Cradle Moon offers the bush experience just outside of the city, close to Johannesburg and Pretoria. Cradle Moon caters to most events including, weddings, conferences, music concerts and sporting events.


Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge is the resurrection of the previously beloved Heia Safari Lodge, founded in the 1970’s and the brain child of the dogmatic Franz Richter, which, after his demise, unfortunately fell into difficult times.

Under the new ownership of Andy Dott and Kelvin van Niekerk, this spectacular hidden gem set under the Zwartkop mountain, is now being restored to achieve its’ full potential as the most sort after eco activity hospitality destination within the urban edge of Johannesburg. Although major renovations are taking place, care has been given not to alter the unique nuances of the original character.

Set within the 1500 hectare Cradle Moon Conservancy, all owned and controlled by a handful of like-minded landowners, we are able to offer a secure and pristine natural experience for both young and old as well as both the ultimate athletes or those just seeking a breath of fresh air. We are concentrating on restoring the indigenous fauna and flora in order to re-establish the natural Highveld biodiversity.

From fine dining to lighter meals, a la carte and buffets, a magnificent wine selection, as well as craft beers, we host individuals, private parties, weddings, conferences and special events.

Our 32 hectare pristine lake not only offers the entire option of all non motorized water sports, but is also home to a family of Hippo as well as countless species of fish for the fly fisherman. We also conduct leisurely boat cruises on our 24 seater pontoon for those wishing to explore the waters further.

With over 50 kilometres of mountain biking and running trails we are able to guarantee a secure and special experience for every level of athlete, and with varied terrain from forests to mountains, as well as being home to over 20 species of wild animals, including rhino, Cradle Moon is unique.

Game drives and walks are also on offer for those seeking an authentic wild life experience on the full extent of the Conservancy.

Spoil yourself in one of our 50 secluded rondavels and although we are just a stone’s throw from the bustling city, you will feel as if you’ve travelled for miles.


Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge offers multiple activities to enjoy the indigenous surroundings, including game drives, guided walks and boat cruises 7 days a week!

For the more active crowds we have over 50km of cycling and running trails, including single track, hand built bridges, banked corners and much more!

Enjoy the beauty of the Cradle of Humankind from above in a hot air balloon.

Test your fly fishing skills on the banks of either Lake Heritage or in the Crocodile river.

Listing Amenities

  • Ablution Facilities
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Corporate Events
  • Covid-19 Compliant
  • On Site Restaurant
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor Seating
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