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Londolozi: The Best Destination for a Photographic Safari in South Africa

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Thirsty leopard drinking at Londolozi

If you are a planning photographic safari and want a luxury experience, Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa might be the destination for you.

I rented this Canon is 100-400 mm IS lens at Londolozi

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Scenes from a Game Drive at Londolozi, South Africa

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Up close with African elephants at Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Last month I returned to Londolozi Game Reserve, where I went on my first safari in 2004. The three days I spent there reminded me of why Londolozi has such a fantastic reputation and constantly winds up on lists of the best safari lodges in the world.

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Solo rhino at Londolozi

This time my husband and I stayed at Tree Camp, the newest of the camps at Londolozi and found the room far more luxurious than we needed it to be. We appreciated all the mod cons like AC and dual vanity sinks and the hot tub, but the point of safari is to go on the game drives and see the animals. Tree Camp was amazing, but I don’t think it’s necessary to get the fanciest room at Londolozi.

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A casual encounter with an African elephant at Londolozi

We also paid for a private vehicle, so that we could go at our own pace and hang out with certain sightings as long as we wanted. If I had to pick one splurge, I’d pick the private vehicle over the largest room on safari. This gives you a more customized safari experience.

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Adorable elephant at Londolozi

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Elephants on an afternoon game drive

There have been some changes at Londolozi since I first visited, and they are great. I’ll dedicate a future post to Londolozi’s photographic studio, which rents Canon and Nikon compatible lenses. This makes Londolozi a top pick for travelers who want the best photographic safari experience.

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Pride of lions feeding on a wildebeest

Game drives at Londolozi last about three hours in the morning and another three in the afternoon. If you’ve never been on safari, six hours of game drives seems like a long time to spend in a vehicle. But the time flies on a game drive when you get to see such amazing wildlife activity up close.

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Thirsty leopard

The elephants and leopards were my favorite animals to view. And I got up close with quite a few of them.

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Londolozi is famous for the leopards

One of the highlights of any safari at Londolozi is the seeing the leopards. They are beautiful and amazing.

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Following a leaping leopard on a game drive

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Leopard on the move at Londolozi

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Leopard napping in a tree

Londolozi is located within South Africa’s Greater Kruger National park on the Sand River. This is also in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

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Up close with an elephant on a game drive at Londolozi

Londolozi Game Reserve

Phone number +27 13 735 5653
Email address news@londolozi.co.za

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Armchair Travel Read: Lost in Hotels by Michael Martin

Lost In Hotels is great airplane read

If you’re looking for a book to read this January and like arm chair travel, check out Lost in Hotels by M. Martin. Written by Michael Martin, the brains behind the luxury travel website JetSetReport, Lost in Hotels is a sexy travel romance set in some of the world’s most fabulous hotels.

Left: A day at Londolozi Right: A wounded Leopard at Londolozi

It’s not quite a bodice ripper, more like a hotel robe ripper that takes you on a thrilling ride from the beaches of Brazil to the South African game reserves of Londolozi to the shores of Sicily, and will make readers blush a few times along the way.

Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris (prior to closing for renovations)

I read Lost in Hotels during my long haul flights this holiday season and it made me long to return to Londolozi, where I first went on safari, and the Hemingway bar at the still-closed-for-renovations Hotel Ritz in Paris. It also reminded me how much I want to visit the Villa Sant’Andrea and Grand Hotel Timeo in Sicily.

Lost in Hotels is available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions and is a perfect airplane, beach, or armchair read for the romance loving traveler in your life.

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On Safari in South Africa: Bob Marley and The “Big Five”

Note: Tonight, if all goes as planned, I will be headed to London to catch a flight to South Africa. The trip will include visiting Johannesburg, Capetown, and going on safari at Kwandwe private game reserve.

This will be my fourth trip to one of the world’s most spectacular countries. It’s a very special place te me because a version of the post I wrote below was one that of the first blog posts I wrote in 2010 for then just launched Tablet Hotels Tablet Talk blog, which has changed formats a few times and now longer exists. I’d encourage you to check out the new Tablet Hotels site and their new magazine section.

Bob Marley & The Big Five

It’s a moment I’ll never forget and it happened on safari in at in South Africa. A half-hour before dawn. A local tribesman, who also worked as a security guard for the camp, came to my hut and escorted me to the main lodge. Using his flashlight to show me the path, he stopped and pointed to the nearby bushes.

“There buffalo,” he warned me calmly. Having grown up protecting his father’s cattle, my guard was utterly unfazed by the giant creature a few meters away that could have easily charged and gored both of us to death.

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Cape Buffalo- One of the Big Five game animals

As we continued on our way, the guard began singing to himself, “Buffalo soldier….”

Without thinking, I joined in and finished the lyric, “…dreadlocked Rasta.” The guard stopped in his tracks. It was the first time I’d seen him startled.

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