Londolozi Private Game Reserve
A personal favourite of the Africa experts at World Journeys, Londolozi is one of South Africa's original private game reserves, in the very heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The root of the word Londolozi is the Zulu word for protect and means "protector of all living things". Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo roam throughout the Londolozi area, while lion concentrations are also common. However, it is the truly remarkable relationship which has developed over three decades between wild free ranging leopards and ranger and trackers which makes Londolozi world famous. Experience exceptional cuisine and the very best game viewing with some of Africa's finest rangers and trackers. Wildlife roams freely across this vast space, offering spectacular game viewing and a true wilderness experience. Londolozi boasts five exceptional camps - choose from Varty Camp, Founders Camp, Tree Camp, Pioneer Camp or Private Granite. Expect stunning views, exceptional cuisine and thrilling wildlife encounters.
Take a look at the five luxury camps below, and see our Brochures page for a downloadable Londolozi Safari Guide.
Day 1: Transfer from the Londolozi airstrip to Tree Camp, where your adventure begins! Londolozi always strives to redefine the journey into wilderness, and at Tree Camp, guests are given a direct encounter with that vision. Nestled in the Lead Wood tree canopy, this lodge is a sanctuary of elegance and simplicity. Guests spend lazy afternoons on the Tree Camp deck, champagne in hand, as elephants pass in the river below. By night, the camp glows with countless lanterns and rings with laughter and conversation. This exclusive camp epitomises luxury and style in every detail. From the private swimming pools, all-weather dining and contemplation decks (salas) to the plaited leather beds, Tree Camp is simply a matchless showcase of African excellence.
Days 2 & 3: Life at Londolozi is dictated by the seasons; the vegetation and the animal behaviour shift with the rains of summer and the chill of winter. What is unchanging is the warmth of your welcome by your camp manager and the opportunity to experience a deep and authentic connection with the natural world.
Getting into step with the rhythm of nature is the first order of business. Witnessing the start of the day in the African bush is like being invited to partake in a daily miracle. A dawn chorus of birdsong and the haunting calls of fish eagles, the air rich with the night flowers' perfume and delightfully cool. By 7:30am the magic hours have passed, and soon the animals will sink into the torpor brought on by the midday heat. On returning from the drive and fortifying yourself with breakfast you can either retire to the cool sanctuary of your chalet or indulge a myriad of bushveld activities which include the following: Between Game Drive Optional Activities: Bush Walk/Photographic Studio/Village Experience/Massage/Good Work Foundation Community Experience/Inclusive Yoga Class/Boutique Shopping. In spring and summer, the early evening air along the Sand River often carries the aroma of baked potato. Far from drifting from the camp kitchens, this scent comes emanates from the tiny pink flowers of a scrambling scrub called the Potato Bush. Breathe in this most distinctive of bushveld smells and let it come to be associated with the anticipation of your evening game drive. Winter evenings are also a feast for the senses. Drink in all the postcard images around you: the bare thorn tree, silhouetted against a vast red sunset as the first glimmering stars appear.
Game drives at Londolozi are taken by professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers, who have 350 years of experience between them. With over 16,000 hectares of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same. Trackers sit up at the front of the Land Rover looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers drive with astonishing skill into ravines and through thicket in pursuit of rare animal sightings, simultaneously wowing guests with their outstanding knowledge and unforgettable stories.
The historical safari dates back to the age when reserves were hunting concessions and value was placed on an animal according to its potential danger when hunted on foot. In today's safari practice, rifles have been replaced with cameras, and the only shooting we do is to photograph the majesty of animals, birds and trees. Londolozi's rangers specialise in photographic safaris and, where possible, will position the vehicle for guests to get the best angle for photography. They will also share advice and knowledge where they can so you can capture the moment in all its glory.
Many of Londolozi's rangers and trackers grew up in this region, living close to the land. This gives them an unmatched knowledge of the terrain, flora and wildlife on the reserve. Londolozi boasts two of only 17 master trackers in South Africa, meaning our game drive experience is truly world class.
Day 4: Transfer to the Londolozi airstrip for your onward flight.
• 3 nights luxury accommodation • return transfers from Londolozi airstrip to the lodge • all gourmet meals • house wines, local brand spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee • two game drives daily in open landrovers • nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers • laundry • emergency medical evacuation insurance
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs 01 June to 15 Dec 2018
01 June to 15 Dec 2018
Booking conditions Pricing varies per camp, and seasonally - ask us for a quote on your specific travel dates.
Pricing varies per camp, and seasonally - ask us for a quote on your specific travel dates.