Holiday Issue 2019

Jan19226 A Once in a Lifetime Experience in South Africa Leobo Private Reserve is a 20,000-acre estate within the Waterberg mountains, roughly 170 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa. At the beginning of the year, the reserve was recognised in LUXlife’s Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards programme as 2019’s Best Luxury Safari House. Following this win, we endeavoured to take a closer look at Leobo and its luxurious offerings. There’s something simply extraordinary about Leobo Private Reserve. Even among their peers – those that offer similar luxury experiences across South Africa – there’s a magic that others struggle to emulate. Here guests want for nothing, and every possible whim is satisfied. Think the clearest of skies, helicopter safaris, wild game, quad biking, a rooftop jacuzzi, hidden snugs, and a view to die for. Leobo is also home to the award-winning Observatory Private Villa, which has frequently been called one of the most exceptional safari houses on the continent. It’s easy to see why. From the unique architectural style, to the stunning interior design, there’s just no other place like it. More enticing is the fact that the entire reserve is rented exclusively to one group at a time, meaning that every amenity and activity is open to use as the guest sees fit. This creates a more relaxed atmosphere, one not dictated Style by daily programs, itineraries or restrictions. What you do is entirely up to you – whether it’s to indulge in a bit of heli-paintballing (as cool as it sounds) or relax with a good book in the egg-shell bathtubs. Leobo is all about taking things at your own pace. High-octane adrenaline or slow, steady, contemplative. Leobo is unique: it both wholly authentic, evoking Africa’s free spirit and wholly atypical. It is both a playground, and the most luxurious of hideaways. Either way, it is a once in a lifetime experience, perfect for a family or group of friends to enjoy, revel, relax and play in. It seems almost a disservice to recognise Leobo merely for its accommodation, as the reserve’s appeal lies in the complete package – as extraordinary as that is. Address: Vaalwater, 0503, South Africa Website: Telephone: +27 (0) 78 139 0094