When in the urban jungle, its easy to long for the stillness of the bush, and if you’re a city-dweller in the wilderness, its as equally natural to miss the rush of the city. The Residence in Johannesburg and Camp Ndlovu in the Welgevonden Game Reserve – properties in The Residence Portfolio – encapsulate the perfect balance of city and bush life in ways that will relax and reinvigorate. Simply put, they offer the best of both worlds.
The Residence is nestled in the old Houghton suburb of Johannesburg. Behind its high concrete walls, an oasis of unmatched relaxation waits to pamper local and international guests with the finest service and quality amenities you’ve come to expect from a five-star boutique hotel. Lunch is served in what feels like an outdoor corridor that connects one wing to the other, as you look out to a lush and neatly kept lawn, while dinner is a fine dining experience enjoyed in a intimate area, as a pianist plays classical favourites.
The spa treatment offered is reason enough to make The Residence your temporary abode of choice, time and time again. A selection of messages can be enjoyed in one of two tranquil rooms situated by the Jacuzzi on a wooden deck strategically positioned to show off Joburg’s sunsets at their best. Alternatively, take time out in the steam room or tranquility lounge.
Guests looking to experience the city and the wild while in South Africa can have a shuttle service transport them to the heart of the Limpopo bush the morning after. It’s a three-hour drive to Camp Ndlovu, a prime bush getaway location. On the drive to the lodge from the entrance of the 37 000ha reserve, you will see an array of wildlife, from baby zebras to majestic giraffes. Its a sure way to instantly refresh your mental state.
Upon arrival, the friendly team and your soon-to-be-family-away-from-family, welcome you with a warm towel. General Manager Warren van Niekerk will ensure you enjoy the highest standards of service. What comes next is incredible; a wooden deck meticulously furnished with handpicked couches, chairs and Persian rugs under a thatch roof. Its here where you can spend long afternoons watching monkeys, wildebeest and even elephants enjoying the mineral licks perfectly placed for the best Kodak moments.
Each of the five luxury suites, including a family suite onsite, is perfectly secluded with a pool to match and beautiful finishes both indoors and out, like a white deep bath or shower to enjoy under the blue sky.
Suites are air-conditioned, with king-size extra-length beds, a lounge with fireplace, Nespresso coffee machine, private dining areas and complimentary wifi, to name a few perks.
Guests are treated to scrumptious food from seasonal menus created under the helm of Executive Chef of The Residence Portfolio Aaron Menezes and prepared by Zimbabwean-born Chef Lawrence Pasipamire, whose attention to detail is relentless. At the boma dining area, you’ll feast under the stars.
Camp Ndlovu also has a well-kitted gym. The spa room is yet another grand feature of the property, with one side left completely open (without compromising your safety, of course).
You can start your mornings off with a hike led by an experienced ranger in the Big 5, malaria-free area. His years of experience coupled with his humbling respect for nature and its inhabitants will make the experience truly memorable. Later in the day, enjoy game drives in an open-top SUV, where lion, bird, and even ostrich sightings will leave you in awe. You’ll even make a stop to enjoy gin and tonics and biltong; the authentic luxury safari way, of course.
For bookings and more on The Residence Portfolio, visit: theresidenceportfolio.co.za