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“The Best Kruger Has To Offer” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Londolozi Private Granite Suites

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Londolozi Private Granite Suites
Sun Valley, Idaho
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75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The Best Kruger Has To Offer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was our second trip to the Granite Suites, and not the last. The Varty family have created a camp that has everything. We were lucky enough to meet JV (John Varty), and that was quite an experience. You will not be disappointed in any way with a visit to this camp ( hard to call it a "camp" as it is so much more). The suites are like small luxury houses on the river. Hippos, Cape Buffalo, elephant, baboons, mongoose, and birds of all kinds in your back yard. Our guide, Lucien, our host Nadia, and the entire support team were of the highest quality. Nadia arranged a special event for renewing of our vows with a local Sangoma and the girl's choir. This was very special and done with great care. Lucien, well, was a very special person and his guiding skills are fantastic. The camp is very involved with the local community, especially with literacy projects. They are to be commended! Don't miss this experience if your plans include Kruger Park.

Room Tip: Not a bad room, they are all great!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bob P
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Hi Bob P,

What a special occasion to visit Londolozi, renewing your vows! We are so glad that it was beyond your expectations. I will be sure to send your kind word onto Nadia, Lucien and the entire Granite team! Thank you for returning and we look forward to another visit in the near future!

Much Love,
The Londolozi Family
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Singapore, Singapore
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We've just completed one week in the Krueger National Park and did the first 5 nights at Londolozi Granite Suites.

I've now done Londolozi 3 times, different camps each time, but without a doubt this was the most memorable, experience and my favourite camp. It was not only the resort itself, the lovely villas, but Nadia the GM, Lucien our Guide and James our Tracker that made each day different, special and something I did not experience in the other resorts we visited for some reason.

We found ourselves never experiencing anything more than once, even the meals we're so full of color, tasteful and specially prepared for us. There are many memories here, from the private walking safari, to the afternoon in a Sabi Sand tree house just the two of us, to the wonderful drives we experienced. While in the past I would dread dinners with other couples and the guides, I looked forward to every meal at Granite Camp.

Now I say this; If you're looking for a big property with lots of interaction, then Granite Suites may not fit your need, as Granite Camp is about quality, service, personal attention and sensory overload with experience - made possible by individuals that truly care about you, quickly become friends and make the most of every moment you stay.

There are only three suites and we enjoyed every moment of getting to know these couples as well as the staff, including the SPA staff the come to your villas and allow you to enjoy by you

We moved to another higher priced camp and while it has a great villas and property, the attention to detail from the staff lacked the same personal touch, although they tried, we had become so spoiled by Londolozi, we've only another choice of returning for a forth time soon!

Room Tip: All 3 villas are remarkable.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GOfliesglobal
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Hi GOfliesglobal,

We are so glad that you enjoyed your return visit to Londolozi! It is so wonderful to have guests returning! I will be sure to send your kind words onto the Granite camp team! We look forward to your fourth stay!

Much Love,
The Londolozi family!
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

It's been 4 months since our honeymoon, but I remember every moment of our stay at Londolozi. From the moment we touched down on the airstrip to the rainy afternoon we left this amazing place, the staff at Londolozi made us feel at home and like family. There's no better way to describe how well taken care of we were during our time at the Granite Suites Camp.

To say our expectations were set high would be an understatement. My wife and I had wanted to go to South Africa and go on a safari for our honeymoon and one of my groomsmen recommended Londolozi. He and his wife swore by this place and said we would love it. After I visited the website and saw the gorgeous accommodations and the glowing reviews, I knew this was where we wanted to go. So we ended up planning our entire honeymoon around the availability of the Granite Suites. I researched the other high end game reserve lodges like Singita but trusted my friend's strong endorsement. Yet even with these lofty expectations, we were far from disappointed. In fact, the experience blew us away and we could not have predicted what a magical experience it would be for us. We still look back fondly on the photos and dream of being back in the lodge with Jess, Johann, Tom and Jerry again.

