Londolozi - Varty Camp - Londolozi Private Game Reserve| safari.com

Overview

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, regarded by many as the "birthplace" of sustainable wilderness tourism and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, is understood by guests and staff to be a place of wilderness, wildlife and adventure. Home to an extensive cross-section of the Mpumalanga wildlife population, including the Big Five and various endangered species, the park also shares 50 kilometers of its unfenced boundary line with neighbouring Kruger National Park. Animals pass casually between the two parks, unhindered and abundant.

Londolozi Game Reserve, a sub-section to the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve, is geared towards luxury and exclusivity. Spanning an area of 14 000 hectares, along the western border of the Kruger National Park, and created by brothers and wildlife conservationists Dave and John Varty, Londolozi has also become known internationally as a place dedicated to the principals of eco tourism.

Owing its name to the Zulu term for "protector of all things", Londolozi endeavours to incorporate this ethic into all their operations and projects. Considered a "predator's paradise", the area is made famous by its impressive leopard population, as well as a host of other wild animals and grand flora.

Varty Camp is a riverside masterpiece, a stunning collection of exclusive chalets positioned at intervals around the riverside bush that makes Londolozi so famous. Guests enjoy the crisp morning air and wonderful service of this charming camp, as well as the excitement and adventure of nearby bush drives, walks, and other excursions.

Children's Program
Londolozi has always emphasized the importance of family. Over the past century, four generations have adventured, dreamed and discovered here. The bushveld of Londolozi is a wild wonderland, a child’s dream come true, and we delight in being able to share her secrets with the next generation.

The Londolozi Cubs program ensures that every day is filled with fun and fascination, and our ‘young rangers’ gain far more than just an understanding of their role in managing and conserving Africa’s incredible biodiversity. At Londolozi, children learn about themselves, about other cultures, about building friendships and trust, and about survival in the wilderness. They are introduced to a world rich in confidence and wonder – and a lot of fun!


 

Accommodation

Varty Camp provides accommodation in eight luxury, and two superior, chalets, with private swimming pools, and raised living areas, air conditioning, private plunge pools, vaulteed guest areas and leisure decks.

Wildlife

Big Five sightings are plentiful at Londolozi, with the park specializing in Leopard sightings! The animals have been entirely normalised to the presence of vehicles and onlookers, and thus go about their hunting within clicking range of eager wildlife photographers. Lion and hyena are also tracked daily.

Impala, common waterbuck, grey duiker, kudu, bushbuck and nyala all roam the area freely, alongside buffalo herds, elephant, white rhino, giraffe, and warthog. The ever present Sand River plays home to Cape Clawless Otter and hippo groups, and guests can spot the white-tailed mongoose, African civet and large-spotted genet on a night time safari.

303 bird species call this area home, including white-crested helmetshrike, lilac-breasted roller, brown-headed parrot, emerald-spotted dove and scarlet-chested sunbird, woodland kingfisher, red-chested cuckoo, Wahlberg’s eagle and Crested francolin. Saddle-billed stork, grey heron and pied kingfisher gather around the park's waterholes.

Extra Info

Children
Children 6 years and older are welcome at Varty Camp. 
Children 6 – 11 years of age pay 50% of adult rate. 
Children 12 years and older pay adult rates.

Excludes:
Self-drive park entrance fee, R250 per vehicle + R110 per person – subject to change without further notice
 

Directions

BY AIR:

• O R Tambo Johannesburg International - Hoedspruit

 

• Cape Town International - Hoedspruit

• Transfers to lodge are available

BY ROAD:

• From Johannesburg, take the N12 / N4 to Nelspruit, and then the R40 from Nelsruit to Hazyview

• Get onto the R536 towards Paul Kruger Gate. After 37kms, turn left onto a gravel road, which is 1km past the Lisbon store

• Enter the gate to the Sabi Sands Reserve

• Follow the signs to Londolozi (approximately 28kms)

• You will need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person. The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices subject to change)

GPS: -24.7972 (latitude), 31.4955 (longitude)

