Seated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, in South Africa, Londolozi is a lush safari getaway for those who want to be pampered in the wild. Included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels as selected by their readers, Londolozi is one of the original pioneering lodges of the ecotourism industry in South Africa and an unashamedly family run, standalone operation. The root of the word Londolozi is in the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. The reserve is internationally recognised for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement. World renowned as one of Africa’s finest game lodges, Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais et Chateaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.
A 500-year-old riverine forest throws dappled light on the three exclusive suites and provides a dramatic backdrop for the camp’s celebration of the past. The Old English indulgence reflects their heritage with an African twist. The influences are evident in the elegant cream interiors, silver teapots and Portmeirion crockery. Guest suites are themed with historic memorabilia, telling a story of a bygone era and furnishing an environment of leisurely indulgence.
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At Londolozi, superb cuisine is considered an essential part of the experience and a vital component of their holistic philosophy. Every ingredient is chosen with care, favoring organic produce, free-range game and herbs from their kitchen garden to create dishes that are irresistibly delicious and promote health. As their intention is always to honour the earth, while cooking they ensure that seafood dishes are guided by the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative and that the number of imported ingredients are kept to a minimum. Recipes are a source of great pride as many have been handed down through generations or were created in the Londolozi kitchens, which are the domain of world-class chefs. Londolozi meals are a feast for the senses, whether in the camp dining room, around the boma campfire or in the bushveld under a starlit sky.
There are a variety of activities available to guests of Londolozi Pioneer Camp. Suitable for the beautiful balmy bushveld days in May, June and July, there is nothing like walking in a winter wilderness during a bush walk. The ancient art of tracking has been uniquely preserved at Londolozi, where the combined wisdom of the tracking team spans over 200 years of tracking experience. This is the perfect place to pursue Africa’s most alluring wildlife, whilst in the presence of a master tracker applying an ancient art, miles from any Land Rover. The massage room was designed by a holistic therapist to create a space in harmony with the elements, ensuring a meditative experience that quietens the mind, rejuvenates energy and creates inner balance. Therapies include Swedish and Thai massage, Aromatherapy and Reiki healing. All therapies are available in either our massage room, in the privacy of your suite or out in the wilderness. Other activities include bush breakfasts and adventure picnics, sleep outs, astronomy lectures, birding, yoga, and campfires accompanied by storytelling and red wine.