South African Lodges

Leobo Private Reserve

Leobo Private Reserve
Palala Valley
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Lodge Type

Overlooking the Palala Valley in the Waterberg region of South Africa's Limpopo Province nestles the Leobo Private Reserve. Stretching over 8010 hectares which are home to bushveld savannah, rugged rocks and natural streams, an abundance of wildlife can be found here. This reserve with its two lodges is available for exclusive hire all year round.

Plains game, magnificent bird life, hippos as well as a crocodile named Stevie, lodge prides itself to provide no time constraints, no rules (except safety) and no limits. Guests enjoy full access to the entire reserve, its estate and all its facilities. Complete privacy and exclusivity while enjoying the fun and exciting activities is what this Private Reserve is all about.

An exclusive private house, is a three-suite retreat, catering to discerning travellers in search of relaxation, absolute privacy, and a whole lot of adventurous fun.  A maximum of 9 guests can be accommodated in two luxury bedrooms as well as a triple bunk room which leads to a separate guest room. The Lodge sleeps a maximum of 18.


  • The Observatory (max 9 guests for 6 adults and 3 kids)
  • The Lodge (max 18 guests for 14 adults and 4 kids).


  • Quad bike safari
  • Cross Country Polaris
  • Helicopter flying
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Horseback riding safari
  • Stargazing
  • Fishing
  • Hippo camping
  • Game viewing
  • Tandem skydiving
  • Clifftop mountain and cave walks
  • Clifftop picnics
  • Rock climbing
  • Clifftop camping
  • Fishing
  • Fly camping
  • Kayaking
  • Leobo Helicopter sundowners.

The Reserve has been established to provide great enjoyment for families whereby children have the opportunity to encounter wildlife close by and learn about the bushveld. Identity tracks of a giraffe, feel the velvety-soft leaves of the 'loo paper' tree, walk on a rock-hard ant hill and hold a lizard.

Children activities:

  • Game drives
  • Walking and exploring
  • Wildlife encounters
  • Swimming
  • Playing and games
  • Reading
  • Watch TV.

The Observatory Lodge

The Observatory was designed by the award-winning architects Lesley Carstens and Silvio Rech is an ideal getaway suitable for families with children as well as couples. Breathtaking views, state of the art facilities and the ultimate in luxury best describe this villa in the bushveld. Serviced by a maid, butler as well as a chef, guests enjoy a heated infinity swimming pool while a jacuzzi awaits on the roof. The automated Observatory is perfect for stargazing.


Leobo lodge is booked on an exclusivity basis only meaning that during your stay, no other guests are present. This lodge can accommodate a total of 9 guests, made up of 6 adults and three children.  Additional rooms for more guests, families or nannies are present which sleeps a maximum of 18 guests (14 adults and four children).

Facilities and Features

  • Fully stocked bar
  • Heated infinity swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fireplace
  • BBQ area/braai
  • TV Room with 3D TV, DVD player, Satellite and DSTV
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Nursery with a triple bunk bed
  • Research grade observatory with automated 20-inch telescope
  • WiFi
  • Inside and outside multi-room music system
  • Portable music system
  • Lounge and library
  • Safe.


  • Thermal imaging equipment for night time game viewing
  • 2 x 700cc racing quad bikes
  • Polaris Buggy
  • Quad bikes
  • Motorbikes
  • Mountain bikes
  • Game viewing vehicle
  • Fishing equipment
  • Horses.

The Lodge

This bushveld getaway is the perfect destination for a special celebration, a long-awaited family reunion, a small executive getaway or incentivized trips for corporate travellers. With professional staff paying particular attention to every requirement and nature offering a splendid setting, this African bush venture will not be forgotten. This lodge is available for exclusive hire all year round.

This camp reflects a comfortable rustic feel with two open fireplaces and great space for relaxation, on two levels. The large dining room table can seat fourteen guests while the outside dining table with a large parasol offers outdoor dining at its best with beautiful views over the bush. Delicious dining can be enjoyed inside, on the outdoor deck which is complete with a sunken seating firepit or in the boma where diners around a fire under the stars.

The covered terrace with sofas offers several ideal places for sunbathing and relaxing during the warm afternoons. The swimming pool, which is carved into the side of a hill, offers welcoming refreshment.


The Lodge accommodates a total of 18 guests in beautiful chalets which provide scenic views over the reserve's valley. These well-appointed rooms can accommodate children. The camp's eight cottages are on the side of the escarpment.

Four chalets are equipped with king size beds, two cabins with two single beds, one chalet with a four-poster double bed which sleeps one guest comfortably and one cottage with two bunk beds ideal for four children. Each of the rooms provides en-suite bathrooms which reflect warm copper features.

From the wooden deck outside, never-ending vistas towards the vast horizon can be admired. During the evenings and night, lanterns provide a cheerful glow to the wooden paths which lead up to the doors of the chalets.

