Walkers Bush Villa
In the midst of the world-renowned game-rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies a grand and somewhat stately five star country home hugged by wild bushveld and endless vistas of the Kruger. Walkers Bush Villa is an ornate, yet relaxed, bush hideaway furnished with decor that marries Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” to the Tate Gallery.
Original owners of Critchley Hackle Lodge and Walkersons Hotel and Spa in Dullstroom, Ingrid and Howard Walker, certainly aren’t strangers to creating exceptional destinations. With their expertise in the industry spanning 25 years, Howard and Ingrid are firmly cemented in the tourism industry.
Guests visiting Walkers Bush Villa are welcomed with a ceremonial entrance of two cheetah statues guarding a lengthy driveway flanked by colourful flowers. The driveway leads into a paved courtyard with a water fountain serving as the centrepiece. Immediately you’re struck with a tranquil solitude of classic country meets colonial bushveld.
Walkers is a five star, fully-catered 4 bedroomed country villa that has been built from scratch, making the architecture and layout unique. 3 of the bedrooms have a similar layout - and hug the courtyard area. Each of the rooms are separately located from the main house. The master bedroom, the pies de resistance, adjoins the main house and boasts a bidet, an indoor and outdoor bath, and an indoor shower. There's even a private sleep-out room which is also accessible from the patio.
The villa is furnished with a variety of collectibles, handcrafted items, classic art pieces and opulent finishes. There are hints of Africa throughout the villa, with original Dylan Lewis sculptures and other artwork adorning secret nooks and crannies.
Tall ceilings with rafters welcome you into the entrance lounge that is dominated by a chandelier and wall-to-floor artworks. This open area flows through to the patio and across the swimming pool and lawns; which means endless views from the moment you step into Walkers. Off-set from the main lounge is a smaller, relaxation lounge to the left and to the right, an indoor dining area.
The extensive patio, with its views of the wilderness beyond, is the ideal place to relax. There are a number of seating areas, couches and tables. The patio leads down into the pool area that rests on perfect lawns providing ample space for kids to run around. There is a boma area complete with campfire, and even an outdoor sala for a spot of reading or yoga.
In terms of activities, there are daily game drives, bush walks, bush braais, bush breakfasts, sundowner sessions, and an array of children’s activities on offer. This a fully-catered place with a private chef that will arrange meals according to your needs - just perfect for small groups or families travelling together.