- Very Family Friendly
- ‘Big Five’
- Private plunge pools
- Prime location
The original facility of what is now a cluster of five camps; Varty Camp sits above the Sabi River in the Londolozi Private Game Reserve, part of Sabi Sands. The most expansive of the group, Varty offers a range of activities, private plunge pools and brilliant facilities, all for a very reasonable price.
The camp has relaxing and beautifully furnished communal areas where guests can dine or simply take in the surroundings. The whole camp is raised off the ground on stilts, giving superb views of the river and its wildlife. As the largest of the group, the camp has the most facilities including a gym, boutique, communal pool, massage room and library; all of which are open to residents of the surrounding camps. This set up creates more of a hotel atmosphere than an isolated lodge in the middle of the wilderness; A plus or minus depending on what you are looking for. Established for over 84 years, Varty’s staff know the area inside out and the three hour morning and evening game drives are an opportunity to spot all the ‘Big Five’. Tracking, bush walks, picnics and sleep outs are also offered for a true all round African experience.
Despite the numerous facilities, the accommodation is relatively intimate with just eight chalets and two superior chalets. All the en-suite rooms are open plan and are simple yet modern and well furnished. Expected amenities such as air conditioning and internet access are also included. Each chalet has an outdoor thatched deck and private plunge pool with beautiful views over the bush, although only the superior chalets have outdoor showers. Rooms can house families of up to four.
Children of all ages are welcome, although they must be six and over to take part in the game drives. The ‘Cubs Den’ runs a personal programme for 4-16 year olds that is thoughtfully put together and offers the children a broad choice of activities. All the children’s programmes are run at no extra cost and so for young families this is a great choice.
A fabulous and memorable holiday to Africa and a big thank you to Lisa at Tourdust for her in depth knowledge and for designing our once in a lifetime trip.
The original thoughts were to stay in Cape Town and then go on safari. After many discussions and a lot of patience from Lisa we settled on Capetown, a safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls. It turned out to be the most special and amazing holiday that we have been on.
Cape Town accommodation was great, modern, clean, spacious and close to the V&A. The views at the back were of Table Mountain! We opted for guided tours to Cape of Good Hope and whale watching. Our guide called Chris was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and chatted to us alot and was great with my children.
Next was Botswana and Muchenje Lodge. The location was fantastic with views over the Chobe river. Right from the start we were looked after so well and the staff were so friendly and welcoming. We went on lots of different safari drives from early morning, late evening and all day ones and my favourite was on the river itself as we were able to get really close to the elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Our guides were brilliant (particularly Rambo) and helped us to find all the animals we wanted to see, even the elusive wild dogs and leopards.
Meals were at set times, which was lovely as it meant we could talk to the other guests and hear about their day and it was nice that some of the guides joined us as well. We also loved the singing and dancing that the staff did after one meal.
Final destination Zambia and Victoria Falls, where we stayed at Waterberry Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi. An amazing location right on the river bank.
We did a guided tour to Victoria Falls and yet again we had a brilliant tour guide.
From our lodge we did a river cruise, saw a magnificent sunset and we tried our hand at fishing which was great fun.
I would love to go back to Africa again to visit some other countries and I will definitely use Tourdust again. Thank you so much Lisa.
verified review for Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls on 19 January 2017
Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016
We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
I had been meaning on my return to email you, but launched straight back into a weekend oncall and business as usual, so thanks for emailing.
I have sung your praises to friends and family!
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 05 May 2016