New Safari Lodges in South Africa
Three new luxury lodges
When the routine of life wears you out, sometimes a retreat somewhere brand new will help restore our exuberance and creativity!
Some fabulous lodges in South Africa have recently had a fabulous makeover, while others have seized the opportunity to open new doors in lesser explored corners of the country. Either revamped or brand spanking new, here are three luxury lodges that are waiting for you to be one of the first to enjoy:
1. Rock Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Two decades after it first opened in the 28,555-hectare Phinda Private Game Reserve, Rock Lodge has been glamorously renovated without foregoing its intimate atmosphere. The six split-level suites, which are built into the contours of a hilltop above a forested valley, offer the height of luxury and give the lodge a citadel feel — and the stone construction and earthy interiors only serve to fortify this impression.
No expense is spared here — from pale Persian carpets and hand-embroidered cotton linen, to outdoor showers and plunge pools — and the wow factor continues to extend far outside your suite. You can while away your days by going on bush walks or game drives through the varied terrain of this vast reserve, trying to spot big cats, migrating elephant herds, and white and black rhinos. Then, in the evening, you can eat your three-course dinner in the middle of the bush or on the new rooftop terrace, before falling asleep outdoors under the stars.
2. Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands Game Reserve, Mpumalanga
After a complete overhaul, Ivory Lodge reopened in Lion Sands Game Reserve with eight suites, a two-bedroom villa with a personal chef, and modern interiors that are gloriously open to the elements. And its incredible location on the edge of the Sabie River offers a prime view of the wildlife on its banks.
As a private concession in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, next to Kruger National Park, staying at Ivory Lodge offers one of the best possible chances of seeing all the Big Five on one luxury vacation. Fill your days on the lookout for leopards on your two daily game drives, indulge in fantastic food, become well acquainted with the well-stocked wine cellar, relax at the spa or get fit at the gym. And, if you want to spend a night under the stars, there are also three treehouses in prime game-spotting locations where you can sleep out in the wild.
3. Fort House, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a safari, but it is an incredibly underrated destination. Not only are the dramatic landscapes home to the Big Five, but there’s the added bonus of there being no risk of malaria.
So, it’s understandable why the exclusive Fort House seized the opportunity to open in 2017 in the 22,000-hectare Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. This private four-bedroomed villa has sweeping views of the Great Fish River valley, and combines the best bits of a safari lodge and a modern home. Exclusive perks include a large swimming pool, a spa treatment room, a wine cellar, and a boma for eating outdoors and learning how to cook on a campfire from the resident chef.
The privacy of the house allows you to enjoy your days however you so wish, as you’re not tied into a rigid schedule so can go off on game drives as you please. Furthermore, the reserve has one of the highest land-to-guest ratios in the country, so you won’t be battling for space with many other vehicles when you do head out to explore the banks of the Great Fish River.
If you’re in need of a bit of safari solace somewhere shiny and new, then contact our team at Elite Travel Concept now.