Londolozi Private Game Reserve is a 14,000-hectare exclusive safari destination situated in the heart of the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, on the western border of Kruger National Park. Offering unparalleled game viewing, the lodge is made up of five separate camps, each with its own distinctive style and unique characteristics. Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Chateaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.
Steeped in early history of Londolozi - unique, peaceful and remote, this wild untrammelled wilderness is still the defining experience at Pioneer Camp. The six cottages have interiors that conjure old English indulgence with an African twist. Evident colonial characteristics include elegant cream teas and silver teapots. The camp has a feeling of leisurely indulgence.
With just five chalets, the camp is enchanting and intimate. This is the safari in the classic style, with classic black and cream ticking fabric and original mahogany beds. Deep leather sofas, military chests, compass safari lamps, create a mood of easy luxury and laid back welcome to families and travellers alike.
A campfire has burned here for over 80 years making Varty the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi. The decor echoes tones of the architects continuing love affair with the earth. During building great care was taken with every tree, reflecting family passion for sustainability. With a down to earth quality, children are more than welcome. All rooms have a private swimming pool, the living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees.
Coined the most stylish family run camp in Africa. With its six suites, the camp has a double dose of glamour. It continually transcends guests expectations. Elegance and perfect simplicity are hall marks. The suites all have private a swimming pool.
The three stunning Granite Suites are perfect for a couple wanting to escape to the African bush in these stunning and very private suites. Each suite has its own heated plunge pool.
Londolozi Private Game Reserve offers five camps with six cottages, eight suites and 13 chalets, many with private plunge pools. There are also three Private Granite Suites which provide the ultimate in luxury where a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting. Each suite has a private, heated swimming pool. Children over the age of 16 are welcome.
Children are welcome at all camps except the Tree Camp, where the minimum age is 12 years and The Granite Suites, where the minimum age is 16 years.
Facilities at the five camps include a swimming pool, contemplation decks and dining and lounge areas. Varty Camp is also home to the original Sparta Hunting Camp, a boutique, the fitness centre, massage treatment room and library. Guests from all camps are invited to make use of these facilities.
Game drives, guided walks, bird watching and Shangaan cultural village visits are all included at Londolozi. Other activities at Londolozi Private Game Reserve include use of the fitness centre, yoga, Pilates, massage, bush running, animal tracking adventures, clay pigeon shooting, sleep-outs, fishing and visits to the John Varty Cinematography Centre and local communities. Game drive safaris at Londolozi are conducted in specially adapted open Land Rovers, with professional guides and trackers to locate and provide interesting background information and facts about Africa's spectacular wildlife.
When to travel
There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.
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Location and directions
Greater Kruger, South Africa
Londolozi is located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, South Africa's biggest and best game reserve. There are no fences between the Kruger and the Sabi Sand, allowing animals to roam freely and retrace their natural migration patterns. The Kruger National park spans 20,720km², 350km long and 60km wide, and is one of the world's largest wildlife sanctuaries.
How to get there
The park is located in the north-east of South Africa, easily accessible by road from Johannesburg (5 hours). There are also daily flights from Johannesburg to either Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) or Hoedspruit and for the utmost in convenience, you can fly directly to Londolozi airstrip.