Ivory lodge, in keeping with the rest of the camp, has a small, smart, neat reception area. At the end of the boardwalk which reaches the welcome area, you'll find a couch and a couple of leather armchairs around a carved wooden coffee table with its bowl off ostrich eggs and a selection of books. Either side are the actual reception and another office each with carvings and beautiful animal drawings. Out the other side of the reception is a path leading to the main lodge where there are several communal spaces. The magnificent lounge, which is appointed with furniture and textiles along a black and white theme, is something out of a glossy lifestyle magazine. Beautiful armchairs and sofas with footrests, delicate African carvings and shelves of books are the order of the day in this sumptuous space perfect for reading or enjoying a glass of wine from the lodge's fine cellar, in which a private wine tasting is possible, overseen by butlers who have taken the Cape wine course. There is also a humidor with fine cigars on which to chomp away as you enjoy your glass. Another area of the lodge has a well-stocked library with books and games as well as a PC for those who wish to surf the internet. Another salon, whose sliding doors give on to a deck which in turn looks out on to the bushveld, has a colour palette similar to the aforementioned lounge and has its own bar with premium alcohols and more quality furniture, as well as a working fireplace. The lodge's deck, which is used for both meals and relaxation, has been built around a mahogany tree and has a telescope for guests' use, great for spotting the many animals that wander by.
Ivory Lodge, in opposition to its sister property, River, is a private, intimate affair and therefore has no communal pool (although each room has its own on the terrace, see 'Accommodation'). While it does not dispose of its own fitness or wellness centre, guests staying here are free to use the facilities over at River for no additional cost.
The staff at the Ivory is fantastic across the board and their attention to detail is impressive. The camp enjoys some great views, although sadly none are from any great height. The whole site is kept in tip top condition and is clean and easy to navigate.