By Anna-Marie Smith

This typical African safari villa is situated close to the coastal village of Langebaan, and is less than an hour from the city of Cape Town. It is the natural habitat for approximately 600 animals – mostly buck and more recently buffalo, plus the spectacular Cape Fynbos kingdom. This reserve also boasts exclusive environmental status as a site rich in fossil deposits and has been excavated and researched by various international academic institutions.

The owner, who has been in the construction business for 12 years, built this lodge himself with the assistance of his architect, Liesl Schoonraad, and says that they remained mindful of the sensitive envronmental and ecological location of the site. They say that guests staying in the graceful Sonqua Manor, notice the absence of light and sound pollution, and comment on the magnificence of bright starry skies in total harmony with the pristine natural environment that they were adamant had to be retained, with no landscaping or gardening intervention of any kind.

The visual image of this lodge, built in natural materials as far as possible, exudes the true character of the West Coast fynbos wilderness, which in the spring flower season comes alive with an abundance of bright colours and fragrances.

The manor boasts four spacious bedroom suites, an interactive kitchen as well as a butler, ranger and chef, several lounges and magnificent swimming pool patio, and entertainment areas.

The stunning interior of the lodge was managed by the owner’s wife who created a sophisticated and tranquil ambience. To be a visitor at this exclusive lodge is a life enhancing experience, filled with absolute beauty and tranquillity.

Arcon Construction (022 772 0783) and Scoonraad Architecture and Consulting (083 273 8624).Elandsfontein Private Nature Reserve offers guests luxurious accommodation and unforgettable safari activities only one hour from Cape Town. The 6000 hectare reserve is home to the largest single inward relocation of game in Western Cape history and boasts unique fossil deposits. Sonqua Manor is the only safari lodge along the West Coast to have been awarded five stars by the Tourism Grading Council.Builders Trade Depot Vredenburg (022 713 1221). Builders Trade Depot provided Elandsfontein Private Nature Reserve with this striking timber deck. Measuring 21mm x 105mm, this CCA treated pine timber decking is perfectly suited to the typical West Coast weather conditions. CCA treated timber has a unique finish as well as tone, offering protection against outdoor weathering.Lucas Quality Thatchers (021 919 8397). Quality Thatchers, one of the largest thatching companies in the Western Cape with 30 years of experience in complete construction of thatch roofs, also specialises in other rare wood structures that receive alternative forms of roof coverings i.e. chromadeck or tiles. Lucas Quality Thatchers takes pride in having a team of in-house resident structural engineers.Ocean Lighting (022 772 2721)Eurolux www.eurolux.co.za Eurolux, importer and distributor of light fittings and light sources, operates from Cape Town and Johannesburg, providing an extensive range of lighting solutions for homes, gardens and offices. For a unique lighting experience, visit one of the Eurolux showrooms, and products are available from leading lighting, electrical and retail outlets throughout southern Africa.Ocean Lighting (022 772 2721)The Lockshop (021 510 1555)Cemcrete (082 450 5681)