- 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.
- 7 comfortable canvas & thatch tents
- Experienced guide & tracker team
- Open vehicle game drives, bush walks & informative talks
- Instruction: bush craft, practical survival skills, astronomy, spider & scorpions
- Social boma, fire & barbecue area
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018