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Leobo Private Reserve, South Africa

Overlooking the Palala Valley in South Africa, Leobo is a luxuriously chic private reserve offering incredible views of the vast grasslands – with all the African wildlife you could ask for. Whether you want to unwind by the pool or try something a bit more exhilarating, such as Hippo camping or a quad bike safari, Leobo has the whole package. You can choose to stay in either the Lodge, which sleeps up to 18 in eight cottages, or the Observatory, which sleeps up to nine in a state of the art house designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and even includes your own personal butler.

Location

Situated in the heart of the Waterberg region of South Africa, Leobo is settled in 12,000 acres of breath-taking African wilderness, in a Malaria free private reserve. If the three hour road trip from Johannesburg doesn’t appeal, just hop on a helicopter and you’ll be dropped off in just under an hour.

Your room

The eight cottages of the Lodge have beautifully furbished bedrooms – think dark wood, thatched roofs and crisp white linens – rustic African opulence. The lodge comes with its own Boma; a true African dining experience, with delicious fire-roasted food, perfect for relaxing at the end of your day with a glass of South African wine. Each cottage has an en-suite bathroom and private deck; and both the lodge and observatory have their own private swimming pool overlooking the reserve.

Our favourite though has to be The Observatory, which sleeps up to nine people and is ideal for large families. With breath-taking views, a pool and sun-deck area, you can unwind after a long day out in the bush still surrounded by the pristine African wilderness. Serviced by a butler, maid and chef your every whim is catered for at The Observatory. As night time falls you can nip up to your own automated Observatory that’s the perfect spot for stargazing.

Why we like it

Leobo is for exclusive hire so you’ll have the whole 12,000 acres to yourself (and your lucky guests) to enjoy the tranquil settings undisturbed. Your private chef will cook you incredible dishes to your taste, with the freshest, locally sourced produce – it’s up to you whether you eat inside, outside or at one of several locations in the bush.

For those wanting to get up close to nature, try Hippo camping – in a four man tent on top of a huge hand crafted tree house above the Hippo dam – and from here you can indulge in a typical South African braai around a roaring fire pit while you watch the Hippos wallow in the water.

If sleeping with the Hippos isn’t quite up your street, try a starlight safari with local astronomer Dr Phil Calcot. With virtually no light pollution the views of the night sky are simply awe-inspiring.

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