Londolozi Granite Suites | Reviews
My wife and I stayed four days an Londolozi which is part of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which shares a fence-less 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 from the dinning pavallion which has a lounge, kitchen and dinning area with three tables. It has its own staff and manager,Trisha, who were very friendly and truly professional. The food and wine including champagne 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 traveled 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 vehicle, and this proved very valuable as we successfully tracked several leopards and lions, which when located ignored our vehicle and sometimes walked by the side of the stopped vehicle only an arms length away. We saw the big five multiple times and many other animals including giraffes, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, 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 environment 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 nature preservation in our country.” Our vacation to South Africa was wonderful, and Londolozi was the key part of it.