Shamwari Game Reserve has provided further details on three of its five-star lodges it is currently rebuilding and redesigning. Comments Group General Manager, Joe Cloete: “We felt the time had come to not simply do extensive annual refurbishments of furniture and decor, but rather to redesign the lodges to elevate the guests’ offerings and comfort to absolute sheer safari luxury by means of extraordinary architectural, design and decor offerings. We believe the hospitality is entering a new era in guest expectations and we hope to be leadings this with six exceptional safari lodges, couple with our renowned, malaria-free, Big 5 safari and walking experiences.”
Architecture is by DSA Architects International and interior decor and design is by K/M2K Architecture and Interior Design, both South Africa-based companies.
Eagles Crag Lodge is set to be a sophisticated safari experience. The architects have designed a spacious entrance and reception looking directly onto the vegetation and rocky cliff face. On the upper level, the guest dining and lounge open through large doorways onto the wrap-around veranda with individual ‘dining pods’ overlooking the cliff. On the lower level, fitness enthusiasts can enjoy a fitness centre and an entertainment lounge. Nine luxurious Guest Villas, each with its own sundeck and heated plunge pool, are discreetly placed in the surrounding bush. A spa complements the lodge offerings. Eagles Crag will reopen on 1 September 2018.
Riverdene Family Lodge will offer a sense of style and comfort in a secure environment. Nine interleading rooms with bathrooms and views over the bushveld, provide family lodging, while the lounge bar and dining rooms open on to the infinity edge pool and sun decks. The Kids on Safari Adventure Centre complements the facilities with an extensive modern playground offering an array of kid-friendly activities to keep children entertainment in a safe and supervised environment, as well as a toddler play area and adventure Zone. Riverdene Family Lodge will open to guests on 14 September 2018.
Long Lee Manor reflects a bygone era and whilst retaining the original façade, a new arrival courtyard and porch will create a grand entrance to this historical Manor offering direct views of the Eastern Cape plains and wildlife. A wellness centre and teen entertainment and gaming room will be created around a landscaped courtyard and guests will be accommodated in 18 Guest Suites, all with elegant colonial themed interiors. The Barn, used for boutique meetings and conferences, will also take on a new look and feel and offer state-of-the-art equipment for delegates. Health-conscious guests will be able to take advantage of a new fitness centre. One Luxury Presidential Suite and 17 Guest Suites, including an impressive Honeymoon Suite, as well as Universal Access interleading Suite will be on offer. Long Lee Manor is scheduled to close on 1 November 2018 and reopen 1 December 2019.