Tucked in amongst the trees and looking out over the lush banks of the Sand River, Tree Camp with its six exquisitely designed luxury suites is the ultimate romantic wilderness retreat. It epitomises elegant simplicity and indulgent repose. Taking its name from the ancient Ebony tree shading the main deck, this is a place of leopards, orchids, lanterns and lead wood trees. The Varty and Taylor families are conservation dynasties, and have dedicated their lives to saving a small part of Africa’s Eden. “Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country” – Nelson Mandela.
The breathtaking wilderness views of this exclusive riverside camp provide a matchless showcase of African excellence and capture the essence of total relaxation. Activities are geared to your needs, and no two days are ever the same. Tree Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 16, unless guests book the 12-person camp exclusively. World renowned as one of Africa’s finest, Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.
Londolozi Private Game Reserve is a wildlife paradise situated on the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which shares a 50km unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. It is renowned for providing some of the best game viewing in Africa.
The reserve has a dense concentration of wildlife, including over 330 plant species, 45 fish species, 30 amphibian species, 110 reptile species, 500 bird species and 145 mammal species! It is home to the Big 5 and is probably the best place in the world to get up close and personal with the elusive leopard. Extensive flora and fauna lists are available.
The luxurious safari-styled suites are spacious sanctuaries that feature Ralph Lauren wallpaper, pebble-inlaid floors, chocolate plaited leather beds and standing candelabras. Each suite has an outdoor shower, a private plunge pool and shaded viewing deck, extending by an elevated walkway into the treetops. Tree Camp embodies the very essence of Londolozi’s continuous striving to transcend and redefine the journey into the wilderness.
At Londolozi, superb cuisine is considered an essential part of the experience, with recipes handed down through the Varty family or created in the Londolozi kitchen. Much of the day revolves around specifically crafted culinary delights – morning morsels on the game drive, a fortifying breakfast, superb lunch, and an indulgent high tea on the spectacular viewing dining deck overlooking the river. The grand finale are the elegant candlelit dinners served in the outdoor dining boma or enjoyed in a spectacular bush setting.
In between game viewing, guests can spend lazy afternoons on their decks, champagne in hand, as they watch elephant bathing in the river below, or relax with fellow guests beside the large main swimming pool. A number of treatments may be taken at the separate spa facility, which is a short walk from the camp.
The adventure picnic and bush breakfast experience is reminiscent of a bygone era when the highlight of any winter morning, after hours of walking, was the ‘Hunter’s Breakfast’.
You are free to schedule a private yoga session in your room or in the shade of your deck. Massage therapies are available in the privacy of your suite or out in the wilderness.
Cradled in the branches of a 1,000-year-old Ebony tree you can sleep out under a clear, starlit sky in awe of an endlessly vast universe.
Londolozi offers spectacular Big 5 game drives with unsurpassed leopard viewing, but this is just one element of your Londolozi experience. Dining, relaxation, and the Londolozi commitment to ‘going beyond’ rounds off this bush experience. Every visit is tailor-made to suit individual preferences and expectations. Seasonal schedules, however, offer a certain rhythm and pace to the experience that stirs a sense of homecoming on repeat visits and a pleasant sense of order for first time bushveld visitors.
Morning and afternoon game drives are led by professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers, who between them have 350 years of experience, allowing them to wow you with their knowledge, move you with their stories, and bring you one step closer to nature. With over 16 000 hectares of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same.
Join the Shangaan master trackers and discover the age-old practice of animal tracking in the bush.
Guided all day bush walks in the company of a ranger are encouraged at Londolozi as a means of truly engaging in the natural environment.
The Reserve’s river systems offer wonderful fishing. Bream, catfish, tilapia and occasionally tigerfish are caught.