Geiger’s Camp at Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati, has undergone a design and décor overhaul.
Marion Geiger-Orengo, who owns the camp together with husband, Fabrice Orengo de Lamazière, says: To us, the most effective refurbishments are achieved with subtlety. While much work was done on this redesign project, we didn’t want to move away from the typical atmosphere that guests have come to know and love at Geiger’s Camp. The idea was to add more depth to what was already a wonderful setting.”
The couple worked with interior decorator, David Strauss, who has had a relationship with Motswari for over 15 years.
The property, originally a traditional family home, received soft updates such as craft chandeliers, brass mirrors and new bathroom tiles and fittings. Special items created by Cape Town artist, Bianca de Klerk, local potters from Strydom Tunnel and Kaross embroidered African art and home décor items handmade by VaTsonga women, were introduced.
“We always strive to showcase South African art by working with local craftsmen and retailers because their art embodies a passion for colour and the tactile experience of African culture,” says Geiger-Orengo. Also an artist, she displays a number of her artworks on the walls, changing them as she creates new pieces.
With regards to the ‘frame’ of the property, the refurbishment involved an extensive, below-the-surface renovation in which new trenches, walls, wooden decks, and electricity and water systems were installed. New outdoor showers were created in newly-built, private-shaded courtyards. These have been named the ‘Robynne Showers’ after one of Motswari’s safari guides who collected all the tree trunks which form part of the shower design.
For the last 12 years, Orengo de Lamazière has worked with a local artisan, Richard Ngwenya, who has been exclusively responsible, together with his team, for all renovations at Motswari.
For the bush garden, they worked together with garden designer, Henk Scholtz, to introduce a new look featuring stones and wood, along with larger trees, aloes and cacti.