My husband and I decided to take a three week trip through Southern Africa to celebrate our 16 year wedding anniversary. We did a lot of research about the different lodges in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa before eventually choosing Londolozi Tree Camp for a three night stay. Londolozi initially won out due to the fact that they never cram more than six people in a jeep, always leaving the middle seats available. As it turns out, everything about Londolozi Tree Camp is amazing and exclusive. From the moment we arrived, we knew that we had made the right decision. We were greeted so warmly with delicious champagne, cold towels and smiles by Mark, the manager of Londolozi Tree Camp and Tresta the lady who would be our assistant for our stay. We were soon introduced to Kirsty, another manager and Melvin/Milton who would be our Ranger and Tracker on the game drives for the next few days. Although we had arrived early, we were offered a lovely gourmet buffet lunch and tea and dessert. All of the staff made us feel very comfortable and excited about the days ahead. Our hotel room was actually a small house with a beautiful living room and the bathroom was huge with double sinks a huge tub and both an indoor and outdoor shower. The outdoor shower was wonderful and there was also a small plunge-pool on the patio. The patio was a nice area to sit and read or watch wildlife. Our suite for the entire length of our stay was and remained spotlessly clean and bug free which is an absolute miracle considering that we were in "the bush". The best part of Londolozi and the most important reason to visit are the bush drive safaris that are twice per day (early morning and early evening) and last for three to four hours each. I thought that it would be a challenge rising at 5 a.m. for the a.m drive, but we were woken each am by a staff member with delicious coffee, muffins and cookies and after the first morning, I looked forward to our wake-up visit and morning game drive. We were so lucky to be assigned Melvin and Milton as our Ranger and Tracker. They are two of the nicest, responsible and competent people and we had the best time with them. When our vacation ended, we felt that we had made two friends. Melvin seemed to have a unique insight and understanding of the different animals and told us many anecdotes and taught us a great deal about the various traits of every animal breed that we encountered. He also told us stories about several specific animals that he had studied during his years as a Ranger at Londolozi. It was so interesting. After awhile, I learned from Melvin how to distinguish some of the different lions from one another and to sense whether an animal seemed agitated or happy. Melvin and Milton made our stay very exciting and enjoyable with many “off-road” expeditions in search of leopard, lion, rhinos, hyenas, elephant and many other interesting animals. We were even part of a rescue mission where another tracker had gotten between a female lion and her cubs - it was just incredible and we arrived just in time to save him!!! While Londolozi Tree Camp is a wonderful resort with fantastic cuisine, accomodations and facilities, what truly makes it unique is the caring staff and all of the work they put in to making their guests happy. One evening we returned to our suite after evening safari to find lit candles and rose petals all over the home, champagne chilling and a hot bath waiting for us. Another evening we were surprised with a full cocktail party set up for just my husband and myself out in the bush under the starlit sky where we sipped cocktails while observing Impala, Wilderbees and Hyenas. It was just magical. I was so impressed that an “all-inclusive” resort would exert so much additional effort, creativity and cost to give us one of the best vacation experiences of our lives. It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary.
- Also Known As:
- Londlozi Private Game Reserve South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve