Bushman’s Hide | Vaalwater

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Bushman’s hide just outside Vaalwater is hidden in the wilderness of the Waterberg biosphere nature reserve. A breathtaking vision of understated luxury amid the archaeological treasures and biological diversity of this beautiful wilderness.

Think endless horizons and rustic decor reminiscent of a shabby chic Pinterest board. I especially loved how they plated their food. Each meal was individually wrapped like a present – you never knew how it was going to be presented and it was a surprise every time. Small things like this make a difference in the lodge world I believe – attention to detail is everything.

Bushman’s hide also houses Emoya big cat sanctuary – a non-profit organisation that specialises in the rescue of big cats who have been mistreated. Their facilities are the best I have seen and the cats have huge spaces to live in. You can see the love and passion that the owner, Minunette and her daughter, Savannah have for these animals. It is undeniable and I have no doubt that the sanctuary will flourish. They are also in the process of forming volunteer programmes to come and help with the cats which I think will be a huge success. I salute people like Minunette for giving these animals a better place to live – I don’t know what we do without people like you in the world!

The luxury tented rooms are the perfect mix of outdoors being indoors. There is nothing better than hearing the wind howl through the rock valleys while you are falling asleep. It makes you feel that much closer to nature which is what Bushman’s hide is all about. If I could sum this lodge up it would circle around the words, rest, relaxation and finding your inner peace. Everything about it makes you feel closer to yourself and nature. Here are a few photos to wet your appetite.


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