Leobo Private Reserve – Exclusive Bush Retreat in the Heart of the Waterberg, SA.

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Located in the northern plains of South Africa, the highly exclusive, luxury Leobo Private Reserve is seated on over 12,000 acres of incredible wilderness that overlooks the outstanding Palala Valley. This unique bush retreat is situated in the Waterberg region of the country, famous for its historically important archaeological sites as well as the fantastic variety of wildlife and world class safari.

The private reserve is only available for exclusive group visits and can house up to 27 people. The beautiful reserve is the ideal location for a once in a lifetime family holiday, wedding or engagement parties as well as group vacations.

Set in some of the most amazing scenery in South Africa, the reserve offers a whole host of exciting activities while also leaving plenty of opportunity for relaxation and pampering. The reserve is also in a malaria free part of the country so you should certainly not have any health worries on that basis. The bush retreat has its own observatory with a state of the art telescope and observatory, beautiful dining facilities and a variety of lovely boutique accommodation.

Accommodation on the reserve is divided into two main areas. Beneath the observatory there are four bedrooms within the complex, perfect for a family. A few minutes drive away is the reserve’s main lodge where 18 people can be accommodated within eight cottages, each of which is en-suite with its own viewing deck. All of the rooms on the reserve can accommodate children if requested in advance, making this an especially family friendly place for you to vacation.

With activities as varied as quad bike safari tours and skydiving, guided nature walks and night time star gazing, the picturesque Leobo Private Reserve is just waiting to astound you on a visit you’ll never forget.

How to Get to the Leobo Private Reserve

The Leobo Private Reserve is far from our hectic modern lives, hidden in its own secluded world; but despite its remote location getting there is surprisingly easy!

After you have landed at the Tambo International Airport the Reserve arranges all your transport from the airport for you, with several options being available to you. Tambo International Airport is the main sub Saharan hub for international travel, so it’s easy to reach from all over the world; including Europe and the States.

The Leobo Private Reserve can make arrangements for you to take a one hour helicopter ride to your accommodation giving you the chance to get some great photographs and experience panoramic views of the landscape as you travel to the reserve.

Alternatively you can choose to be driven by road to the Reserve, which will take you approximately 3 to 4 hours. You’ll still enjoy the scenery, and although some of the roads may be a little bumpy, it will be a fun safari experience in itself to start your adventures at the Leobo Reserve in Waterberg.

Lastly, if you would like to charter a light plane, you can actually fly to the exclusive reserve from the International Airport and land on the small bush airstrip at this remarkable spot!

What’s the best time of year to visit the Leobo Private Reserve?

If you want to have the best safari experience possible the best months to visit the reserve are between mid May and late September while temperatures are the most comfortable and the bush isn’t too dry.

The hottest times of year, between November and mid March, can be extremely dry and the temperatures can soar to well over 30 Degrees Celsius!

It should be remembered though that the African climate is always a little hard to predict, although when it does rain it will usually rain in the evenings so your days should still be clear.

During the winter months which last from June until August the temperatures get quite cold in the day times and are very cold in the nights and early mornings. This is the time of year to avoid visiting the Reserve.

What is there to do there?

There’s something for everyone in this exclusive safari lodge, from exciting activities such as skydiving and quad biking for the thrill seekers, guided nature walks for children and families and everything in between! One of the things that makes this reserve so special is that you’ll always be there with only your group, so you can tailor each day to your exact wishes.

Children of all ages are very welcome at the Leobo Private Reserve and there is loads of fun stuff for them to get involved in during their stay. The staff run guided nature walks where the kids can learn about the animals and plants that make up the wilderness. Children can also play fancy dress, hide and seek and swim in natural pools! The observatory also has a fully fitted nursery, with changing facilities, ensuite and even a room for a nanny!

Star Spotting in the reserve’s purpose built, state of the art observatory. Spend the evening star gazing through the powerful, fully rotating telescope and experience the wonder of the skies without any light pollution at all! As the milky way sweeps across the sky you can pick out the constellations with ease. It’s a real treat to enjoy the spectacle of the night sky, and even if you’re not an astronomer, you’ll be star struck by the sight!

One of the recently introduced activities at the reserve is the tandem paragliding flights, powered by a small motor. It will certainly get your adrenaline flowing but there’s nothing to worry about since you’ll be with a trained pilot at all times while you fly over the bush and enjoy an air borne safari tour!

The wildlife of South Africa is incredibly diverse but the Waterberg region’s unspoilt landscape is home to a huge array of birds, as well as the game. Enjoy a day bird watching with a guide, who will explain the names, habits and peculiarities of the birdlife you’ll see.

Enjoy the safari, what Africa is most famous for! On the Leobo Private Reserve you can enjoy safari from the back of a truck and even by quad bike! However you choose to see it, the staff can accommodate your wishes and make it happen. Don’t forget your camera though, because you’ll get some picture perfect snaps to take home with you.

As well as boasting luxurious accommodation, outstanding food and a wide choice of activities to suit all tastes, including adults and children, the reserve operates in an extremely environmentally friendly way. Conservation is an important part of the philosophy of the resort and as a result you can really get a taste for the unspoiled majesty of the bush.

With great transport links, friendly staff and a chance to live your own safari adventure, there’s no better holiday for friends, families and group parties to create memories together that will last a lifetime.