Having a safari experience is on the majority of avid travellers’ bucket lists — and with so many outfitters to choose from it’s hard to narrow it down. But if you are searching for an adventure that combines luxury, sustainability, and local curation, look no further than The Homestead, the new safari lodge in South Africa. By
Opening in early 2022, this eco-luxury safari lodge is located in the scenic Nambiti Private Game Reserve in South Africa. The reserve is considered to have one of South Africa’s most ambitious conservation efforts. Plus, it’s one of the few wildlife parks where visitors will be able to experience the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and rhinos.
The Homestead will debut with 12 luxury lodges, half of which are designed specifically for couples and solo travellers who are looking for more of a private experience. The property will also have a world-class spa, fitness centre, and individual infinity pools for couple/solo lodges or private gardens at the group lodges, attached to the dwellings.
Guests are meant to feel a “greater purpose” interwoven during their stay. With customised excursions such as visits to Africa’s most important battlefields to animal photography classes, hiking through diverse habitats, mind-blowing stargazing, and anti-poaching learning sessions, will help guests have a greater understanding of their role in the world.
“The Homestead was born in a moment where we witnessed the impact we can make in the people and places around us. This was the genesis of The Homestead, and it is still at the centre of our ethos today” said Wayne Scholes, CEO of Really Epic Dog and owner of the lodge. “Our surrounding wildlife is extraordinary and our aim is to invite guests to be a part of the experience and recognise the power we all have to affect the people and places around us. The land holds a special meaning and significance to me personally and I couldn’t be prouder of what we are doing.”
With sustainability at the heart of the lodge, The Homestead will be one of the first to introduce safari excursions in completely electric vehicles. Other initiatives such as an all-grass roof that is using the same grass from the nearby grasslands, rainwater tanks, tree-planting, and use of solar panels will also be implemented.
Future guests will be able to make reservations in autumn 2021 with prices starting at $3,500 (INR 2,60,356)/night.