Londolozi Pioneer Camp: Luxury Safari in Sabi Sand


PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Set amongst the dappled shade of 500-year old ebony trees, Londolozi Pioneer Camp is hidden deep within an ancient forest. Private chalet suites adorned with historic memorabilia include air-conditioning, sumptuous ensuite bathrooms, inviting fireplaces and spectacular bush vistas.
  • Just three luxury suites combine clean and modern line with historical touches like old photographs and gramophones.
  • Guests can savour mouth-watering meals in the dining area, around the boma campfire or in the bush under a starlit sky — the camp’s culinary delights are a combination of old family recipes and Pan-African fare.
  • Those in need of relaxing spots to unwind can lounge around the inviting sitting room, sink into the cool depths of the sparkling swimming pool or enjoy the solitude of the beautiful gardens.
  • Adventures include twice-daily game drives, interpretive bush walks and cultural visits to a Shangaan village.
  • If you’re travelling with your family, book out the entire camp as private bush home.

EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE

We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.

ACTIVITIES:

Game Drives

Game drives at Londolozi are taken by professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers, who amongst them have a wealth of 350 years of experience. With over 16 000 hectares of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same. Trackers sit up at the front of the Land Rover looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers drive with astonishing skill into ravines and through thicket in pursuit of elusive animals, simultaneously wowing guests with their outstanding knowledge and unforgettable stories.Many of the rangers and trackers at Londolozi grew up living off the land in these parts and therefore have an unmatched knowledge of both the area and the elements of nature within this wilderness wonderland. Londolozi boasts two of South Africa’s only 17 master trackers, which only adds to the excellence of the team and the experience they are able to deliver.

Bush Walks

Suitable for the beautiful balmy bushveld days in May, June and July, there is nothing like walking in a winter wilderness. Drift down a game trail into a dry riverbed. Feel the crisp morning rhythm of Africa with each step on the winding path as you let nature captivate you in her essence. There is no vehicle, no noise and no distractions. This is when nature speaks to you.

The Cubs Den

Our children’s programme is uniquely tailored for each child, many of whom are budding junior game rangers. Our approach is based on a personal interaction with each child and is energetic and flexible. We regard nature as the great educator and with no set routines we allow the child to discover the world of the outdoor classroom which surrounds them. Nature sets the agenda and we enable these young people to discover something of themselves.

Birding

The birdlife at Londolozi represents a magic of diversity in perpetual motion and offers the visitor an entirely new frontier in wilderness engagement. A wide array of sunbirds seeking nectar from the flowering aloes is winter’s gift to the discerning birder, not to mention the other 450 species which abound in these landscapes. Many fine ornithologist guides reside at Londolozi.

Tracking

The ancient art of tracking has been uniquely preserved at Londolozi. The combined wisdom of the Londolozi tracking team spans over 200 years of tracking experience. Our guests, during winter, are privileged to be able to witness this ancient art. On foot in search of the big cats, as well as Rhino and Buffalo…downwind…in silence…not moving a muscle and in very close proximity, is an experience which demands all your attention and which leaves you with indelible memories. Winter is the perfect time to pursue Africa’s most alluring wildlife; whilst in the presence of a master tracker applying an ancient art, miles from any Land Rove

Astronomy Lectures

Have you ever been introduced to the wonderment of the great universe? Latest pictures from the Hubble telescope open up an entirely new world of discovery which tells us of endless space beyond comprehension. At Londolozi the rangers are trained to take you on a mystical late night journey ofreflection and introspection. On a cold, clear winter’s night, looking at the stars whilst holding a warm mug of hot chocolate makes for a truly memorable evening.

Campfires – Storytelling – Red Wine

Campfires, storytelling, red wine and good company are the hallmark of any winter safari. Coming from a long line of storytellers, Londolozi’s history is steeped in the tradition of campfire yarns told late into the night. In each of the 5 exclusive camps you can hear the whispers of our ancestors and embodied in our history, are the legends and myths of the mysteries and adventures of safari. Each camp has its own spirit and each has its own campfire which awaits you.

Londolozi Photographic Safari

The Londolozi photographic safari is where ancient wisdom, modern technology and nature converge.Londolozi has long been recognised as a superb location for wildlife photography, specialising in the big cats. Incredible light, diverse scenery and a plethora of African wildlife set the stage for unsurpassed photographic theatre.The Photographic Studio is very popular with Londolozi guests, who are able to direct and produce their own creative work. With tuition from a qualified ‘Light Room’ instructor, you can spend time between game drives editing and printing your best safari shots.

