Lodges & Resorts
The design of African Bush lodges requires an acute understanding of the African environment and the various challenges faced in creating structures that co-exist with their surroundings. The firm has created famous and much loved resorts throughout South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya and as far afield as Saudi Arabia.
For many years, FGG Architects has designed eco-lodges in the Drakensberg, with the Thendele and Giants Castle lodges having stood the test of time. Great care was taken to limit their impact on the landscape, adopting grass roofs and allowing the rocks on the sites to remain as features within the buildings.
Various camps for the old Natal Parks Board and subsequent renovations with Ezemvelo KZN wildlife have been overseen by the practice. Game reserves across KwaZulu-Natal, including iThala, Hluhluwe and Umfolzi all have camps designed by FGG. Elsewhere in the country design work has been done at Mala-Mala Private Game Reserve and Luvhuhu Lodge at Kruger National Park.
Umngazi River Bungalows is a multi-award winning resort located on the Wild Coast of South Africa. The hotel was designed by FGG Architects and built in 1994 on the site of the old Umngazi Bungalows. It has been a firm favourite among holiday goers for many decades.
On the back of the success of Umngazi, the firm was tasked with the design of various resorts across Kenya and Mozambique, including Kifaru House, Manda Bay Resort, Peponi Resort and Walker House.
Game lodge design does not get more challenging than Nofa Resort in the deserts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A Saudi Prince, having stayed at an FGG designed lodge on the hills of Mount Kenya, had a vision for an African Bush Lodge in his home country. Beyond the truly incredible design brief, the site challenges were unlike any other. Water is a precious resource in the desert and to sustain the animals and the resort it had to be pumped up from subterranean rivers. Materials required to build an authentic lodge had to be brought in from Africa, together with the craftsmen who possessed the skills to implement such a project. At the time of completion the main building was the largest thatch roofed structure ever created.