‘Welcome home” was the warm greeting that came with beaming smiles from our hosts Alan and Lynsey as we arrived at Black leopard Camp.
And that is exactly how it feels to our safari guests.
Black Leopard Camp is a luxurious haven, secluded away from the world, where one instantly feels at ease and part of the family.
Located only 3.5 hours from Johannesburg (about half way between the airport and the Kruger National Park) , the lodge has been designed to blend sympathetically with its environment, providing eco chic accommodation that offers an afro-colonial style, sumptuous meals and a welcoming air that stems from Alan and Lynsey’s passion for their lodge.
Cooking is one of Alan’s passions, which is evident from the quality and style of food served each day. Dinner is served in the tree top restaurant where the cosy atmosphere mixed with great company and lots of laughter have you feeling deliciously relaxed.
“You’ll sleep well tonight” was Alan’s comment as I made my way to my room after dinner. “Everyone does”.
He was right. The beds are huge and seem to draw you into enjoying a wonderful nights sleep. There are no man made sounds to disturb the night. Just the occasional warning bark of a kudu antelope, letting everyone know that he had seen a leopard patrolling in the night.
I was woken with an invigorating cup of coffee, served in the morning sunshine on my private stoop. I have to admit that the thought of a soak in my private outdoor bath before game drive, proved too much of a temptation. As I lay back and listened to the noises of the local troop of baboons going through their morning routine, I watched a pair of Black Eagles flying overhead, hunting along the mountainside opposite. A wonderful sighting, but only a taster of what was to come later.
Black Leopard Camp lies at the heart of its own 14,000 acre private game reserve, which is also home to the Ingwe Leopard Research team. The researchers have a small camp on the reserve; known locally as the conservation village, which we visited during the middle of the day. Black Leopard Camp guests can not only enjoy daily game drives and bush walks, but are able to meet the leopard research team, learn more about the resident leopards’ behaviour and be involved with their work if they wish.
A unique experience that emphasises a passion for nature and offers welcoming hospitality.
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