From $27,542 / week
Description from the manager
Description from the manager
Designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, this private house is state of the art and completely unique in its field. The Observatory sleeps 4 to 6 adults and 4 to 5 children and, as the name suggests, has a fully automated research grade observatory tower from which you view the night sky in world class conditions. The house sits on a 12,000 acre entirely private game reserve which is yours to explore as you please. There are quad bikes, horses, mountain bikes, helicopters, and more, all to use at your leisure, with no rules or time constraints. There are experienced guides to ensure safety on the reserve, as well as...Read more
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The Observatory Behoudeniskloof, Limpopo, South Africa
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The Observatory is set in a private 12,000 acre game reserve within the stunning and malaria-free Waterberg Mountains of Northern South Africa.Most guests choose to arrive by helicopter or small private plane. The view of the Waterberg Mountains from the air is spectacular and the journey time about 45 minutes.*Air travel prices to be quoted at the time of booking.If you wish to travel by car we can arrange road transfers based on the size of your party. Transfer prices to be quoted at the time of booking. This is a journey of approximately three and a half hours.South Africa has a pleasant temperate climate throughout the year, although The Observatory can get a little chilly once the sun goes down in the winter months of June, July and August. There are heavy thunderstorms of short duration in the late afternoon and evening may be experienced during the hot summer months of December – February.
Activities There are endless things to do at The Observatory Reserve. Our accommodation is rented exclusively to one group at a time. This unparalleled freedom means that you can do as much or as little as you like – and you can do it at your own pace. Here are a bunch of activities which we think you’ll love. Take your pick or enjoy them all...Quad bike safariWith 12,000 acres of inescapably beautiful Waterberg countryside and with over 240km of tracks, we have a lot of space to play in. We’ve got six sturdy and speedy quad bikes for to enjoy the African wildlife and countryside at a slightly faster pace. You can career around the farm and get to places you never would in a normal game drive car. You can race wildebeest, stop and enjoy the wildlife close up or just be a big boy as you burn around. There’s even a child’s quad bike as well so your little one can come along for the ride.Cross Country PolarisWe’ve got an army of quad bikes and they’re great fun. But those who like to live life in the slightly faster lane; we’ve got a beast of a cross-country vehicle called a Polaris that takes things a little further. Strap yourself in for the ride of your life! With eye-popping acceleration, super-spring suspension and hi-spec performance, you can pretty much explore every inch of the reserve in this awesome machine - on dirt tracks, across the bumpy bush, through rivers, over rocks - wherever you want.Helicopter flyingIt’s lovely to be driven around the farm on a Land Cruiser as you see the wildlife close up. But if you want to take it up a notch, why not strap yourself in to a helicopter and be flown around at low altitude over the reserve, yards above the flat-topped acacia trees, looking out for giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippo, wildebeest or any of our wonderful collection of animals. You’ll get the opportunity to see some extraordinary sights from a vantage point that few will see.Clay Pigeon ShootingTake part in a shooting race where you can go and try to shoot at a few clays. We take you out and provide you with clays and cartridges. Take aim at these moving targets, squeeze the trigger and feel the shock wave as you watch a bullet rocket away. A fun time guaranteed!Riding SafariThere is nothing like taking in the sights and sounds of Africa than on horseback. We’ll saddle you up and give you a guide as you walk, trot or gallop around the farm and really get the chance to see the animals in total peace and tranquillity. Walk through dams (avoiding the hippos), take a picnic and truly absorb the heart of Africa on board your very own steed.Activities Star GazingWe are blessed with clear skies with no light pollution. The sky is ink black and you will see stars that you have never seen before. We invite a fascinating local astronomer Dr Phil Cal cot to come and give you a spellbinding tour of the stars. With his laser pen at the ready, he will point out stars, planets and constellations. Ask him anything you want: What’s the Big Bang? Where’s Jupiter? Did man really land on the moon? What’s a shooting star? What is a light year? It really is an evening you’ll never forget.Gone fishingOur dams are stocked with a selection of bass and trout and we can provide all the rods and bait you’ll need to hook a fish. Fishing experiences are made exciting by the presence of groups of inquisitive hippo. What could be more relaxing than sipping a drink while fishing in one of the dams, listening to the sound of hippos as the sun goes down? We are proud to report that we regularly catch bass over 2kg.Hippo campingWe are lucky enough to have 11 magnificent hippos on the reserve that wallow away all day. And we offer you the chance to sleep just yards away from these magnificent creatures. We have hand-crafted a huge tree house equipped with a 4-man tent above the hippo dam and from here you can feast yourself on a typical South African braai around a roaring fire pit.Game ViewingThe Observatory is vast reserve teeming with plains game, birdlife, hippos and a crocodile named Stevie. The reserve has none of the big five, making it very safe for families as the children can explore and learn about the bush from The Observatory’s expert guides in absolute safety. The reserve also boasts some archaeological significance and bushman paintings.Sky divingIf you’re someone who really loves extreme sports, then how about a skydive above the African plains. We’ll take you by helicopter to 20,000 feet as you look down at one of the best views you will ever see. Then prepare for an adrenalin rush like no other as you skydive with an instructor attached and hurtle towards earth.Kids FunEven though there is a lot of adult fun to be had, The Observatory is built around the enjoyment of families - indeed the owner himself has four children. Your kids will love being on the reserve, and especially will love seeing animals so close up. They will experience and learn so much - from seeing the tracks of a giraffe, to feeling the velvety-soft leaves of the “loo paper” tree; from walking on a rock-hard ant hill, to holding a lizard. They can swim, relax, play, watch TV or do what they want, but they’ll never be bored for a moment and they’ll sleep like babies.