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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
@philhopkinsuk
8:00 AM 22nd February 2021
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Clifftop Villa Offers Family Wilderness Experience

One of Africa’s few entirely not-for-profit safari lodges, Lepogo Lodges’ Noka Camp, has unveiled a new, two-bedroom family villa for 2021, guaranteeing the ultimate wilderness experience.

The luxurious safari camp, set within the 50,000-hectare, malaria-free Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, offers an array of child-friendly activities to ensure families have an unforgettable South African wilderness experience.
Set over 385m2 and sleeping up to five people, the sprawling new family villa perches atop a 100ft cliff overlooking the winding Palala River and the endless bush ahead, all without compromising on privacy.

The luxurious residence comprises a master and a children’s suite - each with its own en-suite bathroom - separated by a large family living area, providing privacy, peace and tranquility for parents. Three outdoor decking areas and a large infinity pool complete the villa, providing ample opportunity for children to splash around and spot elephants basking in the river below while Mum and Dad enjoy a sundowner or two.
Noka Camp consists of five stilted villas, with the entire property built on small concrete pads, ensuring that no scars are left on the land. Each villa is complete with heated plunge pool, unique ‘sky bed’ with glass floor over the ravine, sunken bathtub and underfloor heating.

The villas are joined by a main lodge comprised of dining room, bar, lounge area and sprawling outdoor terrace, all of which enjoy unspoilt wilderness views. The camp is entirely off-grid, with all energy self-generated by a bespoke, 250m solar walkway.

Guests have full access to a private butler, chef and safari vehicle, offering the opportunity to create a bespoke safari holiday and experience unparalleled luxury throughout the entirety of their stay.

Family Activities at Noka Camp
Children and young teenagers are kept entertained at Noka Camp as they embark on fun-filled treasure hunts around the lodge, whip up a culinary storm with bush baking, and unleash their creative flair with mindful pottery making, trinket crafting, bush painting and jewellery making.

Come evening, families can wonder at the magical African night-sky and learn about the stars under the expert guidance of the in-house astrologer. The beautiful waters of the Palala River can also be enjoyed by guests of all ages with activities including boating, fishing, frogging and river swimming.

Home to more than 60 mammal species, Lepogo Lodges’ private game drives mean families are able to observe an abundance of spectacular wildlife at a time that suits them.

Lead by an in-house expert ranger, guests can expect to spot rhino, lion, cheetah, buffalo, elephant and more, as well as some of the 300 different bird species inhabiting the reserve.

Tours of the nearby Iron Age site atop Melora mountain and the remarkable rock art of the Bushman paintings allow those seeking a more cultural experience to step back in time and uncover the area’s ancient history and traditions.

Nightly rates for the Family Clifftop Villa at Lepogo Lodges’ Noka Camp start from R60,000 (£2936)per night, based on four guests staying on an all-inclusive board basis. Lepogo Lodges’ Noka Camp cannot accommodate children under 10 years old unless the camp is exclusively booked. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.lepogolodges.com or email info@lepogolodges.com.

*Price in pound sterling accurate according to today’s exchange rate.