Really Epic Dog, a U.S.-based group of technology and hospitality companies, has announced it has invested in the development of a new luxury lodge in the Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Known as the Homestead, the "conscious luxury" lodge is currently under construction in the malaria-free reserve and is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2021.The lodge will accommodate up to 24 guests in deluxe suites with private infinity pools and luxury units. The main lodge offers several dining venues, conference facilities, a lavish spa, a gym with a view and a swimming pool.
Having purchased the land at the end of 2019, Really Epic Dog has pushed ahead with plans during the Covid-19 pandemic, working closely with acclaimed Durban, South Africa-based architect Dean Jay and his team. The architectural firm has received recognition globally for their work on leading game lodges such as Singita and Lion Sands.
The Homestead is being developed on a site that is rich with history dating back to 1838. During the Boer War, a young British captain controversially fell in love with a Boer girl and built a home on the site. They were eventually accepted by her Boer family and the Homestead became a place where rivalries and weapons were put to one side and people came together in the spirit of peace, love and understanding. This rich history and the ethos will be at the centre of the guest experience at the Homestead.