A new luxury lodge is under construction in the Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, outside Ladysmith (KZN).
Known as The Homestead, the new ‘conscious luxury’ lodge is being developed by an international group of companies that are investing an estimated R200m.
Scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2021, Homestead will be a low-impact lodge, sustainably built and set against the backdrop of the humbling natural beauty of 23,000 acres of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
It will combine seemingly different parts of the wonders of South Africa to create an integrated experience that links together wildlife, history, traditions, wellness, community, food, culture and conservation.
A Multi-Sensory Experience
The lodge will accommodate up to 24 guests at any given time in a combination of deluxe suites with private infinity pools and luxury units, all of which will combine privacy with breathtaking views across the reserve.
The main lodge is designed to offer multi-sensory dining venues and experiences, conference facilities, a lavish spa, gym with a view and swimming pool that extends over the edge of the escarpment. The Homestead will offer an unparalleled opportunity to unwind and take in the beauty and wonder of the world around us all.
The project is financed by Really Epic Dog (RED), which is headquartered in the USA. While RED already has a strong presence in Africa through its involvement in the technology, sports and entertainment industries, this new venture will see the group expand into tourism and conservation for the first time.
Having purchased the land at the end of 2019, RED has pushed ahead with plans during the Covid-19 pandemic, working closely with acclaimed Durban-based architect Dean Jay and his team. The architectural firm has received recognition globally for their work on other leading game lodges such as Singita and Lion Sands – although by his own admission, this project is unlike anything that was done before.
A Homestead With History
‘The Homestead site evokes a unique spirit of place with the juxtaposition of the existing historical ruins, the lake and escarpment,’ Dean Jay said, ‘to create a powerfully understated lodge built from endemic ironstone that will harmonise with the landscape.’
The Homestead is being developed on a site that is rich with history, dating back to 1838. During the Boer War, a young British Captain controversially fell in love with a Boer girl and built a home on this site.
They were eventually accepted by her Boer family and The Homestead became a place where rivalries and weapons were put to one side and people came together in the spirit of peace, love and understanding. This rich history and the ethos will be at the centre of the guest experience at The Homestead.