New luxury lodge, Ulubisi House, in the Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route in the Western Cape, opened in March.
The property comes with a full complement of staff, including butler, chef and field guide, and sleeps either six adults or four adults and four children. There are three spacious bedroom suites and a large central living space with seating and dining areas overlooking an open grassy pan. A loft apartment is also available adjacent to the lodge for extra guests.
Developer, Mark Rutherfoord, incorporated the large-scale structure, made of stone, wood and thatch, into the natural environment.
Ulubisi House is in the reserve’s 1000-hectare protected walking area for endangered species with 180-degree views of grass plains dotted with game, fynbos-covered rolling hills and the Outeniqua mountain range.
The property also hosts a coffee and wine bar area, swimming pool, hot tub, an outdoor dining area, a game ranger and a private game-drive vehicle.
Wrap-around terraces and living areas open up to the landscape of surrounding bush.
Activities include bush picnics and fishing excursions, guided walks, including fynbos and wildlife hikes, mountain biking (with seven bikes in varying sizes available), and trail running. For children, there is Gondwana’s Junior Ranger Experience with a private field guide. Satellite TV and Wifi are also available.
Nearby attractions include the coastal towns of Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, neighbouring championship golf courses such as Pinnacle Point, great swimming and surfing beaches, and annual whale watching between May and September.