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Leopard Hills

 

Location: Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park

No of Rooms: Eight suites.

One-Stop Reason to Go: This isn’t simply a holiday; it’s a glimpse into the real life of Africa.

 

Leopard Hills, built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole and close to the perennial Sand River, traverses over 10,000 hectares of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park ecosystem. Guests may have the opportunity to catch sight of the reserve’s namesake, the leopard hunting near the waterhole or watch hippo wallow in the river; crocodile bask on a quiet, sandy bank while overhead, majestic eagles keep watch. True to the South African Safari experience, many species of antelope pass by within view of the lodge while in the reserve, Africa’s big game abounds – guests may see prides of lion, herds of elephant, white rhino, buffalo and many more.

 

Each of the eight luxurious glass-fronted suites, complete with their own sundeck and rock plunge pool offer superb views of the African bushveld beyond. The suites are generously spacious with air-conditioning and overhead fans providing welcome respite against the harsh African heat. The breathtaking romantic bathrooms, which include double indoor and outdoor showers, have windows, which open to a glorious view of the passing cavalcade below. Whilst a special touch to each suite are the final touches provided, from weather notes and African poems, to a fine array of bath salts and other bathroom amenities. An inviting lounge with breathtaking views out over the bush and beyond creates the ideal setting to relax with a book or while away the afternoon with a pair of binoculars.

 

Guests can either enjoy the privacy of their suite or savour the day in their hammock or in their private pool or head back to the main camp where they will be spoilt by the highest standards. The staff’s utter dedication and pure passion to pleasing each guest according to his or her needs is prevalent in every aspect of the lodge, and particularly the central area.

 

The bar and lounge entices every guest to a pre or post-dinner drink – mixed by the barman using the finest ingredients – and fireside chat with your friendly ranger. A nightcap of the finest whiskey, port or South African amarula would be the perfect way to the end off a perfect day.

 

The dining area consists of two heavy-set mahogany tables, offering ample space and comfort while enjoying the most decadent of dining one could imagine. The esteemed wine cellar underneath the dining room is a treat for the avid wine connoisseur, as well as the learning amateur, and is brimming with racks of celebrated local wines.

 

The traditional Shangaan boma is used on alternate nights, and is a truly memorable way to experience an evening under the African night sky. Fine cuisine and wines can be sampled while sitting near a warm crackling fire. On arrival at the boma through a path of flaming torches, guests will be welcomed by their ranger, who will greet them with a drink and a pre-dinner appetizer, before meeting around the fire to tell of exciting adventures had on the game drive that afternoon. Guest’s tables are complemented by candles and rustic hurricane lamps, which complete the full experience of true African dining.

 

Cuisine
Head Chef’s, Jessie Fourie and Shane Johnson, ensure that every meal at Leopard Hills becomes a special occasion, preparing fresh, wholesome and honest cuisine. From breakfast, lunch to dinner, Jessie, Shane and their team serve dishes of unparalleled proportions. Guests will experience “soul food” full of decadent flavours from around the world, finishing with a touch of Africa in every meal.

 

From a full English or Continental breakfast on the main deck after an early morning game drive or a lunch enjoyed in the shade of the umbrellas and the cool breeze coming up fro the veld, dining at Leopard Hills is an experience.

 

Leopard Hill’s Wellness Centre Spa
 has proved very popular among guests with an array of massage treatments on offer in the glass-fronted sala, which has a spectacular vantage point off the main pool deck, offering absolute privacy and spectacular views. One of the highlights of every guests stay at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve is the array of bush treatments on offer. Treatments are performed either in the newly developed sala or in the comfort of the guests’ suites.

 

Naturally, there is an infinite amount of things to do whilst staying at Leopard Hills from walking safaris which take place after breakfast and offer guests the ‘finer’ aspects of the bushveld with knowledge on the smaller flora and fauna species which are still an integral part of the Kruger ecosystem; to the photography trips where rangers with exceptional photographic skills will assist guests in taking some truly memorable images. Helicopter flights are available where guests can swoop over deep and mysterious gorges, linger above roaring rivers and cascading waterfalls, and view the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the Blyde River Canyon. Cultural tours are also on offer where those with a passion for Africa and an interest in its diverse and spontaneous culture can visit the local village.

