welcomed by hands-on staff, who are only a Whatsapp away should you require anything. There’s also fast-speed wifi, so those wanting to work remotely can do so with ease.
If this sounds like your kind of getaway, simply enter our competition below and this two-day stay could be yours.
How to win your pod escape
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Ts + Cs
The winner’s name will be drawn on 18 May 2021 from all eligible entries received on this competition page and all of our participating social media channels. The prize is redeemable from 19 May 2021 until 19 May 2022 (subject to availability, midweek only, excluding long weekends, public holidays and school holidays). The total prize is valued at R7 000, and includes a two-night stay for two in a pod, complete with one game drive (pods are self-catering, so meals are not included).
This competition and its prizes are being offered by Melozhori Game Reserve, which is solely responsible for ensuring that the winner receives his/her prize. The Inside Guide shall not be liable to entrants of this competition for any prizes, loss or damage whatsoever and howsoever arising from the running, or otherwise, of this competition. The winners will be notified by email and should reply within 24 hours. Once we have received your email, we will put you in contact with the organisers to arrange your prize. Please note: prizes are nontransferrable. Ts + Cs apply.
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