Pioneer Camp, Londolozi, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Pioneer Camp at Londolozi


Like the other Londolozi camps, Pioneer Camp is also situated on the banks of the Sand River.

It was here that the Varty and Taylor families had their first camp after a long trek to reach the place. They woke up the next morning to the same wonderful natural landscape that still exists today - no wonder they decided to stay and make this haven their home.

Lodge Features

The three luxury suites at Pioneer Camp are the most secluded of the suites offered at Londolozi, offering the ideal backdrop for a honeymoon or a secluded breakaway for couples who want to spend private time together against the fabulous background offered by Pioneer Camp.

The camp, being very flexible, can be turned into a private family retreat to be used by family groups of up to twelve people. Depending on the first suite to be sold, the camp can be utilized as a family camp with children older than four welcome, or as an adult camp with persons 16 or older being welcome.

Part of the Relais & Chateaux group of elite hotels.


Property Facilities

24-hour Security Bar, Gym (nearby), Internet Access, Meal on Request, Pool Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, Eco Friendly Kiddies Club, Mobile Connectivity.

Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Deck Dressing, Gowns, En-Suite Fan, Fridge, Heater, Internet, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah, Complementary Wi-Fi, Hair Dryer.

Available Services

Credit Card, Babysitting Service, Laundry Service, Room Service.

Activities on Site

Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Catch-and-release Fishing, Massages, Rhino Tracking Safaris. Some of these activities may be seasonal.



Add the powerful elements of nature energy to the yoga experience at Londolozi. Suitable for beginners and intermediate practitioners, join the daily classes or request a private session in your room or in the shade of your deck.


Experience the healing therapy of massage Londolozi style. Choose from among others, Swedish and Thai massage, Aromatherapy and Reiki healing in the Massage Room, the privacy of your room or out in the wilderness.

Bush Walks

Bushwalks are offered during the cooler months of the year. Get the "inside nature" feeling walking in the same game-trails used by the animals.

Bush Breaks and Adventure Picnics

Experience the highlight of the long walks the erstwhile hunters used to do in the olden days, the "Hunters Breakfast" when you are being treated to a replica of this old traditional breakfast, right there in the bush, reclining in a comfortable chair, taking a mind-trip back into bush-history.

Sleep out

Experience the "in-nature" feeling of sleeping under a huge tree near the Sand River. Hear the bush sounds intimately while lying in your bed before falling asleep after an eventful day in one of the world's most famous wildlife areas.


Tracking is an ancient art perfected by the hunters of Africa over thousands of years, with the knowledge gathered in the veldt, shared with the children of many generations of Bushmen and later hunters. An art essential to the success of the hunt as well as man's efforts towards preservation, Londolozi depends heavily on its trackers to follow and interpret animal and poacher spoor. To find and destroy snares and finally. to share some of their art with the guests of Londolozi. During the colder months. guests may be treated to time spent in the bush with one of these tracking artists to see them in action and to get a glimpse of their methods. It is a wonderful experience to share time with such a specialist of nature.

Astronomy Lectures

The trained Londolozi rangers will take you on a late-night excursion to see the wonders of the southern stellar sky.

Campfire Storytelling

Some of the most effective ways to relax is to sit next a campfire at night under the stars and to share life and bush stories with each other while enjoying a good wine or other drink of your choice. Rangers are well-known to entertain with good stories about real and not-so-real adventures that took place in the bush with wild animals and wilder characters as the main stars. At Londolozi this is a great tradition not to be missed.

The Cub's Den

For the children, a special program is in place to help them discover the intricate workings of nature in a way that children appreciate, maybe your son or daughter may decide to become a game ranger after a session with the Cub's Den.


Birding is alive and well at Londolozi with about 450 bird species from the smallest LBJ to the majestic raptors like the Marshal Eagle, Bateleur, Fish Eagle and other amazing birds.

Activities Nearby



Please contact us for our latest rates and availability.

Lodges offer varied rates which change from time to time. Rates depend on service levels, the type of lodge or hotel, number and age of guests, the time of year, location and any specials which may apply at time of enquiry.

Our 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 trackers
  • one group yoga class per day at Varty Camp
  • Fitness Room at Varty Camp
  • Cub's Den programme for children
  • transfers to and from Londolozi airstrip to lodge
  • emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • laundry and
  • VAT

Our rates exclude:

  • early morning departures - rules apply
  • Londolozi "Life" treatments
  • Londolozi "Living" purchases
  • Champagne and cognacs
  • cellar wines
  • premium brand spirits, cigars & cigarettes
  • transfers to and from the lodge
  • airport taxes or landing fees, where applicable
  • self-drive park entrance fee
  • telephone calls
  • gratuities
  • noise impact levy for flights landing/departing before 09h00 after 16h00
  • pilot room (there are no guide rooms) and
  • private vehicle for families with children 4 - 6 years old

Children Policy

Children over the age of four are always welcome at Pioneer Camp (as well as at Varty & and Founders Camps)

At Pioneer Camp, if the first suite was sold to adults, the other two suites will also be booked out to people older than 16.

Children four and five years are not permitted on game drives, unless the family have sole use of the private vehicle which has to be pre-booked, or, they can join our Cub's Den Programme, which is included in the rate.

Children 4 - 11 years pay 50% of adult rate and children of 12 and older pay adult rates.

No children under the age of 16 at Private Granite and Tree Camps, except for exclusive use bookings.