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Bucket showers and camping are a thing of the past. Molori Safari Lodge has re-defined the meaning of safari, and is now one of the swankiest lodges in the bush since glitzy South African designer Stephen Falcke got his hands on it.
The five vast suites (they are so big that small house may be a better way to describe them) are made from stone and thatch. Decked out with Philippe Starck bathtubs overlooking the bush and steel Philipp Plein swingbeds on the wooden deck, the suites are simply slick.
Of the five suites, the two presidential suites are the most impressive. The Metsi Suite has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open up fully to reveal a large private terrace complete with infinity pool, Jacuzzi and dining table. Inside is just as spacious, with a dining room, sitting room, library and bedroom with walk in wardrobe. The Molelo Suite is larger still, with two bedrooms.
This is not to say the remaining three 'normal' suites are shabby, in fact far from it. All are incredibly spacious, and have private infinity pools and outside showers making the most of the spectacular views. Although distinctly modern with Bose Ipod docks, flat screen teles and Nespresso coffee machines, all of the suites at Molori retain an authentic African touch. African prints blend in with the contemporary style, and the floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the panoramic views of the African bush.
Even though this lodge is a highlight in itself, the actual safaris can not be forgotten. Located in the malaria free 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, the game spotting opportunities are endless, whether in 4x4's or on foot.
Supporting its title as swishest lodge, Molori also has a spa, sauna, steam room and techno gym, all rare treats in the African bush. The food is superb and puts many a gourmet restaurant to shame, with cleverly created dishes mixing African and international cuisine. Personal tastes are always taken into account, and the chef discusses the forthcoming meal with guests to ensure they are getting exactly what they want.