Reviews


I don't know where to start ... from the moment we arrived we were overwhelmed by their hospitality and level of attention to detail. Upon arrival, Will, one of the camp managers, was waiting for us and took us for a drink and a welcome chat. We felt straight away welcome and appreciated and this is exactly what we needed after a long journey that started almost 24 hours earlier when we left for our honeymoon.After a brief introduction we were taken to our lodge, which was amazing. Big, clean, modern, it contained all the facilities that one requires, it has its own plunge pool. It has privacy and a beautiful view over the river. We really couldn't ask for more, but we did receive more ... much more.The game drives were fantastic. Eckson was our tracker and Sandros our ranger, due to their capable skills we managed to see plenty of lions and leopards, besides numerous other animals. At one occasion we actually went into another game-reserves area to track some lions (with their permission of course) and we found 3 of the coalition brothers. We had never been on safari before, but if this is the standard, we will be back.Back at the main camp we got spoiled like crazy. We had a personal butler, Alex, who would jump through hoops to please you and he was great fun to talk to. His mood and attitude is infectious and had a huge positive effect on our stay.On our second night, at dinner there was a performance by the 'local employees' which you have to see. Afterwards we were taken back to our room, where they had surprised us by putting tealights and rose petals around the bath, which was filled and they gave us a bottle of bubbly. So we couldn't resist and jump in off course for a relaxing bath.The next day they told us not to go for lunch to the usual place as they took us to a secluded spot along the river where they left us with a buffet and protected from the environment in a treehouse by ourselves. This was just fantastic!When it comes to photography, they were also top of the market. We had some problems with our settings and they directed us to the Photo-hub. Here Richard sat with us and gave us some great tips! During the game drives they will always attempt to put you in the best position to take the best photograph possible in the situation. On our final morning we even had some pictures printed to frame at home, which they do there as well.A big thank you to Sandros, Alex, Jason, Eckson and last but not least Will, whom we spent some great times with, when we did have a spare moment and who always came to check up on us if everything was alright and who remembered my wife's favorite drink. We will definitely come back.

Doron

To all at Londolozi Varty Camp - as always - an unbelievable trip!! To Elmon and Mark - our sightings were sublime; well done to Elmon for his expert tracking. To Mark - thank you for making it such a special time. Your knowledge and enthusiasm for the African bush is so infectious! Thank you too - for your help with Alan and his new camera! To Eric the chef - thank you for superb and imaginative meals. Again your passion for your work is wonderful! Thank you to everyone for always going the extra mile - it is so hard to leave a place of such beauty and with a staff so committed to excellence. Well done!! Clem and Alan

Caleb

South Africa is not to be missed if you want to experience a Safari (visiting animals in their home). The Varty Camp provides the very, very best service imaginable. I have a strict dietary regimen and not only did they take care of it, all staff members were aware of it an I was treated like a king. Safari wise, I think it is essential that one choose a private reserve - the distinction being that your driver can go off-roading and get up close and personal with the animals. The accommodations were wonderful, staff sensational, safari was priceless, food was excellent and it turned out to be our favorite spot and our favorite vacation. Enjoy!

Gary Fleishman

We have done many safari holidays but londolozi is just phenomenal. From the welcome, the attentive service, lovely food to the superb bedrooms. But the game drives are just perfect. Our ranger Sandros made sure we saw lots if animals. And only running after the big five but also great attention for the smaller species in a very relaxed way. But to be honest, leopard and londolozi are belonging together.

