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Londolozi Private Granite Suites
Reviewed February 21, 2011

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.....

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

We stayed at the Granite Suites for 2 nights whilst we were in South Africa on a family holiday. There were 6 of us so we had the whole camp to ourselves. The rooms are auperb each with an individual yet different pool. There is plenty of space and they are clean and cool.

The food is freshly prepared and you have someone to look after all your needs day and night. Our guide was excellent and we did some stunning game drives.

I can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

My wife and I stayed four days an Londolozi which is part of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which shares a fenceless border with Kruger National Park. We stayed in the Private Granite Suites which is the newest lodging at Londolozi; it has only three suites, and therefore only accommodates three couples. The suites are standalone villas, a few minutes walk fron the dinning pavallion which has a lounge, kitchen and dinning arera with three tables. It has its own staff and manager,Trisha, who were very friendly and truely professional. The food and wine including champange on arrival were excellent and included in the room price which was very expensive but worth it. The Pavillion and the three villas sit directly on the bank of the Sand River on top of a large natural grouping of granite rocks with an unobstructed view of the river. We stayed in Suite 3, and from our sitting room and deck saw many animals including elephants and lions! The suites are spectacular: they are permanent structures, not tents and are huge with multiple rooms and high wood ceilings,and are elegantly furnished, and each has a private deck with heated private plunge pool.
The game drives were fantastic. We travelled in an open Land Rover with one other couple. We were driven by an experienced ranger, James Hobson, who was also an excellent driver, travelling off the road through the bush to get up close to the animals. James was also extremely knowledgeable about the native animals, birds and plants. We also had a very experienced tracker, Lodolozi uses both a ranger and tracker on each vechile, and this proved very valueable as we successfully tracked several leopards and lions, which when located ignored our vehicle and sometimes walked by the side of the stopped vecthe only an arms length away. We saw the big five multiple times and many other animals including girafes, hippos, zebras, wildebeast, impalas
to mention a few.
We visited the Varty Camp at Londolozi which is a short walk. It had eight Chalets and and a beautiful large dinning area, lounge, swimming pool and yoga deck. There are three other camps at Londolozi offering different types of accommodations and different price levels including some for families. All guest have morning and afternoon game drives and access to the same animals.
We also had a private tour of the staff village and school and were warmly greeted and sung to by the children. The Varty family has owned Landolozi for over 80 years, and the members of the family can be seen actively managing it, and their values of respect for the enviorment and people are evident. Nelson Mandela wrote, " During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of natue preservation in our country."
Our vacation to South Africa was wonderful, and Londolozi was the key part of it.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

Granite feels like you are staying in the guest house of someone's home and the lodge (for your meals) is their den. Very nice accommodations, very friendly staff, great food - and the animal viewing is tops.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

We were fortunate enough to visit Londolozi with friends and stayed in Granite Suites Camp. I actually cannot put my feelings and my absolute amazement into words. It was an experience like no other and I am not sure can ever be equaled again. The staff was amazing,loving,yet extremely professional. The camp is gorgeous and the huts luxurious in every possible way, but just outside you doorstep lies rugged + wild mother nature, which IS SOUTH AFRICA! What a combo! It really had a heavenliness to it and made you realize the Hand of God in every animal sighting and tree and bush and raindrop! We stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed the lazy days very much, the am + pm game drives with Byron + Judas topped our stay forsure,but the meals and wines and service and plunge pool and gorgeous huts came in close second! We would return in a heartbeat, an experience we will carry in our hearts+memories forever.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2009

Just got back from S. Africa which included 2 nights at Londolozi followed by 2 nights at Singita Boulders. We were originally booked at Varty Camp, but were upgraded to Granite. AMAZING and generous surprise! I walked into the room at Granite, looked at my husband and told him to just cancel Singita because there was no need to go anywhere else. In short, I really thought we had the best of both worlds. We did all our activities at Varty Camp (our friends were staying there), which was much livelier and festive than Granite (younger crowd and more rooms), but got to go home to our luxury room at Granite. We had the best time with the staff and ranger/tracker. The staff is warm, full of energy, fun to be around, and completely service-oriented. We had big group dinners in the Boma and main Varty camp that lasted until way longer than they should have considering we had to wake up at 5 am each day. The game viewing was spectacular and I learned so much from our ranger. I felt like I was leaving friends by the time we left. I did peek into the Varty room that our friends were staying in. Very beautiful and comfortable, as well, but if you can pull it off, splurge for Granite. While Singita Boulders was lovely and incredible and deserving of all its accolades, I felt more at home at Londolozi because of the staff. I am really hoping to return SOON!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2009

