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Front Runners August 2016: Three in the Bush

New exclusive-use villas make for sound choices on a South African safari.

Home Game ❖ In May, Kruger National Park’s longtime standard-bearer Singita Lebombo (singita.com) debuted a four-bedroom villa (shown) with three swimming pools, a private boma, and “star beds” for adventurous overnights. Guests of the villa—which is also available as separate two-bedroom suites—explore the 33,000-acre Lebombo wildlife concession with their own private tracker, guide, and Land Rover.

Garden Variety ❖ The 27,000-acre Gondwana Game Reserve (gondwanagr.co.za), located near the Garden Route’s rugged coastline, recently launched Ulubisi House (shown), a three-bedroom villa adorned with handcrafted indigenous wood furniture and contemporary African art. Named after the black harrier that hunts in the surrounding grasslands, the accommodation serves as an extravagant home base for Big Five safaris, as well as fishing, biking, and hiking excursions. 

On Reserve ❖ Opened in January, Mhondoro Game Lodge’s (mhondoro.com) new three-bedroom villa ensures plenty of pampering with a heated pool, a private gym and yoga room, and a staff that includes a butler, a chef, and a personal ranger. The residence is located within Limpopo province’s 86,000-acre Welgevonden Game Reserve, home to white rhinos, cheetahs, and more. 

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