Waterberg, South Africa

Surrounded by the diverse Waterberg region and overlooking the Palala Valley lies Leobo Private Reserve, this magnificent, malaria-free destination, an 8000 hectare (20,000 acres) estate encompassing rugged rocks, bushveld savannah, natural streams and an abundance of wildlife.

Teeming with plains game, birdlife and a crocodile named Stevie, there are no time constraints, no rules (except safety) and no limits.

It is one of only a handful of sole-use private reserves in South Africa allowing guests full access to the entire estate and all its facilities.

Complete privacy and exclusivity are what Leobo Private Reserve is all about. Leobo, which is the name for chameleon in Northern Sotho is a fitting name for this reserve.

Just like this enchanting creature, guests can change their day at the drop of a hat, pretty much do whatever they want and be accommodated by the most obliging staff! They don’t offer timetabled game drives, rigid programs or meals at set times.

Of course, you can go on game drives whenever you like, day or night – whenever suits you. The Waterberg is a hugely diverse environment offering an abundance of wildlife and is rich in archaeological history.

Leobo Private Reserve has a huge array of activities on offer to guests of all ages.

Some of the highlights include quad bike safaris, off-roading in the Polaris, riding safaris around the 12,000 acre reserve, clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing, a helicopter safari, skydiving from 20,000 feet above the reserve and for families with young children educational walking safaris, fresh water swimming and many other activities all of which can be arranged day by day throughout your stay.

The emphasis at The Observatory is on a personal experience as opposed to a more commercial one found in any other luxury hotel in the world.

The Observatory affords the guest the opportunity to get involved in exciting escapades on offer. The sheer freedom of going off on your own expedition to explore the surroundings and doing what the spur of the moment offers is exhilarating in itself.

This differentiates this particular destination from all others and makes the adventure that much greater.

Waterberg, South Africa
The Waterberg is a hugely diverse environment offering an abundance of wildlife and is rich in archaeological history. It is considered to be one of the geological wonders of the world. Set within 12,000 acres and overlooking the Palala Valley.
This completely private 20,000 acre estate is located in Waterberg mountains, 3-hours drive north of Johannesburg and is a fantastic 4 bedroom home for families and larger groups alike, with an additional guest lodge for a further 18 guests
Main House:
Master Suite with four poster super king size bed,
1 Master Suite with super king size bed
1 Nanny/Guest bedroom with super king size bed
1 Triple Bunk room (sleeps 3 children and comes equipped with a cot)
4 Cottages with king size beds
2 Cottages with 2 x single beds
1 Cottage with four poster double bed
1 Cottage with 2 x bunk beds (ideal for 4 children)
Private library
Beautiful heated infinity pool
Research-grade Observatory with an automated telescope
Roof Deck Jacuzzi
Locally handcrafted furniture and textiles throughout
All meals and beverages included in your booking
Gourmet meals are created by a renowned and expert chef who will be flown in especially to cook epicurean cuisine meeting every guest’s preference and requirement. Fresh, local produce is used
Private guide, house host, chef and house staff
A butler is also on hand to attend to all beverages and to administrate the household staff
Dependent upon area coverage, there is mobile phone signal.
There is complimentary internet (WiFi) access, however due to the remote location of the lodge, the wireless connection can be slow and intermittent
The estate’s private helicopter can be booked for airport collections or for a heady chopper ride to spy a variety of game. Guests can be dropped off at assorted locations for a gourmet picnic

