Leobo Private Reserve

Waterberg, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Offers a huge range of activities to suit all ages from quad bike and horse riding safaris to star gazing and fishing

  • The perfect safari for those guests wanting to visit a Malaria-free area, set within a 20,000-acre reserve in the Waterberg region

  • For larger groups or multi-generational families, Leobo is available on a completely exclusive basis and can sleep up to 27 guests

  • State-of-the-art private observatory house and self-contained nursery room for children

  • Located in the heart of one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of South Africa

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The best game viewing is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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Leobo Private Reserve is an exclusive, luxury bush retreat situated in the Waterberg region of South Africa. The reserve is only available on an exclusive use basis and guests can enjoy an array of activities, all arranged for them at the drop of a hat.

Leobo Private Reserve is a vast nature reserve located within the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. The Waterberg is a hugely diverse environment offering an abundance of wildlife and is rich in archaeological history. It is considered to be one of the geological wonders of the world. Set within 12,000 acres and overlooking the Palala Valley, Leobo Private Reserve can offer guests a unique vacation experience.

Leobo Reserve is fantastic for groups and families alike and what makes Leobo unique is that the reserve is rented out on an exclusive basis only. It is your playground for the duration of your stay and what a playground it is. Leobo offers guests an extensive range of activities from quad biking to helicopter rides and sky diving, to star gazing from the observatory telescope and games drives throughout the day. Malaria-free and with an abundance of activities for children, Leobo Private Reserve works particularly well for a family safari.

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Leobo Private Reserve has two very different accommodation options within a five minute drive of each other. The state-of-the-art Observatory is a four bedroom private house with two main bedrooms, each with their own bath and shower. There is a separate nursery room for children with a triple bunk bed and a bedroom for a nanny or extra guests. The Leobo Lodge provides extra accommodation for larger groups. The Lodge can sleep up to 18 guests in eight private cottages overlooking the Palala Valley. All of the cottages are en-suite and have their own private deck with spectacular views. Rooms can accommodate children on request.


Children are very welcome at Leobo. The Observatory has a self-contained nursery room complete with bathroom, kitchenette, triple bed bunk bed for the children and a room for a nanny. Leobo Private Reserve offers a huge range of activities for children of all ages.


Facilities at The Observatory include a heated infinity pool and rooftop Jacuzzi, a BBQ area as well as indoor and outdoor dining options. There is Wi-Fi access throughout, a 3D TV and a research grade telescope for star gazing. The Observatory also features a library and several lounge areas with cosy fireplaces for the cooler evenings. Leobo Lodge has a heated swimming pool and a sauna. There is also table tennis and a pool table. The lodge is also equipped with satellite TV, Wi-Fi throughout the rooms and a sunset deck with a fire pit.


Leobo Private Reserve has a huge array of activities on offer to guests of all ages. Some of the highlights include quad bike safaris, off-roading in the Polaris, clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing, a helicopter safari, skydiving from 20,000 feet above the reserve and for families with young children educational walking safaris, fresh water swimming and many other activities all of which can be arranged day by day throughout your stay. Leobo can also arrange horse riding excursions at an extra cost.


  • Fun and games at Leobo

    There are endless things to do at Leobo Reserve. The accommodation is rented exclusively to one group at a time. This unparalleled freedom means that you can do as much or as little as you like; and you can do it at your own pace.

  • Kids activities at Leobo

    Leobo is a playground paradise for young and old, the staff here are excellent at looking after all ages, whether it be fancy dress, hide and seek, exploring natural swimming pools or a spot of fishing - you'll never be bored.

  • Leobo Starlight Safaris

    The Observatory Dome houses a fully automated 20-inch telescope. Due to the reserve’s remote location, the sky is extraordinarily clear.

  • South African Birding

    The Waterberg is home to an incredible diversity of bird species. Besides residents, migratory species move through during the rains and the escarpment cliffs are home to the world's largest breeding colony of the critically endangered Cape Vulture.

  • Tandem Paraglider Buggy Flights

    For a not-to-be-missed, adrenalin inducing, airborne experience, try the Tandem Paraglider Buggy Flights...newly added to the amazing list of activities on offer at Leobo Private Reserve in the Waterberg region of South Africa.

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Waterberg, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Leobo Private Reserve is situated in the Waterberg region of South Africa, in a malaria-free, 12,000-acre reserve overlooking the Palala Valley.

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