Lethabo Life

Dine overlooking the Crocodile River at Lethabo Estate

Full of earthly delights, Lethabo Estate stands in its own 150-acre demesne of savannah grasslands, karee trees, and water features, with the fast flowing Crocodile River running through it

The buck stops here: Right outside your spa bath tub at Lethabo Estate

It’s all about attention to detail at this ravishing Renosterspruit estate, where sleek Nguni cows, horses, and occasionally the resident nylala, wander down to drink at the water’s edge while plunge pools and daybeds offer oases from which to admire the distant Magaliesberg. Hammocks on riverbanks under shady willows invite quiet contemplation or an afternoon siesta following a sumptuous lunch comprising fresh ingredients from Lethabo’s vegetable garden.

Life here is all about lazy days on the terrace where the crowd is sophisticated, and the atmosphere carefree, as genial, long-serving staff delivers dreamy dishes such as Greek-style melt-in-the-mouth lamb or vegetable tempura with a teriyaki, sesame sauce.

Lying in a hot tub sipping a glass of velvety South African red, your eyes drawn across the fragrant veld to the changing light on the Rhenosterkop Mountain beyond, is one good way to sink into the laid-back Lethabo experience.

Riverside picnic at Otter’s Hide, part of Lethabo Estate in North West

Another is to treat your significant other to the most romantic picnic ever on the Crocodile River banks in a stilted boudoir with a huge bed under mosquito netting, silk cushions, Persian carpets, spa bath, rose petals, yummy food, champagne, and total seclusion.

The wow factor begins the moment guests step into the lobby with its grand piano and lounging area leading down to the riverside restaurant. Gourmet eco-fare served in the restaurant, on the terrace, in-suite, or in a picnic basket in a shaded, riverside lounging spot under a Bedouin tent or little thatched gazebo using silver service and crisp linen is how we want to live today, and Lethabo gets it right.

Lethabo owner Lisa Essberger offers ‘horse play’ as one of the Estate’s teambuilding activities. Picture: Thys Dullart

Guests can luxuriate in the spa, which uses authentic Matsimela products or skilled therapists come to you to deliver relaxing treatments on your own private deck or in-suite.

Each accommodation option is unique yet all feature Lethabo’s laidback glam ethic, that includes hot tubs and secluded wrap-around bush, waterfall, or river views.

Set on a raised wooden deck under a willow tree and cocooned in dense reeds on the banks of a quiet stretch of the Crocodile River, the Willow Tree Hideaway offers romantic furnishings and total privacy, as does the King Fisher River Loft, also perched on stilts.

KingFisher Loft overlooking the Crocodile River at Lethabo is on stilts. Picture: Thys Dullart

Stables Cottage is a spacious suite in a private garden with a natural rock pool and waterfall features. Otters Hide, a thatch cottage for two on a private, wild stretch of the Crocodile River, has a sunken Spa bath overlooking the rapids.

Rock Pool Lodge has four bedrooms en suite with a huge fish tank separating the bathroom from the spacious master bedroom that opens onto a wide deck, with a private rock pool and waterfall feature.

On the other side of the river, pre-loved collectables and antiques furnish the Ezindala farmhouse with its five en-suite rooms featuring en suite showers with skylights, double beds plus single bed “flop spots’’ and French doors leading onto to private stoeps with stunning views of the Renosterspruit conservancy.