On a hill with sweeping views over the iconic Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a private retreat from the world: Nkarhi Homestead. Actually, the homestead comprises the main house with two bedrooms and a separate family cottage with another two bedrooms – so eight can sleep comfortably between them. A third cottage with a garden lounge – that also transforms into an al fresco living area when you open the glass doors – lies between the two roomy houses and overlooks the lapping pool.
Start the day with a steaming cup of coffee enjoyed under ancient rustling trees as a golden orb sun rises to greet you. And from here things just keep getting better. An early morning game drive sees wildlife waking up to the day, grazing and browsing for their breakfast. Or gently watch the bush world go by without leaving Nkarhi at all. Here you’re surrounded by free-roaming wildlife, so you can gameview poolside if you please. Only elephant are kept at bay by an electrified wire spun around the perimeter of the Nkarhi property, but you will still see them clearly too.
Chill through the day, swim, read, nap and snack. Then take in a guided game drive in the late afternoon and sip cool sundowners under big African skies. Your dedicated ranger and tracker will host you with natural aplomb and excellent wildlife sightings are everywhere. If you want to stretch your legs, a ranger-guided bush walk is a great way to see wildlife at eye level – it’s a memorable and very personal encounter.
Nkarhi is an enticing bushveld home-from-home experience, offered as self-catering or fully inclusive with your own private chef. So you can do as much or as little as you please, though housekeepers and camp hands assist daily to keep life simple and hassle-free. A bushveld escape couldn’t be easier or more enjoyable and private. It’s all at your own pace and entirely for your personal enjoyment. Nkarhi means ‘time’, and when you visit there you’ll see it’s all yours.
Posted by Keri Harvey
What we love!
- that the living area can open up completely to the surrounding environment and let the outside in
- the quirky strolling anteater sculpture alongside the pool
- that Nkarhi is off the grid
- such peace and communion with nature
- absolute privacy
Need to know …
- Nkarhi is not wheelchair friendly
- the property is unfenced, so wildlife can enter – hence small children must be supervised at all times
- no wifi, cellphone signal or air conditioning
- the homestead is solar powered and each house has a fan
- no laundry service
- radio communication with the main camp
- netted sliding doors to keep out mosquitoes
- low risk malaria area