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“An Experience Long Remembered” 5 of 5 stars
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Londolozi Private Game Reserve
5.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Londolozi, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa   |  
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Edmonton, Canada
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“An Experience Long Remembered”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Londolozi will make the biggest impression on people like me. I have travelled extensively, but don't make a habit of staying at Relais &Chateaux quality accommodation. For many, an African Safari is a once in a lifetime trip. If the cost of Londolozi makes you wince, please know it is worth every single penny. Londolozi is family owned and operated and this is reflected in the attention to detail that elevates your experience from great to superb. From the minute you are greeted on arrival to the moment you are ( sadly) shown off, guests are made to feel valued, respected and very special. Special mention to our camp manager Tammy and our butler Mendrew.
My teenage daughter and I stayed in the Founders Camp, one of the larger of the five camps at Londolozi. Our room was spacious, private and beautifully decorated. There is a well stocked bar in each room that is replenished daily. Complimentary daily laundry service is a great touch. I also loved the daily yoga class held at noon at Varty Camp.
You are fed very well on Safari. Breakfast starts with a full continental buffet, always beautifully displayed and featured the best cold Norwegian salmon I have ever eaten. Following this, eggs to order and a daily breakfast special are available. Lunch is buffet style featuring a chilled soup, a variety of salads and a roast of some type. The location of dinner changes. Without giving away the secret, one evening's setting rivalled anything you would see on The Bachelor fantasy date. It literally took my breath away. Dinner starts with soup or the Londolozi salad followed by a choice of three entrees , vegetables, sides and dessert. There is no a la carte dining here but the informal "dining in the bush" format is well executed and almost all dishes were excellent.
Lovely accommodations and great food are merely an adjunct to the highlight of your stay which is the game drives. Londolozi is on 57,000 hectares in the Sabi Sands reserve and has reciprocal access to a neighbouring reserve. This is not blindly driving down a road and hoping you stumble on some animals and when you do, having twenty jeeps converging. The land rovers are completely open with "theatre seating" so everyone has a great view. Unless you are a large family, no more than six guests will be in a vehicle. Our tracker ( Life) and ranger ( Mike) made a great pair. From Life's stories, which my daughter loved, to Mike's commentary , each drive was a real treat. So much planning goes on behind the scenes and the result is brilliant and varied game viewing. We had been told many times that late summer was not a great time for viewing, but this was not our experience. Our drives included a mother cheetah and the first cubs seen in Londolozi in five years, a pride of lions, leopards and leopard cubs, rhino and baby, a buffalo herd, giraffe, zebra, hippo, crocodile and the adrenaline highlight: a pack of wild dogs attempting a cheetah kill. Each afternoon game drive featured the very civilized sundowner cocktail. No red solo cups here;it was a sophisticated safari tailgate party enjoyed as the sun went down.
This experience is all the more special when you learn the staunchly conservationist roots of the Varty family and how they have managed to build a world class lodge that works with the local people to provide economic benefit to the area. Dave Varty' s "The Full Circle" is a fantastic read which outlines the history of Londolozi and the creation of CCAfrica.
In closing, if an African Safari is on your bucket list and South Africa is one of your destinations, you will not regret a stay at Londolozi.
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I walked to all five camps. They are all beautifully appointed. If you are with your family or prefer the energy from other guests, Founders and Varty would be good choices. If travelling as a couple, Tree Camp was the most beautiful and would provide a private ,very exclusive experience. Our regret was not taking the flight into Londolozi's private airstrip but rather doing the two hour drive over mostly rough,unpaved roads to the Kruger airport. Make sure you arrange travel so arrive at the lodge early enough to hit the 4 pm game drive and arrange to leave in early afternoon so as not to miss the morning game drive on the day of departure. They are too fantastic to miss!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Auroraof5,

Thank you so much for the incredible review, so wonderful to get such extensive feedback. I will be sure the convey your kind words onto the Founders camp team, they will be ecstatic to hear that they had such an affect on making your stay so special.

Until your next visit, dont forget to get your 'bush fix' from our blog!

Much love,
The Londolozi family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Thirty years of travelling for business and pleasure across seven continents, spending up to 200 days a year in hotels and this was the best travel experience of my life. Front of house staff led by Tammy and Philip were so welcoming and made our stay so very special. F&B and bush banqueting team were great and food scrumptious. Then of course the reason why you go, a fabulous safari experience with the wonderful James and Mike - knowledgeable and entertaining and make a mean G&T and hot chocs with Amarula.
It was in the little touches and attention to detail makes this place stand out.
We stayed at Founder’s Camp and loved the cabin – so well appointed and comfortable, plunge pool went unused but we enjoyed the deck and lingering wildlife. Four perfect days.
A lot of resorts talk about the customer experience – at Londolozi, it is in their DNA!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear OzAbroadView,

Thank you for your kind review on Founders camp at Londolozi. Tammy and the Founders Camp team were incredibly happy to have you with us and Bejay from the living shop sends her regards to you and your mom.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

Much love,
The Londolozi Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was my first true safari and its one of the best experiences I have ever been on. We were situated in Pioneer Camp and the staff were funny and very welcoming. The food was always delicious and there was plenty of it. The ranger(Dave) and the tracker(Enook) were world class spotting every single detail. they made the early mornings so much more enjoyable sharing their vast knowledge and stories. the rooms are also great and the beds and very comfortable. I had an amazing visit and would definitely go back again. You can beat having breakfast in the morning and having an elephant walking only 75m away from you moving through trees. Class experience.

