On the Road with the Lexus RX Hybrid

Former Miss Earth, marketer, model and advocate for women empowerment, Nompumelelo Maduna gets behind the wheel.

It was a very crisp and chilly morning when we met Nompumelelo Maduna at Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa, a quick 40 drive from Sandton and Pretoria. The lodge is located on the foothills of the Zwartkops Mountains in the Cradle of Humankind, on the lower reaches of the Blaauwbank Spruit, so mist is par for the course on a cooler morning, creating a rather moody and dramatic backdrop before sunrise. 

On arrival, the mist was lifting and the other model of the day, the new Lexus RX Hybrid, was having the dew lovingly dried off her opulent blue body before the video crew arrived. Nompumelelo didn’t stay chilly for long because the Lexus RX does, after all, have a heated steering wheel and seats, which she took full advantage of when she slipped behind the wheel to check out the vehicle’s interior. 

The small but beautiful nature reserve upon which Kloofzicht is built is a dream to explore. It’s a popular venue for hikers and trail runners, as well as leisurely drives, and is home to kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, springbok, gemsbok and zebra, as well as a fascinating array of bird life. In addition to the river that meanders through the Zwartkops Gorge, there are six fly-fishing dams.

The dressy RX Hybrid was quite at home on the terrain as Nompumelelo put it through its paces, while enjoying the luxe elements, such as the Mark Levinson sound system and the super-helpful “Hey Lexus” functionality. “The car is really sexy. I love that it doesn’t just say ‘rough rider’, it’s got an elegance about it,” she said, admitting that she fell in love with the RX at first drive. “I also love that it’s a hybrid. It’s really important to start converting our lifestyles.” 

I fell in love with the RX at first drive.

Nompumelelo Maduna

We ended the morning after much fanfare on the roads in Kloofzicht as other guests stopped to admire our models, and tucked into excellent, down-to-earth food presented by the in-house Oevermeer Bistro. You can either eat on the deck with great views over the dam, or indoors around the large fireplace, while the eight-seater harvest table is ideal for group gatherings. There is a more formal dining option at Uitzicht Restaurant and lazy Sunday lunches here are highly recommended!

The gorgeous Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa

As we had use of the brand-new De Herberg @Kloofzicht, we enjoyed our lunch on its terrace. De Herberg is a beautifully furnished guesthouse for exclusive use. It sleeps 10 people max in five rooms and is the ideal venue for an intimate event, conference getaway or to enjoy the Kloofzicht property with a private group. There’s a pool, boma area, firepit, free Wi-Fi, shared kitchenette and lounge area, and an outside terrace with a tranquil view of the dam and surrounds. The individual rooms all have en-suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs, kettles and air-con.  

De Herberg is a beautifully furnished guesthouse at Kloofzicht for exclusive use. 

Watch Nompumelelo get to know the Lexus RX Hybrid below:

Please note: SA vehicle specifications may differ to the model featured in the above video. 

The Lexus RX luxury SUV range is a further development of the “Next Chapter” design, through which the styling directly communicates the car’s performance and the driving experience. The Lexus RX is available at your nearest Lexus dealer. The RX plug-in hybrid will arrive later this year. 

Director: Timo Crane / Camera Operators: Milan de Beer and Daniel Coetzee, all from Mighty Fine Productions. Make-up: Naazi Laher. Shot on location at Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa.

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