Savannah Nights: Afro – Cuba with a Twist

As the sun goes down and the heat turns up, feel the savannah night closing in.

Ancient instinct awakens a remembering of wildness, freedom and rhythm.

Salsa merges with African drums, you can hear the beat calling you.

“Havannah nights” are replaced with a unique African flavour… Londolozi style.

Africa’s gold dust contrasts with the cool white of a linen suite

Icy Mojitos are enveloped by a twist of vanilla smoke.

We’ll toast the freedom of summer in the wilderness

You’ll feel your feet, your heart beat.

Join us as we light up the night and stage a revolution.

Happy New Year everyone from the Londolozi Family! We wish you everything of the best for 2017.

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Guests gather for a Havana evening, Londolozi style.

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Varty Camp was completely transformed for the evening’s celebrations with palm leaves and lights and the Delicious Monster taking centre spot.

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The Rum Shack: the first port of call upon entering Varty Camp.

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Guests were treated to family style feasting platters. The first platter had Lemongrass Jerk Chicken Skewers, Salmon Skewers with a smoked fennel seed & lime yoghurt, BBQ Beef Skewers with a Cuban hollandaise and Marrow Bones with parsley & garlic. The second board was a vegetable mezze platter with Chargrilled corn on the cob accompanied by a chilli & herb butter, Cinnamon roasted sweet potato wedges and fresh Asparagus with vine tomatoes. The final tango was a selection of watermelon, mango, grilled pineapple, a white chocolate ganache and donuts drizzled with a rum caramel curd.



Bread platters served on the tables as a starter. To accompany the freshly baked baguettes was an olive grissini, harissa pesto, olive & aubergine butter and a basil butter.

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Bananas strung from the Rum Shack.

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Palm leaves and limes adding another splash of colour and vibrancy to the tables.

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Guests enjoy some of the Cuban beats before dinner.

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Rum, cigars and good conversation, the perfect way to kick start the evening.


Cath De Beer mans the Rum Shack.


Thoko Khosa carries in one of the savannah rum-ba snack platters laden with calamata olives, parmesan crisps, a smoky chorizo selection, parma ham shards and phyllo chilli popper baskets

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Cavern Ngobeni, Tresta Mhlongo, Robbie Sithole, Thoko Mazibuko celebrate the culmination of an amazing year together at Londolozi.

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James Tyrrell cools off in the gold bath tub of bubbles.

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A group of Londolozi staff call in the New Year together.


David Dampier, Londolozi Finance Manager, slips quite comfortably into his Cuban persona.


Cuba’s barmen prepare for a busy night ahead.


Anna Ridgewell, Londolozi Executive Chef, takes a ride in the classic, designed specially for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.


Every inch of Varty Camp was adorned with Cuban style decor, transforming an African style lodge into a Cuban paradise for just one night.

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Margaret Ngobeni poses with her guests, Toby and Harry. The Ryan family celebrated New Year with us last year as well.

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Amy Attenborough and Colbert Mdluli


Mike and Nicky Ryan win best dressed couple of the evening!

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Part of the Londolozi Ranging team celebrate the arrival of 2017.


For the evening’s entertainment, a few of the Londolozi staff perform in a lip sync battle. Here David Dampier belts out Staying Alive by the Bee Gees.


Can you tell which one of the Spice Girls Dave Strachan is impersonating here while he sings Wannabe?


Kevin Power performs the final leap into James Souchon’s arms as they sing to Time of my Life from Dirty Dancing.


Garrett Fitzpatrick sings Michael Jackson, Billie Jean, much to the hilarity of the crowd.


As a finale of sorts, Londolozi GM Duncan MacLarty performs Taylor Swift, Shake it Off.


The lip syncing crew shaking off the last bits of 2016 to Taylor Swift.

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Jill Larone

It looks like another great New Year’s Eve at Londolozi! Happy New Year everyone and all the best for 2017!


What a wonderful time to be had.. God Bless all of you!


happy new year to you all!!

Judy B.

Wow! What a great evening that must have been. Happy New Year to everyone at Londolozi!

Pat Meadowcroft

Wishing y’all the very best in 2017! You are all special people in a very special place!

Trevor Ebert

Vote for the Gin I enjoyed the most….Cry Sitholes ” Pink Gin”

James Tyrrell

Hi Trevor, its’ a winner!

Michael & Terri Klauber

A fabulous party for sure – in Londolozi style! Happy New Year to all!

James Tyrrell

Happy New Year to you too Michael and Terri!
We’re missing you here!

Valarie Maudsley

Oh what a night it was, and i thought our dinner in the bush for the whole camp was sensational. Are the guests given the theme dress code before they arrive for any event time such as Easter, New Year? Happy times to you all for 2017

James Tyrrell

Hi Valarie,
Yes, hints are dropped as to what the theme is so that guests can dress appropriately.

Valarie Maudsley

Oh what effort you have gone to for New Years Eve and it has not gone unnoticed. I thought our dinner in the bush for the whole camp last September was amazing and couldn’t be surpassed, alas you have outdone yourselves. Well done and your guests have been treated to something they will never forget. Happy times to you all for 2017 and more rain.

James Tyrrell

Thank you Valarie,

It was an awesome night! Happy New Years to you too!




Happy New Year Londos Team. Wow looked like you had loads of fun. Great job with the theme. All the best for 2017


We HAVE to do this one year soon!!!!! It looks like the best time was had by everyone, Happy New Year all

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