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“Londolozi is the Top Private Game Reserve”

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Londolozi Varty Camp
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San Francisco, California
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“Londolozi is the Top Private Game Reserve”
Reviewed 27 October 2011

We stayed 4 nights at Londolozi including 2 at Varty & 2 at Pioneer Camp. First off, we spent a ton of time trying to decide which Private Safari Resort to go to; we chose Londolozi and are so delighted that we did. The resort, the people, location and wildlife were amazing.

Between the camps, we definitely preferred Pioneer, but it is more expensive. The central dining area at Varty seemed to be newly renovated and it was amazing, but the room we stayed in (#10) could have used just a little more updating. Although just a small issue, the little refrigerator had a broken shelf on the door so every time we opened it, a bottle of water would fall out. Seems like it would be easy to fix (or replace) especially given they can afford to.

If you really like animals up close, we had Impala's, Nyala's & Vervet Monkees near our building constantly (which we liked seeing as they were super friendly). At Pioneer, we didn't see as many animals alongside our building (except for a Baboon on our patio one evening). If you want to be around a few guests for a cocktail at night, then choose Varty as it is larger then Pioneer, therefore more social. Again, either way, you can't go wrong!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

Despite thinking of myself as a "word smith," I find it difficult to fully describe and properly share the wonder that is a visit to Londolozi. The camp is so very comfortable and luxurious. The food delicious. Staff incredibly accommodating and cheerfully meet every need. BUT the most remarkable measure of all . . . the exciting (2x a day) game drives! After all, that is truly why you came and there is NO disappointment. We saw the "BIG 5" in one morning! Each sighting is unique and every drive special. You never are sure what is around the next turn - baby rhino, lion cubs, newly born giraffes, leopards mating . . . to name a few of our drive "highlights." DO NOT hesitate - go - go very very soon.

Room Tip: complete luxury, with every possible need considered
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Brookside, New Jersey
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

From the moment our Ranger Tom and his adorable daughter Emma picked us up at the private air strip we knew that we would have a life changing experience at Londolozi. The beauty of the land is amazing but the people who work and live at Londolozi are what really made our trip magical. My husband and I travelled with our 3 grown children (26,23 & 20) to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Dani & Sean the managers at Varty Camp went out of their way to make sure every detail was perfect. We were wisked away one afternoon to an incredible Tree House overlooking a picturesque river for a gourmet lunch. Tom our ranger (and Jerry our tracker) made each day a memorable one. Their knowledge of the bush was amazing-it was an honor and a pleasure to spend 4 glorious days with these two wonderful men. One evening they were taking us to a beautiful spot to have "sundowners" and as we drove over a hilltop we saw in the distance kerosene lanterns ablaze with a gorgeous table set with champagne, wine and delicious food just for our family. What made it so perfect was that Tom's wife Kate along with Dani & Sean were their to celebrate our anniversary with us. After we toasted our anniversary we then got an astronomy lesson from Tom. It was a night that we will never forget.

The food at Varty camp was wonderful. We did not know what to expect considering you are in the middle of the bush-but everything was fantastic. The quality and presentation were perfect. They also have a good variety of nice wines and liquors. Our new favorite drink is Amarula! The wait staff would accommodate any dietary request you had they were fabulous and very pleasant. Our only complaint about the food was that we all ate too much and gained weight!!!! We loved the dinners in the Boma-they have fires set around all the tables and it was so magical. One evening after dinner in the Boma we retired to the main deck to watch an incredible thunder storm roll in across the savannah, it was breath-taking.

We had two regular chalets and one superior chalet each with their own plunge pools. All the rooms have been newly renovated and they were beautiful. The bathrooms had lovely bathtubs and spacious showers. The beds were so comfortable which was a plus since you are up at 5:30 each morning for your game drive.

I could write pages & pages of comments about how fabulous Londolozi is but I will just say that there is nothing that I would change about Londolozi it is perfect the way it is!!!!

I would recommend using Bianca Johnstone from Icon Expeditions to plan your holiday-she was so knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.

Room Tip: We loved cabin 9 it was very private
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Odessa, Ukraine
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

Yes, Londolozi - due to the size of grounds - is perfect for game spotting. We saw the big 5 within our first drives (so did the others) and even saw 3 of the big 5 together at one spot (6 lions, a leopard and buffalos). Alfred and his partner were of great knowledge and not talking/explaining too much about the animals, just the right amount of info. So here Londolozi performed well.

The Lodge itself is very nice, with private bungalows incl. nice private deck and (unheated!!!) plunge pool. The room itself is a bit smallish, the bathroom being much bigger as the room itself. Yes, the room is nice but 3 things were not okay at the price:
- Mini-bar outside on the deck. In the night when you hear all the animals quite close you don't really want to leave the room to get a drink from the deck.
- The only plug for the hairdresser is beside the bed
- In our case the phone wasn't working and since you shouldn't walk alone from the room to the bar/restaurant area you've to fix a time when you should be picked up (they were always late). So in case you spontaneously decide to go to the public area there's no way. You have to wait until they come and pick you up.

The public area is really nice, open. There's always food and drinks (included in the package price) but the food quality is not very high.
At breakfast there's only sweet bread at the buffet, non-sweet bread has to be ordered and can take quite a while. While lunch was nice and the selection good enough we were negatively surprised by both dinners we had. Yes, the food was eatable - but not great or even "wow" - which you would expect at the price you pay.

Another minor was the noise near the pool. When we wanted to relax on Saturday between the game drives they were cutting trees... That should happen while the guests are out for the drives (minimum 6 hours/day) and not when they want to catch up some sleep because of the 05-30 wake-up.

In case of € 400/night I wouldn't complain at all - but at nearly € 1000/night you expect a place near perfection.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 21 December 2010

We certainly echo the comments made by previous reviewers. Our stay at Varty Camp was amazing! The rooms are beautiful and private, the food was simply outstanding, and the service was second to none. Their attention to detail is incredible.

We stayed 3 days and saw all of the Big 5 within the first two days. Our ranger, Byron, and tracker, Judas, were great at spotting animals and getting us into a close position for excellent photos. Within 15 minutes of leaving on our first drive, Judas spotted fresh leopard tracks and quickly found the leopard laying on top of an old termite mound. Then Judas found another one in a tree 30 minutes later. Byron's knowledge of all the animals was very informative. He could give us the background of every animal we saw.

Our stay here was the first stop on our 16-day journey in South Africa. Catherine Silberstein of Go2Africa.com did an excellent job of picking Londolozi to be part of our holiday.

We cannot recommend Londolozi highly enough. Anyone coming here will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Londolozi Varty Camp

Property: Londolozi Varty Camp
Address: Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Varty Camp is the home of an African safari holiday. All rooms have private swimming pools framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp.Varty Camp is also home to the original Sparta Hunting Camp, our boutique, the Cardio Vascular Room, Massage Treatment Room and our Library. Guests from all Camps are invited to make use of these facilities. ... more   less 
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