The suite: We loved our private suite. It was very private, so it was perfect for a honeymoon. We had our own plunge pool with a waterfall fixture that was a really nice touch. The patio was nice and relaxing to lounge out on and watch wild animals just roaming by. We had a number of baboon guests come through and one day while I was in the living room, I looked out the window and saw a herd of about ten or twelve elephants walk by! The suite itself was thoughtfully designed and decorated in a sophisticated and modern way. One night, the staff even set up a romantic dinner outside on our patio for my wife and I. We dined by moonlight and gas lanterns with rose petals scattered around. I could not have imagined a more picturesque dinner if I tried. It's an indication of how far the staff goes above and beyond to make your experience special.

The Food/Lodge: For meals and before game drives we would meet in the camp's common lodge area which was very comfortable with a patio that overlooked the riverbed. There we were constantly being fed the most delicious meals and spectacular local wines by Johann and the chefs. He was a gentle giant that was always attentive to our every need. Jess was managing the camp during our stay and she was also very helpful. We forgot to bring sunscreen and she went and got some from the shop for us. She also helped take care our flight situation when we found that our flights might have been canceled from JFK back to SFO because of a winter storm.

The Game Drives/Safari: Our driver was Tom and our tracker was Jerry. We couldn't have made it up if we wanted to. But they were just as entertaining as a cat and mouse and we enjoyed every single game drive we went on. We didn't know how they did it, but they managed to find us leopards, lions, hippos, elephants, zebras, hyenas, rhinos and more. My wife is not a morning person, but she was up bright and early before 5am every day for our morning drives because she eagerly anticipated the animals we would get to see. Every single game drive is different, with an unpredictable story written by the wildlife. We stayed for 3 nights and went on a total of 6 game drives. Because Granite Suites is the smallest camp with only 3 suites, one night we were the only guests in the suites so we had a private evening drive and a private morning drive. It was just Tom, Jerry, my wife and myself. I still vividly remember all of our game drives like they were yesterday. They both took such good care of us, whether it was making us our morning biscuits and tea/coffee, setting up the beanbags for my camera, or keeping us dry with panchos during a drizzly morning drive, Tom and Jerry were the best and we won't soon forget them. You'll be lucky if you have them!

Londolozi is truly extraordinary. They really do treat you like an extended family and I guarantee you that you will be hugging every member of the staff goodbye when you depart. You will be gripping them tightly because you won't want to leave! We took a stroll around to the other camps and look forward to the day when we can bring our kids back here someday. Yes, it seems like it's pricey. But if you budget the luxury suite, the exquisite food, the outstanding service and the multiple daily game drives, it ends up being a steal. I couldn't recommend any experience more highly than I recommend Londolozi Game Reserve.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Dlu415,

Wow, what a wonderful review! Thank you so much for taking the time to put it all down in writing, I will be sure this amazing feedback gets to all the staff involved in making your experience so enjoyable!

Congratulations on your honeymoon and we hope you will be returning for an anniversary!!

Much love,
The Londolozi Family
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

From the moment we arrived at this beautiful oasis in the gorgeous Kruger Park area we were treated like Royalty. Our ranger, Lucien, was a continual wealth of knowledge and answered every question we had about the game and birds as if he was a walking textbook. He, like his darling friend, Nadia, were the best hosts and even shared meals with us. The food was great and very plentiful and the special things that they did for us were big surprises. My favorite was the cocktail party in the river!!!!! The suite was beautiful and so well kept. Of course we loved the plunge pool especially when some game would walk by. The massages were as good as any I have had anywhere and we really enjoyed our visit to the staff village where we learned mor about tribal life. We will never forget this visit to our South African paradise. Thanks to all who made our trip special especially Lucien, Nadia, Momsa and James our valiant tracker!

