A family-run private reserve set at the heart of the world-renowned Sabi Sands, Londolozi Game Reserve is known for its exceptional Big 5 game viewing and is widely regarded as the best place in Africa to see leopard. And as for accommodation, Londolozi was the first game reserve to become part of the elite Relais & Chateaux group - a testimony to its luxurious camps, fine cuisine and exceptional service.

Over 85 years of Varty family history are tied to Londolozi and its legendary wildlife. Formerly a hunting concession for royalty and presidents, the owners underwent a fundamental shift of consciousness in the early 1970s. Renamed Londolozi, the Zulu word for 'protector of all living things', it became one of South Africa’s pioneering game reserves and through progressive conservation policies has placed itself firmly amongst the world’s leading safari destinations.

But what really sets Londolozi apart from other top reserves within the Sabi Sands is the remarkable relationship it enjoys with leopards. Typically the most elusive of Africa's large predators, leopards are more easily encountered at Londolozi than anywhere else on the continent. Three decades of research have built up a wealth of information about each individual, and over time these notoriously shy predators have become relaxed around the reserve’s game viewing vehicles and offer exceptional sightings.

Guests staying at Londolozi have a choice of five exclusive camps spread out along the banks of the Sand River. The Private Granite Suites are the crème de la crème of the Londolozi accommodation portfolio and can be hired on an exclusive-use basis; Pioneer Camp and the romantic Tree Camp are fantastic for couples and honeymooners while families should opt for the slightly larger Founders Camp or Varty Camp – Londolozi's original accommodation.

Monique Wolstenholme

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