OUT OF OFFICE | Badgerleur Bush Lodge
by Ilse Ferreira
A World Away from the World
Stress can take its toll on people in a myriad of ways – depression, health problems, and, in some extreme cases, nervous breakdowns – or simply, a lasting sense of fatigue and loss of interest in life in general.
The hustle and bustle of city life has become common to most people and, particularly for those in management and executive positions, the bulk of their time is spent either in transit or in offices or city hotels. Taking a break and getting away from it all is an obvious answer – and, yes, there are lodges and getaways aplenty. But, at Badgerleur Bush Lodge, the time-pressed executive can reconnect with nature in many simple ways. Taking a walk in the morning or early evening in the tranquil settings of the lodge and reflecting on life and love and the meaning of it all are certain to recharge the batteries and give one new
energy and a zest for life. Extend the leisurely stroll to take in either a bird-watching walk or a game walk, right by the lodge and quite safe. Game walks, because some larger wild animals like rhino or hippo may be lurking nearby, are not for children under the age of 16.
Game drives alongside other guests make for tranquil viewing of South Africa’s wildlife against the setting sun – or early in the morning for those whose batteries are already recharged and want to get up before sunrise. While viewing the Big Five – something most visitors to game lodges hope to achieve – at Badgerleur, the emphasis is on viewing all of nature, from the smallest bird to the finer detail in nature all around one, including all of the fauna and flora of the bush. Game drives can be concluded with a bush braai at a lapa in a safe environment where guests can recline and enjoy a night under the stars with the best of South African braai food at their fingertips.
One of the best features of Badgerleur is that it has only eight luxury suites, which means that it is not a commercial, overrun destination. Its intimacy is sought after by travellers from all over the world. Badgerleur, as a wedding venue, is popular for weddings with up to 100 guests, who can be accommodated with grace and style. All aspects of the wedding can be handled by the lodge’s staff, from planning to the smooth, professional execution of even the smallest detail. Badgerleur even offers star-gazing, which allows one to identify and discuss the stars in our Milky Way as well as the planets. All of this truly makes for a great place to break away to for those overtired times in life.
* For more information visit www.badgerleur.co.za