Fodor's Expert Review Varty Camp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Londolozi's largest camp, centered on a thatch A-frame lodge that houses a dining room, sitting areas, and lounge, has been around for more than nine decades and is the very soul and center of Londolozi. Meals are served on a broad wooden deck that juts over the riverbed and under an ancient jackalberry tree. The thatch rondawels, which were the Varty family's original hunting camp, now do duty as a library, a wine cellar, and an interpretive center, where you can listen to history and ecotourism talks—don't miss the Londolozi Leopard presentation. If you're looking for romance, have a private dinner on your verandah and go for a moonlight dip in your own plunge pool. In suites, the pool leads right to the riverbed. All rooms are decorated in African ethnic chic—in creams and browns and with the ubiquitous historic family photographs and documents—and have great bushveld views. Families are welcome (children must be over six), and the fascinating kids' programs should turn any couch potato into an instant wannabe ranger. Then there's the unique Healing House wellness center on-site. This is no typical spa massage parlor, instead offerings include wilderness walking and ancient forms of sound therapy.


  • gym, photographic studio and healing house on-site
  • great game
  • friendly atmosphere


  • lots of kids might not be for you


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Phones: 013-735–5653-lodge | 010-109–2968-reservations


10 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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