Pioneer Camp


Londolozi Pioneer Camp nurtures the essence of generations of pioneering family spirit and offers the ultimate luxury Relais and Chateaux safari experience. Set on the wildlife-rich banks of the Sand River, the camp has access to over 16 000 hectares of pristine wilderness within The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve neighbouring South Africa’s world renowned Kruger National Park.


Pioneer Camp: An interactive luxury bush homestead

Pioneer camp is designed as an exclusive safari homestead which makes it ideal for families and small groups. Pioneer Camp is the most secluded of Londolozi’s five camps; its expansive deck is shaded by wise old Jackalberry Pioneers, an interactive open-plan kitchen, and enclosed lavish lounge gives guests the freedom to savour their private safari experience. Should you seek company or the like then a serene stroll by footpath leads the way to the Londolozi yoga deck, fitness centre, Londolozi Living gift shop and Londolozi Life massage haven.

Luxury family lodgings

Pioneer Camp’s three generous luxurious suites showcase exquisite river views, private plunge pools, and inside and outside showers decorated with timeless opulence. Glass sky walkways between the suites create optional interconnected family units and a lap pool just below the main deck fosters spending time together sipping gin and tonics in the afternoon heat.


Celebrating the past

In celebrating a bygone era, Pioneer Camp is adorned with deep-rooted collectable suitcases, a restored gramophone, preserved trophies and historical black and white photographs, all sophisticatedly balanced with Ralph Lauren wall paper and modern textured fabrics. An iconic ox wagon is proudly stationed at the manicured entrance to the camp symbolising Londolozi’s primal vision to conserve and protect all living things that began on an adventure by ox wagon in 1926.

The feeling

The camp exudes continuous heartfelt warmth. From the moment you are welcomed by the Pioneer Camp team, authenticity reverberates through every aspect of your safari experience. The precious historical photographs adorning the candy-striped walls, the chorus of the Londolozi ladies choir and after-dinner marshmallows bronzing around the campfire, lure every guest into to the web of the Londolozi family. Within one magical day at Pioneer Camp, your local Shangaan butler will mix you your favourite cocktail and your private chef will prepare your food with love just the way you like it.


The safari experience

At dawn the hippo raucous from the nearby waterhole stirs your slumber just before a gentle wrap at the door delivers tea, coffee and freshly baked biscuits to excite you for the morning drive. Pioneer Camp’s passionate and knowledgeable guide and tracker teams will ensure an unforgettable connection with the wilderness on both morning and evening game drives and are willing to assist keen photographers in capturing special moments through their lens.

The wildlife experience at Londolozi is unprecedented. The expanse of river frontage and savannah landscape provides ideal habitation for lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant, to name but a few, and the birding is nothing short of spectacular.
Between game drives the Pioneer Camp manager will assist each guest in designing their day as they wish. Whether this entails lazing by the pool, learning about the local culture in the Londolozi Village or editing photographs in the Londolozi Creative Hub, each guest can tailor-make their experience assisted by the personalized high-end service of the Londolozi family.

Getting there

Londolozi Pioneer Camp is just over a five-hour drive from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport although Iconic Africa recommends an easy direct flight to Londolozi’s airstrip or a 3 hour flight and quick connection from Cape Town Airport.
For years Pioneer Camp has been the holiday of choice for Terri Abadi (founder of Iconic Africa) and her family. Terri has travelled Africa extensively and yet year on year she is adamant Pioneer Camp is the place she wants to return to over and over again. Each trip is unique, each trip delivers, each trip a life time of memories for her and her family.

Pioneer Camp is highly sought after for special family occasions and honeymoons alike and guests regularly book their next stay before even having left their current Londolozi safari experience. Contact Iconic Africa now to reserve your experience of a lifetime at Londolozi Pioneer Camp.