My wife and I went to South Africa with another couple and visited Londolozi as well as Victoria Falls in Zambia and Cape Town, SA.
We spent four nights in Londolozi, and they were spectacular. I have never experienced such a high level of luxury and service. The moment we arrived (by a 12-seater prop plane from Jo'berg to Londolozi's private landing strip), we had a fantastic time. We were greeted by our guide/ranger (Lucien) who packed our luggage onto the Range Rover and excitedly told us that he had seen lions on his way out to the strip. Moments later, we were viewing three lions lounging in the sun. Amazing. Lucien was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He is an outstanding guide.
We stayed at the Granite camp, which has only three suites (our party had two of them). It was stunning, comfortable, wonderful. The rooms were gigantic and beautiful, with a huge king bed with mosquito netting (romantic and practical!), a beautiful bathroom with soaking tub, indoor and outdoor showers, and a living room area. It had a fridge and bar, with everything you'd need for a G&T. And, of course, a private pool off the deck. One afternoon we watched a herd of about 30 or 40 elephants walk right past our pool. So amazing. My only slight regret about the room is that we barely spent any time there. One small note: these are "camps" in the sense that they are out in the elements. Therefore, the rooms will show some wear and are less than "brand new perfect" (for example, our shower didn't drain perfectly). This didn't bother me at all: frankly it added to the charm and magnificence of the place that they could provide such luxury in such a rough environment.
The safaris - two per day, about four hours each - were fantastic. We saw so much wildlife, including the big cats (lions, leopards, cheetah), elephants, zebra, rhino, cape buffalo, monkeys, hippo and more. Each safari was different (a different area of the reserve), and each one seemed better than the last. We went on 8 safaris in our four days, and could have easily done more. The safaris were comfortable (6 people in a 9-person Range Rover), and elegant. In the morning, we had a stop for coffee, and in the evening we had cocktail hour, with fresh made G&Ts.
The food was incredible - buffet breakfast with made-to-order eggs, sumptuous lunches with three different salads, meat, vegetables, and amazing, over-the-top dinners that were each unique. I found the food to be incredibly good and not overly fancy, which was just perfect. It was the best food I've ever had at a resort.
The staff was friendly, accommodating and helpful. They memorized all of our likes and dislikes (no cream in my coffee, no cheese ever), and always got it right. They were attentive and made sure everything was perfect. It is so incredibly luxurious to return from morning safari to have a perfect breakfast waiting, hot coffee poured the moment you sit down, your favorite eggs on the way.
Londolozi is not inexpensive. But I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was the trip of a lifetime. I hope to go back.
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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