Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
At a Glance
Five beautifully designed lodges
Fantastic for families with glass sided sky walkways linking bedrooms
Enormous outdoor bath tubs
Private pools carved into the natural rock
Fantastic guides to bring the safari to life
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your vacation to Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Comprising five separate camps over 14,000 game-rich hectares, in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Londolozi is a thoroughly luxurious but down to earth safari destination, which prides it self on its excellent standard of guiding.
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 and compass safari lamps, create a mood of easy luxury and a laid back welcome to families and travelers 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 the families 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.
The Tree Camp has been 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 center, 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 center, yoga, Pilates, massage, bush running, animal tracking adventures, clay pigeon shooting, sleep-outs, fishing and visits to the John Varty Cinematography Center 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.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
Londos is split up into 5 different camps each with a different feel and price point. At the hub of each camp is a main lodge, a communal open plan space with lounge at one end and a huge deck and restaurant looking out over the Sand River. The lodges are all lined up along the river and within walking distance although staying in one youd have little clue the others were there.
What really struck me about the section of the river that the property is built on is quite how lush and green it was, the granite plates that break up the rivers flow are covered with palms and bromeliads making it feel far more exotic than in other parts of the Sabi Sands.
Because of the variety of the individual lodges Lonodolozi caters very well for everyone. Certain lodges are for adults only where as others such as Varty and Founders are that much larger and accept children from 4 years and up making them perfect for families.
4WD Game Drives
Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.
Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!
Location & directions
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, 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.