Londolozi Varty Camp

distinctive Camp | Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Varty Camp is the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi and the place where its storied history began. On this site in 1926, around a blazing campfire, the ideas about conservation that would ultimately restore and sustain this wild corner of Africa were first formulated and set into motion. Although best known for its beloved leopards, Londolozi Varty Camp offers its guests an unparalleled and well-rounded wildlife viewing experience.

Photo of Aly Jacobsen

Our Expert Says

The original Londolozi camp, Varty has been around for more than eight decades! It successfully mixes touches from an era long gone with modern amenities such as private plunge pools. It's one of the lower-cost options in the private Londolozi reserve and in my opinion, it represents outstanding value for your dollar.

– Aly Jacobsen

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Number of Tents: 10

The campfire at Varty Camp has burned for more than 85 years, making it the symbolic center of the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve. Today Varty Camp continues to charm and inspire a new generation of African explorers with its comfortable, down-to-earth appeal and warm, friendly service. Each of Varty Camp’s 10 comfortable, fully appointed chalets has a private pool, framed by a timber deck overlooking the bush--the perfect place to curl up with a good book and an afternoon cocktail. Chalets are built on raised walkways beneath the canopy of a peaceful riverine forest. The camp is imbued with a family-friendly feel, and children of all ages are always welcome. Common areas include a large viewing deck with magnificent views of the Sand River, a comfortable lounge, an exercise room, a massage treatment center, a museum, a curio shop and gallery, and a well-stocked library.

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Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and shower
  • 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
  • Internet available
  • 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 perfected the art of hiring the very best rangers, trackers and naturalists over nearly nine decades. 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
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Sabi Sand Reserve

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

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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


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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