South Africa is a world-class safari destination, with a number of superb game lodges in private reserves offering outstanding game viewing and incredible value for money.

Londolozi and MalaMala are two of South Africa’s pioneering private game reserves in prime wilderness areas along the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.  Both share unfenced borders with the Kruger Park – an immense protected area of more than two million hectares.  We have chosen two exclusive lodges in this region which is renowned for some of South Africa’s finest Big Five encounters, an impressive diversity of general game and excellent bird-watching.

This land has been protected for the last hundred years or so, and as a result, the wildlife is relaxed in the presence of game viewing vehicles.  These private reserves offer the freedom to explore off-road with highly experienced guides.  There are very few other vehicles, offering exclusive game viewing and some of the best photographic opportunities in the country.

Both lodges are within easy reach of major airports.  A few days in Cape Town, an Indian Ocean island retreat, or time spent with rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, could complement this trip, and may be added either before or after your safari.

The safari starts in Johannesburg, South Africa
Light aircraft transfer to Londolozi Airstrip

Londolozi Varty Camp, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – 4 nights

Londolozi Game Reserve has private traversing rights over a vast area of prime game viewing terrain.  Famous for its incredible leopard sightings, this reserve also produces spectacular big game viewing, a huge diversity of smaller species, and fantastic bird-watching.

Londolozi Varty Camp is a stunning small lodge on the historic site of the original family camp which was founded almost a century ago.  Accommodation is luxurious, with elegant suites, private plunge pools and a classic safari style.  The lodge’s unique photo hub allows you to have your images professionally edited and printed so you can take your best shots home with you.  For those interested in community involvement, it is possible to spend time with the local staff behind the scenes at various ongoing projects.

Road transfer to MalaMala

Rattray’s on MalaMala, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – 4 nights

MalaMala Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest private reserves, and shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Reserve.  Wildlife is free to move throughout this protected area, which ensures an almost constant flow of animals drawn to the Sand River, and makes MalaMala’s consistent reputation for delivering world class game viewing hard to beat.

The lodge itself has a colonial feel with vintage touches throughout.  Vast sumptuous suites with double bathrooms and private plunge pools overlook the river, where wildlife is frequently seen.  Expect world class hospitality in a fabulous setting.

Light aircraft transfer Johannesburg
The safari ends in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Price Indication:

Safari Privately Guided Safari
Group of 2 Group of 4 Group of 6
Price Per Person $10 700 $19 100 $14 500 $12 600
These prices are based on an exchange rate of ZAR 14 to the US$.
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What our clients had to say

“The most amazing trip!  All to your credit:  the preparation, choice of accommodations and locations, travel methods, arrangements for kids, etc., etc.  Could go on forever!  Your professionalism, knowledge and kind way with the kids was so appreciated.  We can never thank you enough.” 


“Our trip was absolutely spectacular. I have wanted to see the mountain gorillas for many years and was not disappointed.   Thanks so much for the gorgeous e-Book – special thanks to you, Lee, for taking shots of us at our gorilla viewings.  I still find it hard to believe that I was actually there. It was an unreal/surreal experience.  I might have to do it againJ… I always feel as if I’ve stepped into a dream.” 


…”the adventure from beginning to end was quite splendid!  I loved every moment and felt so well taken care of and safe.  The camps I visited were all unique and all spectacular…I look at my photos and relish in the wonderful memories of a magnificent time.  I feel so blessed to have had that opportunity.” 

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