Room Tip: Granite suite 3 was so lovely
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Diane P
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
Hi Diane,

Thank you for your kind words about all the staff at Private Granite Suites, I will be sure to pass them on to them all! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay so much. Hopefully you can have your 'safari fix' by visiting our blog.

Much Love
The Londolozi Family
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

we stayed here for a portion of our honeymoon - and it was unforgettable. The animals are amazing, the very private safari experience outstanding, the rooms exquisite - our suite about the size of our summer house! - but most of all the people and service were amazing. Jess, Rich, Oxide, Johanne, and others took great care of us - we felt like part of the family after 4 days being pampered by them, including a surprise candlelight private dinner on our deck one night, surrounding by lanterns they'd hung in the trees for light and to keep the baboons away. We will go back one day, and until then enjoy the memories.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank brucejohnston
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
Hi Bruce

So happy to hear that you had such an enjoyable honeymoon at Londolozi Private Granite Suites. Jess, Rich, Oxide and Johan thoroughly enjoyed having you and send their regards. Looking to welcoming you back, maybe for an anniversary trip!

Much Love
The Londolozi Family
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Granite Bay, Calif.
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25 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

My wife and I spent a few days here while we were on a month long safari in South Africa. A couple of years ago we stayed at the Tree camp lodge at Londolozi and it was spectacular. This time we tried the Granite Suites WOW!! The lodge is beautiful but the rooms and setting is off the charts. We had all our meals in our rooms it was that hard to leave except to go on safari. The lodge, rooms, food and friendly service were all at least a five star. The last time we stayed at Londolozi we had Helen as our safari ranger we had such a great time together we requested her again for this stay. We certainly were not disappointed. The viewing of the big five was no problem but the other highlights were some of the best we have ever seen. We tracked down a lioness with her eight week old cubs and watched them play in the open savanna for about a half an hour all by are selfs. Then we tracked down the Majingilane (3)) black mane male lions. We also saw three different leopards two were big old scared up males. We also watched a Hyena with a impala kill. The safari was all you could ever ask for. A special Thank you to our safari guide HELEN not only was she an exceptional guide but so much fun to be around. We miss you and Londolozi and can't wait to come back next time we are on safari in South Africa. Bob & Linda Nichols

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank granitebaynick
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
Hi Bob and Linda,

It was so wonderful to welcome you back to Londolozi. So good to hear that your expectations from your first visit were met in Private Granite Camp. We will send your lovely words onto Helen. Look forward to your next visit!

Much love,
The Londolozi Family
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Lagos, Nigeria
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46 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Our stay at Londolozi was incredible. We were in Granite 3 for 4 nights. The staff was incredible and treated us like royalty. Jess and Noomsa worked hard to make our stay in Granite just perfect. We had a special romantic afternoon all alone as well as a romantic dinner and rose petal covered room. Our safari team of Tom and Jerry was simply the best. They were knowledgable, entertaining, and we saw the most awesome animal sightings each day. Yes, I cried when we left. We are already planning our return trip for next year! Highest praise!

Room Tip: Granite suites are the best!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FlyMeToKathmandu
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londolozigamereserve, General Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
Hi FlyMeToKahtmandu,

Thank you for the review on Private Granite Suites. It was so wonderful to have you with us, Jess and Nomsa send their regards! Look forward to seeing you with us in the future, until then hopefully you can get your safari fix on our blog.

Much love
The Londolozi Family
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Property: Londolozi Private Granite Suites
Address: Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bold, inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rocks that flank the camp while conveying the raw essence of Africa. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting in each expansive suite.The emphasis is on space, light and privacy while blurring the barrier between inside and out. A seamless integration with nature is achieved with large doors and windows all opening directly onto the Sand River. This luxury safari lodge is for the discerning traveller who appreciates the finer details of an African safari. Each suite has a private, heated swimming pool. ... more   less 
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Londolozi Private Granite Suites South Africa/Londolozi Private Game Reserve

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