Londolozi Pioneer Camp | South Africa Safari Camps

premier Camp | Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Londolozi, in the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, is as steeped in history as it is wealthy in wildlife. And at Londolozi Pioneer Camp, a maximum of just six guests are immersed in a rich and fascinating legacy that stretches back over 80 years, while enjoying a front-row seat on some of the finest wildlife viewing in all of Africa.

The Camp | Facilities & Amenities | Wildlife Viewing & Activities | Safari Itineraries | Climate | Conservation | Camp Reviews

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Our Expert Says

Londolozi Private Reserve is one of the Kruger’s oldest and best loved safari destinations. This is a superb choice for year-round wildlife. The camp itself is small and extremely luxurious, with classic elegance throughout. If you’re traveling with a larger group or family, this is a perfect private option!

– Ben Forbes

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The Camp

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Number of Tents: 3

Set in the dappled shade of 500-year-old ebony trees, Londolozi Pioneer Camp is the most secluded and intimate of Londolozi’s luxury camps. Comprised of three elegant suites and an expansive central bush home, the camp is perfect for multi-generational family travel and other groups of 6 to 14 people. Each luxurious private suite provides its occupants with superb views of the Sand River and is ideal for honeymoons and private getaways. The bush house is the size of a private home and includes a fully equipped and open kitchen, perfect for entertaining and group gatherings. The design of the Victorian-style bathrooms has been augmented with modern accents including marble, chrome and mahogany finishes. Throughout the camp there is a pervading sense of history thanks to faithfully restored memorabilia including photographs, old suitcases, silver, crystal glass and gramophones. Everything about Pioneer Camp is deeply personal and provides a romantic backdrop to the adventures of a new generation of sophisticated travelers.

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Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool
  • Central pool
  • Spa (extra cost)
  • Fitness center
  • Daily group yoga class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Diners, American Express)

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Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Encompassing 40,000 acres of wilderness, Londolozi ensures that no two safari drives here are ever the same. As the original South African safari destination, Londolozi has over its more than eight-decade history perfected the art of hiring the very best rangers, trackers and naturalists. This diverse team of experts boasts a combined guiding experience of more than 350 years. Trackers sit at the front of the Land Rover scouting for fresh animal tracks, while rangers drive with astonishing skill through ravines and thickets in pursuit of elusive animals, all the while wowing guests with their outstanding knowledge and unforgettable stories. A highlight here is the world-famous ‘Leopards of Londolozi.’ Featured in countless documentaries, coffee-table books and magazine articles, this well-documented leopard dynasty has thrilled wildlife lovers from around the world. Fortunately, Londolozi’s rangers are all keen photographers and are adept at helping guests capture stunning images of these magnificent creatures.

The Sabi Sand is known for great leopard viewing, healthy rhino populations and the rest of the Big Five, making it a great wildlife destination for all levels of safari experience. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced here. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

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Safari Itineraries that include Londolozi Pioneer Camp

A Touch of South Africa 8 days, 7 nights – $8,327 – $21,346
Grand South Africa Safari & City 11 days, 10 nights – $9,326 – $24,008
Classic South Africa 11 days, 10 nights – $9,994 – $25,423
Diverse South Africa 11 days, 10 nights – $13,997 – $22,024
Hidden South Africa & City 13 days, 12 nights – $10,558 – $22,407
Epic South Africa & Botswana 13 days, 12 nights – $10,895 – $38,332
Epic South Africa Safari & City 14 days, 13 nights – $12,849 – $31,128
Grand Southern Africa 15 days, 14 nights – $11,153 – $31,514

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 84° F 68° F 3.86 in
28° C 20° C 98 mm
February 88° F 70° F 6.54 in
31° C 21° C 166 mm
March 88° F 68° F 5.24 in
31° C 20° C 133 mm
April 84° F 61° F 1.85 in
28° C 16° C 47 mm
May 81° F 50° F 0.43 in
27° C 10° C 11 mm
June 81° F 43° F 0.12 in
27° C 6° C 3 mm
July 77° F 43° F 0.16 in
25° C 6° C 4 mm
August 82° F 48° F 0.16 in
27° C 8° C 4 mm
September 82° F 57° F 0.55 in
27° C 13° C 14 mm
October 81° F 61° F 1.77 in
27° C 16° C 45 mm
November 84° F 66° F 6.61 in
28° C 18° C 168 mm
December 84° F 63° F 9.41 in
28° C 17° C 239 mm

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Conservation

The name Londolozi is derived from a Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things,” and it is this ambitious conservation ethic that informs every aspect of life here. The reserve has been nurtured back into abundance through diligent efforts to restore river systems and natural drainage lines, and to restock and rebuild the natural productivity of the land. Since 2000, Londolozi has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in habitat restoration projects, overseen by some of the world’s leading experts in rangeland ecology. These efforts include an innovative micro-catchment management program, which helps the land to retain its water and has made it nearly resistant to drought, as well as an aggressive invasive plant control strategy. A huge amount of time, money and effort have also been invested in bush-clearing programs, which have restored a mosaic of habitats, increasing the diversity of animals found in the area.

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