Ukuphila Bush Residence is a limited residential opportunity on the Plumari Private Reserve, offering only 75 exclusive homes.
The stands are clustered in three small communities of 25 homes, with each group located on a site that has been carefully selected for its singular views and magnificent scenery. Such is the spread of this vast reserve that each home is secluded, and the clusters are sufficiently spaced to create that sense of remoteness which is the special gift of the bush.
All camps are easily accessed from main tarred roads, with houses concentrated around a key hub to ensure that wildlife viewing areas remain undisturbed.
Magaliesview sits close to the reserve's border. Located on a wetland and surrounded by dramatic rocky outcrops, there's no need ever to leave this camp: simply pour yourself a drink, sit outside and watch an unending parade of game coming to drink and graze.
Thorntree Hill is found behind Askari Game Lodge. Nestled among thorn trees, this node marks the highest point on the reserve - its views make an ideal backdrop for enjoying a sundowner and absorbing the magic of an African evening.
One of the most important - and noticeable - aspects of the design is that it blends in with the environment, rather than competing with it. This means that the homes sit softly on the soil; not only do they have a minimal environmental impact, but the aesthetic is decidedly organic and earthy. Walls are clad with local stone; the rustic texture offset by a backwash and cement render, rough-cut timber beams and posts.
Du Plessis describes this look as "contemporary farmhouse"; a design inspired by the old farm homesteads in the surrounds of Hekpoort, Hartebeespoort and Rustenburg, with their characteristic thick stone walls, corrugated iron roofs and wraparound stoeps. However, these elements have been updated and are expressed in a modern manner. It's a look that's timeless, and a design that complements not only with the appearance of the natural setting, but also its climate.
Much care has been taken to ensure that each home is positioned to optimise views, and the architects will happily work together with home owners to tweak orientation, ensuring they get the exact outlook they desire. They're also ready to give input on how the home should be configured to ensure privacy and comfort from a climatic point of view.
Architectural guidelines have been formulated to protect the value of all homes on the reserve, ensuring that they conform to certain standards. However, within this framework, homeowners have the flexibility to decide on the colour schemes of their homes, as well as the number of rooms they require.
Each home features a central block containing the entertainment hub with an open plan kitchen, dining room, lounge and bar. This area - an inviting space where family and friends naturally congregate - opens onto a wide veranda; one of the key features of the home. With no fences allowed on the property, the veranda is literally a part of the surrounding bush - which means that your early morning outside coffee breaks may see you communing with some of your wildlife neighbours. You may also choose to use the rooms coming off this hub as a playroom, TV room or bar.
The bedroom pods, separated by courtyards, lead off the central hub. Owners are able to decide how many they require - perhaps, for instance, you would like to build one or two extra rooms to accommodate friends or family, or even to lease out when your home is not in use. With each bedroom enjoying its own separate entrance, outdoor shower, en suite bathroom and wooden deck, you'll be assured of privacy.
Owners can choose to furnish their homes with comforts like a fire pit and infinity pool; or simply to enjoy a braai on their covered patios, where built in seating creates an open invitation to all night fireside chats.
Inside, guard against the winter chill - and mean that there's always an excuse to get s'mores ready.
Interiors have been designed with comfort in mind. Materials are, once more, reminiscent of the iconic old Transvaal homestead: think exposed timber trusses and ceilings, rough cut timber beams and posts and quarry tiles for a traditional country floor finish.
Architecture follows a gentle earth policy, so that each home leaves as small a footprint as possible, with high spec roof insulation and double glazed windows for efficient use of energy, solar water heaters and rainwater harvesting for irrigation.
Central portion of living units will be the same Site orientation & number of rooms may vary
Orientation of rooms may vary depending on site conditions
Erf size: 1 125m²
Maximum house size:
Body corporate: Each of the three nodes (Kudu Creek, Thorntree Hill and Magaliesview) is managed by its own body corporate, making for three body corporates in total.
Levies: owners pay two levies. The first levy is paid to the node's body corporate and is used for the maintenance of the area surrounding the houses; the second is invested to ensure general upkeep of the reserve, including wildlife, fencing and roads.
Management: Each cluster of 25 stands will have its own Body Corporate which will be managed separately and will charge its own levy. In addition to this will be the Ukuphila Home Owners Association which will work closely with Plumari Private Reserve managers and will charge a second levy relating to the enjoyment of the reserve.
Management of each entity involved will work closely with home owners to ensure the consummate wildlife experience.
Typical Lodge Plan
Site area: 1 125m²
Home Area: 320m²