Londolozi is a private game reserve located in the sabi sands reserve in South Africa. We are from the states so it took a while to get there, but once we were on Federal Air landing at the hotel's private strip we knew it was worth it! As we landed Giraffe and zebras sat near watching us as we landed. There are a few camps within the hotel and each camp had its own tracker/ranger with their vehicle pick up the individual guests going to their camps.

Me and my family My Mom, Dad, My sister (24), and me (21) stayed in two villas in the private granite suites camp. (Even though we thought this was the nicest and most private camp out of all, all camps were equally beautiful). Our safari vehicle with our ranger and tracker (Like and Julius) took us to our camps lodge where we ate all of our meals and met up for our game drives. It was beautiful and had books to read and all sorts of drinks and beverages to choose from (there is also a minibar in your villa). Our camp manager Jackie and our Butler Johan were awaiting our arrival with champagne and other drinks. Everyone was so nice and teh grounds were so beautiful that we did not care that our room was not ready. It is so serene and beautiful. When we made it into our villas, it was spectacular. The living room had a large picture overlooking the river. The bedroom has windows also looking over the river. Behind our bedroom was an area to store luggage and our clothes which was very convenient. Before you entered the bathroom they had a makeup area with workout supplies. The bathroom was the most spectacular part of this villa. Separate vanity's and a beautiful bathub next to a large block of something over a bed of rocks.....what was this? OUR SHOWER!!! It was a rain shower, the head is on the ceiling and it is open. ONE WORD: AMAZING!!!! The whole bathroom is mainly glass windows so anyone can see you......anyone meaning the animals lol....Your patio has a table, and some lounge chairs and a pool. Yes you have your own private pool including an outdoor shower.

The Property is amazing. You normally stay in your own camp but we ventured out into the other camps on some days. We also visited the gift shop which is pretty interesting. Another place you have to go on property is the staff village, very interesting!!! One night we went to the varty camp for a special dinner they called a Boma. It was amazing and a must do at least one night. Speaking of food each camp has their own chef which cooks up amazing indigenous food. Better than most 5 star restaurants ive been to anywhere. You wont believe how amazing the food is, but i wont spoil that for you.

The service is beyond excellent, everyone anticipates your every need and desire. You immediately become close with the staff members (since the staff you started with, stay with you until you leave) and you dont look at them as staff, more as friends. I cant say enough about how knowledgeable they are about everything in the area and the animals.

Ok now to the most important part, the Game Drives. There are two games drives one early in the am and one in the afternoon. The drives include your whole camp. and each truck carries 6-9 people. (We only had 6 in our camp, 4 in our family) The other two people in our camp were on their anniversary and we got along with them great! The drives were amazing, we saw something new on almost every trip, and yes, you will most likely see the big 5. The drives go out onto londolozi territory but cross over into some other hotels territory that they have agreements with which make the land that the trucks can drive very vast. Trails run for hundreds of miles it seems like, i cant imagine how the drivers know their way around....We saw everything we wanted to see: monkeys, baboons, zebras, lions (a huge pride at that), leopards, giraffe, elephants, hippos, impala, all types of birds, crocodiles, GIANT porcupines, hyenas, mongoose, bucks, buffalo, wildebeast, and MANY more. You will never be bored on a game drive. during the afternoon drive, it eventually turns into a night drive, and mid drive they open up a table on front of the truck and have cocktails in the middle of nowhere. It is so quiet and amazing to think that we were in the middle of "AFRICA" not at the zoo.

One night my sister asked if they had a telescope she could use. Not only did they surprise us with a very nice telescope, but they set up an entire star/planet watching night for us after our night game drive. The head ranger knew a lot about everything and it was quite an experience. They also setup a cocktail area in the middle of the runway for us.

Overall, i cannot quite tell you in words how amazing this experience was (especially for world travellers like us). It really has to be experienced in person at least once in your life. We will be going back as soon as we can. It was an unforgettable experience that will hold a special place in our hearts forever.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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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
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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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