Londolozi is a private game reserve located in the sabi sands reserve in South Africa. We are from the states so it took a while to get there, but once we were on Federal Air landing at the hotel's private strip we knew it was worth it! As we landed Giraffe and zebras sat near watching us as we landed. There are a few camps within the hotel and each camp had its own tracker/ranger with their vehicle pick up the individual guests going to their camps.
Me and my family My Mom, Dad, My sister (24), and me (21) stayed in two villas in the private granite suites camp. (Even though we thought this was the nicest and most private camp out of all, all camps were equally beautiful). Our safari vehicle with our ranger and tracker (Like and Julius) took us to our camps lodge where we ate all of our meals and met up for our game drives. It was beautiful and had books to read and all sorts of drinks and beverages to choose from (there is also a minibar in your villa). Our camp manager Jackie and our Butler Johan were awaiting our arrival with champagne and other drinks. Everyone was so nice and teh grounds were so beautiful that we did not care that our room was not ready. It is so serene and beautiful. When we made it into our villas, it was spectacular. The living room had a large picture overlooking the river. The bedroom has windows also looking over the river. Behind our bedroom was an area to store luggage and our clothes which was very convenient. Before you entered the bathroom they had a makeup area with workout supplies. The bathroom was the most spectacular part of this villa. Separate vanity's and a beautiful bathub next to a large block of something over a bed of rocks.....what was this? OUR SHOWER!!! It was a rain shower, the head is on the ceiling and it is open. ONE WORD: AMAZING!!!! The whole bathroom is mainly glass windows so anyone can see you......anyone meaning the animals lol....Your patio has a table, and some lounge chairs and a pool. Yes you have your own private pool including an outdoor shower.
The Property is amazing. You normally stay in your own camp but we ventured out into the other camps on some days. We also visited the gift shop which is pretty interesting. Another place you have to go on property is the staff village, very interesting!!! One night we went to the varty camp for a special dinner they called a Boma. It was amazing and a must do at least one night. Speaking of food each camp has their own chef which cooks up amazing indigenous food. Better than most 5 star restaurants ive been to anywhere. You wont believe how amazing the food is, but i wont spoil that for you.
The service is beyond excellent, everyone anticipates your every need and desire. You immediately become close with the staff members (since the staff you started with, stay with you until you leave) and you dont look at them as staff, more as friends. I cant say enough about how knowledgeable they are about everything in the area and the animals.
Ok now to the most important part, the Game Drives. There are two games drives one early in the am and one in the afternoon. The drives include your whole camp. and each truck carries 6-9 people. (We only had 6 in our camp, 4 in our family) The other two people in our camp were on their anniversary and we got along with them great! The drives were amazing, we saw something new on almost every trip, and yes, you will most likely see the big 5. The drives go out onto londolozi territory but cross over into some other hotels territory that they have agreements with which make the land that the trucks can drive very vast. Trails run for hundreds of miles it seems like, i cant imagine how the drivers know their way around....We saw everything we wanted to see: monkeys, baboons, zebras, lions (a huge pride at that), leopards, giraffe, elephants, hippos, impala, all types of birds, crocodiles, GIANT porcupines, hyenas, mongoose, bucks, buffalo, wildebeast, and MANY more. You will never be bored on a game drive. during the afternoon drive, it eventually turns into a night drive, and mid drive they open up a table on front of the truck and have cocktails in the middle of nowhere. It is so quiet and amazing to think that we were in the middle of "AFRICA" not at the zoo.
One night my sister asked if they had a telescope she could use. Not only did they surprise us with a very nice telescope, but they set up an entire star/planet watching night for us after our night game drive. The head ranger knew a lot about everything and it was quite an experience. They also setup a cocktail area in the middle of the runway for us.
Overall, i cannot quite tell you in words how amazing this experience was (especially for world travellers like us). It really has to be experienced in person at least once in your life. We will be going back as soon as we can. It was an unforgettable experience that will hold a special place in our hearts forever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bold, inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rocks that flank the camp while conveying the raw essence of Africa. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting in each expansive suite.The emphasis is on space, light and privacy while blurring the barrier between inside and out. A seamless integration with nature is achieved with large doors and windows all opening directly onto the Sand River. This luxury safari lodge is for the discerning traveller who appreciates the finer details of an African safari. Each suite has a private, heated swimming pool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Londolozi Private Granite Suites South Africa/Londolozi Private Game Reserve