My wife and I did not know what to expect when booking our trip to Londolozi. Our friend had stayed at Ngala Tent Camp and had heard from several people that Londolozi was much better. We can't say anything about Ngala as we did not stay there or ever plan to because we fell in love with Londolozi. From the moment you arrive, via plane in our case, you realize how amazing the place is and how genuine and knowledgeable the people are. On the drive from the airstrip to the lodge we stopped three times as our guide pointed out and told us about a beautiful eagle perched in a tree, then about the hippo in the water hole a few meters down the road, then about some impala and wildebeests a few meters later. We arrived at the camp to a wonderful greeting, including a very nice champagne, by the people from the lodge. My wife is a high end interiors designer and we loved the comfort and design of the room. It was simply beautiful - it felt simultaneously decadent and inviting without trying too hard (a very difficult thing to achieve). Our guide and tracker, Melvin and Milton, were phenomenal. Not only did we see all of the big five (repeatedly) but they so knowledgeable about the dynamics of the various animals as well as their history at Londolozi (prides of lions, leopards, etc). It wasn't only the big five but EVERYTHING. Snakes, turtles, spiders, birds, stars seeing the animals in the wild would have been enough but having Melvin and Milton go so much deeper into their stories made the experience so spectacular. I won't even get into the services or the surprise white linen cloth and steel lanterns plus fantastic wines, cheeses, appetizers next to a pond containing 10+ hippos and how "Out of Africa" it seemed or the warm welcome we received from everyone during our entire stay. Melvin drove us to the airstrip to leave and both of us were very emotional as we left (it was as if we had a "crush" on this place and the people we met). This was by far the best vacation experience in our life and despite the cost we think it was a bargain for what we took away from our time at Londolozi. We can't wait to return.
By the way, look at the blog site. It is amazing and something that you will not find on any of the other sites. It shows their care and approach.
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- Also Known As:
- Londolozi Private Game Reserve Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Londolozi Private Game Reserve South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve