On the wind you can hear the whisper, “Ngaphakathi! Come in, you are welcome!” as you pass beneath the symbolic hand, inviting you to enter. I move forward and I can feel the circular arms of the porte-cochère gathering me into the safety of the ‘kraal’, the spiritual place of a village. As I look up I notice the hint of palisade in the walls, emulating the traditional fence, and the iguana elbow design that wanders over the thatched roof, a symbol of good fortune.
Pillars of strength, borrowed from the Leadwood tree, stand at the entrance supporting the roof. Chosen for their endurance, they stand unyielding, forever strong.
This home is truly a piece of paradise, humbly displaying an understated luxury and reflecting the rich roots of tribal design. The interior is cool, with neutral tones and fabrics, always true to the tradition that was its inspiration. Having entered through the masterfully carved front door, I walk through the quietly elegant, spacious living rooms to the comfortable bedrooms, always aware of the African influence.
The art on the walls reflects feminine overtones, and I can almost hear them whisper… “I have carried the world since the dawn of time.” A portrait of a woman sitting quietly amongst her peers, smoking her pipe, gazes out from the canvas that brings her to life, her contemplative mood reflecting all that she has witnessed. And as I slip away, I see the playful art of children adorning the walls, paying homage to a revered ‘father’.
Here stands a home of peace, a place for reflection, a haven for writing words of wisdom, and a centre for reconciling differences. The exclusivity and privacy of this special piece of paradise is unique and unsurpassed.