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South Africa Safari

Londolozi Founders Camp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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Londolozi Private Game Reserve is unashamedly the most exclusive and luxurious south African safari destination. This South African safari covers 14,000 hectares (34,580 acres) in the heart of the game-rich 56,000 hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Londolozi is a Zulu word meaning "protector of all living things" - an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world and in this African wildlife safari.

Londolozi has at its core, a sense of universal responsibility, not just to the animals and the land that sustains them, but also to the people who call South Africa home and to those who are drawn there from far off lands.

Londolozi, the ultimate in South African Safaris, offers four small, elegant camps (Varty Camp - previously known as Bateleur Camp, Tree Camp, Pioneer Camp, and Founders Camp) and a very private Granite Suite camp, all nestled on the banks of the Sand River, but hidden from view in the dense riverine forest.

The dream of escaping the bell-jar of everyday existence, of shifting into a full appreciation of the moment, awakening the senses and the experiencing balm of solitude – this dream is made real at Londolozi. This is the true and cherished value of time spent at Londolozi.

It waits, unchanging, endlessly offering its wondrous powers of rejuvenation to all who venture in. Here anything is possible; experience the sense of energy, spiritual and emotional upliftment, renewal and revitalization – in a journey of discovery in the wildlands of southern Africa.
“The Protector of All Living Things”

Each camp is totally private and self-contained. The central reception and curio shop are at Varty Camp.

• Voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveller onto the magazine's 2001 annual gold list of the world's best travel destinations.
• Londolozi Private Game Reserve was named Top Safari Resort in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2000 Readers’ Choice Awards.
• Voted #1 by Travel + Leisure magazine’s (USA) annual reader survey on the World’s Best Values, 2000.
• Featured as #1 in the Top 10 Hotels for Service in Africa and the Middle East in Travel + Leisure magazine, June 2000.
• The first game reserve in the world to be awarded Relais & Chateaux membership.
• Voted #1 in the Top 10 Hotels for Service in Africa and the Middle East in Condé Nast Traveler, July 2000.

Accommodation            For images of Founders Camp, click Founders Images
Chalets and Suites: Founders Camp has five chalets and one suite secluded in dense riverine forest overlooking the Sand River. The air-conditioned chalets feature an en-suite bath, shower and a wooden deck. The suite has a stone-laid outdoor shower as a refreshing additional feature.

Interiors: The north-facing chalet rooms are a sand color with mudcloth bed spreads and raffia inset cupboard doors with linen curtains, slate floors and hand-picked African wall sculptures. The artefacts are largely West African in origin. The bathrooms reflect a modern African theme with the use of wrought iron. The suite also exudes an African feel with sand colours and leather with black metal lights.

Living Spaces: You can take a stroll down the walkway leading to a secluded thatched sala (intimate covered deck) lookout point for unobtrusive game and bird viewing. You are invited to peel off your safari attire and float in the swimming pool or socialise in style under the covered lounge area. Founders is a self-contained camp.

Guests are welcome to visit Londolozi Varty Camp's curio shop and orientation centre.

The boma (enclosed reeded area) is on ground level adjacent to the pool, while the dining area overlooks the magnificent Sand River. You can savor Pan-African cuisine - food for the soul. This melange of traditional African recipes is enhanced by Africa's famous spices - saffron, vanilla, cumin and nutmeg.

Bush Banquets: At Londolozi Founders Camp, you can indulge in moonlit bush dinners and private bush breakfasts. Dinners are served in a clearing in the bush under a star-studded sky. The incredible effort, the surprise, the spectacular settings, visual impact and fairytale-like atmosphere of dining under the stars are an unforgettable African bush experience.

Game Drives: Activities at Londolozi center around game viewing drives in open vehicles that traverse an area of some 14,000 hectares (34,580 acres) in search of wildlife, including nocturnal species viewed after sunset. You may request the sole use of a Land Rover for game viewing (subject to availability).

