Set in a 20,000-acre reserve in the malaria-free Waterberg region is the rather extraordinary Leobo Private Reserve. The originality of its owner is apparent in the quirky detail of the property, as well as the limitless list of activities on offer: Choose from quad biking, riding, walking, fishing, game viewing, swimming and kayaking. Rented on an exclusive-use basis, the estate is fully staffed by friendly, obliging staff who will plan your day as you wish. Dining is a highlight, with a top chef organising surprise bush breakfasts and traditional braai's with excellent locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by top international and South African wines.
The Observatory accommodates up to six adults and three children. Designed by Lesley Carstens and Silvio Rech, the interiors are full of imagination and one-of-a-kind artefacts. There are numerous outdoor and indoor terraces, including one which takes full advantage of the tremendous Palala Valley views, as well as a cool mezzanine level for chilling out in the roof of the large lounge and a rather magnificent dining area crowned with a chandelier crafted from a hippo skeleton. The pièce de la resistance is the two-level library set in a tower with a domed roof which opens up the sky to a 20-inch telescope - there are even silver and gold space suits for the full effect.
- Bedroom 1: Super king size bedroom
- Bedroom 2: Super king size bedroom
- Bedroom 3: King size bedroom
- Bedroom 4: Triple Bunkroom
THINGS TO DO AT THE PROPERTY
- Take a dip in the heated infinity pool, with stunning views over the Palala Valley
- Unwind on the shaded veranda
- Enjoy sundowners on the rooftop sunset terrace
- Give the butler and maid the night off, throw your own fancy dress party and cook up a braai
- Enjoy dinner next to the fire pit as the sun sets
- Relax with movie on the mezzanine lounge
- Enjoy an evening stargazing in the observatory with local astronomer, Dr. Phil Calcot
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
- Ride one of the reserve's quad bikes over the spectacular Waterberg countryside
- Seek out the wildlife of the reserve on an exclusive game drive
- Strap in tight for a drive in the speedy cross-country Polaris
- Fly over the reserve in the property's private helicopter and admire the spectacular views
- Try your hand at clay pigeon shooting
- View the scenery from a different perspective on a riding safari
- Go fishing for bass and trout in the dams
- Camp out in the tree tent, listening out for the distant sounds of hippos bathing
- Dive off the jetty and go swimming in the dam
- Meet the reserve's crocodile, Stevie
- Admire the numerous Bushman paintings and uncover some of Waterberg's archaeological history
WHY WE LIKE IT
Possibly the most fun-filled African lodge we've ever encountered, where the hosts are like genies who magically conjure up your every wish. As a parent of six children, the owner knows exactly how to satisfy the curiosity and energy of little ones, whilst there's just the right balance of high adrenaline activity and chill out areas to satisfy grown-ups. Leobo is just perfect for those celebrating a special occasion - there's so much to keep everybody entertained, and the generous relaxation areas with super-sized sofas and fireplaces invite lazy evenings watching the stars fall out of the sky.
Nota bene: Children are very welcome and babysitting services are available. Participation in game activities are, however, at the discretion of your guide.