Johan

This was our first safari experience and so I had no comparable experience of a game reserve. Having said that, we are well traveled and so have considerable experience of excellent service and quality. Londolozi was not comparable with any experience. We enjoyed exceptional hospitality from the lodge managers, Will, Jeremy and Jason who appeared so laid back and yet they handled the guests so well ensuring that they wanted for nothing and that their overall experience would provide the most magical memories. Colbert, our waiter, was a star and his catering colleagues served us wonderful food with a twist - a surprise open air bbq in the bush on one evening with the Londolozi Ladies choir playing African drums while we ate and drank by the light of hurricane lamps festooned in the trees and a roaring camp fire; a banquet in the boomer with the ladies providing a great atmosphere with traditional singing and dancing, and last but by no means least sundowner drinks on a large rock overlooking the river with exquisite nibbles served by the charming Jeremy. The sound effects on that evening were provided by elephants chomping away in the bush just 30 ft away and hippos calling each other from the river just prior to their sortie onto land to feed. All that magic and I haven't even started on the game drives yet! We arrived by small plane on the Londolozi airstrip and were greeted by Don, our ranger for the three day stay. In a very short while we realised that he was passionate and knowledgeable about his job and that his aim was to ensure that we had the best safari experience possible. Of course, nature is in control on the game park and nothing could be guaranteed. However, we had plentiful sightings of elephants, lions, hippos, rhinos, cape buffalo, zebra, giraffe, leopards, cheetahs, warthogs, kudu and many kinds other of antelope together with a wide range of birds. Judas was our tracker and he had many years' experience of working in the bush. Don and Judas provided excitement, knowledge, fun and laughter with amazing close encounters with the big five. Thanks so much to all the staff at Londolozi. The rooms weren't huge but were very comfortable. The bed in particular, was large, comfortable with great linen. The bathroom was well appointed with large shower and bath (with view over our decking area to the river valley below the lodge. The deck was completely private, spacious with a shaded area with sunbeds, a plunge pool, chairs and minibar (elaborately locked up so the monkeys did not help themselves). We spent an hour and a half one afternoon watching about 10 elephants of varying sizes, including a very small one, tearing up the banana trees and bushes beneath our decking. They were six feet away from us and were oblivious to our presence. Private game lodges are not cheap but at Londolozi you get what you pay for and we felt that we had value for money. I have written many reviews but this is the first where I can honestly say the experience was faultless. Londolozi has just been awarded the Conde Nast Best Safari Lodge in Africa award, plus others, and it is richly deserved.

Janet

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, regarded by many as the "birthplace" of sustainable wilderness tourism and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, is understood by guests and staff to be a place of wilderness, wildlife and adventure. Home to an extensive cross-section of the Mpumalanga wildlife population, including the Big Five and various endangered species, the park also shares 50 kilometers of its unfenced boundary line with neighbouring Kruger National Park. Animals pass casually between the two parks, unhindered and abundant.

Londolozi Game Reserve, a sub-section to the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve, is geared towards luxury and exclusivity. Spanning an area of 14 000 hectares, along the western border of the Kruger National Park, and created by brothers and wildlife conservationists Dave and John Varty, Londolozi has also become known internationally as a place dedicated to the principals of eco tourism.

Owing its name to the Zulu term for "protector of all things", Londolozi endeavours to incorporate this ethic into all their operations and projects. Considered a "predator's paradise", the area is made famous by its impressive leopard population, as well as a host of other wild animals and grand flora.

Varty Camp is a riverside masterpiece, a stunning collection of exclusive chalets positioned at intervals around the riverside bush that makes Londolozi so famous. Guests enjoy the crisp morning air and wonderful service of this charming camp, as well as the excitement and adventure of nearby bush drives, walks, and other excursions.

Children's Program
Londolozi has always emphasized the importance of family. Over the past century, four generations have adventured, dreamed and discovered here. The bushveld of Londolozi is a wild wonderland, a child’s dream come true, and we delight in being able to share her secrets with the next generation.

The Londolozi Cubs program ensures that every day is filled with fun and fascination, and our ‘young rangers’ gain far more than just an understanding of their role in managing and conserving Africa’s incredible biodiversity. At Londolozi, children learn about themselves, about other cultures, about building friendships and trust, and about survival in the wilderness. They are introduced to a world rich in confidence and wonder – and a lot of fun!


 

Varty Camp provides accommodation in eight luxury, and two superior, chalets, with private swimming pools, and raised living areas, air conditioning, private plunge pools, vaulteed guest areas and leisure decks.

Big Five sightings are plentiful at Londolozi, with the park specializing in Leopard sightings! The animals have been entirely normalised to the presence of vehicles and onlookers, and thus go about their hunting within clicking range of eager wildlife photographers. Lion and hyena are also tracked daily.

