Honeymoon in the Bush
Becks Safari Lodge is a brand new, exclusive retreat that offers a romantic luxury safari experience. Gina Borthwick experiences its magic…
So close and yet so far away… a few days in the bush at Becks in the Karongwe Reserve with its lush vegetation, numerous trees and more than 365 different species of bird is a far cry from city living. Here, life is slower and more gentle, even if you do have to get up early to experience what it’s like to live in the wilds.
At 5am it’s quiet and very peaceful. We head off into the African bush in an open safari vehicle, keen to see the Big Five. Although we didn’t see everything on our first morning, our expectations were rewarded. We tracked leopard, which took us way off-road, and also got to watch lions mating, which was quite an experience.
I stayed at the brand new and luxurious Becks Safari Lodge, an intimate retreat with just 11 luxurious safari suites on the riverside, including two suites for couples, making this an ideal honeymoon experience. All suites offer stunning views of the river or a waterhole from a private deck, combining luxe living with privacy.
In the living area there’s a large main deck as well as a sunken fire pit where guests view animals as they come to drink. One thing I noticed from the moment I arrived at Becks is that the lodge is committed to conserving and protecting the environment in every way possible. Built from locally sourced materials and decorated with indigenous artworks, Becks strives to have a positive impact on the community and inspire social change.
At Becks, the facilities on offer are numerous. Dining is a regular treat, and after a game drive, one can enjoy swimming in the infinity pool or being pampered with a selection of pampering, rejuvenating treatments at the Thera Naka Spa. Afternoon tea is served at 3pm, followed by a game drive at 4pm, another opportunity to see wild animals and enjoy a true bush experience.
Sunset in the wild is best experienced on safari, with the late afternoon shadows adding a dramatic effect to the beauty of the bush. If you stay at the lodge instead of going on a game drive, the two of you can enjoy sundowners on the main deck as the sun sets on another perfect day.
How to get there
Nubian Bride drove to Becks Safari Lodge and enjoyed the hospitality of Becks Safari Lodge, courtesy of the Karongwe Portfolio. Travel time is five hours by car from Joburg, or a scheduled flight to Hoedspruit where guests are met on arrival and transferred to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, where the safari begins.
SPECIAL TRAVEL OFFER
Visit Becks with a 25% discount off the usual rates!
Experience an unforgettable luxury getaway to Becks for just R4,875 per person per night. This incredible rate is valid until 31 December 2017 and includes:
- All meals, teas, coffees and snacks