Varty Camp

Varty Camp

Varty Camp

From ZAR 19950 per person sharing per night

The campfire has burned at Varty Camp for over 90 years, making this place the symbolic heart of Londolozi.

This original camp is a tapestry of brick paths, dolerite rock walls, waterfalls and tangled vines echoing simple spaces with unencumbered river view backdrops. The tones of the camp reflect the owners’ 90-year love affair with this land and therefore place an emphasis on family and heritage.

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Overview

Varty Camp Chalets

Standard Chalet

Superior Chalet

All rooms have private swimming pools and thatched salas framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp.

Each room has its own private swimming pool, outdoor shower and outdoor dining sala framed by timber decks raised off the ground under the shade of an ancient riverine forest.

Children over the age of 6 are welcome at Varty Camp and with some of the chalets inter-leading, Varty Camp is perfect for families.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heater
  • Laundry Service (Complimentary)
  • Mini Bar (Complimentary)
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Outside Shower
  • Plunge Pool
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Safe
  • Sala
  • Shower
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Verandah

The décor echoes the same tones of the owners private homes and their continuing love affair with the earth.

The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp.

Varty Camp is also home to the original Sparta Hunting Camp, our boutique, the Cardio Vascular Room, Massage Treatment Room and our Wine Cellar. Guests from all Camps are invited to make use of these facilities.

Lodge Features

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Battery Charging Facilities
  • Eco Friendly
  • Gym
  • Internet Access (Complimentary)
  • Kiddies Club
  • Laundry Service 
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Spa

No two days are the same at Londolozi and the experience is tailored to suit individual preferences and expectations. There is a certain rhythm and pace to the experience that stirs a sense of homecoming on repeat visits and a pleasing sense of order for first time bushveld visitors.

Game Drives

Game drives at Londolozi are taken by professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers, who amongst them have a wealth of 350 years of experience. With over 15 000 hectares of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same. Trackers sit up at the front of the Land Rover looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers drive with astonishing skill into ravines and through thicket in pursuit of elusive animals, simultaneously wowing guests with their outstanding knowledge and unforgettable stories.

Morning drives and afternoon drives are included in your stay at Varty Camp.

Bush Walks

Suitable for the beautiful balmy bushveld days in May, June and July; there is nothing like walking in a winter wilderness. Drift down a game trail into a dry riverbed. Feel the crisp morning rhythm of Africa with each step on the winding path as you let nature captivate you in her essence. There is no vehicle, no noise and no distractions. This is when nature speaks to you.

Tracking

The ancient art of tracking has been uniquely preserved at Londolozi. The combined wisdom of the Londolozi tracking team spans over 200 years of tracking experience. Our guests, during winter, are privileged to be able to witness this ancient art. On foot in search of the big cats, as well as Rhino and Buffalo.

Birding

The birdlife at Londolozi represents a magic of diversity in perpetual motion and offers the visitor an entirely new frontier in wilderness engagement. A wide array of sunbirds seeking nectar from the flowering aloes is winter’s gift to the discerning birder, not to mention the other 450 species which abound in these landscapes. Many fine ornithologist guides reside at Londolozi.

Yoga

At Londolozi we have added the powerful elements of nature to the yoga experience, using both the natural energy of the location and tailor made Asanas, to create a yoga form which is suitable for beginners and intermediate practitioners.

You are free to schedule a private yoga session in your room or in the shade of your deck. Alternatively, daily classes are held on the yoga deck beside Founders Camp. Please ask your camp manager for class times. We look forward to you joining us to greet the sun and strengthen the vital life of the body.

Londolozi Healing House

The Londolozi Healing House is a place of remembering, a shift from the world of doing into the world of being, a chance to re-discover your own nature and access a deep and natural intelligence which lies within the still core of your own wild self.

The Londolozi Healing House experience will help you to combine the core safari excursions with artful resting, curated bodywork and yoga in the surrounds of the expansive wilderness presence of Londolozi. We have crafted some special activities for true rejuvenation, restoration and transformation.

