Londolozi Founders Camp

distinctive Camp | Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Set directly on the banks of the Sand River in the shade of mature ebony trees, Londolozi Founders Camp has warmly welcomed adventurers from around the globe for more than 30 years. Intimate and enchanting, Founders Camp provides the perfect base for exploring the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is considered by many safari connoisseurs to offer the continent’s finest overall wildlife viewing experience.

Photo of Lauren Deeley

Our Expert Says

Set among ebony and matumi trees, Londolozi Founders Camp is the ideal blend of luxury and intimacy. This camp, with just seven chalets, is great for families with children over the age of four, or small groups. Outstanding naturalists reveal the incredible wildlife that Londolozi is known for. Keep your eyes open for one of the famous leopards!

– Lauren Deeley


Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Number of Tents: 7

Steeped in the rich legacy of three decades of safari excellence, Founders Camp continues to charm guests with its unique blend of relaxed bohemian luxury and first-rate service. Set on the Sand River, seven air-conditioned chalets exude authentic safari style with dark woods, explorers’ chests and traditional colonial decor. The main area, built on a system of tiered decks extending over the river, provides a bird’s eye view into the bush. High thatched ceilings and a casual, open-air environment make this camp feel like a relaxed home away from home. Take a refreshing dip in the pool before enjoying sumptuous African-inspired cuisine and a bottle of wine from the excellent cellar, as you watch wildlife gather along the verdant fringe of the life-giving Sand River.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool
  • Central pool
  • Spa (extra cost)
  • Fitness center
  • Daily group yoga class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Diners, American Express)

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Encompassing 40,000 acres of wilderness, Londolozi ensures that no two safari drives here are ever the same. As the original South African safari destination, Londolozi has over its more than eight-decade history perfected the art of hiring the very best rangers, trackers and naturalists. This diverse team of experts boasts a combined guiding experience of more than 350 years. Trackers sit at the front of the Land Rover scouting for fresh animal tracks, while rangers drive with astonishing skill through ravines and thickets in pursuit of elusive animals, all the while wowing guests with their outstanding knowledge and unforgettable stories. A highlight here is the world-famous ‘Leopards of Londolozi.’ Featured in countless documentaries, coffee-table books and magazine articles, this well-documented leopard dynasty has thrilled wildlife lovers from around the world. Fortunately, Londolozi’s rangers are all keen photographers and are adept at helping guests capture stunning images of these magnificent creatures.

The Sabi Sand is known for great leopard viewing, healthy rhino populations and the rest of the Big Five, making it a great wildlife destination for all levels of safari experience. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced here. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Buffalo
Cheetah
Eland
Elephant
Giraffe
Greater Kudu
Hippo
Hyena
Leopard
Lion
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
Wildebeest
Zebra
South Africa Sabi Sand Reserve

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 84° F 68° F 3.86 in
28° C 20° C 98 mm
February 88° F 70° F 6.54 in
31° C 21° C 166 mm
March 88° F 68° F 5.24 in
31° C 20° C 133 mm
April 84° F 61° F 1.85 in
28° C 16° C 47 mm
May 81° F 50° F 0.43 in
27° C 10° C 11 mm
June 81° F 43° F 0.12 in
27° C 6° C 3 mm
July 77° F 43° F 0.16 in
25° C 6° C 4 mm
August 82° F 48° F 0.16 in
27° C 8° C 4 mm
September 82° F 57° F 0.55 in
27° C 13° C 14 mm
October 81° F 61° F 1.77 in
27° C 16° C 45 mm
November 84° F 66° F 6.61 in
28° C 18° C 168 mm
December 84° F 63° F 9.41 in
28° C 17° C 239 mm

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Photo: Conservation

Conservation

The name Londolozi is derived from a Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things,” and it is this ambitious conservation ethic that informs every aspect of life here. The reserve has been nurtured back into abundance through diligent efforts to restore river systems and natural drainage lines, and to restock and rebuild the natural productivity of the land. Since 2000, Londolozi has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in habitat restoration projects, overseen by some of the world’s leading experts in rangeland ecology. These efforts include an innovative micro-catchment management program, which helps the land to retain its water and has made it nearly resistant to drought, as well as an aggressive invasive plant control strategy. A huge amount of time, money and effort have also been invested in bush-clearing programs, which have restored a mosaic of habitats, increasing the diversity of animals found in the area.

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