Originally the private residence of Douw Steyn, one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, the multi-award winning Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Johannesburg is a leader in African luxury.
Ever since it opened in 1992, The Saxon’s incredibly private and residential feel has made it the choice of international visitors and locals alike.
While this contemporary property is undoubtedly the flagship of the collection, there have been two unique additions to The Saxon portfolio to date.
Although both can be found on the grounds of the Shambala Private Game Reserve in the picturesque Waterberg mountain range of Limpopo, each offers an entirely different experience.
So, in order to maintain their legendary standard of service and to ensure a seamless guest experience, the company has brought together the three properties under one portfolio, The Saxon Collection.
Saxon Collection managing director George Cohen explained: “Each of the three properties in this remarkable collection offer something totally different, from history to food, to conservation and wellness, yet all have a true sense of place and commitment to African luxury.
“The Saxon Collection looks forward to expanding its portfolio of hotels, taking guests on a true African journey with unforgettable experiences and unparalleled luxury.”
The Saxon Collection gives guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of African bushveld in luxurious surrounds of Zulu Camp, an idyllic bush retreat.
With just eight lodges, it combines the best experiences of a private safari with the charm of a camp, ensuring a truly unforgettable stay.
The most recent addition to The Saxon Collection is The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, fondly known as The Mandela House, built especially for the former president as his personal retreat.
Opened in 2001, the six bedroom house has served as a haven of tranquillity and peace.
The house was used to receive Mandela’s guests and parties, whether in business or politics, who could meet in the spirit of friendship against a backdrop of the secluded natural beauty of Shambala.
Mandela also used the house as a place he could rest and spend time with his family.
Closed as a mark of respect since his passing in 2013, the house was reopened earlier this year and for the first time is available to the public to book in its entirety - whether for small groups of families.