Shumbalala Game Lodge’s superior suites are all set under shady African trees on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River. Privacy and luxury comfort are par for the course. Spacious and stylishly decorated, each suite consists of a bedroom and lounge, an en-suite bathroom, large glass sliding doors and private viewing decks – with a bird’s eye view of the ever active water hole. The suites’ natural colours, wooden decks and thatched roofs all complement the surroundings and tie in with the colours of the bushveld. Ensuring every creature comfort is catered for, air-conditioning provides welcome relief in summer while the open fireplaces are just the ticket to warm up cooler winter evenings and mornings. Secluded outdoor showers cater for the adventurous, crisp percale cotton linen and a choice of pillows guarantee sweet dreams and Shumbalala’s unique designer “picture window” bathrooms optimise views.
The exclusive presidential suite is a veritable haven of luxury and includes two en-suite bedrooms, a private dining room, a private lounge, fireplace and a wraparound private deck with outside dining facilities. A private boma and plunge pool provides the final flourish in the suite, which is all about understated modern African decor. And should you wish to break away from this private utopia, the lodge boasts everything from a library, Wi-Fi enabled public areas, an underground cellar and a traditional outdoor boma.
Meals can be enjoyed wherever you like – whether it’s in the comfort of your suite, in the private dining room next to the fireplace or outside next to a roaring open boma fire. Every nook and cranny of the lodge allows visitors to soak up the tranquillity, smells and sound of the bush.
From the sight of a leopard lazing in a tree to vultures amassing in the sky, the ongoing show here of Africa’s most sought-after animals in their natural habitat is a not-to-be-missed treat.