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There's a new and exciting retreat for the Kruger National Park coming soon

Shawu’s Hills Wildlife Estate is a new retreat currently in its development stage at the Kruger National Park - these are the details we know thus far

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By Yashna Balwanth | April 5, 2023 | Travel Leisure

Shawu’s Hills Wildlife Estate is the most recent development happening at the Kruger National Park. The estate is set to be a sanctuary, seen as a beautiful window onto the untamed world. Looking across the Crocodile River to the guarded wilds of the Kruger National Park, Shawu’s Hills brings a new peace to those who know and love the wildlife experience.

Shawu’s Hills Wildlife Estate is named after the surrounding hills where one of Kruger’s biggest tuskers, the friendly giant Shawu, once roamed. Set on a promontory of the Crocodile River that cuts directly into the park, every single stand has views across the water towards South Africa’s oldest and largest game reserve.

Timeless, elegant and sophisticated lodges, cabins and recreational buildings have been designed by Boss Architects to maximise the unique location, optimising views, natural light and the sense of space and place. The modern architectural aesthetic is perfectly suited to the bushveld setting, structurally complementing the environment, its textures and forms. Timber ceilings and screed floors, bound by floor-to-ceiling glass, open to large private verandas and the river vistas beyond.

A 3D render of the living room with dining room, Image supplied

The peace and tranquillity of Shawu’s Hills are what you are sure to fall in love with, as their tagline, Serenity Reimagined, is ideally titled. At sunrise, white-bellied sunbirds join the dawn chorus as migrant kingfishers dart for prey. As the day warms up, crocodiles bask and hippos wallow with an eye out for the Big Five, and a myriad of other wildlife species that come to drink from the Kruger National Park.

Approved plans include 93 full-title stands, 25 fractional lodges, 75 - 100 timeshare units and one commercial lodge. Each and every one enjoying river frontage, and each having access to the landscaped recreation area with its multitude of offerings from a restaurant to art gallery, farmers market and amphitheatre just to name a few.

The developer, Bluegrass Trading, is passionate about sensitive, sustainable development projects. Shawu’s Hills builds on their experience and the success of previous developments on the Crocodile River, namely Marula Sunrise, a 5-star lodge in Mjejane Game Reserve, and Simbini Lifestyle Estate on the outskirts of Malelane. There is no confirmed completion date, however this estate is sure to set the precedence for luxury living out in the wildlife.

A 3D render of the master bathroom, Image supplied