In the waning light of the late 19th century, the first railway lines snaked through the Mpumalanga Lowveld, built to carry gold from Phalaborwa to Lourenço Marques in Moçambique. Further south, on the Selati Line, passenger trains slowly chugged into Newington Station, with conductors peering up into the trees against which were long ladders - provided by the railway company to enable travellers to climb to safety, away from the marauding lions which prowled the area.Born of history, inspired by the legends of hidden bullion and fearless hunters, the exquisite eight suite Selati Camp is a tangible reminder of this grand steam train era, and epitomizes the ambiance of yesterday.
Nights at Selati are illuminated by the gentle glow of authentic shunters’ lamps and lanterns. Recently refurbished, the new lounge and bar area is filled with reminders of times gone by and this intimate haven opens up to the outdoor boma, where superb meals are enjoyed under the star-studded African sky or in the intimate “Farmhouse Kitchen”. Armchairs around the sparkling pool or on the covered wooden viewing decks are a perfect perch from which to watch game drinking at the nearby waterhole.
Imagine the Africa of the great safari era, when blazing sunsets melted into lantern lit romance and service was an effortless whisper – this is Selati Camp.