Construction is underway on a Luxury lodge in the Nambiti Game Reserve outside Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. The R200m project is set to be completed in the last quarter of 2021.
To be known as The Homestead, the project will be a low-impact lodge, sustainably built and set against the backdrop of the humbling natural beauty of 23,000 acres of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
It will combine seemingly different parts of the wonders of South Africa to create an integrated experience that links together wildlife, history, traditions, wellness, community, food, culture and conservation.
The project is financed by Really Epic Dog (RED), which is headquartered in the USA. While RED already has a strong presence in Africa through its involvement in the technology, sports and entertainment industries, this new venture will see the group expand into tourism and conservation for the first time.
The project has been designed by Durban-based architect Dean Jay and his team.
“The Homestead site evokes a unique spirit of place with the juxtaposition of the existing historical ruins, the lake and escarpment to create a powerfully understated lodge built from endemic ironstone that will harmonise with the landscape,” said Dean.
“As a group of companies, we have a longstanding and deep-held passion for South Africa,” said Benjamin Smith, president of the Really Epic Dog Group.
“So, although we have all had to deal with what has been an unprecedented time, we have not wavered in our commitment to The Homestead project. We not only believe South Africa will emerge from Covid-19 and continue to attract tourists from all over the world, but we want to instill that belief and hope in others by offering our guests a place to reset and reconnect with themselves,” he added.
“First and foremost through experiences that help them reach a sense of understanding and peace with the world, as well as inheriting our love of South Africa.”