Londolozi is an ecotourism pioneer, defining the structure and ecological value of Reserves established on private land. It achieved worldwide fame in the 1970s with the groundbreaking "Leopards of Londolozi" natural history films. It continues to embrace its heritage as a proudly family-run, stand alone operation, whilst perfecting its delivery of an outstanding Safari experience to guests.
Londolozi in Zulu means "protector of all living things", and it protects a prime, game-rich chunk of the Sabi Sand. Its far-sighted and progressive management of land, wildlife and community interests is widely admired and emulated in innovations from the local (a fleet of electric game viewing vehicles) to the international (a network of digital training facilities for disadvantaged rural communities).
World renowned as one of Africa's finest game Lodges, Londolozi was the first Reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.
Londolozi was awarded the status of #1 Hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice in 2014.
Founders Camp honours past guests and staff who have contributed to building Londolozi. Ten idyllic superior chalets repose in the shade of ancient Ebony and Matumi trees along the banks of the Sand River. Six of the chalets can host two adults and two children, who are most welcome and join the Cubs' Club for free.
Recently refurbished Founders has been describes as offering ä touch of bush bohemia". Light fabrics in the riverside lounge give this camp a young and vibrant energy suitable for travelling families.
Tree Camp is a place for the grown-ups and the African connoisseur. There are only six suites accommodating a maximum of twelve guests. It offers fantastic luxury and comfort against an ever-changing backdrop of leopards, orchids, lanterns and lead wood trees. You spend lazy afternoons on your private decks, champagne in hand, surveying the ancient landscape and elephants feeding below in the riverbed.
Elegance and simplicity are the hallmarks of the Tree Camp rooms which are called "sanctuaries" here indicating the ambience the Lodge aims to create. It succeeds. The Suites are the largest of the three camps we showcase. In every detail and feature, from the private swimming pools and contemplation decks (salas) to the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and chocolate plaited leather beds, this is quite the showcase of African excellence.
No children under 16 years are accommodated here unless the entire camp is booked by a single party.
The campfire has burned here for over 84 years making Varty Camp the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi. The décor echoes tones of the owners' private homes and their continuing love affair with the earth.
All rooms have private swimming pools framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp.
Eight Chalets and two Superior Chalets (these have outdoor showers) sleep a maximum of 22 guests.
This is also the location of the Londolozi boutique, fitness room, original Sparta Camp and massage treatment room.
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Simultaneously the grand dame and the innovator amongst Safari Lodges, Londolozi established the model for privately-owned Game Reserves that the world has followed since the 1970s. And the others still have to work to keep with her. Recent ground-breaking steps forward include the development and introduction to everyday activities of a fleet of electrically-powered Land Rover game viewers. There has always been a holistic emphasis on the environment, its flora and fauna and its human context and community needs.
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