What should you expect when visiting Londolozi for the first time? Being out in the wilderness and with the animals on safari will be the most important part of your stay with us. As you prepare for your trip, you should also be aware that Londolozi is a living village and community with many activities and experiences that you don’t want to miss out on between your safari excursions. We want to prepare you as much as possible for the magical adventure you are about to embark on.
We have listed some frequently asked questions below to help you prepare for an unforgettable adventure with us.
What will Londolozi be like?
No two days are the same at Londolozi and the experience is tailored to suit individual preferences and expectations. There is a certain rhythm and pace to the experience that stirs a sense of homecoming on repeat visits and a pleasing sense of order for first-time bushveld visitors. Life at Londolozi is dictated by the seasons; the vegetation and the animal behaviour shift with the rains of summer and the chill of winter. What is unchanging is the warmth of your welcome by your Londolozi Family and the opportunity to experience a deep and authentic connection with the natural world.
Why choose Londolozi?
By choosing Londolozi, our guests can indulge in an extraordinary safari experience that combines unrivalled wildlife encounters, exceptional hospitality, and a deep respect for the natural world.
Londolozi is situated on the banks of the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. Going on safari at Londolozi allows you to have an exclusive and luxurious experience of the area.
As a luxury private game reserve, Londolozi is world-renowned. Famous for its Londolozi Feeling, although hard to describe, it could be translated to a combination of experiential luxury surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Sabi Sands, all the while feeling completely at home within this wilderness.
“We believe in safari as a journey that immerses the senses and awakens the spirit. To have an encounter with wild animals in the African bush is to discover an essential truth about ourselves and our world. For all of us who live the Londolozi feeling, our deepest wish is to give you the chance to experience this for yourself” – Shan Varty
A much-loved experience is the opportunity to see the legendary Leopards of Londolozi. Bathe in the Private Granite Suites as a herd of elephants walk by, explore a re-imagined education model for Africa, or have a private picnic in the tree tops overlooking the Sand River – this could be your ultimate luxury safari experience.
What to pack?
Deciding what to pack on your African safari can be a daunting exercise if you are a first-time safari-goer. In order for your safari experience to be as enjoyable as possible, we have put together a small list of essentials to assist you with what to pack for your African safari.
The Golden Rule to remember is that safari should always be more about comfort than style, however, it is very possible to do both! Whether you are arriving in the heat of summer or visiting during the balmy winter days, an awareness of what to expect will aid you in bringing along worthwhile items and leaving behind the things that don’t matter as much. The beautiful South African weather provides for warm days and cooler evenings. We recommend packing light, comfortable clothing with neutral colours and breathable fabrics. (Our inside tip for great safari packing is layers!) We advise bringing warm layers for the early morning and evening game drives, and be sure to pack your swimming costume for a dip in your private plunge pool! In addition to this, we offer a daily, complimentary full laundry service
Read more here for a comprehensive list of what to pack for your safari at Londolozi.
Rent Photographic Equipment, so that it’s waiting in your room on arrival…
If you fancy travelling light, rest assured, our Londolozi Living Boutique and Photographic Studio is stocked with the latest greatest items and camera gear – we have you covered! Choose from an array of state-of-the-art photographic equipment to rent during your stay (it will be waiting in your room on arrival – no need to carry those heavy cameras).
Londolozi Safari Boutique
Many of our signature pieces are one-of-a-kind creations made at Londolozi and have been personally selected so that each artifact is, in itself, a story. There is also a carefully selected collection of art and wildlife reference books, personal biographies and world famous wildlife bronze sculptures. All of these bespoke, hand-picked items can be wrapped and/or shipped to your guest’s home address upon request.
Fitness & Movement at Londolozi
Londolozi’s fully equipped gym allows for a perfect workout, complemented by a daily routine of eating well and relaxing into harmony with nature. 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.
Private yoga sessions are also available and can be arranged on the main yoga deck or privately at your room. This personalized yoga session is for those already on their own yoga journey and therefore the level of difficulty and length of class is paced to suit your preference.
Londolozi Wellness: The Londolozi Healing House
The Londolozi Healing House experience will help you to combine the core safari excursions with artful resting, curated bodywork and yoga in the surroundings of the expansive wilderness presence of Londolozi.
We have crafted a variety of unique and special activities for true rejuvenation, restoration and transformation, all delivered by our diverse and highly experienced wellness practitioners and associated community of healers.
To book your healing house treatments ahead of your trip, click this link here.
Londolozi Futuristic African Village:
Londolozi’s Futuristic African Village is an atmosphere of profound beauty, enchantment, care, trust and kindness. It’s about creativity and the expression of personal essence in a place that accelerates the awakening.
While visiting Londolozi you can experience this and witness our Futuristic African Village by going on a Village Walk in between game drives – the perfect way to get to see the behind the scenes, Londolozi’s way of retro-African living and permaculture in action.
On your Village Walk you’ll experience:
- The Flywheels of Sustainability,
- Walk through Freedom’s Way in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela
- Experience A Celebration of Heritage In the Traditional Shangaan Village,
- Gather in Ubuntu Hut for talks shared by Londolozi’s leaders, and community members
- Our Learning Centre – Londolozi’s Live Lab
- The Creche
- The Londolozi Clinic
- Indigenous Nursery
- Vegetable Gardens
- Renewable Energy
Can I get involved in community projects at Londolozi?
As a guest at Londolozi, you have the opportunity to make a meaningful ripple effect on the local community through the Londolozi Ripple Fund, which supports a range of community projects. By getting involved, you can contribute to initiatives that aim to uplift and empower the neighbouring communities surrounding Londolozi. You can participate in helping to enhance access to quality education for young learners through the Good Work Foundation. You can engage in projects that promote conservation and environmental sustainability, through the Tracker Academy and Rhino Guardians. By supporting sustainable livelihoods, the Ripple Fund helps create opportunities for local entrepreneurs to develop skills, start businesses, and achieve economic empowerment. Through the Ripple Fund, guests at Londolozi have the chance to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of the local community, leaving behind a ripple effect of change and progress.
Travelling with children to Londolozi
Do we have a cast iron Children’s Program? No – better than that, we have a Londolozi Children’s Philosophy that will search your child’s departure point to tremendous fun and an unforgettable life experience.
*Varty and Founders camp both accommodate children between the ages of 6 and 16 years old. Children of 6 years and over are welcome on game drives.
On Safari at Londolozi
Londolozi is a unique place where you can disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature on a private reserve that possesses vast land to explore and traverse. Game drives at Londolozi are taken by professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers, who have 350 years of experience between them. They are dedicated to providing our guests with an educationally enriching safari experience. With over 34,000 acres of traversing wilderness, and limited vehicles, no two game drives are ever the same. Guided bush and birding walks are a must if you’d like to get even more up close and personal with Africa.
Please note, that as we are a small family run lodge, we recommend prebooking for non inclusive activities such as photographic equipment, private photographic sessions in lightroom, and Healing House treatments.