Working with our trained Wellness Practitioners, Therapists and Wilderness Guides, we invite you to commune with the African wilderness and to find within you a sense of wellbeing. In the hurried world of today, true luxury is time to oneself in search of self-healing and connection to nature. The Londolozi Healing House is a place where time will allow for intangible magic, stillness and contemplation to stir deep within you.

Safari Cuisine

We consider superb African cuisine to be an essential part of the Londolozi experience as well as a vital component of our philosophy. Much of the day revolves around specifically crafted culinary delights along your safari experience.

Start your morning off with home-made morsels on the game drive as we go in search of Africa’s finest wildlife. Before heading back to your camp to enjoy a fortifying breakfast followed by a lazy, al fresco lunch.

To bring the day to a close we have an indulgent high tea, as an appetiser before the evening game drive that includes sundowner treats. After the game drive we then sit down for a traditional fireside banquet or you could choose a private dinner to enjoy the tranquility of Londolozi. Safari cuisine is a key component to your experience.

Ethically Sourced Ingredients

The choice of ingredients reflects our efforts to establish a respectful relationship with the planet. Every ingredient we use is chosen with care, favouring home grown organic produce, free range game, and herbs from our kitchen garden to create dishes that are irresistibly delicious and healthy. Our selection of seafood is guided by the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative and the number of imported ingredients is kept to a minimum. Something that you can be certain of while enjoying the cuisine while on safari at Londolozi is that our choices are all ethical and in line with our efforts to conserve the world that we treasure.

Fresh ingredients, sourced locally and served uncontrived, underpin the Londolozi food ethos of ‘Simply Sophisticated’.  The Chef team of local Shangaan sous-chefs, bakers and bush banqueters produce a remarkable variety of meals with the dedication, passion and flair that epitomises Londolozi hospitality. The lowveld region of South Africa is renowned for some of the country’s best fruit and vegetables, which are further supplemented by our very own Londolozi Village Gardens. Within our Family, we have over 30 independent gardeners who provide – fresh from the ground – rocket (arugula), spinach, mint, basil, lettuce and parsley.  The meat dishes are sourced from South Africa’s leading beef suppliers whilst our seafood selection is sustainably sourced. In line with our light-footprint approach – where practical – imported food is avoided.

Wine

The wine selection at Londolozi is continually being crafted to ensure the inclusion of some of the best vintages in the country. It is always enjoyable to unveil the latest and best vintages that South Africa has to offer. Kim Drake, our passionate WSET Level 3 qualified in-house sommelier, spends a considerable amount of time researching the latest offerings in the interest of bringing to you a balanced and varied selection.

Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • All meals, teas and coffees daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Two game drives daily in open Land Rovers Nature walks accompanied by experienced, armed rangers
  • One group yoga class per day held at Founders Camp
  • Fitness Room at Varty Camp
  • Children - Cubs Den Program
  • Children 6 years and older welcome at Varty, Founders and Pioneer Camps. No children under the age of 16 at either Private Granite or Tree Camp, unless exclusive use of camp is taken.
  • Transfers to/from Londolozi airstrip to lodge
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Laundry service
  • In-room WIFI
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)

Rates Exclude

  • Early morning and late afternoon departures - contact Reservations
  • Londolozi "Healing House" treatments
  • Londolozi "Living" shop purchases
  • Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes
  • Transfers to and from lodge
  • Airport taxes or landing fees, where applicable
  • Self-drive park entrance fees - R310 per vehicle and R140 per additional passenger - subject to change without further notice
  • Gratuities
  • Noise impact levy - R4 500 for flights landing/departing before 9am or after 4pm
  • Pilot Room - R3 500 per night for one pilot, one night only (No Guide rooms)
  • Private Vehicles

Facilities

Varty Camp Facilities Air Conditioning
Varty Camp Facilities Bar
Varty Camp Facilities Bath
Varty Camp Facilities Laundry Services
Varty Camp Facilities Outdoor Shower
Varty Camp Facilities Pool
Varty Camp Facilities Spa
Varty Camp Facilities WiFi
Varty Camp Facilities Private Plunge Pool
Varty Camp Facilities Gym
Varty Camp Facilities Safe
Varty Camp Facilities Viewing Deck