Creature comforts

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The lodge is nestled in the shade of indigenous Camelthorn trees over 100 meters of tiled pathway that leads you from the main communal chalet where drinks and dining are enjoyed, to modern luxury tented accommodation. Mattanu’s luxury tents offer accommodation for family, friends, small groups and even those who wish to go solo, offering a certain intimacy and seclusion that other lodges might fail to do.

Everything you need for the ultimate safari experience is catered for here, and nothing is too cluttered, so you really do get to relate to the nature of it all. The design of the lodge pays homage to the rich timbres of the African earth, and each tent is decked out in sleeper wood furnishings of natural, locally-sourced materials. Each tent features a massive bed, dressing area, personal bar, and bricks-and-mortar-built bathroom en-suite with shower, generous tub, and twin hand basins. And here’s the best part for whenever the temperature drops a little too low – the floors have heating underneath!

If you feel like venturing away from the reserve, not too far away are a host of activities including fishing, golf, kayaking, horse-riding, sand-boarding, and even whitewater-rafting. Then of course there are the infamous Kimberley Diamond Mines just a short drive from Mattanu. On another breath-taking helicopter ride, you can see some of the largest hand- and machine-dug excavations in the world including ‘The Big Hole’. Digging for diamonds began in Kimberley in 1871 as part of the ‘Great Diamond Rush’, ushering plenty of wealth into the South African economy. A tour guide will take you through a recreation of an underground mine shaft, then through an amazing exhibition packed with memorabilia and information (for example, Kimberley was one of the first four towns in the world to receive electrical lighting on its streets).