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14 DIFFERENT Leopards plus 20 DIFFERENT Lions & Wild Dogs with puppies
Reviewed 16 Aug 2021
Londolozi calls it a "camp" and they have 5 of them with slightly different twists and varying numbers of "cottages" but Granite Camp is a paradise of comfort, friendliness, family feeling, gourmet food, lavishly decorated and limited to three couples. You cannot begin to describe the standalone suites with comfortable couches, netted beds with superbly soft linens, large shower and tub inside, huge outdoor shower with a massive plunge pool and towering waterfall, plus patio lounge chairs and wild game passing by below us!

These "camps", which are normally jammed with Americans like us, are not at capacity because Americans want to travel but are afraid ... we found NOTHING to be afraid of. The only hurtle was getting Delta Air Lines a Covid-Negative test within 72-hours of departure and filling out an Attestation Form for South African Immigration saying we were Covid-Negative. On the way back to the USA, the Camp Manager arranged a Covid test with results delivered by email within a day and only Delta cared about that. This was no different than going to Hawaii, just far friendlier! DON'T BE RELUCTANT because the lodges are filling up fast!
Date of stay: August 2021
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Reviewed 25 May 2021

Not saying this lightly, but the PGS camp at Londolozi is probably the best game lodge in South Africa.

The service is top notch, the food is unbelievably good, and the wine selection showcases the best South African wines.

The room/suite is massive and has all the creature comforts that you could possibly need/want.

A massive thanks to the game ranger team of Chris & Euce, who provided fantastic game drives, including an epic rally drive to get us back to the lodge during an unexpected massive storm!

Date of stay: April 2021
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Londolozi Game Reserve, Agency / Consultant at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2021

Dear, Nakkiran

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We are so appreciative of your feedback and are so thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the Private Granite Suites.

We shall definitely pass on your kind words to all the people involved, who will be so happy to hear what an impact they had on your stay. We hope you will be back soon for another visit.

Until then,
Much Love,
Your Londolozi Family

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Reviewed 16 February 2020

We just left Londolozi where we had not returned since our Honeymoon 21 years.
We knew that Londolozi was a special place, as this is where our passion for the Bush had all started. But our (too short) 2-nights stay at Granite Camp was simply out of this world. It was INCREDIBLE. Simply the best we have ever experienced in our 30+ bush experiences over the years.

The suites were unbelievable. Stunningly beautiful. Impeccable understated luxury with fantastic in doors and outdoors facilities and majestic views of the Sand river. We visited all the camps with Phil and although the size and facility vary with price points, the spirit of the place runs throughout, yet each with its specific vibe.

Bruce and Rob were phenomenal ranger and tracker. The best we ever had. They share a lot of complicity and respect ; and complement each other very well. We have had fantastic drives with them, great fun together and we feel we left friends behind. We also realized driving around the property that the sheer size that you benefit from, allows for great variety which is much appreciated especially for longer stays.

Angie, our lodge manager for Granite, could not do enough to delight and surprise us with amazing experiences including bush breakfast and dinner under the stars for Valentine day. The food was absolutely delicious. Healthy, stylish and contemporary. With also a lot of choice which caters for any need.

It was absolutely a 2 night stay to be remembered ! Everything was perfect but what we would like to commend you most for is the value and spirit of your team. They are driven, passionate about their job, generous and sociable. Showing much respect and camaraderie with each other and their guests. Overall classy in a chic casual way.

Our only regret is that we pitched our stay way too short ! We are definitely back soon. And we will make it a ritual to come and visit Londolozi regularly.

As I said to myself as we were leaving : Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

We will always remember the very unique memories we made in just 48hours in your special place.

So thank you and see you soon Londolozi.

Room tip: All suites are similar and all top notch
Date of stay: February 2020
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5  Thank jeansilo
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londolozigamereserve, Public Relations Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

Dear, jeansilo

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review - we are thrilled to hear that you decided to spend your honeymoon with us after 21 years at our Private Granite Suites!

We're glad you enjoyed your suite with its amenities and its view, and that you had the opportunity to see our other camps accompanied by Phil.

Bruce and Rob make for a fantastic pair! They will both be happy to hear what an impact they both made on you. We shall also pass on your kind words to Angie, and are glad that she took such great care of you. We are so thrilled that you were surprised and that your Valentines Day was made extra special.

We would love to have you both back - and maybe this time for a slightly longer stay.
Thanks again for your kind words,

We look forward to welcoming you back,
Until then,
Much Love,
Your Londolozi Family

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Reviewed 3 January 2020 via mobile


Londolozi is the most perfect place of this planet. That might sound hyperbolic but it couldn’t be more true. The world’s best service and luxury meets comfort meets (of course) nature’s greatest wonders. We had never been to South Africa or on safari before so this seemed like the perfect experience for our honeymoon.

