Tales of the recent trip to Africa continue with the next stop after our stay in Kruger National Park at Royal Malewane (see previous post). We were transported two hours southeast to Londolozi in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Londolozi is a private concern, comprising 32 accommodations divided among five different camps (based on families with children, adults only, price range). The chef oversees food for all of the various areas. Our digs in the Tree Camp were similar to Royal Malewane — living area, bedroom, deck with plunge pool and incredible bath including an outdoor shower.
This reserve has been in the same family since 1926 and comprises roughly 40,000 acres. The company also operates a tracking academy where both trackers in training and/or those already working spend up to 10 hours a day learning how to find all the various animals — perhaps by footprint but sometimes based on the sounds other animals are making.
Guests are awoken at 5:30am with a knock and (thankfully) coffee delivered prior to leaving on the 6am morning drive. After a luscious breakfast upon return, the day was free. The evening drive departure depends on the time of year; for us it was 3:30 p.m. Prior to heading out, we were invited to convene in the bar area where a selection of lovely food was offered to tide us over until dinner. This is beginning to sound like a cruise ship (any other similarities definitely end there).
One of the high points of Londolozi was the hour offered in the photo studio with expert guidance on how to best edit some of my shots. Of course I “had” to select a few which were printed on canvas and delivered to the room, beautifully wrapped for transporting home. They looked like paintings .. It is a fabulous benefit of staying at this establishment as nearly everyone wants to capture the experience. They also have a variety of cameras and powerful lenses available to guests to rent on the drives.
The hubby and I tried to stick to our guns of not comparing the two safari camps we were privileged to experience but rather savor them both. If pressed, I would say it comes down to personal taste in decor or food; maybe making ongoing connections with other guests. One would be hard pressed to find faults with either, given the attention to the smallest detail and level of luxury provided guests in the middle of vast African wilderness. All I can say is this: If you have the opportunity, go. It is extraordinary.
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