This is the most stunning place, serviced by the most incredible staff.

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Waterberg, South Africa

Leobo Observatory

  • Exclusive, private and secure, fully staffed, 12,000 acre game reserve
  • Located in the heart of one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of South Africa.
  • Dining is a highlight, with a top chef organising surprise bush breakfasts and traditional braai's with excellent locally sourced ingredients.

Facilities include

WiFi Excellent Spa Bush Bar Automated observatory Fire Boma

Activities include

  • Sky Diving
  • In-Room Spa
  • Game Fishing
  • Quad Bike Safaris
  • Helicopter Safari
  • Stargazing Safari
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Cross Country Polaris
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About

About Leobo Observatory

Surrounded by the diverse Waterberg region and overlooking the Palala Valley lies Leobo Private Reserve, a 12 000-acre estate encompassing rugged rocks, bushveld savannah, natural streams and an abundance of wildlife. Teeming with plains game, bird life and a crocodile named Stevie, there are no time constraints, no rules (except safety) and no limits. It is one of only a handful of sole-use private reserves in South Africa allowing guests full access to the entire estate and all of its facilities. Complete privacy and exclusivity is what Leobo Private Reserve is all about.

As the name suggests Leobo Observatory houses a research grade observatory dome equipped with a high-tech computer operated 20 inch telescope. Due to the reserve’s remote location, the sky is extraordinarily clear. A local astronomer can be booked for starlit safaris or the more experienced user can enjoy a selection of state-of-the-art astro photography equipment for deep sky imaging.

All bedrooms and bathrooms are luxurious spaces. Both main bathrooms have baths and showers and the master bedroom features an outdoor shower. 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 heated infinity pool provides stunning views of the valley. You can relax in comfortable sun beds and enjoy the best Africa has to offer. The deck has a covered veranda where guests can unwind (or doze) in front of an open fire in the evenings.

The living area is perfect: whether you’re dining under the hippo skeleton chandelier or relaxing in front of the fire, this open space is perfect for entertaining and relaxing. The mezzanine level above is ideal for children who want to watch a movie before bed or for when you’re catching up on news.

The sophisticated library is nestled under the dome of the Observatory. It has two levels separated by a staircase. You’re welcome to enjoy any of the books during your stay. This space is also an office, with an open fireplace for relaxing with a drink.

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.

A flight of stairs will take you to the sun deck. With its comfortable sofas, it is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink. On cooler evenings, you can relax in the jacuzzi and take in the panoramic views of the Palala Valley.

The Observatory is serviced by a butler, maid and private chef who will customise a menu based on your preferences. Meals are enjoyed inside, outside or at one of several beautiful locations in the bush. You are also welcome to give the chef the night off and cook your own traditional South African braai if you like.

For larger groups there are over spill chalets.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Leobo Observatory is in Leobo Private Reserve which is situated in the Waterberg region of South Africa, a 12,000-acre malaria-free reserve overlooking the Palala Valley.

Leobo is a 4 hour transfer north of Johannesburg, or a 40 minute scenic helicopter flight.

Surrounded by the diverse Waterberg region and overlooking the Palala Valley lies Leobo Private Reserve, a 12,000-acre estate encompassing rugged rocks, bushveld savanna, natural streams and an abundance of wildlife. Teeming with plains game, bird life and a crocodile named Stevie, there are no time constraints, no rules (except safety) and no limits. It is one of only a handful of sole-use private reserves in South Africa allowing guests full access to the entire estate and all its facilities. Complete privacy and exclusivity is what Leobo Private Reserve is all about.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
The international airport is OR Tambo (Johannesburg International Airport)
There is a small landing strip at the farm, suitable for light aircraft
It is also possible to arrive by helicopter. A flight by helicopter takes about 40 minutes from Johannesburg (depending on the wind). It is a scenic flight

BY CAR:
The reserve is approximately a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg
Directions available upon request

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Leobo Observatory is open all year round.

South Africa has a temperate climate. The Northern Province, where Leobo is situated, is an area with low annual rainfall. Heavy thunderstorms of short duration in the late afternoon and evening may be experienced during the summer months (October - March).

Important Information

The Observatory is booked on an exclusivity basis only. It can accommodate a maximum of 9 people (6 adults and 3 children). Supplementary rooms for additional guests are available at Leobo Lodge (9 chalets).

The helicopter can be booked for airport collections. All helicopter activities may incur an additional cost per usages per hour. Please enquire now.

Check in is flexible provided guests understand that the times have to be arranged.

Leobo is situated in a malaria-free area. All staff members are trained in First Aid for minor incidents. It is advisable that guests ensure that they have adequate travel insurance.

Children

Travelling with children

Children of all ages welcome
There is availability for a maximum of 4 children at any one time

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