Interiors African Safari Lodges

Londolozi is a world renowned private safari loge, founded in South Africa in the mid- 70’s.  Most noteworthy, the stunning interior design of this 5* lodge has been partly responsible for having received countless international “best hotel” awards.  Furthermore, the author has first hand experience having had the privilege to observing the excellent conservation practices that were implemented by John and Dave Varty in the late 70’s.   Lodolozi has stood the test of time as it is still considered one of Africa’s finest luxurious game lodges.
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© Londolozi Game Reserve Accommodation
“During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country– Nelson Mandela
Londolozi is situated on the Sand River in the very heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. This reserve in turn forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a vast and growing area, currently covering 6 million acres and incorporating the famous Kruger National Park.
Map Londolozi Near Kruger National Park, South Africa

Map Londolozi Near Kruger National Park, South Africa

The root of the word Londolozi is the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. The reserve is internationally recognised for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement.
There are 5 Camps at Londolozi.
Founders Camp: child friendly
Pioneer Camp: “It is perhaps the most exciting and adaptable camp we have ever built at Londolozi” – Dave Varty
Tree Camp:  does not accommodate children under the age of 16, unless guests book the camp exclusively.
Varty Camp: the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi. The author of this blog stayed here in the late 70s – since then it has been completely remodeled. 
Private Granite Suites:  The only lodge of the 5 that we will feature in this post; for more information on the other camps follow the link at the end of this post.
The Private Granite Suites: offer an extraordinary experience for the discerning traveller who appreciates the finer details of an African safari. It can be booked individually or as a private camp for six Guests, making it ideal for honeymooning couples or small groups celebrating special occasions.  The Private Granite Suites do not accommodate children under the age of 16, unless guests book the camp exclusively.     
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© The Private Granite Suites at Lodolozi Game Reserve
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© Lodolozi Game Reserve
Bold, inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rocks that flank the camp while conveying the raw essence of Africa. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting in each expansive suite. 
The emphasis is on space, light and privacy while blurring the barrier between inside and out. A seamless integration with nature is achieved with large doors and windows all opening directly onto the Sand River.  Each suite has a private, heated swimming pool.
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© Interior of the Lounge Granite Suites at Londolozi
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© Interior Lounge Dining Area Granite Suites at Londolozi
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© Private Bath on Deck of Granite Suites Londolozi
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© Bedroom Granite Suites at Londolozi Game Reserve
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© Sunset at Lodolozi Game Reserve

Wildlife at Lodolozi:

Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo roam throughout the Londolozi area, while white rhino and lion concentrations are amongst the highest recorded on the African continent.
However, it is the truly remarkable relationship which has developed over three decades between wild free ranging leopards and ranger & trackers which makes Londolozi world famous. There is no disputing that viewing the leopards of Londolozi is one of life’s truly treasured experiences.
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© Wildlife at Londolozi Game Reserve
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© Wildlife at Londolozi Game Reserve
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© Wildlife at Londolozi Game Reserve
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© Wildlife at Londolozi Game Reserve
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© Wildlife at Londolozi Game Reserve
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© Wildlife at Londolozi Game Reserve









10 African Home Decor Ideas

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African Furniture and Decor Ideas

Today, collaboration between indigenous and European artisans residing in Africa, as well as, having access to the world wide web; brought about the fusion of ancient African crafting skills and techniques with modern day functional contemporary designs. South African resurgence in various types of design, duly noted around the world, brought about Cape Town being named “Design Capital of the World 2014.”   The featured image a hand weaved 100% Merino wool rug available at Phases Africa.

1. (image above) African Teak Table designed from recycled rail wood sleepers that use to be part of the original train tracks connecting countries on the continent of Africa, at the turn of the 19th century.  An 8 foot tall Rawhide Lamp designed by a South African artist, each lamp is handmade and no two lamps are alike.

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African Furniture Ostrich Skin Wing-back Chairs

  2. Genuine Ostrich Skin wing-back chairs available in a variety of colours. 

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Dining Room Table with matching benches – Rustic Style

3. Yellow Jarrah Wood Dining Room Table, with matching benches (also created from recycled rail wood sleepers).  The table can also be manufactured in: Panga Panga Wood (almost black), African Teak (brown hue), and Rhodesian Teak (Red hue), all these timbers, are recycled rail wood sleepers.  The genuine Ostrich Skin and Leather Ottoman in burnt orange are also available in a variety of ostrich skin colours.

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African Furniture and Interior Design Ideas

      4. Panga Panga Wood Table (almost black in colour and recycled rail wood) with carved African wood figures makes a dramatic statement in any room.  Can be used as a server, desk or even as a dressing table.  The rope chair is a comfortable seat and a conversation piece.  The Tall colonial gentleman in the right-hand corner is one of Phases Africa’s bestselling items.  We also offer Colonial women, and they can be placed anywhere in your home or office, and especially look great in pairs or groups. The wall decor is a feathered headrest from Cameroon. In the foreground is a hand carved African wood stool often referred to as a Bamileke stool.  Phases Africa, has a wide selection of unique patterns in this hand carved African stools, many not available anywhere ells; as well as, Bamileke Beds that can be used as coffee tables or a decorative item in any room, in your home or office.
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Bamboo hanging lights

5. These bamboo lighting fixtures, designed by an South African artist.
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African Interior Design Style Furniture and Decor

        6. A South African Sculptor created this driftwood coffee table and the driftwood swan sculptor.
         7. Cowhide handmade area rugs – all done by hand.   Phases Africa have several designs and colour choices available on their website.
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Black and White Cowhide handmade area rug

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African Home Decor

      8. These decorative scatter cushions, pillows – are made from felted Merino wool.  The pillows have 100% recycled polyester inners, 100% wool inners can be request. Special care should be taken. Not for use by children or high traffic. Available in a large variety of colours or just one colour.

glass chandelier, recycled glass chandelier, ceiling lights, unique lighting made from glass

Sustainably sourced recycled glass chandelier

9. Sustainably sourced recycled glass, tumbled & then constructed into stunning chandeliers and wall scones in a variety of shapes sizes and


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Hand Chiseled Wooden Bowl

       10.  Wood Vases by a world-renowned artist and master woodturner.