Situated in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, Lepogo Lodges is one of Africa’s few entirely non-for-profit safari lodges, and last October they finally welcomed visitors back to their luxurious safari camp after the relaxation of travel restrictions to South Africa following the pandemic.
Lepogo Lodges’ Noka Camp was voted as one of the top lodges in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2021 and gives you the chance to experience a fabulous bucket list safari destination that has been unavailable for almost two years.
Located in the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve 100ft up on top of a clifftop with breathtaking views overlooking the Palala River, you can enjoy complete tranquillity along with an unforgettable safari experience, where it is home to the ‘big five’, offering a wide variety of family-friendly wildlife experiences that you will be talking about for years to come.
Noka Camp is made up of five stilted villas, including one villa designed for families, and joined by a main lodge which has a dining room, bar, lounge area and large outdoor terrace. The camp is completely off-grid, with all energy self-generated by an ingenious bespoke 250m solar walkway.
The camp not only offers unspoilt beauty and an exclusive private setting, but also the opportunity to go bush camping under the star lit sky at night, explore the untouched Iron Age site at Melora and visit the bushman paintings in the cliffs below the lodge.
There is also plenty to do after a busy day out exploring the 50,000-hectare reserve, from a reinvigorating spa experience to a dip in your own private heated plunge pool followed by a relaxing bath with panoramic views of the surrounding terrain, before enjoying a romantic open-air dinner in your villa.
Sustainability is important at Lepogo Lodges, giving 100 per cent of any financial gains they make back to the reserve for the benefit of wildlife and local community, so that future generations can continue to come and experience this special unspoilt part of the world.
To help in this effort, Noka Camp’s extensive carbon offset programme allows guests to offset their entire journey to and from the camp. Careful research of emission figures means that the lodge calculates the carbon emissions resulting from each visiting guest and converts the calculation into a monetary value which is then donated to one of three conservation projects chosen by the guest.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Lepogo Lodges