Interpretive Walks: Armed rangers will lead you on bush walks - the quintessential wilderness experience. The Shangaan are renowned trackers of wildlife - a skill honed to perfection among the many CC Africa trackers and rangers. Shangaan people are in the majority in the southern Lowveld and most of the staff at Londolozi come from this cultural group.

Adventures: Your game viewing experience is complemented by many other memorable activities such as:
• moonlit bush dinners
• private bush breakfasts
• guided stargazing trips
• bird-watching
• port served on the airstrip - usually after dinner on a clear night*
• fishing with bamboo rods and "magic bush boxes" for children
• visits to the staff village encompassing the crèche, school, adult learning centre, clinic and craft center
• bush presentations in orientation centre
*If you are wondering why we would invite you to sip port on our airstrip - all will become clear when you are driven there on a cloudless night. What you will see is a panorama of breathtaking proportions. Since the airstrip is on a slope, the ground seems to slip away from you into a massive sky full of shimmering constellations.

Library: For those cozy winter nights - a collection of wildlife books, magazines and videos are available for you to enhance your enjoyment of Africa.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a mostly flat landscape of undulating crests with some rocky outcrops, bisected by the Sand River.

Londolozi is a prime wildlife haven and has been rated the best game experience in Southern Africa. The characteristic species of the Sabi Sand are impala, greater kudu, giraffe, buffalo, lion and leopard. Lions are the only truly social members of the cat family, and sightings of lion prides are the order of the day at Londolozi.

Open water channels and pools are favoured by hippo. Reedbeds are favoured by buffalo and elephant. Riverine forest along the river is green all year round, and is the haunt of leopard, greater bush baby (galago) and bushbuck.

The dainty-hoofed klipspringer and rock dassie (hyrax) are the only larger mammals restricted to rocky outcrops in the Sabi Sand. Chacma baboons use the outcrops as vantage points.

Bird diversity is high, with over 40 species of raptor including Hooded Vulture, Secretary Bird, African Fish Eagle, Bateleur, Brown Snake Eagle, Dark Chanting Goshawk and Giant Eagle Owl. Cuckoos, Rollers, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Shrikes, Starlings and Weavers are well represented. Some common birds along the Sand River are the Paradise Flycatcher, Heuglin's Robin, Collared Sunbird and Green Pigeon.

Open water channels and pools are favoured by Pied Kingfisher and African Black Duck. Reedbeds are populated by Burchell's Coucal, Redfaced Cisticola and various Weavers. Some common savannah birds are the Green Spotted Dove (formerly called the Emerald Spotted Wood Dove), Woodland Kingfisher, Blue Waxbill, White Helmetshrike, Lizard Buzzard, Yellow-billed Hornbill and Lilac-breasted Roller.

About Londolozi
The history of the Varty and Taylor families – the conservation dynasties who have dedicated their lives to saving a small part of Africa’s Eden – is the history of Londolozi. The first stirrings of Londolozi were felt over eighty years ago when two friends and the great grandfathers of the Varty and Taylor clans, Charles Varty and Frank Unger, stood for the first time on the banks of the Sand River. The vision they saw in the virgin bush turned out to be as solid and enduring as the granite rocks anchored in the river.

True to its name Londolozi has become fertile ground for enkindling aspirations for a better future for all, for a planet abounding in open spaces, wild animals and people living together in dignity and harmony. Socially, economically and environmentally responsible; Londolozi is a privately owned game reserve built on solid foundations and almost a century of family history; welcoming to all, exploring new frontiers and exceeding all expectations.

The Varty family values are everywhere in evidence; in the personalised service, the ambience of simplicity and elegance, and naturally in the welcome received on arrival.

Visiting a Londolozi camp is an extraordinary experience, pleasing to every sense and yet unfettered by the materialism that can inhibit a deep interaction with nature. Here guests bask in a sense of belonging and intimacy, seduced by the serenity of the bushveld and vistas of swaying grass, thorn trees, grazing kudus and bright birds in the sky.

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