We came here just before Christmas 2010, and the memories that we have are amazing – I will never forget it. Its actually quite hard to put into words the memories and experiences that we had. We stayed at Exeter Leadwood Lodge 2 years ago, and I thought that was perfection. Londolozi Granite Suites though has blown them out of the water (sorry Leadwood – I still love you!)
The rooms in the granite suite...well, you walk in and you are just blown away. The setting is just divine. Room 2 (i think) is the room they show on the adverts – AMAZING! Simple lines, amazing set up. Cold water in the fridge, beds were so comfortable, views exquisite.
Food – bring trousers that are too big for you, as you will fit into them when you go home. Noomsa, who was the chef when we were there is wonderful. She cooks beef that melts in your mouth as an appetizer!!! There is a red pepper tapenade for lunch which we would have quite happily just eaten with bread and butter. Everyday. Forever. In fact, I still dream of it now.....sigh.....
Okay, onto more food. We ate at the candle lit Boma, in the room and also in the main area –all were wonderful. Means though that you can have a rest from the other guests if thats what you want. I don’t think there was a meal that was bad....or even slightly less than perfect!
Safari Guides – Tom (ranger) and Jerry (tracker). Well, what a double act! They are like an old married couple! Its hilarious! But, they are invincible trackers....full of the history of the area, the differing prides, the current Lion wars that are going on at the moment. No question was ever unanswered.
Jerry our tracker, spotted 3 separate leopards that must be been 100m off the dirt tracks in the space of half an hour – they were all sleeping up trees.(For those of you who think this is a lot in a short space and why didn’t you stick with them, we were on our way back for tea....more food!!) . On sun downer stops, we learnt about Jerry who is local, and his back ground. A very warm, loyal, interesting man, with a previous job as a shepherd. Tom, well, he is just the most lovliest person in the history of the world. Just wonderful!
Staff – If you had to write a book on how to do it right, you would write the book about the staff here. Attentive without being over bearing; professional, and through and through lovely, lovely people. And Cry....we were always served by Cry...daaaaaarling he is Maaaaaaarvellous (his favourite saying, and he is!).
You are lucky to be able to go to the village where the staff live, and see what they do for the other local communities in a sort of “pay it back” way, and you can go to see the children in the playgroup. We were lucky to get a song from the kids; just wonderful! You also get to learn about the history of the Shangaan people, and see how the goings on of a Kruger Safari Lodge work. A real eye opener. You can also buy goods that the staff make in their spare time as a bit of extra income. No pressure at all, but I bought a few bracelets – really pretty.
We went down to the other camps at Londolozi, and they were lovely, but I’m glad that we were at Granite. If you think “Is the extra expense worth it...?”, my answer would be,”it definitely is”
The genuine affection that people feel for one another here is infectious and you feel like you have come to stay at a friend’s house.
I was truly sorry to have to leave...I could have cried.....
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Londolozi Private Granite Suites South Africa/Londolozi Private Game Reserve