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Poised at the top of a hill overlooking the golden, green and often red-hued Waterberg mountains of the Marakele and Marataba National Parks, deep in the bush of the Limpopo, Cypiro Leopard Lodge beckons you in to its contemporary yet earthy environment of laidback lodge living and whisks you out to the wilderness. Its rugged stone walls gently curving beneath the tall thatch ceilings and its lovely open plan living, dining and entertaining spaces all take a reclining back seat to the breathtaking vastness of the landscape that unravels before you. 

Set on 25 hectares of uncultivated bushveld where golden wildebeest, nyala, sable and impala – to list but a few – roam amongst the aloes, the cactus, cycads and sickle boss trees – also, to name but a few – bordering the 23 000-hectared neighbouring National Parks, this hideaway has been lovingly built to honour the hours of the day and the ever changing light and life of its surroundings. The clocks stop as you tune into nature’s existence and its spectacular display of the cycle of life. The wildlife and the birdlife lure you out of bed with their early morning calls just as they lull you into a peaceful slumber with their pacifying evening lullabies.

You’ll rise from one of the four dreamy ensuite bedrooms of the Manor House, that overlook different aspects of the garden, and begin your morning with a meditative yoga session on the beautiful deck, followed by a dip in the swimming pool, mimicking the wildlife as they dip into and drink from the dam below. Or you’ll simply sit still in the forest on a wooden bench beneath the thorn tree witnessing dapples of light dancing with the leaves, as you sip on a fresh morning brew. Or perhaps you’d like to saunter around the garden with the owners’ beloved birds of prey and perky pigeons as they introduce you to their own early morning antics at the lodge. Maybe you’ll just like to hang about in bed for a bit longer, before you hit those inviting outdoor showers, standing beneath the open skies, receiving wafts of the bush breakfast that’s almost ready to be served. That’s the beauty of having your very own hideaway in the wilderness all to yourself – it’s up to you and your clan to be wherever and whenever it is you choose to be. Just a five minute walk away from the Manor House, sits The View – completely off-grid and overlooking the dam, with its two ensuite bedrooms and gorgeous, open living and dining space of steel glass and its expansive deck and swimming pool. A statement of contemporary integration into a multifaceted, creative bush hideaway.

Afternoons will be spent around the swimming pool or venturing out onto the many hiking and biking trails. Either through the forests or up into the mountains. There are, of course, options to enter the National Parks and enjoy either guided or self drives, and walks with the Big. The lovely owners of Cypiro will gladly map out as many adventurous routes as you fancy, to explore the stunning scenery that surrounds, and the lovely look-out points for picnics and sundowners.

Evenings always begin with a salute to the sun, from the long stoep, the magnificent tall lookout tower or around the boma, as you watch the animals bathing and drinking from their watering hole once again. As the night skies light up with the expansive blanket of stars, so do the nightjars start to signify nature’s clock with their song. The fires are lit and the feast is being prepared in the great open kitchen with its curvaceous bar. A perfect spot for all to gather and natter about the adventures of the day before sitting down at the table on the stoep or beside the fire indoors.

After an invigorating day of all that life in the bush brings, and one last jingle at the piano, you’ll climb into bed once again and surrender to the stillness and the subtle sounds of the lion roaring in the distance, as you depict a picture of the new day that’s yet to unfold.

What we love!

  • The views are absolutely spectacular and can be enjoyed from the main entrance of the Manor House all the way out to the swimming pool area, and especially from the lookout deck. The views from The View is all in the name!
  • Whilst the Marakele and Marataba National Parks are adjacent the property, there are a number of beautiful, scenic walks and picnic spots to explore within the 25 hectares of Cypiro Lodge.
  • Early morning hot showers in the open, taking in the fresh air and peaceful sounds of the bush.
  • You are at liberty to walk freely, at your leisure, rest assured that the antelope will not harm you and all of the walking trails are perfectly safe.
  • With over Birdlife is 410 different bird species, the birdlife is prolific, including the largest colony of vultures that make for dramatic flights above the property.

What you need to know…

  • The town of Thabazimbi is only 10 – 15 minutes away. It has all of the necessary shops and convenience stores for you to stock up on everything you’ll need for the duration of your stay.
  • There is an electric fence bordering the property for your security from the other wild animals in the neighbouring reserve that is active every day from 5pm until 7am. 
  • If you’ve forgotten your bikes there are 2 mountain bikes available for those willing to push the adventure up the mountain a little further.
  • You are welcome to arrange guided and self-drive game drives within the national park that’s only a 5-minute drive away from the Manor House.
  • The property is self-catering with the aid of daily house-keeping to assist with the cleaning and tending to the chores we’d rather not when on holiday. There is also a wine cupboard / cellar should you wish to purchase wine on the property in the event – and we all know it well – that you run out.

Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king) (extra length) en-suite with bath, shower & outdoor shower
  • 1 x Bedroom (king) (extra length) open plan en-suite with shower and outdoor shower
  • 1 x Bedroom (king), own private bathroom across from the room with a shower
  • 1 x Bedroom (queen) (extra length) open plan en-suite with shower and outdoor shower
  • 1 x Bedroom (TBC)
  • 1 x guest loo
  • All linen & towels provided
  • Apple TV & Netflix
  • BBQ/Braai (built-in)
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee plunger
  • Daybed x 1
  • Electric Blankets
  • Fire pit
  • Fireplace (wood provided)
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • Freezer
  • Fridge x 2
  • Live in housekeeper
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso machine (please bring your own pods)
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool (no net)
  • Pool loungers x 6
  • Pool Towels
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Smoking outside only and no smoking when there is a fire alert
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Toaster
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV & DSTV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

Guests

Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms. Children on request.

Pets

Pets allowed by prior approval only

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Rates

Off-peak - R8 500 per night

Peak Season - R12 500 per night