Impala, common waterbuck, grey duiker, kudu, bushbuck and nyala all roam the area freely, alongside buffalo herds, elephant, white rhino, giraffe, and warthog. The ever present Sand River plays home to Cape Clawless Otter and hippo groups, and guests can spot the white-tailed mongoose, African civet and large-spotted genet on a night time safari.

303 bird species call this area home, including white-crested helmetshrike, lilac-breasted roller, brown-headed parrot, emerald-spotted dove and scarlet-chested sunbird, woodland kingfisher, red-chested cuckoo, Wahlberg’s eagle and Crested francolin. Saddle-billed stork, grey heron and pied kingfisher gather around the park's waterholes.

Children
Children 6 years and older are welcome at Varty Camp. 
Children 6 – 11 years of age pay 50% of adult rate. 
Children 12 years and older pay adult rates.

Excludes:
Self-drive park entrance fee, R250 per vehicle + R110 per person – subject to change without further notice
 

BY AIR:

• O R Tambo Johannesburg International - Hoedspruit

 

• Cape Town International - Hoedspruit

• Transfers to lodge are available

BY ROAD:

• From Johannesburg, take the N12 / N4 to Nelspruit, and then the R40 from Nelsruit to Hazyview

• Get onto the R536 towards Paul Kruger Gate. After 37kms, turn left onto a gravel road, which is 1km past the Lisbon store

• Enter the gate to the Sabi Sands Reserve

• Follow the signs to Londolozi (approximately 28kms)

• You will need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person. The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices subject to change)

GPS: -24.7972 (latitude), 31.4955 (longitude)

I don't know where to start ... from the moment we arrived we were overwhelmed by their hospitality and level of attention to detail. Upon arrival, Will, one of the camp managers, was waiting for us and took us for a drink and a welcome chat. We felt straight away welcome and appreciated and this is exactly what we needed after a long journey that started almost 24 hours earlier when we left for our honeymoon.After a brief introduction we were taken to our lodge, which was amazing. Big, clean, modern, it contained all the facilities that one requires, it has its own plunge pool. It has privacy and a beautiful view over the river. We really couldn't ask for more, but we did receive more ... much more.The game drives were fantastic. Eckson was our tracker and Sandros our ranger, due to their capable skills we managed to see plenty of lions and leopards, besides numerous other animals. At one occasion we actually went into another game-reserves area to track some lions (with their permission of course) and we found 3 of the coalition brothers. We had never been on safari before, but if this is the standard, we will be back.Back at the main camp we got spoiled like crazy. We had a personal butler, Alex, who would jump through hoops to please you and he was great fun to talk to. His mood and attitude is infectious and had a huge positive effect on our stay.On our second night, at dinner there was a performance by the 'local employees' which you have to see. Afterwards we were taken back to our room, where they had surprised us by putting tealights and rose petals around the bath, which was filled and they gave us a bottle of bubbly. So we couldn't resist and jump in off course for a relaxing bath.The next day they told us not to go for lunch to the usual place as they took us to a secluded spot along the river where they left us with a buffet and protected from the environment in a treehouse by ourselves. This was just fantastic!When it comes to photography, they were also top of the market. We had some problems with our settings and they directed us to the Photo-hub. Here Richard sat with us and gave us some great tips! During the game drives they will always attempt to put you in the best position to take the best photograph possible in the situation. On our final morning we even had some pictures printed to frame at home, which they do there as well.A big thank you to Sandros, Alex, Jason, Eckson and last but not least Will, whom we spent some great times with, when we did have a spare moment and who always came to check up on us if everything was alright and who remembered my wife's favorite drink. We will definitely come back.

Doron

To all at Londolozi Varty Camp - as always - an unbelievable trip!! To Elmon and Mark - our sightings were sublime; well done to Elmon for his expert tracking. To Mark - thank you for making it such a special time. Your knowledge and enthusiasm for the African bush is so infectious! Thank you too - for your help with Alan and his new camera! To Eric the chef - thank you for superb and imaginative meals. Again your passion for your work is wonderful! Thank you to everyone for always going the extra mile - it is so hard to leave a place of such beauty and with a staff so committed to excellence. Well done!! Clem and Alan

Caleb

South Africa is not to be missed if you want to experience a Safari (visiting animals in their home). The Varty Camp provides the very, very best service imaginable. I have a strict dietary regimen and not only did they take care of it, all staff members were aware of it an I was treated like a king. Safari wise, I think it is essential that one choose a private reserve - the distinction being that your driver can go off-roading and get up close and personal with the animals. The accommodations were wonderful, staff sensational, safari was priceless, food was excellent and it turned out to be our favorite spot and our favorite vacation. Enjoy!

