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A TIMELINE FOR KURISA MOYA

Kurisa Moya offers accommodation in three unique venues - each private and tranquil. You could book a Forest Lodge cabin, 3 metres up in the canopy of the indigenous forest, surrounded by magnificent trees, animals and birds. Or soak up the views at the earthy Thora Boloka Cottage, on the mountain's edge overlooking Kudu's River Valley. Alternatively, the Farmhouse is perfect for family get-togethers or fun weekends away with a group of friends.

Each venue in this Eco Lodge is kitted-out for self catering or meals can be provided for you. Activities, tours and transfers can be organised, including birding outings and village tours. Whichever venue you choose, you can be sure of beauty, privacy, peacefulness and the sense of having your soul renewed. There is something powerfully restorative in being surrounded by ancient trees in an untouched forest and by being all alone in this tranquil place.

There are very few places these days where you can drive for a few hours, stay for a weekend and return to real life with a feeling that your spirit is full to the brim and that the world is a magical place.

The Farmhouse was renovated and opened as a lodge in July 2001. Trails were developed on the various habitats of the farm, the dam was stocked with trout, staff housing was developed and the farm infrastructure upgraded.

Kurisa Moya moved in leaps and bounds since it officially opened in August 2001. The Farmhouse is now an extremely popular venue for families and groups of friends, as well as esoteric workshops and birding groups after en-suite bathrooms were added to each bedroom.

The Forest Lodge Cabins opened in March 2002 and have attracted many international visitors and South Africans looking for a romantic getaway in the peaceful beauty of the indigenous forest.

A two-day ‘slackpacking’ trail into the Kudu’s River Valley was developed and the self-guided trail on the Umsenge Forest Route, takes guests to huge trees, saw pits and bushpig rubbings as well as the giant Cussonia and a massive Yellow-wood tree.

A unique cottage overlooking the Kudu’s River Valley, Thora Boloka opened in March 2004. This venue has an earthy, organic feel about it and has spectacular views out into the valley.

David Letsoalo joined Kurisa Moya in 2005 and has contributed enormously to the success of the lodge. His reputation as a Bird Guide is unsurpassed in the country. David was the recipient of the Eagle Award from BirdLife South Africa for being the best local guide in South Africa.

He has been interviewed for the BBC, SABC, 50/50 and KAELO, stories of hope, as well as being the subject of many magazine and newspaper articles including the Beeld, Saturday Star Travel, Limpopo Living, Letaba Herald, Kruger Park Times, Country Life Magazine, The Bulletin and SATSA Magazine where he was named "Tourism Sparkler." David was also selected to represent Southern Africa in a Professionals exchange to Canada in 2008 and is a council member of BirdLife South Africa, a trustee of the Ben de Boer Trust and a mentor to the Limpopo Bird Guides.

Other hiking trails were developed, and an exhilarating Adventure Mountain Bike Trail was laid out by expert, Garry Townsend across the farm. The popular Village Tours and Home Stays were started and workshops ranging from Cranio-sacral Therapy to Cobbing were held. Kurisa Moya is part of the Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike Trail as well as the Slackpacking route.

Kurisa Moya has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including The Star, The Sunday Times, Die Beeld, Country Life Magazine, Getaway, Your Family, British Birdwatcher, Sawubona and African Birds and Birding Magazines. Kurisa Moya has appeared on BBC3, SABC TV and radio, 50/50 and Supersport.

Ben de Boer died of a brain aneurysm in 2009, leaving behind a legacy of birding routes and professional guides throughout Limpopo as well as Kurisa Moya which he loved so much. Lisa continues to run the lodge as well as supporting the Limpopo Bird Guides through the Greater Limpopo Birding Routes and the Ben de Boer Trust.

Kurisa Moya has a commitment to developing the potential of the property in order to meet the changing needs of our guests without losing the feeling of peace, tranquillity and privacy so valued by all.

Kurisa Moya’s Newsletter written in 2005

Dear all Kurisa Moya friends,

It may already seem like the long weekend in June was months ago , but we hope you did get the opportunity to get away then to somewhere special and recharge your batteries. The second half of the year always seems to have a secret pact with time to speed things up in some kind of crazy way. Here at Kurisa Moya, we have had a great year of South African and international bookings and have been busy with bird walks, massages, sunset drives and cooking for them all. We have developed the new trail to the stunning, enormous yellow-wood tree and now offer abseiling and other adventure sports from Kurisa Moya, which is great fun. Thora Boloka Stone Cottage is really enchanting people and the Forest Lodge Cabins are hugely popular as always. The new en-suite bathrooms on the Farmhouse turned out well and so we have a lot more flexibility for guests and tour groups.

Another exciting development is that David Letsoalo, local Birdlife SA guide in Limpopo is now permanently based at Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge. As you may know, David Letsoalo is a qualified Birdlife SA guide with intimate knowledge of the Woodbush forest and adjoining area. He has been guiding in the area for more than 2 years and has "stakeouts" for most of the specials in the area like Cape Parrot, Bat Hawk, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Orange Thrush and many more.

David offers guided walks on Kurisa Moya to the various habitats on the farm. Alternatively, he can guide birders to the local birding hot-spots like Woodbush forest, Turfloop Dam, the montane grassland habitats of the Blue Swallow, Polokwane Game Reserve and environs or down to the tropical lowveld of the Tzaneen area. Kurisa Moya guests enjoy greatly reduced rates for David's services. Apart from the great birding here, this year guests have also enjoyed the elephant-back rides, horse-back safaris, reflexology treatments and microlight flights available in the area.

Other news from the area is that the young Modjadji Rain Queen died last week and the new queen will only be revealed after the mourning period of 5 months. We hope that the drought that has been gripping the area will respect the authority of the new queen and that it will rain and rain! We have also had a wonderful trip down memory lane with an 85 year old woman, Peta Fowler, now living in England. Through an old friend, she received our brochure, turned to the page with the Farmhouse and burst into tears... it is the house built for her family in 1937 by her father, Maurice O'Donovan. She has sent us some wonderful photos of the Farmhouse as it was built. The house was under thatch and all those gardens and terraces were started by Peta's mother, Dorothy. The surrounding area looked very different compared to today and we were amazed to see grasslands instead of forest, as far as the eye could see. We were enchanted by imagining the life Peta must have lead here as a young girl and we have begged her to tell us the stories of her youth here at Kurisa Moya's Farmhouse (then, Glendower) Peta's family photos can be seen on Kurisa Moya's website on the History page: http://www.krm.co.za/KurisaMoya/KurisaM.htm

Kurisa Moya is still looking lovely and this winter has been wonderfully mild so far. We would love to see you back at Kurisa Moya, so to tempt you, we are offering a winter special of a 15% discount. Remember, Farmhouse guests also get a 10% discount if the group is 10 people or more. Not enough of a reason to pack your bags? Remember that once you are here, there is only a sunset drive, a bird walk or a massage to distract you from the peace and tranquillity.

We hope to see you soon and catch up with all your exciting news.

With best wishes,

Lisa, Ben, Jacque, Baja, Ant, Sue, Johanna, Abel, Grace, Melide and David

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