After four days at Londolozi we realized no other experience will ever compare - except to return many times. The staff, Ben, Robbie, Nichol, and our safari guides Sezant and Andrea, were all world class professionals. They showed us the heart of Africa and ensured we saw every one of the big five including some up close and personal time with a pride of 18 lions.

The food was second to none, and the rooms (we stayed at the Private Granite Suites) were just beautiful. As magnificent as any St. Regis or Four Seasons I have ever stayed at. Our fellow guest even commented on the experience dwarfing the Gritti Palace in Venice.

The thing about Londolozi is that is pulls on your heart strings. I cried at the site of the amazing wildlife, beautiful landscape, and the little family we built there.

And the way Londolozi empowers the local community is inspiring. I left wanting to give back and find ways to contribute to the fantastic work of the Varty family.

There is a reason Londolozi is the best in the world. Rarely when you visit a hotel or resort does it look better than the pictures, where in Londolozi’s case, the pictures do it no justice. You have to experience the magic of Londolozi with all of your senses. We are already counting down the days until we can return.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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londolozigamereserve, Public Relations Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2020

Dear, M1132TElaurap

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review, your review truly made us smile! We are so thrilled to hear how much your enjoyed Londolozi as well as your first trip to South Africa.

We shall definitely pass on your kind words to the Granite Team as well as Sersant and Andrea (who truly make for a fantastic team). The chefs will be so glad to know how much you loved the food.

It's wonderful to hear that you have felt the magic of Londolozi and that it has played on your heart strings!

We'd love to have you back in the future for another visit,
Until then,
Much Love,
Your Londolozi Family

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Reviewed 19 November 2019

We booked this thinking it was the top of the line of the Londolozi brand in a fantastic reserve. You will be guaranteed luxurious suites, with lovely decorations and an abundance of space. We loved the private pool, outside bathtub, and outside shower. The food was absolutely fantastic with delicious choices and we loved our meal under the stars. Interestingly, this was our one stop out of four that did not seem to acknowledge our honeymoon. The staff seemed nice enough but none of our moments seemed overly personalized or anything. There are three rooms and six guests total, so I would have assumed that we would have felt ‘cared for’ at every moment. Certainly, the service was good but never felt ‘special.’ For example, we asked a favor to borrow a memory card reader from the Camp Manager... and we never heard from him so we had to sort it out. I have a food aversion/intolerance that seemed to never come up, but at our dinner under the stars, Winstance was quietly and thoughtfully one step ahead of me with a dish just for me - that moment was a service highlight for sure. Each of our game drives certainly got us a cool spotting, but we felt like the pace was incredibly slow and we were frequently feeling like we had to cue the tracker when we felt like we were just dilly-dallying at a place. We weren’t convinced the team was keeping us moving quite enough to see all that Sabi Sands has to offer. Overall, it was a visually stunning and absolutely delicious stop, but with game drives being our main focus along with booking a 3-suite stop in the interest of a special lifetime highlight, it fell a little short. We assume every guest will find a lot to enjoy at Londolozi, as we did.

Date of stay: October 2019
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1  Thank Sara K
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londolozigamereserve, Public Relations Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2019

Dear, Sara K

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review on your stay. We are so glad to hear that you found the Granite Suites luxurious and were able to make use of the private pool, outside bath tub and shower. We shall pass on your kind words to our chefs and to Winstance.

We do, however, apologise for the experience you had with your Camp Manager and Ranger and Tracker Team. We are disappointed to hear your feedback and are wanting to tend to it as soon as we can. We’d be most appreciative if you could email our General Manager, Duncan, to let him know more about your experience so that we can rectify and improve. His email: duncan@londolozi.co.za

Thanks again for your feedback,

The Londolozi Family

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Reviewed 4 September 2019

This was our second visit and couldn't imagine how they could top the first, but they did. Veronica made sure our every need was taken care of and surprised us with some very special moments along the way. Londolozi is such a special place - the care that everyone there has for the animals, the earth and for each other - it just sucks you in and makes you never want to leave. We had the VERY BEST tracker and ranger - Freddie and Paul - who made each drive a unique experience. I can't say enough about the people or the place - it is heaven on earth. Can't wait to go back again! Thank you Londolozi!

Date of stay: July 2019
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londolozigamereserve, Public Relations Manager at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2019

Dear, bustraveler050

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, it's wonderful to hear about your time at our Private Granite Suites.

We shall pass on your kind words to Victoria, Freddie and Paul, who will be very pleased to hear what a lovely time you had with them. We are so glad we were able to top your first trip, and hopefully we'll do the same for your third.

We look forward to having you back for another visit,
Until then,

Much Love,
Your Londolozi Family

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