There’s still a remarkable piece of African bushveld that’s a well-kept secret, and just a handful of people can access. Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game and Wilderness Reserve is this place; a shareholder-owned reserve along 14km of iconic Limpopo riverfront in the Tuli Block of south-east Botswana. It’s 22 000 hectares of magnificent African earth, and home to abundant wildlife and plentiful bird life. It’s also balm for the soul and a place for those who value the protection of wilderness and rare species, and want to savour the unspoiled bushveld in privacy. In every way this reserve is ‘the African bush your way’, as owners enjoy the reserve at their own unique pace.
Just a six-hour drive from Johannesburg and much faster by private plane to the reserve’s landing strip, gets you into the African bush. Here you’ll find magnificent Kubu Lodge – a private bush home on the banks of the mighty Limpopo River. Built from natural materials to blend almost invisibly into its surrounds, Kubu Lodge is shaded by weeping boerbean trees, apple leaf and acacias. The main lodge building houses the living areas with the spacious master bedroom upstairs, while a second building has another two en-suite bedrooms to ensure privacy for everyone. Décor throughout is beautifully calm in muted earth and blue-grey tones with splashes of vibrance, and furniture is bespoke to create a contemporary, unfettered feeling. In classic lodge tradition, all bathrooms have both indoor and outdoors showers, and some have baths too. Air-conditioning in every room cools warm Botswana summers – or you can dip in the inviting infinity plunge pool overlooking the iconic river.
Stargazing here is rather spectacular, as are evenings spent around a crackling fire in the boma – or enjoy a night drive in the reserve to see big cats and smaller mammals that are only active after dark. Because owners have complete access to the reserve, you can drive yourself or opt for a guided game drive if you prefer. While the game area of the reserve is fully fenced, most of the private lodges – like Kubu Lodge – in the reserve are open onto the Limpopo River. So don’t be surprised if you take a shower or look out the window and see a herd of elephant crossing the river, or antelope strolling past.
When you sit out on the deck, under shady trees and with the river flowing by, you’ll be surrounded by birdsong and the sights and sounds of wildlife. This is a choice spot to start, end or spend the day. You’ll see and hear the resident fish eagles calling along the river, and when you do you’ll know for sure you’re in a deeply special place in Africa. A place you also call ‘home’.