MOREThrough their people and Southern African places, MORE creates experiences for their guests to enrich their lives – whether they are looking for adventure, culture, romance, family time, solitude, relaxation, or wellness…
MORE is a small, private group of luxury safari lodges and city hotels, owned and managed by the fourth generation More family. Inspired by the many blessings they were fortunate to enjoy during childhood, brothers Robert and Nick More developed the best of MORE to share with guests a collection of life-enriching experiences. These span the most breath-taking regions of Southern Africa.
It is the memories of spending long summer days with my brothers in the rapid systems of the Sabie River, watching crocodiles and hippos, which ensure we will be custodians here for a very very long time. – The late Nicholas John More (1967 – 2013)
MORE has its origins in the family’s Kingston farm in Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa purchased by their great grandfather Guy Chalkley in 1933. Awed by the area’s extraordinary abundance of fauna and flora, supported by its perennial river, Guy later partnered with neighbouring landowners to form the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The first guests were welcomed to the Kingston part of the reserve in 1978, when John More (married to Guy’s granddaughter Louise Chalkley) opened River Lodge.
This commitment to protecting the environment and joy in sharing it has been passed down the More line. Kingston has been renamed Lion Sands Game Reserve, and also expanded to include a Kruger National Park concession. This makes it the only private reserve to be rooted in both Sabi Sand and Kruger Park. While, with the addition of three other lodges – Ivory Lodge, Tinga Lodge, Narina Lodge – many more guests enjoy exceptional game viewing and peaceful retreat.
MORE PLACES TO DISCOVER
Some of the MORE properties are part of the More family heritage; tremendous gifts handed down through generations of custodians. Others took time and patience to curate, and great passion to transform into the very special and singular places they are today. But all are to be found in prime Southern African locations – in the bush, near natural wonders, by the ocean, in the city – brought within reach by an extensive flight network and MORE’s land transfers.
After Lion Sands, came Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel and More Quarters Hotel – homes from home in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Later, Madikwe Safari Lodge and Marataba South Africa were opened, expanding MORE’s big-five safari offering. Come November 2018, MORE’s Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel – Victoria Falls’ first boutique hotel, primely located 10 minutes from the area’s namesake falls – will offer guests another pause on a spectacular Southern African itinerary.
MORE EXPERIENCES TO SHARE
MORE’s places provide the space to come together, and with their people ensuring every comfort and convenience is afforded, there is time for the rest to take care of itself. Couples fall in love, families reunite, parents witness the amazement in their children’s eyes at seeing an elephant up close for the first time… During this pause, MORE’s commitment is to creating experiences that, shared, reconnect guests with themselves, each other, and the ‘wonder-fullness’ of life.
Game drives, bush walks, Marataba Trails, and Miss Mara river cruises from the lodges offer guests unique safari experiences, with the chance to encounter all of the big five. Between safaris, spa therapies are available to still the body and quiet the mind. For bridal and honeymoon couples, the magic of lands as old as time, globed by star-studded skies, cannot be underestimated when the matter at hand is eternal devotion. To experience an African night under the Milky Way, romantics, families, and solitude seekers alike can fall asleep in a MORE Treehouse – one, Guy’s Chalkley’s original hideout, but with a little added luxury.
Based at one of the hotels, there are a million and more ways to experience Capetonian life – from hiking Table Mountain and taking a Whales & Wine Tour, to dining with a renowned jazz musician in their home. The hotels’ dedicated Personal Concierges are local experts on both the city’s popular attractions and hidden gems. They are on hand for one-on-one consultations to discern a guest’s tastes and recommend the pursuits to create the kind of experience one is looking for.
New to MORE is the Mack & Madi Family Experience – named after Robert and Britt More’s twins and inspired by the couple’s first-hand understanding of travelling with children. There’s more to it than offering toddler-to-teen activities and organising fun-filled family outings… As they fizzle with excitement at discovering a new place, they need a little extra freedom to play, explore, and just be kids. So families now have more options and flexibility around activities, meals, and accommodations.
These experiences often tap into deep-seated vocations within guests, and MORE has founded MORE Community Trust and NJ MORE Field Guide College to invest in people, their passions, and growth. Guests are welcomed into communities to connect with the local people and roll up their sleeves to help out with development programmes. If conservation is where one’s heart lies, NJ MORE students come away with a foundational guiding qualification, as well as an experience of the other side of Africa.
SAFARI ACTION, BEACH BLISS & MAJESTIC FALLS
The team at MORE can design a holiday experience that combines places that are complimentary to give you a synergized experience of Southern Africa. Only prime locations are selected and within these, hidden gems to bring you the best of what this side of the continent has to offer.
The safari is the heart of the MORE lodge experience. Our diverse African portfolio enables us to offer a unique safari at each of our properties, tailored for both first-time and seasoned safari go’ers alike.
But, there is more. Our Boutique Hotels in Cape Town offer magnificent beach escapes and glorious landscapes, whilst the Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe of course wows with the spectacular Vic Falls – a sight you need to behold at least once in a lifetime.