“Home is where the heart is”… and the Londolozi Healing House’s intention is to bring you home.”
Years of meticulous attention to the healing power of wilderness and “bushveld living” went into the collaboration of this first of its kind holistic, nature-based experience by Shan Varty and her daughter Bronwyn Varty-Laburn. The Londolozi Healing House is designed to facilitate deep rest, rejuvenation, and reconnection.
“We believe healing and happiness happens naturally when in the right environment. Every offering is carefully curated to illuminate the links that help us remember that we belong to all things… we are all connected” ~ Boyd Varty
Londolozi is a source of wellness in a wild garden. At Londolozi, we believe in honouring ancient ways, harmony in flow, and the rhythms of nature.
At the Londolozi Healing House, you will rediscover what it means to be human, and attuned to the natural world. The Londolozi Healing House is a place of remembering, a shift from the world of doing into the world of being, a chance to re-discover your own wild self and access a deep and natural intelligence which lies within the still core of your own being.
The Healing House experience will help you to combine the core safari adventures with artful resting, curated bodywork, and yoga in the surrounds of the expansive wilderness presence of Londolozi. We have crafted some special activities for true rejuvenation, restoration, and transformation. Working with our expertly trained Wellness Practitioners, Therapists, and Wilderness Guides, we invite you to commune with the African wilderness and to find within you a sense of wellbeing.
In the hurried world of today, true luxury is time to oneself in search of self-healing and connection to nature. The Londolozi Healing House is a place where time will allow for intangible magic, stillness, and contemplation to stir deep within you.
A Sacred Location
Earth, sky, air, water, wind, and rain embellished with aromatic oils and saps of the plants combine to create a magical mystery in motion. Within the architecture of The Healing House, one discovers the alchemistic confluence of human essence, natural elements, and energetic frequencies.
The land on which the Healing House stands is ancient. Situated on the steep, sloping banks of the Sand River, this building was once a simple grass-roofed lean-to where the Varty families dined in the heat of the day in a time before the Londolozi Camps.
Later, using the great iron railway tracks salvaged from the decommissioned Selati railway line, which once ran across the Southern part of the property, this building with its mud and stick walls became “the first roofed lounge” of the fledgling Londolozi safari camp.
Ninety six years later it has emerged like a butterfly reborn in a beautiful and stylish modern Healing House located on undoubtedly the most picturesque site of the entire property; a place filled with the harmony of nature.
The building lies in perfect alignment with the Nilotic Meridian, which runs north to south along the 31st degree east longitude and is known as ‘the line of first time’.
It overlooks the confluence of two rivers; the Sand and the Manyelethi – also known as “the place of stars”. It is these natural flows of nature that give the building its powerful energy. Nestled under the shade of the draping branches of ancient ebony trees, the rooms and spaces exude a feeling of alchemy in nature.
Inspiration Behind Londolozi’s Healing House
Inspired by ancient wisdom, Shan and Bronwyn created a safari offering guided by nature, yet deeply grounded in mind, body, spirit, and heart. Every detail of The Healing House, down to the wellness treatments, has been intentionally crafted and the Londolozi Signature treatments can be found nowhere else in the world. Mother and daughter combined classic design and contemporary style to create a space that provides access to the combination of ancient healing modalities, supported by modern technology and the latest scientific evidence to create connection and a return to your own body and true nature.
A Celebration Of Space In Nature
The Healing House has been designed to embody the very essence of nature’s interconnections, ensuring optimum body re-balancing, restorative rest and relaxation.
Every detail of the Healing House tells its own story. From the originally designed sacred geometry wallpaper to the steps marked with million-year-old crystals, each element has significance. Each has been carefully chosen and placed to evoke an oasis of calm energy.
The Healing House offers five diverse and secluded treatment rooms and a range of sensory and therapeutic experiences.
The Rose Gold Room has a rose pink hue of Quartz crystals drawn from the ancient Barberton mountain range – the oldest in the world. This pink quartz is recognized as the stone of universal love which restores trust, harmony and emanates unconditional love in relationships, between man, animals and nature. Rose Quartz is known also to purify and open the heart, promoting love and self-love, friendship, peace and deep inner healing.
The Blue Room is imbued with crisp colours and silver accents. Blue is the universal colour of calm, rest and relaxation, and has been specifically selected for it’s properties of communication and finding one’s voice.
The Southern Cross Room is a small cocoon of muted tones and delicately patterned with the dappled riverine light. This room is all about frequency – using Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency Therapy by way of the BEMER device as a way to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, all the while resting in a nature-based, unique and extraordinary experience of deep rest.
The River Room is home to the healing powers of changing temperatures. The River Room houses a floor-to-ceiling slab of pink Himalayan sea salt which forms part of the infra-red heat cabin. This facility is a secluded glass sanctuary and private deck where you have the choice of an equatorial rainforest shower or rapid submerging in an icy immersion pool.
The word yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit and we believe it is the bringing together of mind, body and spirit. ‘Asanas’ is also a Sanskrit word meaning pose and posture. These two philosophies come together during the yoga classes to train the body and mind and bring us into perfect balance.
The classes are suitable for beginner and intermediate levels and are conducted on the Londolozi Yoga Deck situated close to Founders Camp, a wonderful sanctuary suspended high in the arms of a 500-year-old ebony tree. Inclusive daily classes are held whilst nyala, bushbuck and monkeys abound. On special occasions elephants will move through the riverine bushveld below.
Complimentary daily yoga classes are suitable for both beginners and intermediates and serve to enhance the Londolozi safari experience by offering another occasion to deepen your connection with nature and offers a wonderful opportunity to move the body after time in the safari vehicle as well as learn the importance of breath whilst accepting the invitation to slow down and remember.
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“Wildness is raw, unrefined and magnificent in its simplicity. We are healed simply by experiencing connection to wildness. We find our senses refreshed to new sounds as we slow our heartbeat, allowing breath and peace to take hold.” ~ Christina Fox
We look forward to welcoming you to the Healing House. For more reading on why wellness is important, we suggest you use the link below;
“Wilderness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather
than what we are separate from.” – Terry Tempest Williams
At the heart of every Londolozi experience we wrap you up in story, emotion and in some cases an adventure that challenges you and shakes up your life. We have always been pioneers of Transformative Travel and after four decades of delivering a photographic safari experience, we believe that the time is now to create a new space that intentionally facilitates personal rejuvenation in nature.
Great place. Is BJ still there? (I think that is her name.) She gave me a stone elephant when I was last there and I treasure its energy every day. Can’t wait to be back in November with 14 friends and family!