My husband and I chose our honeymoon destination based on the amazing reviews regarding Londolozi. We were very much looking forward to staying at this camp, it was our last stop, saving the best for last.
Our first day and night at Londolozi Varty Camp was definitely disappointing, the worst service and accommodation we have had in all our travels. The person in charge of the camp was leaving the next day on holiday, so she was too busy to welcome us. She did not give us the introductory speech in which they tell you the meal schedule, safari times, activities and tours available, other resources (spa, store, etc.), etc.
The next morning was even worse since we did not get any sleep. Our mattress was ridiculously broken. My husband chose to sleep on the bare floor, which was a better option than on the bed. As soon as we could, we told a staff member. They did not believe us, but some hours later told us they had verified the mattress was indeed damaged and changed it. They apologized briefly for the inconvenience.
During our honeymoon we had stayed at other lodges in Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. Londolozi Varty Camp was the most expensive of them all. We did not experience any poor service or accommodation problems at any other lodge except Londolozi.
It was a rough start. But I must emphasize that our guide (Gavin Rosenbaum) and our tracker (Life) were absolutely wonderful!! The best we have ever encountered! We definitely saw the Big 5 and more! Lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, rhinoceros, cheetahs, and most amazingly a baby impala being born in the wild!!! They were knowledgeable, experienced, and delightful persons. We also had a fabulous time with our safari companions (from South Africa, Canada and USA).
Overall, Londolozi was a camp of contrasts for us: the best guide, tracker and wildlife of our Southern Africa trip, but the worst regarding welcoming and orientation service and comfort. The camp is as beautiful as seen on their webpage though.
EXTRA INFORMATION REGARDING BOOKING:
Through the Londolozi webpage I sent a request for a personalized itinerary. I was contacted by an excellent travel agent and booked the whole honeymoon with her. Her name is Desiré Saayman from Icon Expeditions. Superb service and very experienced agent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Varty Camp is the home of an African safari holiday. All rooms have private swimming pools framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp.Varty Camp is also home to the original Sparta Hunting Camp, our boutique, the Cardio Vascular Room, Massage Treatment Room and our Library. Guests from all Camps are invited to make use of these facilities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Londolozi Varty Camp Hotel Londolozi Private Game Reserve
- Londolozi Varty Camp South Africa/Londolozi Private Game Reserve