real African experience, without sacrificing comfort and security. In
the wild, but with all the necessary comforts.
- The Big Five - haul your gear onto a Landrover and head for an experience you won't find anywhere else in the world
- Probe the wilderness both on and off road - start your day at dawn with early morning game drives in open Landrovers
- Enjoy the melodies of trumpeting elephants and snorting hippos - awaken to the distant sounds of the wild African bush
- Observe the drama of Africa’s wildlife at close quarters
- Unlock the mystery of the nocturnal predators - go out with a carefully selected and trained tracker as night falls...
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Solitude and space are the essence
The Oppenheimers and Tswalu: a History Although Tswalu game reserve in South Africa is currently owned by Nicky Oppenheimer's family, the reserve was originally the vision of the late Stephen Boler, a Manchester entrepreneur who undertook one of the largest private conservation projects in Africa. In a period of four years, Boler established the 100 000 hectare reserve and introduced thousands of game animals including the rare desert black rhino, sable and roan antelope, Cape buffalo and cheetah. In April 1999, after Boler's death in October 1998, the Oppenheimers, a well-known mining family of South Africa, purchased Tswalu from his estate.
Although much has changed in the years since Nicky Oppenheimer's family acquired Tswalu, the overall goal has remained unchanged - "to restore the Kalahari to itself" and to make Tswalu one of the premier wildlife destinations in Africa as well as a premier South Africa game reserve. The area had previously been farmed with little regard for the environment, and as a result, the very essence of the authentic Africa it once was had been almost completely destroyed. However, thanks to the destruction of dams, removal of houses and fences and re-establishment of indigenous game such as cheetah and lion, it is now on the road to resembling the real Africa that nature intended. Much is still to be done, but the Oppenheimers' commitment to excellence and the resolve to restore Tswalu's land and its wildlife remains unchanged. Tswalu is a South Africa game reserve that is a work in progress. The reserve extends the ethos of the Oppenheimer family's other major conservation initiatives at eZemvelo in Gauteng, and at Waltham Place in the UK. Guests are treated to wonderful game viewing of the Big Five with sunset and sunrise Game drives accompanied by highly qualified game rangers with sundowners in the bush. Bush walks that bring one closer to nature are also offered.
There are 37,000 hectares of unspoiled African bushveld ranging from rocky outcrops where the leopards watch from their hidden crevices to wide open savannah where the herds of Zebra, Wildebeest and Impala abound Driving through the reserve in the 4 wheel drive game viewing vehicle, after your arrival at the main gate, you will be treated to your first sighting of the reserve's permanent residents: Impala, Warthog, Giraffe, Rhino, Kudu, Eland, Elephant and many others.
Your hosts are knowledgeable and friendly and will keep you entertained throughout your early morning and afternoon drives. Their love of the bush is infectious and you'll soon find yourself eagerly waiting for the next animal anecdote or tidbit of information. Your arrival time may have you stopping for a picnic lunch served to you on the plains or perhaps it might be sundowners atop a mountain ridge where you can stand and stare at the majestic beauty around you and enjoy a fine South African chardonnay.
Earth Lodge Sabi Sabi
"Sculpted deep into the earth, almost invisible in the landscape, inspired by the colours and shapes of the natural world. At Sabi Sabi's Five-Star Earth Lodge you are at one with the wilderness ."
Sabi Sabi's latest innovation, the avant-garde and environmentally sensitive Earth Lodge has captured the hearts and minds of visitors from all over the world, this is attributed not only to the lodge itself, but to the entire Sabi Sabi experience which includes magical location, fantastic safari experiences, excellent cuisine and first class service.
Earth Lodge offers 5-Star bush accommodation, featuring 12 suites, each with private glass-fronted bathroom looking out over the bushveld, private butler and private swimming pool, there is also the Amber Presidential suite with it's own private steam room and kitchen.
Designed to reflect the natural surroundings, the Lodge leaves visitors feeling refreshed, relaxed and inspired by the spirit of Africa. additionally the luxurious Earth Nature Spa at the Lodge offers treatments ranging from advanced skin and body treatments, hydrotherapy and relaxing or energising massages. There is even a meditation Zen garden and a secluded library.
Choose to dine in the outdoor boma, indoor-outdoor dining room, 6000-bottle wine cellar or in your suite.
Guests are treated to wonderful game viewing of the Big Five with sunset and sunrise Game drives accompanied by highly qualified game rangers with sundowners in the bush. Bush walks that bring one closer to nature are also offered.
Makweti Safari Lodge
Makwetis main lodge, built into natural rock formations in the craggy Waterberg Mountains, is a dramatic architectural synthesis. Emphasis is on the views commanded of the Makweti Gorge, drawn in through huge picture windows, creating oneness with the undulating landscape a unique quality of the Waterberg.
Antique art and furnishings reflect the rich, artistic and cultural heritage of Africa African artefacts, kelim rugs, deep leather couches and hand beaded fabrics bare testament to the elegance, inherent in the lodge.
Accommodation is provided for just 12 guests, in secluded thatched suites, each individually appointed, capturing the very essence of the exclusive retreat Makweti was built to be. Each suite offers indoor and outdoor showers, Victorian bathtubs, and warm log fires for cool winter evenings. Each suite has a sense of privacy, with beautiful vistas of the African bushveld.
Many guests return to be indulged in Makwetis comfort
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An Unforgettable African Encounter
The ultimate year-round South African safari in an exclusive wildlife
sanctuary, situated beside the Kruger National Park.
Singita (meaning 'The Miracle' in the local Shangaan language) provides
exquisite luxury, rare solitude and perfect tranquillity. Enjoy a
jewel-like setting where dedicated, professional staff seek to pamper
and please you.
World-class comfort, style, food and rare vintage wines stroke the
senses. Exclusive accommodation for the discerning traveller. Singita's
attention to detail is unsurpassed.
Kingfischer is situated in the Entabeni Game Reserve and forms part
of the malaria free Waterberg.
Entabeni (meaning 'Place of the Mountain') offers you a personalized
experience with a private service. Delicious meals are prepared by
a private chef. Exclusive private accommodation and health & beauty
facilities are available for your relaxation between game activities.
The combination of beautiful surroundings and a rich variety of wildlife
(from the Big Five to a comprehensive array of flora and fauna) makes
Kingfischer a truly enticing place.
Tshukudu Bush Lodge
This is the "Place of the Rhino".
Built on a hilltop, the newly refurbished, luxurious Tshukudu Bush Lodge offers sweeping views of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Offering only six luxury cottages, attention to detail and personalised service is guaranteed.
Each cottage has been uniquely designed and has its own private balcony offering potential sightings of over 80 species of wild animals, including the Big Five, as well as 360 bird species. Please note that there are 132 steps to climb to the lodge.