Facilities and Features

  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Fully stocked bar
  • Pool table and table tennis
  • Music system
  • WiFi
  • Boma and fire pit
  • Sunset deck
  • TV with Satellite
  • Safe
  • Telescope


Exciting activities are on offer for which guests are welcome to set the times. Game drives through the reserve are conducted either on the Landrover or a quad bike, adding to the excitement of guests while enabling a close-up game viewing experience.

Led by an experienced guide at whatever pace guests choose, one can admire giraffes, zebras, Cape buffaloes, hippos and an occasional leopard sighting. Furthermore, the reserve is home to large herds of buck including impala, wildebeest, kudu, eland, red hartebeest, blesbok, steenbok, gemsbok, tsessebe and nyala.

Fishing is available in one of the dams where the hippos laze. For the more adventurous guest, the helicopter can be booked for an unforgettable flight over the hills and the surrounding valleys. Target shooting with sniper rifles is fun for the competitive guests who enjoy group activities and team-building.

  • Quad bikes
  • Motorbikes
  • Polaris Buggy
  • Mountain bikes
  • Game viewing vehicle
  • Game Ranger
  • Fishing equipment
  • Horses

Below detailed information about the Leobo Private Reserve is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Bathrobe
  • Butler service
  • CD player
  • Dining Room
  • Direct dial telephone
  • DVD player
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Full DSTV Bouquet in each room
  • Gown & slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Microwave
  • Mini bar
  • Private plunge pool
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Terrace
  • WIFI

Swimming Pool

The lodge has a magnificent heated, rim-flow swimming pool overlooking the escarpment.  It is the perfect location from which to enjoy sundowners and where to take a refreshing dip.


The state-of-the-art observatory with a 20-inch telescope that is automatically operated, affording magnificent views of the universe.  Guests have the unique opportunity to observe the stars through the lens of the lodge's observatory grade telescope while dressed in a space suit.

  • Helicopter
  • Tandem skydive from helicopter
  • Solo Skydive from helicopter
  • Spa Treatments
  • Elephant riding safari
  • Rock Climbing with expert
  • Snake Lecture with live snakes
  • Starlight safari with Phil Calcot
  • Big 5 Game Drive at Entabeni
  • $1m Golf Hole at Entabeni
  • Scorpion & Spider professional guide.
Tandem Paraglider Buggy Flights

The Paraglider buggy is an incredible mini-aircraft. Guests can experience the excitement of its manoeuvrability and the thrill of its ability to fly very close to the ground, drop low into the Palala River and fly hi-speed just centimetres above its surface.

Using a regular Paraglider wing, the Paraglider buggy at Leobo can also thermal with the Eagles like a Paraglider.   No experience is required to participate this thrilling activity, no age restrictions.  The maximum passenger weight is 95kg.

Helicopter flights
  •  Heli Camping (includes helicopter drop off, tent, fire and meals/min flying: 1 hr)
  •  Heli Fishing (includes helicopter drop off, guide, tackle and lures /min flying: 1 hr)
  •  Cliff Top Heli Picnic (includes helicopter drop off, picnic meal and drinks / min flying: 30 mins)
  •  Heli Sundowners (includes helicopter drop off, snacks and drinks/min flying: 30 mins)
  •  Sky Diving Solo, Tandem (min flying: 1 hr)
  •  Heli Fishing (includes helicopter drop off, guide, tackle and lures/min flying: 1 hr)
  •  Scenic Flights (includes helicopter flight over the reserve/min flying: 30 mins)
  •  Heli Paintballing (includes paintball guns and ammunition/min flying: 30 mins)
  •  Heli Kayaking (includes helicopter drop off and guide/min flying: 30 mins).

Scenic Flights

 It’s lovely to be driven around the farm on a Land Cruiser as you see the wildlife close up. But if you want to take it up a notch, why not strap yourself into a helicopter and be flown around at low altitude over the reserve, yards above the flat-topped acacia trees, looking out for giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippo, wildebeest or any of our wonderful collection of animals. You’ll get the opportunity to see some extraordinary sights from a vantage point that few will see. Min flying: 30 mins


If you’re someone who loves extreme sports, then how about a skydive above the African plains. You will be taken by helicopter to 20,000 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.

Heli Fishing

With 8Km of the river, you can enjoy flying up the river to untouched fishing territory an authentic ‘Gone Fishing’ feel. Our dams are stocked with a selection of bass and trout, and the Lodge 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 the inquisitive hippo.

