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Far from the Madding Crowd.

Exclusivity and privacy at the new luxury eco-retreat Riverhorse Lodge

in the heart of the Greater Nature Cradle Reserve.

Riverhorse Lodge

Riverhorse Lodge – a new unique ecotourism hideaway situated in the

Greater Cradle Nature Reserve (GCNR) just outside Johannesburg –


This exclusive, luxury retreat – located in the heart of the Cradle of

listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999 – lies within a

two world famous active paleoanthropological sites. Nestled on the lip of a lake within the reserve, and surrounded by an exquisitely appointed lodge is surrounded by pristine highveld plains animals, bird life and crystal clear springs in abundance.  In keeping with the strict sustainability ethos on the GCNR, Riverhorse property The Cradle Boutique Hotel) operates on a fully Green ecosystem.

The lodge – which has five en suite rooms, a lounge with its own

around deep shady terrace on the lake-edge – was designed to melt

becoming an earth-coloured sculptural backdrop. For this reason, the

using muted neutral colours. Nothing jars in this magnificent paradise.

Riverhorse Lodge, which sleeps a maximum of 10, has to be booked in

comes with its own team including a dedicated game ranger and a private chef.

In charge of the food is Executive Chef Sam Ramokoka who has a wealth of experience. A champion of all things fresh, and a fan of local food sourcing, Ramokoka will ensure that the finest fare is on offer at every meal served in the lodge. He will discuss daily menu selections

based on seasonal ingredients and guests will have a chance to provide input on the final menu.

Riverhorse Lodge

Those in search of adventure will have the opportunity to explore this unique ecotourism destination boasting two world famous active paleoanthropological sites – Gladysvale and Malapa – presenting the area’s roughly 4.5-million-year history and at which both hominid

and animal fossils are being unearthed. 

As part of the package, an exclusive guided Human Origins Tour allows the chance to visit these world famous locations, including the Malapa fossil viewing platform – designed by Krynauw Nel Associates – which has won a number of major local and international awards and which is a short walk away from Riverhorse Lodge.

Also on the GCNR site is the Malapa Museum, built in partnership with renowned paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s Foundation for Exploration, the Cradle Foundation and National Geographic. Berger’s documentary Unknown: Cave of Bones, currently on Netflix, shows how he and his team investigate what might be considered the world’s oldest graveyard to date while his recently released book, Cave of Bones, takes the reader deep into South African caves to discover fossil remains that compel a monumental reframing of the human family tree. 

Guests can also enjoy wildlife expeditions, bush walks, and birding hikes, and the opportunity to delve into the region’s natural history.

All of this a stone’s throw from the financial hub of Africa, Sandton.

Riverhorse Lodge – framed by striking dolomite rock cliffs – is an ideal haven for nature enthusiasts craving an indulgent and unique African experience in pristine wilderness.

Riverhorse Lodge


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