A significant share of the profits is pooled and shared with the local community, to support, educate and incentivise against poaching
There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.
Exuding style and luxury amidst the savannah grasslands of the Thornybush Game Reserve, Kubili House is an architecturally designed, private lodge offering exceptional guiding, fine dining and a truly exclusive safari experience.
Deep in the heart of the Thornybush Game Reserve, a private conservancy on the edge of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, lies Kubili House. Meticulously designed, this sprawling, open-plan lodge was inspired by the local Limpopo architecture and fuses its traditional African origins with elements borrowed from Japan, New York and Morocco. Booked on an exclusive use basis, the lodge becomes a luxurious home away from home, with a dedicated team of staff on hand around the clock to ensure the most incredible, bespoke safari experience.
With unobstructed views of the surrounding savannah and adjacent watering hole, the house was designed to allow the beauty of the African bush to take centre stage. Hewn from rock and stone, and topped with a natural swaying grass roof, the lodge is simultaneously elegant and refined yet rustic and unobtrusive. Interiors draw inspiration from both the local Limpopo province and from destinations around the world. Interior designer Jacques Erasmus has created a richly textured, upscale feel in the free-flowing rooms with art, antiquities and the clever use of scent, evocatively wafting from the main areas and mingling with the heady scent of the scorched African earth. Bedrooms are cool and spacious, with cavernous bathrooms overlooking the savannah and sumptuous beds draped in natural fabrics and the softens linens. With a focus on safeguarding the natural environment, flora and fauna for future generations, Kubili House’s eco credentials are impressive. Using a geothermal controlled heat pump, solar controls and a reverse osmosis water filtration system, Kubili House has a very minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. The gently swaying red grasses that grow atop the low-lying buildings provide a cooling effect, whilst helping the lodge to blend beautifully into the surrounding savannah.
Meals are created by the highly trained executive chef and his team, tailoring menus to the tastes and whims of the guests. Bush breakfasts and sundowners can be enjoyed out in the bush, around a crackling fire, whilst hearty dinners are served in the elegant dining space or out on the deck overlooking the watering hole and infinity edge pool. Departing in morning or late afternoon, game drives and walking safaris are led by a crack team of guides and trackers who specialise in seeking out the myriad of wildlife that thrives in the Thornybush Game Reserve. The ubiquitous Big Five, herds of grazing animals and colourful birdlife all reside close to the lodge, many of whom come to drink and cool off at the watering hole in the heat of the day.
Afternoon tea at The Mount Nelson hotel is a must do whilst staying in Cape Town. The Mount Nelson Hotel serves tea from 14.30 onwards, book for a vast variety of sandwiches, pastries, and loose-leaf teas.
Kubili House is built on the edge of a dam in the Thornybush Game Reserve, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the lodge is perfectly located for spectacular game viewing, with many of the park’s larger species coming to drink and bathe at the nearby watering hole.
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