Seldom do I arrive at a photoshoot knowing little about the Lodge and work required. I received an email request from Ivan, asking for photos and video of his Lodge. Armed little info after several emails, a week later we were off (I was going to do the photography and I have hired Nathan Pellow-Jarman to shoot the video at the same time).
Two flights later, and a 2.5hr drive into the middle of nowhere, or should I say somewhere along the South Africa / Botswana border, we arrived at our destination. It was dark, kalahari-dark! We met Ivan, the Manager, and after introductions he showed us into the main Lodge. Well, we walked in, I simply experienced one of those jaw-dropping moments. I knew straight away this was going to be fun to photography and I was eager to get stuck in!
R50 million was spent on this exclusive getaway so to say in was incredible is an understatement! A large central area greets visitors as you walk in, with several smaller lounge areas leading off the main entrance area. A bar, dining area leads off the main walk-in, which flows through to the pool situated outside on the deck overlooking the waterhole (which I must add, entertains a constant stream of animals through the day, from Roan Antelope, Springbuck to large herds of Sable, Waterbuck and plenty of birdlife).
On the way to the Spa, you pass the wine cellar and gym. The spa offers incredible vistas of the same waterhole, something that can be enjoyed while getting pampered to you hearts delight.
The rooms are a Lodge Photographers dream to photograph! Open and airy, each tucked away from the other giving the guest complete privacy. Incredible bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers.
Culinary delights were served either on the upper deck, while taking i the desert sunset, or in the incredible dining room area, which leads out to an impressive boma. Plenty of options to enjoy a 5 star meal, as well as a full range of alcoholic beverages.
Privacy here is made a priority with the groups visiting the Lodge kept small or exclusive.
What a place, and especially to photograph!!