 

For the last two years, Leopard Hills has undertaken the responsibility of looking after a day care centre/crèche for under privileged children and orphans. Through the help and support of their guests, they have been able to raise enough funding to build a new facility in the local village. Through additional donations of books, clothing, writing materials and blankets, they have gone a long way to improving the lives of these children, who have so little in life. Leopard Hills continues to supply all its excess food to the centre, and through additional donations, they are aiming to continually make a difference. Leopard Hills has also formed a small junior school on the premises, providing managers and staff throughout the Sabi Sand Reserve the opportunity to provide their children with an education matching the high standards of top South African schools and colleges. This school has proved to be highly popular amongst families residing in the reserve. Children have the opportunity of gaining a top education whilst growing up in the unique bushveld that surrounds them.

 

Duncan and Louise Rodgers, General Managers of Leopard Hills, have endorsed their loyalty to the lodge through their ultimate dedication to making every guest’s visit an experience of unsurpassed luxury. Duncan and Louise have been in the game lodge industry for the last 20 years, and believe that Leopard Hills is by far the best camp they have ever had the privilege of being associated with, not only for its location and facilities, but most of all for the amazing staff and owners associated with this place.

 

A stay at Leopard Hills isn’t merely a holiday; it is a window into a way of life.

Londolozi

 

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park

No of Rooms: Private Granite Suites: Three suites accommodating up to six people. Pioneer Camp: Three suits accommodating from six to 14 people. Tree Camp. Varty Camp. Founders Camp: Seven chalets

One-Stop Reason to Go: Londolozi is one of The Originals and as such, has a vast knowledge, which far surpasses many other reserves.

 

Londolozi is one of the original pioneering Private Game Reserves of the ecotourism industry in South Africa and is an unashamedly family run, stand alone operation. The root of the word Londolozi is the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. The reserve is internationally recognised for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement. World renowned as one of Africa’s finest game lodges, Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Chateaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.

 

At each of the five exquisite Londolozi Lodges, guests will experience exceptional cuisine and the very best game viewing with some of Africa’s finest rangers over. Wherever guests stay, they’ll enjoy over 14,000 ha of exceptional traversing in the Sabi Sand private game reserve – home of the Big Five.

 

The Private Granite Suites: These are the crème de la crème of the Londolozi portfolio. The Private Granite Suites offer an extraordinary experience for the exclusive use of up to six guests – the suites can be booked individually making it ideal for honeymooners or as a private camp for friends celebrating a special occasion. They do not accommodate children under the age of 16, unless guests book the camp exclusively.

 

The interior and look of the Private Granite Suites have an emphasis on space, light and privacy while blurring the barrier between inside and out. A seamless integration with nature is achieved with large doors and windows all opening directly onto the Sand River whilst a palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting in each expansive suite. Each has it’s own private, heated swimming pool, perfect for relaxing after a long game drive.

 

This luxury safari lodge is for the discerning traveler who appreciates the finer details of an African safari.

 

Pioneer Camp: “The New Pioneer Camp 1926 is a symphony of style, bushveld architecture and nature.” – Dave Varty

 

Following the unqualified success of the Tree Camp and Granite Suites, Londolozi completed the newly renovated Pioneer Camp in 2010. Set amongst the dappled shade of 500-year-old ebony trees, the three luxury suites and generous bush home central area is the culmination of four decades of design experience in the safari industry. Pioneer Camp is the most secluded of Londolozi’s Luxury camps.  The three private suites have superb river views, perfect for honeymoons and private getaways or this adaptable camp can also be converted into a private bush home for family groups of 6 to14 people through linking glass sky walkways into interconnected family units.

 

The spacious entrance-halls leads into chic suites with clean, modern lines and floor to ceiling glass sliding panels which frame the wilderness views beyond. The bathrooms are classic Victorian with modern accents in the marble, chrome and mahogany finishes. Throughout the camp there is a pervading sense of history thanks to faithfully restored memorabilia of 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.

Singita Boulders

 

Location: Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park

No of rooms: Boulders Lodge: 12 suites

One Stop Reason to Go: Exceptionally high standard of safari and accommodation

Boulders Lodge. An enormous boulder sits right in the centre of the wine cellar, giving the lodge its name. Guests can enjoy wrap-around views from most parts of the natural stone lodge, and the lookout deck offers the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River. The quiet pond alongside the thatched lounge area allows the light and the landscape inside to the wide-open spaces, where straw baskets, neutral shades and textured fabrics complement wooden furniture.

Singita Boulders Lodge offers twelve suites, all with their own en suite bathroom and shower, outside shower, private heated swimming pool, double-sided fireplace, mini bar and fridge, room mini safe, air-conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game-viewing deck.