Gary Fleishman

We have done many safari holidays but londolozi is just phenomenal. From the welcome, the attentive service, lovely food to the superb bedrooms. But the game drives are just perfect. Our ranger Sandros made sure we saw lots if animals. And only running after the big five but also great attention for the smaller species in a very relaxed way. But to be honest, leopard and londolozi are belonging together.

Johan

This was our first safari experience and so I had no comparable experience of a game reserve. Having said that, we are well traveled and so have considerable experience of excellent service and quality. Londolozi was not comparable with any experience. We enjoyed exceptional hospitality from the lodge managers, Will, Jeremy and Jason who appeared so laid back and yet they handled the guests so well ensuring that they wanted for nothing and that their overall experience would provide the most magical memories. Colbert, our waiter, was a star and his catering colleagues served us wonderful food with a twist - a surprise open air bbq in the bush on one evening with the Londolozi Ladies choir playing African drums while we ate and drank by the light of hurricane lamps festooned in the trees and a roaring camp fire; a banquet in the boomer with the ladies providing a great atmosphere with traditional singing and dancing, and last but by no means least sundowner drinks on a large rock overlooking the river with exquisite nibbles served by the charming Jeremy. The sound effects on that evening were provided by elephants chomping away in the bush just 30 ft away and hippos calling each other from the river just prior to their sortie onto land to feed. All that magic and I haven't even started on the game drives yet! We arrived by small plane on the Londolozi airstrip and were greeted by Don, our ranger for the three day stay. In a very short while we realised that he was passionate and knowledgeable about his job and that his aim was to ensure that we had the best safari experience possible. Of course, nature is in control on the game park and nothing could be guaranteed. However, we had plentiful sightings of elephants, lions, hippos, rhinos, cape buffalo, zebra, giraffe, leopards, cheetahs, warthogs, kudu and many kinds other of antelope together with a wide range of birds. Judas was our tracker and he had many years' experience of working in the bush. Don and Judas provided excitement, knowledge, fun and laughter with amazing close encounters with the big five. Thanks so much to all the staff at Londolozi. The rooms weren't huge but were very comfortable. The bed in particular, was large, comfortable with great linen. The bathroom was well appointed with large shower and bath (with view over our decking area to the river valley below the lodge. The deck was completely private, spacious with a shaded area with sunbeds, a plunge pool, chairs and minibar (elaborately locked up so the monkeys did not help themselves). We spent an hour and a half one afternoon watching about 10 elephants of varying sizes, including a very small one, tearing up the banana trees and bushes beneath our decking. They were six feet away from us and were oblivious to our presence. Private game lodges are not cheap but at Londolozi you get what you pay for and we felt that we had value for money. I have written many reviews but this is the first where I can honestly say the experience was faultless. Londolozi has just been awarded the Conde Nast Best Safari Lodge in Africa award, plus others, and it is richly deserved.

Janet

Accommodation options

Standard Chalet

Inclusions:
The above rates include accommodation.  All meals, teas and coffees daily. soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers.  Two game drives daily in open land rovers.  Nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers.   One group yoga class per day at Varty Camp.  Fitness Room at Varty Camp.  Transfers to/from Londolozi airstrip to lodge.   Emergency medical evacuation insurance.   Laundry services.

 

Superior Chalet

Inclusions:
The above rates include accommodation.  All meals, teas and coffees daily. soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers.  Two game drives daily in open land rovers.  Nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers.   One group yoga class per day at Varty Camp.  Fitness Room at Varty Camp.  Transfers to/from Londolozi airstrip to lodge.   Emergency medical evacuation insurance.   Laundry services.