Bush Breakfast & Adventure Picnics

Imagine reclining in a comfortable chair surrounded by 6 million acres of African wilderness. This is the adventure picnic and bush breakfast experience, reminiscent of a bygone era when the highlight of any winter morning, after hours of walking, was the “Hunter’s Breakfast”. There is no reason to rush back to camp for breakfast when you can savor gourmet salmon and scrambled eggs with your feet in the sand on the banks of a river enjoying a balmy winter’s morning

  • OVERVIEW
  • ROOMS
  • DINING
  • FACILITIES
  • GALLERY
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OVERVIEW

Set amongst the dappled shade of 500-year-old ebony trees, Pioneer Camp is the culmination of five decades of design experience in the safari industry. Pioneer Camp’s three interconnected luxury suites and generous bush homestead makes this the most secluded and flexible of the Londolozi camps. The private suites have superb river views and are perfect for honeymoons and secluded getaways. The camp can easily be converted into a bush homestead for private multi-generational family groups of between 6 and 12 people. The inspiration for the refreshed look was to weave the Ralph Lauren style into the original safari homestead resulting in the classic layering of signature textures and iconic features which reflect an African heart. Pioneer camp carries all the elements of authentic bushveld living, clean lines, simple timeless and classic elegance with a touch of crystal.

The gardens reflect generations of Varty women who have worked with nature to create indigenous and meditative spaces packed with impala lilies, aloes, plumbagoes and wild figs that attract butterflies, sunbirds, and- among others- the paradise fly catcher – an African favourite. Now boasting a refreshed ‘explorer lounge’, interactive kitchen, lookout deck, breakfast balcony and full length lap pool,  Pioneer Camp is the most intimate family-run safari homestead in Southern Africa. Every touch and feature in Pioneer Camp is deeply personal. It is an ideal setting for a new generation of sophisticated travellers in search of the perfect combination of unstructured freedom and top-end experiential and personal luxury.

ROOMS

Each suite has an elegant bedroom/sitting room with fireplace and a luxurious bathroom combining a classic Victorian feel with modern accents in marble and chrome. Your private veranda with plunge pool and sala is the perfect spot to relax with a book, or just enjoy the smells, sights and sounds of the surrounding bush.However linking glass sky walkways convert these individual suites into inter-connected family units if you are taking it as a family bush home. Everything about Pioneer Camp is deeply personal and provides a romantic backdrop to the adventures of a new generation of sophisticated travellers.

Pioneer Camp is the most secluded of Londolozi’s luxury camps. The three private suites have superb river views and are perfect for honeymooners.Alternatively, this adaptable camp may also be converted into a “private bush home” for a large single family group of up to six adults and six children. 2 of the 3 rooms can become interleading and thus adapt well to different size family travel.

DINING

Londolozi’s restaurant menu is designed to promote your health and well-being. The delicious and innovative meals are made from organic produce, free-range game and herbs from the kitchen’s own garden.Meals may be enjoyed in the elegant camp dining room, around the boma campfire, or alfresco under the African sky.

Guests can savour mouth-watering meals in the dining area, around the boma campfire or in the bush under a starlit sky — the camp’s culinary delights are a combination of old family recipes and Pan-African fare.The camp’s main living area is open-plan and creates an interactive experience. Containing the kitchen, sitting room and dining area that opens onto an expansive wooden deck, this spacious and open area allows you to enjoy views of your surroundings while relaxing in comfort

FACILITIES

You can escape the heat of the hot African sun in the Zen lap pool while you gaze out over the surrounding scenery, and of course all guests can access the facilities of the other Londolozi lodges, all located within a few minutes’ walk of each other.

Those in need of relaxing spots to unwind can lounge around the inviting sitting room, sink into the cool depths of the sparkling swimming pool or enjoy the solitude of the beautiful gardens.

Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries and it is even considered by some to be the oldest form of medical practice. The proven powers of massage, to provide release from stress and to promote increased blood flow and healing, make it a wonderful addition to any holiday.The massage room at Londolozi Life was designed by a holistic therapist to create a space in harmony with the elements, ensuring a meditative experience that quietens the mind, rejuvenates energy and creates inner balance.Therapies include Swedish and Thai massage, Aromatherapy and Reiki healing. All therapies are available in either our massage room, in the privacy of your suite or out in the wilderness.

Yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit and refers to the bringing together of mind, body and spirit. Asanas, also a Sanskrit word, refers to the poses and postures developed in India to join mind and body in spiritual awareness.At Londolozi we have added the powerful elements of nature to the yoga experience, using both the natural energy of the location and tailor made Asanas, to create a yoga form which is suitable for beginners and intermediate practitioners.You are free to schedule a private yoga session in your room or in the shade of your deck. Alternatively, daily classes are held on the yoga deck beside the pool at Varty Camp. Please ask your camp manager for class times. We look forward to you joining us to greet the sun and strengthen the vital life of the body.

GALLERY

Area, Country
Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Nearest Airport
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Mbombela

Local Currency
South African Rand (ZAR)

Time Change
GMT +2:00

Language
Afrikaans, English

Best time to go
Best visited between September through May.

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