THE ultimate ‘IT’ list for an unbelievable safari, provided to you by Londolozi. Londolozi is the original private game reserve within South Africa’s Kruger, within the heart of the Sabi Sands. A supremely proud family run business channelling a top eco-tourism destination, no wonder it is top of the list to stay at any of the Londolozi lodges or camps. The name Londolozi comes from the Zulu’s meaning ‘protector of all living things’ and this founding father of lodges does just this and continues to do so with great gusto.

Every guest who stays at Londolozi will have a truly unique, wonderful and very personal experience, always tailor made to the guests wants and needs – guests will always feel they are part of the Londolozi family.

If you are a family seeking for the ultimate experience, Londolozi’s Pioneer Camp is the perfect property for you. And AND this is the perfect gift to all the family for Christmas. One of the main perfections about Pioneer Camp is that it has only three suites which are all used exclusively and ideal for multi-generational families. The decks will be aligned in the traditional Londolozi way with lantern dotted along the edges giving off a warm hue in the evening darkness. The walls of the rooms are adorned with antique maps, kuba cloth, herringbone tweed and crystal chandeliers – but all with an African twist – traditional meets safari. Perfect for that family escape.

Londolozi’s Private Granite Suite has been newly refurbished. Excellent! Who doesn’t love shiny new things! Snuggled low on the banks of the Sand River it is perfectly situated for getting lost in gazing down the meandering river with plumes of water jets from hippos catching a snatch of air before submerging, laughing as they go down into the cool water. The Private Granite Suites are perfect for those looking to hide away from the world and immerse yourself in a cocoon of meditative luxury. From its name sake, the lodge and rooms are flanked by vast walls of cooling granite which are combined with charcoal, silver and big bold materials used throughout the interior design. Magnificently beautiful. Topped off with a deliciously brilliant view from the in-house sunset river bar, which is sunken into the lodge suspended above the river bed where, with a gin and tonic, glass of wine or cold pint of beer in hand, you can watch herds of elephant winding their way down the wildlife highway of the river bed.

It’s not just the private Granite Suites that are new, Londolozi’s Varty Camp has had a small face lift too… so it can continue its long-standing historical relevance of standing on this spot in the Sabi Sands for well over a century. It would be wonderful to know the different stories and discussions that have taken place around the burning embers of the camp fire here. In 1976, its design broke with tradition, with its high thatched roof buildings, cantilevered decks, settled below the riverine trees, very different from the whitewashed huts set amongst the sandy river paths. Perhaps it is your time to continue the camp fire stories surrounding Varty Camp…