Tree Camp

 

Tree Camp embodies the very essence of Londolozi’s continuous mission to transcend and redefine the journey to the wilderness for the discerning visitor. This is a place of connoisseurship, leopards, orchids, lanterns and lead wood trees. Guests spend lazy afternoons on their decks, champagne in hand as they survey the ancient landscape, elephants feeding below in the river. Elegance and simplicity are the hallmarks of the Tree Camp sanctuaries. In every detail and feature, from the private swimming pools and salas to the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and chocolate plaited leather beds, this exclusive camp provides a matchless showcase of African excellence.

 

Tree Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 16, unless guests book the camp exclusively.

 

Varty Camp: All rooms are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees and have private swimming pools framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children of all ages always have a place at Varty Camp

 

Varty Camp is also home to the original Sparta Hunting Camp, the Londolozi boutique, the Cardio Vascular Room, Massage Treatment Room and the relaxing Library where guests can while away many an hour. Guests from all Camps are invited to make use of these facilities.

 

Founders Camp: This camp is slightly larger and perfect for families and small groups and accept children of four years and older. Founders Camp honours past guests and staff who have contributed to building Londolozi Game Reserve – it is their efforts, which have distilled the legacy of the past 30 years into a common mission. Enchanting, intimate and child friendly, Founders Camp is ideally situated to provide an insider’s view of the secrets of river life. Seven idyllic chalets repose in the shade of ancient ebony and matumi trees along the banks of the Sand River. This is an African safari in the classic bush bohemian style, replete with black and cream ticking fabric and original mahogany beds. Deep cream couches, military chests, compass safari lamps and a riverside lounge sala, create a mood of easy luxury and laid back welcome for discerning families and travelers.

 

As the original South African Safari destination, Londolozi, over its 82-year history, has built up a formidable team of experienced rangers, trackers and naturalists. Many of them grew up living off the land and therefore have an incredible knowledge of the area and deep cultural connections to the fauna and flora.

 

Londolozi has drawn on the considerable wisdom, talent and experience of their guiding teams, and returned to the original spirit of fun and wild adventure of a Safari to Africa. Their emphasis in 2011 and beyond is to redefine the essence of the ‘Photographic Safari Experience’ by creating still greater opportunities for engagement and 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 through ravines and thickets in pursuit of elusive animals.

 

And all the while wowing guests with their outstanding knowledge and unforgettable stories.

Camp Jabulani

 

Location: Kapama Game Reserve, Hoedspruit
No of Rooms: Main Camp: Six suites (no children). Zindoga Villa: Two rooms
One-Stop Reason to Go: The elephants. Camp Jabulani has a rescued herd on the reserve, which is just magical.

Camp Jabulani, family-owned and managed, is a private luxury safari lodge with Relais & Chateaux accreditation which means guests are guaranteed first class accommodation, cuisine, facilities and personalised service. Located in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, and scenic Mpumalanga region, its most notable feature is the herd of trained African elephants, which were rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre – the foundation set up by Camp Jabulani’s owners, the Roode family. Visitors can experience the extraordinary impact of interacting personally with the mammoth animals on daily elephant rides (the only night safari in the world!), around the waterhole as they swim and play, and in the wild habitat surrounding their stables. A truly unique experience.

 

The luxurious Camp Jabulani has only six suites and never caters to more than 12 guests. The outstanding suites all flank the dry riverbed and are all individually decorated but in the same elegant, open style. Guests have access to the main lodge’s lounge, dining roomer and fabulous safari spa or Therapy Lapa. No children are permitted in this section; ensuring guests total peace and quiet.

 

Zindoga Villa: This private two-roomed villa is suited to the family traveler as children of all ages are welcome, or to the client who prefers the more exclusive experience.

 

There is no schedule at Camp Jabulani. Guests will find no programme, with dictated times and activities, instead, the professional management team will consult with guests about how they would like to experience the product. Times are scheduled according to clients’ wishes. Some of Camp Jabulani’s notable offerings include the daily elephant back safaris, safari drives in the Big Five private Kapama Reserve, visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, indulgent treatments in the outdoor Therapy Lapa, gastronomic delights at the hands of the masterful culinary team, and hot air balloon excursions over the reserve.

 

The lodge is easily accessible via road, via daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg, or via private charter flights.

 

Regardless of which camp visitors choose, they are guaranteed the highly personal hospitality and service excellence which has become world renowned.

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