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Amanda is the Londolozi Marketing Manager & has been in the marketing, advertising & creative industry for 15 years & the health and wellness industry for 9 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Journalism from The University of Cape Town ...

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on How Many Nights Should I Spend On Safari?

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My defintition of a perfect bushveld experience: living there for four to five years!!!

I agree 😉

Love your blog today Amanda. It bring back so many memories. We feel so loved and welcome when we visit Londolozi. The game viewing is just out of this world. It realy is the ultimate safari.

Thanks, Marinda… we always want to make sure that you’re felt welcome and loved, just like family!

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As a veteran of around 20 safaris, I would say NEVER enough. It very much depends on your research, how much you can afford and what you would like to see. South Africa is rich with game reserves that will enable you to see the Big Five. However, it can be a lottery, some more up market reserves (or concessions) will put limits on vehicles. When I stopped at Londolozi I never felt we were stressing the animals or had a sense of overcrowding quite the reverse.
If you want more specialist viewing (such as Tembe and it’s big tuskers and black rhino) then reserves can be more hit and miss.
Londolozi had assumed almost mythical expectations in my mind and lived up to them, but let me recount a tale about a reserve not far from Londolozi- we will call it Alam Alam.
One Christmas I was there and a family (about three generations) they wanted to see lions and were only there for two nights. Well the ranger and tracker (and I was in the following Land Cruiser) tracked a large pride, a large pride that was on the move.
The ranger told the group that it was unsure that they would find them. Well he drove on and lo, he came up a Land Rover with a ranger wearing a different uniform.
The next day, the group were with a different ranger. My point is that if you don’t allow sufficient days , even at a game rich reserve animals can “disappear” for a few days and sightings are not guaranteed. Amanda says four nights, I would say five – but as in all things the more attempts (game drives) the more likely you are to succeed .

Thanks so much for the comment, Ian. I would love for all of our guests to stay indefinitely, but I agree with you on the increased chance of seeing all the things you have on your lists if you spend 4 or 5 days here on safari.

Amanda, you’re so correct in suggesting 4 nights/5days, although staying longer would be heavenly. Seems there’s always another leopard shot the day after you leave ……personally I’d love to stay for at least a year, working as a local teacher and taking pictures in my free time – dreams are free, aren’t they??

Dreams do come true, Denise! Thank you so much for the comment. 🙂

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We were there 3 days and would have loved to stay longer! Our jeep mates have returned there the past 7 years, increasing their stay each time. Their contact info got misplaced, tho we really wanted to stay in touch. Lasting relationships after sharing such incredible experiences are invaluable.

That definitely is the trend, Carolyn. Most first time guests are unsure of how long to book for on their first visit. As they pack their bags and head back up to the airstrip to depart, their parting words are always “We will be back… and for longer next time!” 🙂

Vivian and I look forward to our eighth visit to Londolozi in February – and yes it will be for 4 nights. Great blog.

We’re looking forwarding to having you and Vivian back again in just a few month’s time, Jeff!

Senior Digital Ranger

I loved your Leopards of Londolozi video.. Makes a person dream of visiting Londolozi & the Sabi Sands! Thank You.. I think you are right about the 4-5 days stay.. We stayed 4 nights and it was fabulous..

Thank you for your comment, MJ. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post!

For those trying to decide how many nights, we stayed 5 nights. We are a family of 4 with a 12 and 13 year old at the time. This was perfect for us. You never see it all, but we felt we saw enough to understand and appreciate ‘safari’.

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