This is one of the most highly sought after private and opulent safari lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park region in the spectacular Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa’s Limpopo Province and it is called Kubili House. Exclusively private and oozing luxury, Kubili House epitomises the ultimate African safari lodge – a private residence that sleeps only ten people in style.
Located on the largest dam in the reserve, animal activity is a given constant at this permanent water hole – loved by all visitors to Kubili House who can also call on their personal game ranger and tracker to take them out on game drives at any time.
It is difficult to describe a lodge that is so huge and so modern and so lavish because it defies all description. Part of it reflects the rocky landscape and promotes an aura of ancient times, an earthly and earthy place of rest; the other part of it seems to be lighter and very modern, to reflect feeling of freedom and being here now. It’s a pergola of sorts that encourages guests to be on the level of living things, not above anything but eye to eye.
Rooms are so vast that furniture had to be custom-designed and created to fit the size and the theme, the play on ancient and modern, the past, present and future.
Suffice it to say that Kubili house is decadent – showcasing a safari lifestyle like never before – 5 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, a spa with steam room, a private safari vehicle and 3 fully equipped camping vehicles. This grand homestead with a difference covers an enormous 26 900 feet of floor space! In the bush!
Yes, this is a boutique hotel in the bush and you get your own chefs, butler, game ranger and tracker – you get camping, game drives, walks in the reserve, wellness programmes, archery and more. The high-ceilinged suites are a never-ending source of quintessential amenities from the enormous deep bathtub and shower to the wooden canopied bed and the art, the collectible valuable furniture just everything. Stone walls blend into the dam reflection and hide the extent of the interior beyond.
Book this place if you have the wherewithal, the panache and the eye for the artistic detail. And don’t forget why you came – to see the wildlife and the magnificent landscape of the famous Kruger National Park!
Welcome to the most luxurious of all our safari lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park region where privacy counts and sophisticated attention from personal staff creates certain expectations. Thornybush is a delightful game reserve that offers more than just the Big 5 game viewing experience to its regal guests but it is also a conservation-oriented place of preservation and hope.
Game drives from Kubili House take such privileged guests into the more than 12 000 ha of pristine African bushveld to look for some of the 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. This is the perfect all year-round destination of constant sunny days and warm breezes.
Guests who book the comfort of Kubili are impressed with the reserve’s fine bush experience. They spread out into the enormous spaces of this villa, built low and dominant on the landscape, yet also trying to blend in to the environment to have less of a modern impact on conservation efforts.
Before guests arrive, they can customise their package deals as private holidays with game drives, walks, spa treatments and other personalised activities they want to indulge in.
The motto at Kubili House? “If you’re not blown away you don’t pay!” Take that! The idea here is to soak up the environment, live in the moment and remember that all the little spaces in your day mean a lot. Spend them in sheer lavish comfort here and take a few nights away from this too to the bushveld to camp beneath the stars and know that such wealth is just part of the privilege, not forever.
Enjoy the hugeness of the rooms, the beds, the baths the couches and the art details. There are 5 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, a spa with steam room, a private safari vehicle, and more. Take pictures, but most of all, enjoy where you are now, in the pool, on the deck, in the spa or just laying on your bed. Dreaming.