Moholoholo Ya Mati

Moholoholo Ya Mati

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Accommodation Category: Attractions, Birding, Camping & Caravan, Honeymoon, Limpopo, Self-catering, Volunteering, and Wedding VenueAccommodation Tags: blyde, camping, hoedspruit, kampersrus, luxury, moholoholo, self-catering, swadini, and yamati

Child Policy
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  • Moholoholo Ya Mati is situated on the banks of the Blyde River, just off the R531.
    Magical Ya Mati awaits ……… Hidden under lush trees, surrounded by beautifully kept lawns and the Blyde River running through it.

    Ya Mati is the ideal venue for that very special wedding or function. It has its own unique stone and thatched chapel, spacious riverside function facilities in marquee tent or in our newly built restaurant.

    When it is time for that well-earned break and you need to escape the rat race, the peace, and tranquillity of Ya Mati will have you coming back for more. Come and stay in one of our 5 luxury self- catering 3 and 2 bedroomed chalets. Ya Mati is well situated as a base to visit many of the other destinations in the Lowveld area like the Kruger National Park, Blyde Canyon, Hoedspruit, Kampersrust, etc.

    Ya Mati must have a unique caravan park in South Africa. With only 11 exclusive stands carefully sculptured out of the bush, each stand offers total seclusion.

    For residents and those passing by, a visit to the Ya Mati Teagarden is a must. Enjoy
    Refreshments, relax, read a book and experience tranquil peace.


    (Ideal for breakfast, light lunches, tea or coffee):
    Opens at: Tuesday – Thursday: 10h00 – 16h00   and  Friday – Sunday: 9h00 till 16h30

    Wedding Venue:

    The venue can be booked with or without Overnight Accommodation – Chalets or you can also hire the Chapel as part of the package

    All prices include:

    * Tables (180 on round tables), 150 conference chairs & 40 wooden chairs
    * Marque Tent or Restaurant (max 110 people in restaurant)
    * Use of braai area at restaurant for Friday at an additional charge – enquire at the time of booking
    * Venue hire up to 24h30, an additional fee is payable for every hour after 24h30

    A long list of extras is available from cakes and flowers to photos at the wild animal rehabilitation centre


    Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    A home for many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and a highly regarded contributor to wildlife education in our country.

    Situated in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop” our unique Rehabilitation Centre is home to many animals and birds. Some of them are the rescued Lions from an Egyptian Circus; Queen the Crowned Eagle, Chui the Leopard, Jolly & Juba the Cheetah ambassadors and much more.
    The Centre has a long-standing and successful Serval Breeding Project which is a success story all of its own. Having bred and released over 160 back into areas where they have previously become extinct.We have received reports that some of the females have since mated with wild males in the area of release! Another first for Moholoholo, we are the only facility in South Africa to have successfully bred the endangered Crown Eagle


    Lion, Leopard, Serval, Lynx, Honey Badger, Eagles, Vultures, Wild Dogs and any baby animals that we may have at the time of your visit.

    A visit to the Centre will stimulate awareness and an understanding of the plight faced by our wildlife today.


    Two tours daily from Monday to Saturday:

    1st tour starts at 09:30
    2nd tour starts at 15:00
    We are only open on Sundays during the Limpopo Province school holidays and over long weekends; on these occasions, there will be only one tour at 15:00. (Approximate duration of the tour is 2 – 2½ hours)


    Since 1998 Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre has been accepting volunteer students. These students travel from all over the world for a unique African experience. Once here at the centre they are involved in all day-to-day activities and have become a pivotal part of the animal care and treatment at the centre.

    At Moholoholo, we are often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, we have a number of ‘permanent residents’ at the centre which are used as ambassadors for their species. They remain at the centre for members of the public to get an ‘up close and personal’ experience of these incredible creatures. This allows us the ability to demonstrate to the public the problems the wildlife are facing as well as give them some information about each animal at the centre.

    A large part of the student’s duties is to care for these animals, and this involves everything from feeding, cleaning and providing stimulation for our more intelligent residents (such as the honey badgers). Whilst working here you will be involved in any call-outs, drop-offs or hand-raising of baby animals brought to the centre.

    We are also actively involved in research on the movements and behaviour of leopards. To date, we have captured and collared a number of leopards for this research and the results have been astounding. During your stay at Moholoholo, you may be lucky enough to be involved in the capture or release of a leopard. Our research also extends to a number of vulture species and we monitor those who visit our vulture restaurant on a daily basis.

    There is no typical day at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, anything can happen!

    Working with wild animals can delay meals and rob you of your sleep, so be prepared for the unexpected. Everything adds to making your experience more memorable.

    Ya Mati, on the bank of the Blyde

    Moholoholo Yamati



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  • Address: Unnamed Road
    South Africa
  • Facilities:

    Self-catering chalets
    Wedding Venue
    Tea Garden
    Play area for Kids
    Swimming pool
    Wild animal rehabilitation centre

  • Child Policy:

    All ages welcome

  • Rooms:

    5 self-catering chalets
    1 B & B chalet
    11 Campsites

    Luxury River Chalet: 3 Bedroomed self-catering chalet. Fully equipped kitchen with TV in living room, all bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, private swimming pool in the boma with braai area and a wooden deck overlooking the Blyde River.

    2 Luxury Chalets: 3 Bedroomed self-catering chalet (one bedroom has a pullout couch extra for children under 14). Fully equipped kitchen with TV in living room, 3 bathrooms, shared swimming pool, private braai area on the wooden deck overlooking the lush lawns of Ya Mati and the Blyde River.

    Otter chalet: 2 Bedroomed self-catering chalet. Fully equipped kitchen with TV in living room, 2 bathrooms and a private braai area on wooden deck over the Blyde River.

    1 Luxury 8 Bed Chalets: 4 Bedroomed self-catering chalet. Fully equipped kitchen with TV in living room, 3 bathrooms, shared swimming pool, private braai area on wooden deck overlooking the lush lawns of Ya Mati and the Blyde River.

    Woodpecker: (Bed & Breakfast) 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, small TV area with a coffee station and a bathroom with a toilet and shower.


    11 Stands that is very spacious and secluded.
    Ya Mati must have the most unique camp site in South Africa, with eleven exclusive stands each equipped with a water and electricity point.

  • Terms:

    50% deposit to confirm and balance 6 weeks prior to arrival unless the booking is within 6 weeks prior to arrival in which case the full pre-payment would be required

  • Normal Rates:

    Self-Catering Rates from R1100 per night for 2 persons per chalet to R3300/R3600 per night for 6/8 persons per night
    Camping rates from R465 per Caravan/Camper per site or R320 per night for a Tent camp site.
    Download the word document for detailed rates.

    Monday to Saturday (there are 2 tours)
    1st Tour starts at - 09H30
    2nd Tour starts at - 15H00

    We are only open on Sunday’s during the Limpopo Province school holidays and over long weekends and there will be only 1 tour at 15H00. (Approximate time of tours is 2 hours )
    Please note: If your group is more than 8 persons we would like you to make a booking.

    The prices below apply from 1st February 2015
    6yrs – under - No Charge
    7yrs – 12 years - R 60.00 per child
    13 yrs - Adult - R130.00 per person
    Pensioners - R 100.00 per person

  • Rates Document: Ya-Mati-rates-2016.docx