Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge is situated in the middle of Madikwe, giving visitors a huge game drive advantage over other lodges situated on the borders of the reserve.
Accommodating up to 24 guests in vast, well-spaced and utterly private glass-fronted suites scattered across the hillside, camouflaged by tamboti-beamed thatch roofs. Wooden walkways lit by hurricane lamps criss-cross the grounds and connect the secluded suites to the central open-plan lounge, bar, wine cellar, TV-room and dining where giant twisted trunks of leadwood trees hold up the vaulted ceiling.
Each suite has a cosy living room with huge slate-clad chimney (perfect to snuggle up in front of an open fire on cooler nights) leads into the peaceful bedroom with a gigantic pillow-strewn four-poster bed from where it’s possible to lie and gaze in wonder as herds of wandering animals make their way to the watering hole.
Throw open the floor-to-ceiling windows and retreat to a sunbed in the shade of an acacia tree, or grab a towel and jump into your own personal plunge pool for the ultimate in relaxed game viewing – you’ll be amazed at what passes by less than a hundred feet from your deck.
The cathedral-like bathrooms are ultra-luxurious. A large deep tub takes centre stage in front of fold-back windows that reveal the same wilderness views and a cavernous step-up circular shower is built into the opposite wall. Just outside the far door is an open-air extension with a private outdoor shower.