Legend tells about people who wandered
down from the north and lived in harmony
with nature in a valley blessed with
abundant game, water and fruit.
Then a terrible earthquake destroyed
the city and forced them to flee.
Over the centuries, vegetation
gradually hid The Lost City.
Only the legend remained.
It was not until 1991 that it was
'discovered' and 'restored' by the end
of 1992.Cracked masonry and
weathering are still to be seen,
testimony of thecruel winds of time.
Yet The Palace, standing firm on
foundations of rock, was almost
Those who stayed at The Palace were
specially privileged. The Royal Staircase,
rising from the Valley of Waves to the
East Gate of The Palace, was once
reserved for the exclusive use of the
king and his family.
Today everyone can enjoy the climb,
pausing to admire the ever-changing
forest vistas lit by evening's
flames and serenaded by the sound of
The Palace of the Lost City breathes
with the grandeur of Africa.
From its ten towers, created from
filigrees of faux-ivory tusks and ferns,
to the soaring stone columns and arches,
every aspect reflects beauty.
There is 338 glorious rooms, each of
them unique. Sophistication is the
hallmark, and design accents reflect
how much the original builders of The
Palace revered the wildlife around them.
The life-size statue of Shawu, one of
the Kruger Park's famous Magnificent
Seven, stands at the end of the Elephant
Walk, frozen in the act of facing an
aggressor. The lounges speak of beauty
and the restaurants make an art of
The Palace of the Lost City, truly the
legend of Africa.