Ask any seasoned safari-hopper: Sighting leopard on your first-game drive is pure luck. Unless of course you're traversing the 14 000-hectare Londolozi, the best place in Africa to see these otherwise shy, elusive cats. But Londolozi offers so much more than superb wildlife viewing. A family-run affair, staff is of the warmest, most welcoming in Africa, with a passion for the bush that is infectious. The accommodation is also unparalleled: families looking for a relaxed yet luxurious safari will feel totally at home in Pioneer Villa, where the superb children's programme - featuring a private bush school teacher - will turn the most urban kid into an ardent nature lover.
For grown ups only, the romantic Granite Villa is the best in the Kruger arena: three beautiful suites that appear as a natural extension from the granite boulders that flank the Sand River, with private plunge pools that appear to be built into the boulders. The emphasis is on space, light and privacy with large doors opening directly onto the river to create a wonderful integration with nature - close enough to hear the burbling river while lying in bed, dappled by the 500-year-old riverine forest.
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