In the grey light that precedes the dawn, steam rises from the cup of your freshly brewed morning coffee. The water of the Sand River moves soundlessly below the Varty deck and omits peaceful steam into the cool daybreak air; somewhere in the Sand River’s depths sounds a hippo’s guttural like laughter, the air abounds with joyful morning chorus and the heady perfumes of the night blooms. Before the African sun breaks the horizon with its golden light, you will be off on your morning game drive – in hope of an enigmatic view of the wildlife of Londolozi’s infamous African bush. Another day dawns at Londolozi Varty Camp.
“Londolozi” originates from the local Zulu word which means “protector of all living things”. This is the way of life at Londolozi! This progressive land and wildlife management has catapulted Londolozi to international stardom. It is a place whose essence can’t be described – where you’ll experience 5 star African luxury, but where you are still made to feel like a part of the Londolozi family. Unquestionably the experience of a lifetime!
Steeped in tradition: Family values and experiences
Londolozi Private Game Reserve consists of five luxurious camps and offers the absolute in first class safari experiences. Varty Camp is the original camp and is steeped in tradition. Set up by the Varty family in 1926, it holds a special place in the Varty’s hearts. The campfire of Varty Camp has warmed the nights of 88 years. Varty Camp has a well-established family heritage, and children are always welcome. In fact, if you give the camp some warning, they can even plan a special itinerary based on delighting your little ones.
Londolozi can be accessed by a half day drive from Johannesburg. However Iconic Africa recommends a simple door-to-door 1 hour flight from Johannesburg or three hour flight and quick connection from Cape Town. We don’t want you exhausted when you arrive at this African gem!
African luxurious accommodation
Varty camp has eight chalets, and two superior chalets built in the beautiful riverine forest on the banks of the Sand River. The living spaces of each of the chalets are raised off the ground and every room boasts its own private plunge pool – where you can refresh yourself after a game drive or cool off in the heat of the day – and expansive wooden deck, looking out into the riverine bush and the abundant wildlife that roams the riverbed below. Your sumptuous king size bed is gracefully draped with soft white mosquito nets to keep you protected while you dream.
The camp’s considerable communal deck is built around a towering, ancient Ebony tree and serves as a main meeting area, where guests can congregate before their two daily game drives. Meals are served in the Boma, romantically lit in the evenings by lamps, plethora of candles and fire bowls, as well as the twinkling of the astonishing African stars. The cuisine at Londolozi is fresh, plentiful and immaculately thought-through, to ensure that each mealtime is a different taste sensation from the local African chefs.
Varty camp is perfect for families, but it is also perfection for a honeymoon or romantic holiday. The Londolozi honeymoon experience is unsurpassable in its luxury and attention to detail. Newly-weds will be treated to an exceptional, personalised service with the utmost privacy, a personalised itinerary, private vehicle, candle-lit dinners on your private deck, and extravagant picnics in the bush can all be arranged at your request!
Varty Camp has transformed the original Sparta Camps into an African Massage Treatment Room. Iconic Africa recommends guests from all the Londolozi camps try one of the extensive Spa treatments to embrace absolute relaxation.
The Famous Londolozi Wildlife experience
Londolozi Private Game Reserve sits in the central Sabi Sands, on the Western border of the Kruger National Park. The animals move freely between the territories to ensure an ever changing dynamic environment. The Sabi Sands is renowned as the best place in the world to view the Big Five: in particular for its incredibly elusive leopard viewing! Londolozi’s expert guides and rangers passion for wildlife is unsurpassed. They will captivate your for hours on end with their mystical ability to read each animals spoor, predict the wildlife’s behavior and track and find even the most secretive animals. Londolozi also offers an on-safari photography course for the aspiring wildlife photographers to ensure you return home with pictures your friends will be eternally envious of!
Morning drives leave before dawn to catch the last of the night’s activities and afternoon game drives depart when the day’s heat has passed. Every evening your guides will find a perfect place to stop for an African sundowner and delicious snacks – a chance to soak up the bush as the night rolls in.
With over 16 0000 hectares of land to roam on, no two game drives are ever alike! There is an abundance of wildlife: including mammals, reptiles, insects and birds of such vivid colours you won’t believe your eyes! Iconic Africa also recommends you organise a guided bush walk, where you’ll get the chance to experience the smaller things nature has to offer and learn a bit more about the ancient art of tracking. If you are an avid botanist, this will undoubtedly be a highlight for you.
It is no secret Iconic Africa behold an undeniable love for Londolozi. Varty Camp is the pinnacle of experiences you can share with you family and friends. Iconic Africa has a long standing bond with the Londolozi family. Let us guide you through a quick and easy booking process with our fantastic rates.
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