It is true, it has been nearly two months, and only now are the dream-like symptoms subsiding. You see, African Synergy recently welcomed Molori Safari Camp into our portfolio, and with that we were invited to experience this unique, cosy yet undeniably sexy lodge, situated in the Madikwe game reserve, just a 4 hour drive away from Joburg.
We were never fully aware of the risk of the “Moloria” specific to the area where this secluded 5 suite lodge is located.We were welcomed by a beautifully sung African melody, harmonised with glowing smiles, warm hospitality and a tasty refreshment, it felt like we had returned to a place we had never been before! Having done our research and gone through all the images on the internet, we were anxious to see the lodge for ourselves. We were pleasantly surprised as to how they achieved the balance of a brilliantly stylish and chic lodge, with such a relaxed, warm and homely atmosphere.
The head chef, Murray, started his culinary journey with us as we arrived with an unforgettable lunch on the upstairs deck of the main lodge, with the tastiest prawn salad ever. All of the meals to come were incredible and Murray is extremely passionate about food and presentation. He has a great personality which we could see guests really enjoy.
One of the things that stood out the most at Molori is their variety of dining areas that they use to set up unique private dining experiences for their guests, including choice of two boma areas, the stargazing deck, the pizza oven dining area by the poolside or perhaps on your own private suite deck.
With 5 suites, Molori offers an extremely intimate experience, with sincere and considerate staff that bear the brightest of smiles, 24/7! Each incredibly spacious suite has its own infinity pool and private deck, as well as a freestanding bath as well as indoor and outdoor showers. We had an unexpected treat of staying in the presidential suites for the night! Straight away we understood why one of our clients (who had previously stayed at Molori), had said that these were the “sexiest” suites in SA. Both “Metsi” and “Molelo” are indeed something to behold, 600 sq metres, floor to ceiling retractable glass walls and a wonderful combination of old and new, including their collection of National Geographic magazines, dating back to the 1940′s.
We only stayed one night, so unfortunately we only had time to experience two game drives, but that didn’t stop us from seeing the big 5 in comfort! We were given sheepskin hand warmers, hot water bottles, and our choice of hot beverage in a “to go” cup, whilst fresh water was available in our personalised water bottles placed by our chosen seats. Jerry was our field guide – incredibly knowledgeable and very likeable. He has such a smiley face and wonderful demeanor and certainly is an asset to the lodge. Our top game viewing moment was when a pride of 5 lions came out of the distance and passed right by your vehicle on the way to a giraffe carcass… such a powerful moment.
With limited time, we tried to soak up as much info from the wonderful staff at Molori as possible, though we tried to do this whilst keeping an eye out for the variety of wildlife that visited the waterhole which is situated just in front of the lodge and the suites. In the course of two hours, we had 2 herds of elephants, 3 rhino, and plenty of different plains game pop by intermittently.
Before we knew it, it was time to go, and we so wished we had made plan to stay an extra night, but the office was calling. We left the lodge, understanding the spirit of Molori and why it is regarded in such high esteem. It is a special place…. and we have been advised that the only thing that can help treat the recurring symptoms of “Moloria” is a return visit, which we truly hope we get to do again in the future! This sensational lodge comes very highly recommended for your VIP clients.