Room Tip: Go to Pioneer Camp, great views in the morning and also more secluded from other camps.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear Rounded_Traveller,

We are so glad to hear that your first safari was so enjoyable. I will be sure to send your wonderful review through to all the staff at Pioneer camp. We hope that you were enticed to return for a second safari with us.

Much Love,
The Londolozi family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Londolozi really is excellent. The food is wonderful - everything fromm homemade soups and breads to salmon and filet of beef. The staff genuinely want to help you and make the stay the best. We have been on a few safaris but our ranger and tracker - the M & M Team - shared their boundless enthusiasm for the wildlife but were modest about their skills. Our drives were the closest we are ever likely to come to wildlife on demand. A must-do if you can.

Room Tip: All three rooms in Pioneer Camp were excellent, although room 1 had the most intermittent WiFi.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Hi John W

Thank you for your great review on Londolozi. I will be sure to get your feedback to the M&M team! We look forward to your return visit!

Much Love,
The Londolozi Family
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We spent 3 days trekking around Londolozi and it was far more than we had expected. The safari experience was top notch with a fantastic ranger/guide (Melvin) and tracker (Milton). They were smart, funny and enjoyable and we found some fantastic animals. But equally important was the experience of the lodge (we stayed at Pioneer Camp). Very nice, large suite, world-class customized service and some of the best food we have ever eaten - anywhere. We highly recommend.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Hi TripJunky1971

Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear that you were looked after so well at Pioneer camp. I will make sure that Melvin and Milton receive the wonderful feedback!

We look forward to your next visit.
Much love,
The Londolozi family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

My wife an i are very experienced safari travellers and have been on more than 15 african safaris.We recently visited Londolozi in October 2012 and had a spectacular trip.My wife was turning 60 and in December 2012 she said to me she wants to wake up in the bush her in her country of birth so i gave no argument and we returned to Londolozi in February for our third trip.Last time we stayed at Founders but this time we were at Varty and once again had a spectacular time making Londolozi clearly our favorite place.Our room at Varty was on the left of the main dining area ,was spacious,luxurious,had a plunge pool and a view of the sand river very similar if not better than Founders last time.The food as always was wonderful and the managers were fantastic.We had Alfi as our ranger and Bennet as the tracker.They are both very experienced and it was great to have a tracker interested in photography and Alfi always placed us at good photographic angles.We did not miss any drives despite the rainy season which was fortunate.At times the game viewing was challenging because of the high grass,but in 3 days we managed to see 8 different leopards including 3 separate sets of leopard cubs.Londolozi is indeed the best place in the world for leopards!!The highlight of this trip for me as a photographer was the summer birds and managed to get magnificent shots of the colorful summer visitors especially the kingfishers,bee-eaters and rollers.Another highlight for us is the special way that the Londolozi staff under the control of Duncan made my wife`s birthday special.This included getting the Londolozi performers to get all dressed up and sing happy birthday as we returned from our morning drive -indeed a unique birthday in the bush!!!
Once again Londolozi is a special place and we can`t wait for our next visit which is already booked for August later this year.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Hi Anthony G,

It was so wonderful to have you back at Londolozi, your blog posts and pictures always keep us entertained and we look forward to your next visit! Thank you for your wonderful review on Londolozi and Varty Camp.

See you again in the near future!

Much love,
The Londolozi family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Starting at our arrival at Varty Camp with a warm, friendly greeting from Richard, the camp manager who seemed always available to assist to our last day with a chorus from the staff singing happy birthday to me on our return from our last game drive, everything at Londolozi was perfect. The rooms & facilities are immaculate and functional; anything you need from laundry to spirits is available and included. The meals were delicious and skillfully prepared by their expert chef. Most of all our ranger,Mike, & tracker,Life, insured we saw close up not just the Big 5 but other illusive animals like the African wild dogs. Leopards were viewed engaged in various activities on 4 of 6 drives; male lions walked right next to our land rover twice. Mike was personable, enthusiastic & informative;Life had great stories to tell in addition to spotting game in any direction. (Suggest you do a game walk with them but watch out for the angry hippo). Could not have asked for anything more.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Hi George S,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review on Londolozi Varty Camp! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and we will make sure that your kind words make it to the Varty Camp team.

Look forward to having you with us in the near future!

Kindest regards,
The Londolozi Family
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Address: Londolozi, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
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