Riverhorse Lodge: Luxury Ecotourism in Greater Cradle Nature Reserve

Experience the Cradle of Humankind’s Natural Beauty

Riverhorse Lodge, a new and unique ecotourism haven, opens its doors in September within the privately owned Greater Cradle Nature Reserve (GCNR), just outside Johannesburg. This exclusive luxury retreat, nestled in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Cradle of Humankind, boasts two renowned paleoanthropological sites.

Situated on the lake’s edge, amidst an indigenous forest and pristine highveld landscape, Riverhorse Lodge offers five en suite rooms, a lounge with a fireplace, and a spacious terrace. The lodge harmoniously blends with its natural surroundings, featuring earth-toned interiors that complement the magnificent paradise outside.

Riverhorse Lodge, exclusive luxury retreat, nestled in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Cradle of Humankind

Riverhorse Lodge accommodates a maximum of 10 guests and must be booked in its entirety, complete with a dedicated game ranger and a private chef. Executive Chef Sam Ramokoka, a champion of fresh and locally sourced ingredients, crafts delectable meals, with guest input welcomed for menu selections based on seasonal offerings.

For those seeking adventure, the lodge provides access to two world-famous active paleoanthropological sites, Gladysvale and Malapa, offering insights into the region’s 4.5-million-year history and fossil discoveries. An exclusive guided Human Origins Tour allows guests to explore these sites, including the award-winning Malapa fossil viewing platform, a short walk from Riverhorse Lodge.

On the GCNR premises, the Malapa Museum, in partnership with paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s Foundation for Exploration, National Geographic, and the Cradle Foundation, offers a deeper understanding of the area’s historical significance. Guests can also partake in wildlife expeditions, bush walks, birding hikes, and delve into the region’s natural history.

All of this is conveniently located near Sandton, Africa’s financial hub, making Riverhorse Lodge an ideal haven for nature enthusiasts seeking an indulgent and unique African experience in pristine wilderness.

Notably, all profits from Riverhorse Lodge contribute to ensuring the sustainability of the Greater Cradle Nature Reserve for perpetuity.

(Opening special R40 000 to book the entire lodge max 10 people per night sharing)

What’s on offer:

  • Five exquisitely designed en suite rooms, including luxury amenities
  • Bedrooms temperature controlled
  • A well-appointed lounge area with its own fireplace
  • SMART TV in the lounge connected to DSTV satellite programmes
  • Indoor, outdoor terrace dining 
  • Wood burning “KolKol” hot tub, in which to enjoy sundowner drinks
  • A personal chef 
  • A full-time housekeeper
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Soft drinks and water 
  • Game ranger and game viewing vehicle for exclusive use
  • All activities: game walks and game drives
  • Entrance to Malapa Museum

Package excludes:

  • Alcoholic drinks – can be pre-ordered 
  • Guests can bring their own liquor