You could be forgiven for thinking that the main lodge at Ebony is an exhibit, so perfectly it is formed and so numerous and diverse the objects and furniture that are contained therein. There are several clusters of seating each with beautifully upholstered armchairs or sofas, complete with colourful cushions and sleek wooden coffee tables with carvings or games or decorative objects. Lamps and candles give a soft light while the drapes hanging from the wooden beams above also lend a homely edge to the space. There are cabinets full of African art and handicraft as well as vases, copper pots, tapestries, books and a collection of hunting trophies surveying the ensemble. A large fireplace is to be found on one side while an intriguing saddle holder is on display opposite. It would be impossible to list everything on show here, but if you do choose Ebony, then take the time to look around, the collection fascinating. Further out from under the covered lounge area is the decked terrace boasting more comfy furniture which faces outwards towards the bush. Guests have a great view from this point and there is a telescope for their use to get even closer to the animals roaming around in the distance.
Even cosier yet is the lodge's library with its warm tartan covered armchairs and sofas and book lined wooden walls. Here again is a cacophony of trophies, paintings, trumpets, swords and old family photos. There is a fireplace here too above which is an inspiring photo of a leopard staring back down as well as a flatscreen television and PC for those craving communication with the outside world. Those wishing to take it easy at the swimming pool will find a charmingly tranquil space with a rocky surrounding and a deck with sun loungers. Heavily shaded by the trees on its edge, the pool also has a great little stone cabana-type structure with towels and seating.
The wellness centre here at Ebony is one of the finest of any lodge. Housed within the complex, which has dark wood floors, stone columns and more examples of African art, ever several treatment rooms whose doors can be opened when the weather allows offering skin care (facials, eye rescue) signature treatments (massage using monkey oranges, the big five with exfoliation, wrap, head massage, reflexology and Inkaba full body massage), polishes and wraps, a range of massages and of course grooming treatments. The facility also has a steam room, a relaxation area with refreshments and a couple's room. The staff at the spa is absolutely charming (as are all the members of staff at the lodge) and both passionate and knowledgeable about the products and treatments. A well-equipped 24 hour gym with water, towels and changing rooms makes up part of the spa.
As well as a large, well-stocked curio shop, the lodge also has a wine shop where guests can purchase many of the wines featured in the cellar (wee 'Food and Drink').