Castleton is located in the Central Sabi Sand in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.
Unlike the two camps to the north of this area, Boulders and Ebony, this fabulous retreat can only be booked in its entirety for a family or group of friends, to provide a very private safari experience.
It takes the form of a colonial farmstead containing the public areas, plus three detached cottages containing a total of six bedrooms. There is also a swimming pool and tennis court. The hosting is truly top notch.
Activities are centred on vehicle safari and walking safari, with wildlife viewing in this Sabi Sand South area being very reliable year round.
This particular area is one of the best in Africa for reliable sightings of lions and leopards. The level of guiding here is also very strong.
Formerly the family home of founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather, Castleton is an exclusive use lodge set within 45,000 acres of private reserve.
Castleton consists of a main house with communal living spaces, and accommodation located in six individual cottages within the grounds, catering for up to 12 people.
It is steeped in history, capturing the spirit of the original Castleton house, giving the lodge a historical and comforting nature.
Castleton has been designed to combine the best elements of a private safari lodge with the rustic charms of a country farmhouse, with the added benefit of extensive high-end facilities, including a vast garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room.
Guests can relax together in the courtyard, gather around the traditional ‘boma’ or meet in the country-style kitchen, yet the individual cottages allow guests to retreat to the privacy of their own space as and when it’s needed.
All of this is overlooking a waterhole where animals regularly gather to drink.