What could be more relaxing than sipping a drink while fishing in one of the dams and listening to the sound of hippos as the sun goes down? We are proud to report that we regularly catch a bass over 2kg. Min flying: 1 hr

Heli Sundowners

You’ll get the opportunity to fly up and see some extraordinary sights from a vantage point that few will see. Land on the cliff tops overlooking thousands of acres of wilderness to watch the sun sink behind the clouds with a 360 degrees view. Min flying: 30 mins

Heli 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. Min flying: 30 mins

Heli Paintballing

This is adrenaline to the max! A day out paintballing is always good craic, but shooting at guys on quad bikes is ridiculously cool! Min flying: 30 mins

Heli Kayaking

Why not jump in the helicopter with the two kayaks and fly to the top of the untouched 8km stretch of the Palala river. Our kayaks that are suited for the 8km stretch of the river. There are long, slow deep parts interspersed by rapids and depending on the rain; river levels may be high enough to get some good white water in some of the sections. The kayaks are equipped with fishing rod holders for those who would like to combine fishing while gliding down the river. Min flying: 30 mins

Heli Shopping

For those of you wishing to spend the day pampering and shopping, you are an hour’s flight from Johannesburg’s top shopping centres and malls.There is a fantastic range of local and global shops together with great day spas. Min flying: 2 hrs.

  • Barbeque & braai area
  • Hotel Bar
  • Jacuzzi
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Observatory
  • Parking
  • Rooftop Pool and Deck
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • 24 Hour room service
  • Babysitting
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Braai & Barbeque
  • Butler service
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Laundry services
  • Safety deposit box
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • The Leobo Private Reserve lies in a malaria free region of South Africa.  Wildlife, which is home here, are a giraffe, zebra, Cape buffalo, hippo and the occasional leopard sighting. A large variety of buck roams here which include impala, wildebeest, kudu, eland, red hartebeest, blesbok, steenbok, gemsbok, tsessebe and nyala.

Available Rooms

Leobo Lodge (1 - 8 guests)

# Rooms:

This Lodge will allow a total of 17 guests to stay, and it is required that the entire facility is block booked. Therefore, guests are assured of absolute exclusivity and privacy.

The rooms at the Lodge are very spacious and have been beautifully decorated and appointed to ensure relaxation at its best. The bedrooms offer fireplaces, air-conditioning and scenic views of the valley, rolling hills and distant horizon.  The accommodation is a maximum of 18 guests including children in 8 separate cottages.

Lodge Cottages:

  • 4 Cottages with king size beds
  • 2 Cottages with 2 x single beds
  • 1 Cottage with four poster double bed (sleeps one comfortably)
  • 1 Cottage with 2 x bunk beds (ideal for four children).

Cabin features:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Entertainment system
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • International adaptors
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.
Single Room R69120
Double Room R69120

The Observatory (1 - 4 guests)

# Rooms:

Besides the Lodge, accommodation at the Leobo Private Game Reserve is provided at The Observatory Lodge, which accommodates nine guests in total.  It is required that the entire facility is block booked and as such, guests enjoy complete exclusivity and privacy.

The rooms at The Observatory Lodge are very spacious and feature unique decor.  All bedrooms provide safes, fireplaces, air-conditioning and magnificent views of the surroundings.

The bedrooms and bathrooms offer luxurious spaces with both main bathrooms featuring baths and showers and the master bedroom offering guests an outdoor shower.  Exclusive towels, robes, as well as slippers and robes, are provided. The lodges electrical outlets serve appliances from Europe, the UK and South Africa.  Each of the bedrooms has a safe.

The veranda which leads to the outdoor, heated infinity swimming pool offers a perfect place for relaxation in comfortable sun beds.

Room features:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Entertainment system
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • International adaptors
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee station.
Single Room R69120
Double Room R69120

Leobo Private Reserve Specials

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.156584

Longitude: 28.399425


Directions from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport to the Leobo Private Reserve:

It takes about 3 and a half hours from Johannesburg.

Take the R21 North to Pretoria, and then the N1 north to Pretoria and Polokwane (Pietersburg).
Carry on with the N1 past Pretoria heading north.
At the third tollgate, exit far left towards Modimolle/Marble Hall (Nylstroom direction) (R33).
Drive straight through Modimolle (Nylstroom) towards Vaalwater, about 70km.
In Vaalwater at the first and only 4way stop turn right.
Drive for approximately 33 km past Eventieria/Mpatamacha game pens and take the next turn off to the right that reads Sondagsloop (green sign). This is a gravel road (about 11km).
Drive to a T junction and turn right past Waterberg Game Park.
2km further you will go through a security checkpoint. 2km further you will get two signs reading Ditoro, Sediba and Leobo. At these signs turn into the gate on your left.
At the next sign reading Leobo, turn right fork. Leobo Lodge will be lying in front of you.
Drive around it and come in from the back.

Access to Leobo by air:

There is a small landing strip at the reserve, suitable for light aircraft.
It is also possible to arrive by helicopter. Guests can be collected from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport and flown to the lodge.
A flight by helicopter takes about an hour depending on the wind.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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5 Star

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