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.