The Lodge

An eco-friendly accommodation

The Lodge

The lodge blends into the surrounding nature. It is as if the ground of the hill has just been lifted a little to slip the house under it. The architecture is a unique combination of traditional vernacular building techniques with modern minimalistic design. Brothers and Architects, Damien and Xavier Huyberechts combined their vast experience and passion for nature to create this unique living environment. The house was imagined for wellbeing, both for family and friends living together and for individual replenishment and respite. It offers a multitude of different atmospheres for different activities to take place all along the day. Waking up to the morning light and the sounds of awakening nature. Days filled with activities for some and quiet and laziness for others. Sundowners from the patio leading to the evening braai and dinner where many stories will be shared around good food and wine, late into the night. Evenings ending with stargazing from the roof, observing the immensity of the universe, and the miracle of life in all its forms.

Accommodation for 10 people

- 1 master bedroom sleeping 2 people - 2 family suites sleeping each 4 people If more than 10, we can arrange accommodation in neighbouring farms. Kids, toddlers and babies welcome but be aware of the unfenced swimming pool.

The master bedroom

With windows and shutters opening and disappearing into the rammed earth walls, the master bedroom offers you great comfort, magnificent views and a unique bush experience. Sleep in the open or behind the shutters in the summer and with the windows closed in the winter. The room has a king size extra length bed with the best linen, a desk and a reading nook. The open ensuite bathroom has a separate toilet, a double basin, a bath and a large shower with a view of the surrounding nature. From your bed, enjoy the wildlife in the during the day or the stargazing at night.

2 Family Suites

With high ceilings and windows, each suite has a King size bed and two single beds on a mezzanine. Use them as kid’s dorm or have two couples sharing them with their little ones. The open ensuite bathroom comprises a separate toilet, a basin and a shower with views onto the bush.

Fully equipped kitchen

The ample open plan kitchen with its 6-burners gas stove allows the chefs to exhibit their culinary art while not missing out on the giraffes going to the waterhole. The kitchen layout has as an open plan kitchen, a back kitchen and a pantry. The back kitchen has a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer and leads to a large pantry.

Fully openable living area

The living area boasts large windows that open and disappear fully to blur the boundaries between the inside and the surrounding nature allowing for a unique bush living experience. Live your day while watching the roaming game in the plains and be surrounded by the sounds of the birdlife. The large lounge, dining area and open kitchen are organised around a central fireplace for family and friends to live together.

The stoep and built-in braai

The stoep is a covered patio extending the living areas to the outside. It has a lounge, a braai area, a pool table overlooking the natural swimming pool. It is an ideal place to lounge around, observe the game, watch the children swim or enjoy the sun setting slowly in the afternoon.

Open workspace

Overlooking the living areas, the workspace allows for 2 people to work on their laptops without missing out on the family life and bush activity.

The dome - TV room

The earth dome carved into the hillside with a zenithal oculus as only natural light source is suitable for meditation or watching a movie without bothering the rest of the guests.

Library and reading couch

The library with its long reading nook cut in a thick stone wall bathed by southern light lends itself to solitary reading or siesta.

Natural swimming pool

The natural swimming pool with its beach, climbing rocks and lazy rim flow edge will tire any child or give the adults an unforgettable peaceful swimming experience. The water is naturally filtered by plants in two adjacent ponds. The plants oxygenate the water and eat the nutrients from the water, avoiding algae to spread. The result is a clean natural fresh water pool without chemicals in it. This area also serves as an ideal spot to watch a great variety of birds attracted by the water.

Green & Off the grid

Aiming for a Sustainable green building with a small carbon footprint, the house was made with materials found on site, from unused waste or kept rough and with low energy modification. Using natural lime only where required, almost no cement was used. Unexperienced labour was taught the unusual building techniques used to erect the house. The House is off the grid, producing its own electricity, hot water and treating the waste water before giving it back to the earth. Thick rammed earth walls, stone and clay walls, earth bricks walls, sandbag walls, green roofs and stone floors, all help regulate the wide temperature amplitude of the days and seasons avoiding the need for mechanical air-conditioning.

Staff

Our resident housekeeper, on top of knowing the workings of the house, will keep the house clean and tide, make the beds and wash the dishes. She will be available 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Additional service by arrangement.

Our guest reviews
  • Most Beautiful scenery. If you want to escape the world Madness, this is the place to be. Nature is beautiful and the hosts are Friendly and just beautiful people.

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    Daleen SuttonDaleen Sutton
  • Incredible home for a full holiday experience. All your senses will be blown away: the landscapes and animals are amazing, you will taste freshly produced vegetables from the garden, you will have the opportunity to drive/walk/horseback ride at the heart of the park, and listen to the sound of a quiet, secluded area. On top of the cake: the most beautiful view of the night skies and stars you could ever imagine. Great for discovering, opening your mind and get closer to nature. Great GREAT hosts, super comfortable contemporary architect house. Back to the roots with luxury comfort: who would dream of a better way to spend your holiday?

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    Melle LibertéMelle Liberté
  • Blown away by Witklipfontein game lodge, just 1h30 from Joburg, by Parys. Total reconnection with nature in this beautifully designed and planned ecolodge. Not only the house is built to fit in with its natural environment but the area is an heritage site surrounded by hills made by a huge meteorite millions years ago, the vegetable garden is stunning and simply delicious (tasted and approved), the children got a taste of farm life petting goats and of bush life spotting zebras, bucks and giraffes, the owners are so kind and friendly. Un coup de coeur!

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    Eléonore Godfroy-BriggsEléonore Godfroy-Briggs
  • What an inspirational beautiful house and setting. Really worth a vist

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    Brigitta WesselsBrigitta Wessels
  • This place is just a little paradise on earth. It's a wonderful place made with a total respect for the nature. On top of that Do & Dam's are wonderfull hosts. Don't miss a chance to enjoy a stay at the Witklipfontein !

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    Stéphane RiesenStéphane Riesen
  • Amazing architect house in the middle of a beautiful private game reserve... Farm & bush life just outside of the city.

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    Sophie PirlotSophie Pirlot
  • So peaceful. And the hosts are so talented and kind.

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    Antoine DoetschAntoine Doetsch
  • Magical place! Totally integrated in the landscape. Feels like you’re one with the earth. Definitely the best place to stay.

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    Coralie CoussementCoralie Coussement
  • Top endroit, unique et à ne pas rater

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    Dewulf MarcDewulf Marc
  • What a great place!!! Just pack your bags and go! You will not be disappointed.

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    Erik Du PreezErik Du Preez
  • This spot is a gem ! The design of the house is wonderful, and respectful of the nature. The host are very friendly and will give you access to the Garden... delicious vegetables. I can't recommend enough this place. If you like to watch the stars... then it will be a paradise for you.

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    Alexandre FossierAlexandre Fossier
  • Wonderful place. Friendly hosts. Definitely worth a visit!

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    Isa de GoussIsa de Gouss