When you think of going to a game reserve to go spot your favourite animals, you automatically assume that having to share your rooms with bugs is the norm. WRONG!
We have found some amazing accommodation that will ensure you not only get to see all the wildlife that is on your wishlist, but that you’ll also be staying in the most beautiful, upmarket establishments.
Raptor Retreat Game Lodge is a little slice of luxury, situated on the Balule Parsons Nature Reserve in the Mopani region. Balule Parsons Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
At the heart of Raptor Retreat is the Main Lodge where guests can gather to either dine or catch up on their adventures. Relax with a drink on the deck or slump into one of the voluptuous leather couches. The Main Lodge features a huge deck that looks out over an open plain where herds come to graze or drink at the water hole and predators wait for an opportunity.
The accommodation at Raptor Retreat is some of the best the industry has to offer. There are two private lodges on offer: the Elephant Lodge and the Buffalo Lodge. Each air-conditioned room has high thatched ceilings and a huge, built-in king-size bed as well as a large sliding door that opens onto a private deck with double recliners. The deck is nestled in amongst the trees giving you the feeling of being right in the thick of the bush. One could expect an elephant or lion to stroll past any minute.
Slip into your own splash pool and cool off under the hot African sun whilst watching game graze nearby.
Pezulu is a small, exclusive, one of a kind, Tree House Game Lodge situated in the game rich area of the Limpopo province of South Africa, only forty minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park.
The thatched main building is entwined around a large Marula tree. It consists of a lounge, dining area, curio shop and a charming treetop bar. The magnificent rock swimming pool is the perfect place to cool off during hot summer days. After dark, dinner is served under the stars in the beautiful outdoor boma. The delicious food is typically South-African.
The Lodge comprises of eight unique thatch and reed Tree Houses, accommodating a maximum of twenty two people. Every unit is en-suite and has a private balcony where you can view herds of animals passing below, or view a giraffe eye to eye. Blending in beautifully with the African bush, solid wooden walkways lead high into the private tree houses. Each unit has been built to blend with the environment whilst maintaining an element of luxury. No nails have been knocked into the trees; rather the units have been built around the trees, resulting in huge branches (which are still growing) passing through the Tree Houses.
The lodge comprises 6 very exclusive chalets which are scattered on the mountain ridge, and offers privacy to all guests. Guests can watch the sun set in a golden display over the distant mountain peaks, from the chalet’s private viewing deck, or watch a sky of scattered clouds, suffused with shades of purple and pink as dawn approaches.
Game and ample bird-life can be viewed whilst sipping cocktails in the beautiful swimming pool, or whilst enjoying a braai with friends at the lodge’s braai-area, both overlooking the scenic bushveld environment and Waterberg Mountains.