Want to safari in style? This funky modern lodge has attitude and designer appeal, not to mention spectacular valley views over the escarpment and 22,000 hectares of Big 5 reserve! The expansive viewing deck that connects my private lounge with the suite's spacious bedrooms calls me outside to soak up the spirit and smells of the bushveld.
But even indoors there seems to be nothing separating me from the dramatic landscape beyond the earthy olive greens, warm oranges and polished concrete floors forming a continuum with their natural surrounds. Quirky touches like the huge brightly coloured animal prints add pops of colour and light-heartedness, while the ultra-sleek modern bathroom and heated plunge pool contribute to the overall feel of urban luxury. However, an outdoor shower under the stars soon reminds me that I couldn't be further from the city. Who said you can't have the best of both worlds!