Leobo Private Reserve is situated in the Waterberg region of South Africa, in a malaria-free, 12,000-acre reserve overlooking the Palala Valley. Guests can stay at either Leobo Lodge, which sleeps 17 and offers a classic African experience, or at The Observatory – a state-of-the-art private house.
Located in the Waterberg, Leobo has diverse types of bush, from mountainous and dense to open savannah. It is not a big five reserve but, along with kudu, wildebeest, giraffe and other antelope, we have hippo, Cape buffalo and regular sightings of leopard. The Observatory – designed by award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens – is a masterpiece, ideal for couples or for families. This remarkable house is state-of-the-art, with breath taking views and the ultimate in luxury. Serviced by a butler, maid and chef, it also has a heated infinity pool and jacuzzi on the roof. There is an automated Observatory that is perfect for stargazing. Leobo, located at the top of an escarpment, is a safari lodge that can sleep up to 17 people in beautiful cottages overlooking the Palala Valley. Rooms that can accommodate children are available and the lodge is fully staffed. Meals can be enjoyed inside, on the enormous deck complete with sunken seating fire-pit or in the Boma where everybody eats around a fire under the stars.
The Observatory: All bedrooms and bathrooms are luxurious spaces. Both main bathrooms have baths and showers and the master bedroom features an outdoor shower. Towels, slippers and robes are provided and all electrical outlets cater for appliances from the UK, South Africa and Europe. Each bedroom has a private safe. The nursery has a triple bunk bed and bedroom for a nanny or, if you need more space, extra guests. It is completely self-contained, with a separate bathroom and kitchenette.
The Observatory: The heated infinity pool provides stunning views of the valley. The deck has comfortable sun beds and a covered veranda where guests can unwind in front of an open fire in the evenings. There is an open living/dining area with fireplace and a mezzanine level with a TV. The library has an open fireplace and can also be used as an office. There is a sun deck on the roof with comfortable sofas, a jacuzzi and panoramic views of the Palala Valley. There is an automated Observatory with 20-inch telescope that is perfect for stargazing. You have access to a private chef who will customise a menu based on your preferences, using the freshest local produce available. The Observatory is also fully serviced by a butler and maid. The Lodge has two open fireplaces and plenty of space for relaxing inside, on two levels. The large dining table can seat fourteen people easily – there is also an outside dining table with a large parasol where you can have any meal with wonderful views over the bush. There is a covered verandah with large sofas as well as a huge deck and sunken fire pit. The swimming pool has been carved into the side of a hill and sits perched high, with amazing views of Palala Valley. If you need to escape the sun, there is also a thatched cabana.
Leobo Reserve is rented exclusively to one group at a time. This unparalleled freedom means that you can do as much or as little as you like – and you can do it at your own pace. The Waterberg is a diverse environment, offering an abundance of wildlife. Rich in archaeological history and Bushman paintings, it is considered to be one of the geological wonders of the world.
Attractions include Game Viewing | Riding Safaris | Fishing | Quad Biking | Heli Flying | Fly Camping | Starlight Safaris