The Observatory Villa
1 Master Suite with four poster super king size bed
1 Master Suite with super king size bed
1 Nanny/Guest bedroom with super king size bed
1 Triple Bunk room (sleeps 3 children and comes equipped with a cot)
Aan exclusive private house, 4-bedroom The Observatory, is designed by award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. The retreat, originally built as the owner’s family escape, is a chic villa that caters to the well-heeled, discerning traveller in search of absolute privacy, relaxation and a whole lot of adventurous fun.
A maximum of 9 people (6 adults, 3 children) can be accommodated in 2 luxury bedrooms. A triple bunk room leads to a separate guest room for a nanny; this selfcontained nursery space has a separate bathroom and kitchenette.
Facilities at The Observatory include a heated infinity pool and rooftop Jacuzzi, a BBQ area as well as indoor and outdoor dining options. There is Wi-Fi access throughout, a 3D TV and a research grade telescope for star gazing. The Observatory also features a library and several lounge areas with cosy fireplaces for the cooler evenings.
The Lodge
4 Cottages with king size beds
2 Cottages with 2 x single beds
1 Cottage with four poster double bed
1 Cottage with 2 x bunk beds (ideal for 4 children)
The Lodge features 8 supplementary cottages for larger groups available at the lodge, which is 5 minutes from the house and sleeps a maximum of 18.
Overlooking the Palala Valley, all of the cottages are en-suite and have their own private deck with spectacular views. Rooms can accommodate children on request.
The Lodge has a heated swimming pool and a sauna. There is also table tennis and a pool table. The astounding expanse of the living area allows guests to enjoy an uninterrupted panorama.
The veranda leads to a heated infinity pool which blends in beautifully with its natural surroundings. There is a mezzanine level ideal for children and, provides an entertainment space for TV or games, furnished with enormous cushions and fur throws.
The Dome
The Dome houses a fully automated 20-inch telescope. Due to the reserve’s remote location, the sky is extraordinarily clear.
A local astronomer can be booked for starlit safaris or, for the more experienced user, there is a selection of state-of-the-art astrophotography equipment for deep sky imaging.
Nestled under the Dome of the Observatory, the library has two levels separated by a staircase. You’re welcome to enjoy any of our books during your stay.
This space is also an office, with an open fireplace for relaxing with a drink.
Things do do
Quad bike safari
With 8000 hectares (20,000 acres) of inescapably beautiful Waterberg countryside and with over 240km of tracks, there is a lot of space to play in. There are 6 sturdy and speedy quad bikes to enjoy the African wildlife and countryside at a slightly faster pace.
You can careen around the farm and get to places you never would in a normal game drive car. You can race wildebeest, stop and enjoy the wildlife close up or just be a big boy as you turn around. There’s even a child’s quad bike as well so your little one can come along for the ride.
Cross Country Polaris
There are got an army of quad bikes and they’re great fun. But those who like to live life in the slightly faster lane; There are got a beast of a cross-country vehicle called a Polaris that takes things a little further.
Strap yourself in for the ride of your life! With eye-popping acceleration, super spring suspension and hi-spec performance, you can pretty much explore every inch of the Leobo Reserve in this awesome machine – on dirt tracks, across the bumpy bush, through rivers, over rocks – wherever you want.
Helicopter flying
Booking the helicopter for part of your stay is highly recommended. You’ll get the opportunity to see some extraordinary sights from a vantage point that few will see.
It also will give your stay a completely different dynamic as some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the estate are only accessible by helicopter.
Riding Safari
There is nothing like taking in the sights and sounds of Africa than on horseback. The staff will saddle you up and give you a guide as you walk, trot or gallop around the farm and really get the chance to see the animals in total peace and tranquillity.
Walk through dams (avoiding the hippos), take a picnic and truly absorb the heart of Africa on board your very own steed.
Cliff Top Mountain and Cave Walks
Ringed by 4km of 60m high cliffs containing all kinds of interesting features such as caves, crevasses and huge stone pillars, this area offers fascinating walks at the base of the cliff with unusual vegetation reminiscent of something out of Jurassic Park! This area is largely unexplored and according to the locals, is an important historical site home to bushman paintings and evidence of ancient habitation.
Cliff Top Picnics
With the most beautiful sunset and sunrises at different vantage points, there are multiple areas where one can enjoy cliff top picnics and sundowners.
Star Gazing
The reserve is blessed with clear skies with no light pollution. The sky is ink black and you will see stars that you have never seen before.
Astronomer Dr. Phil Cal will give you a spellbinding tour of the stars. With his laser pen at the ready, he will point out stars, planets, and constellations.
Ask him anything you want: What’s the Big Bang? Where’s Jupiter? Did man really land on the moon? What’s a shooting star? What is a light year? It really is an evening you’ll never forget.
Gone fishing
Our dams are stocked with a selection of bass and trout and they can provide all the rods and bait you’ll need to hook a fish.
Fishing experiences are made exciting by the presence of groups of an inquisitive hippo. What could be more relaxing than sipping a drink while fishing in one of the dams, listening to the sound of hippos as the sun goes down?
Hippo camping
The reserve has 11 magnificent hippos on the reserve that wallow away all day. And they offer you the chance to sleep just yards away from these magnificent creatures.
The reserve has hand-crafted a huge tree house equipped with a 4-man tent above the hippo dam and from here you can feast yourself on a typical South African braai around a roaring fire pit.
Game Viewing
Leobo is vast reserve teeming with plains game, birdlife, hippos and a crocodile named Stevie. The reserve has none of the big five, making it very safe for families as the children can explore and learn about the bush from Leobo’s expert guides in absolute safety.
The reserve also boasts some archaeological significance and bushman paintings.
Tandem Sky diving
If you’re someone who really loves extreme sports, then how about a skydive above the African plains. They’ll take you by helicopter to 14,000 feet as you look down at one of the best views you will ever see.
Then prepare for an adrenalin rush like no other as you skydive with an instructor attached and hurtle towards earth.
Rock Climbing
From sheer cliff faces to large boulders, there is something for every climbing enthusiast with incredible variety, hard rock formations, many long cracks, and overhangs.
This sport requires a lot of physical fitness, endurance, and skill and they have enlisted the services of a local mountain climbing expert who he can be booked for the day; either as a climbing partner for experienced climbers or as an instructor for people wishing to learn the basics.
These cliff structures and surrounding areas are largely unexplored and ready for some interesting discoveries to be made.
Cliff Top Camping
This dramatic cliff-top position with stunning views over the Palala Valley offers the most remote and secluded camping stay.
Even though there is a lot of adult fun to be had, Leobo Reserve is built around the enjoyment of families – indeed the owner himself has four children.
Your kids will love being on the reserve, and especially will love seeing animals so close up. They will experience and learn so much – from seeing the tracks of a giraffe, to feeling the velvety-soft leaves of the “loo paper” tree; from walking on a rock-hard ant hill, to holding a lizard.
They can swim, relax, play, watch TV or do what they want, but they’ll never be bored for a moment and they’ll sleep like babies.
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$3,430 $3,259/night

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