When New Doors Open: Heritage Sites and Safari Stays

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A new lodge on a world heritage site, a new tented safari camp, and an expansion to a winelands estate.  We take a look at these three must-see stays.

Sibani Lodge 

Cradle of Humankind, South Africa 

Get back to basics and escape the city noise a mere 40-minute drive outside of Johannesburg.

Bush breaks are no longer just reserved for weekends with Sibani Lodge’s brand new and diverse portfolio offering.

Situated on a world heritage site, Sibani offers local and international guests the choice to stay at the premier manor lodge (available on a perroom rate or as an exclusive-use villa), or to get fully immersed in the South African bush experience – with a few added carefully-curated creature comforts of home – in their take on glamping with four fully-equipped tents.

This is luxury camping, where hot water and down duvets complete the scene. If that is not for you, Sibani also offers basic camping sites on a nightly rate for a fully immersive camp set up.

An all-inclusive rate covers three daily meals, a turndown service, and daily game drives. The on-site spa caters for parties, bachelorettes, and other special events. 

Delaire Graff Estate  

Delaire Graff Estate Villa and Lodges
Delaire Graff Estate Villa and Lodges

Cape Winelands, South Africa 

A new four-bedroom owner’s villa and six superior lodges have been added to the estate’s accommodation offering. 

dhk Architects blended the contemporary Cape architecture with the lavish interiors while integrating the estate’s natural surroundings.

The new villa and lodges have exposed solid French oak trusses, stone-clad walls, thatched roofs, and extended timber terraces combining natural and raw materials.

Extensive landscaping was incorporated into the design, allowing the buildings to connect to the surrounding mountain and vineyard landscape.

The four-bedroom villa covers 660m² over two floors, and sleeps up to eight guests, and include a walk-in wine cellar, a 14-metre rim-flow pool, jacuzzi, and outdoor shower.

A hidden lift connects the two floors. The six lodges are housed within three separate buildings, each containing two one-bedroom units that can be opened or closed to create smaller or larger suites.

The floor-to-ceiling foldaway doors lead onto a private outdoor pool deck and terrace, offering prime views of the estate’s idyllic surroundings. 

Abelana Safari Camp  

Abelana Game Reserve
Abelana Game Reserve

Phalaborwa, South Africa  

If glamping is your thing, the recently opened Abelana Safari Camp may appeal to you. The intimate tented camp in the Greater Kruger region offers walking and horse safaris on Abelana Game Reserve.

This new Big Five reserve is owned by the Mashishimale community, and leased by MTH Lodge Holdings in a sustainable conservation and eco-tourism partnership.

Located amongst the distinctive rock formations and koppies that dominate the southern section of the reserve, it accommodates just eight guests in five Meru-style en suite luxury tents.

The central lounge and dining area, a fire pit, and a viewing deck with panoramic views of the entire reserve, and the waterhole below complete the picture. The camp uses solar power and gas geysers, and no large trees were removed during construction.  

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