Surrounded by the diverse Waterberg region and overlooking the Palala Valley, Leobo is a private 8000 hectare estate that encompasses rugged rocks, bushveld savannah, natural streams and an abundance of wildlife. This magnificent, malaria-free destination, offers accommodation in either their exclusive private house, the Observatory Villa which sleeps 6 adults and 4 children or at Leobo Lodge where there are 9 ‘rustic-chic’ chalets positioned on the side of the escarpment overlooking the valley.

The lodge has a classic African style with stunning views over the Palala valley. Accommodation comprises 9 chalets sleeping a maximum of 20 people comfortably. It is complete with multiple lounge areas, bar, snooker table, wi-fi, boma, sunken fire pit and a stunning heated swimming pool built into the side of the mountain which is fantastic for children. It is rented exclusively so is perfect for families or a group of friends and also can be rented along with the Observatory as an overflow for additional guests or staff.

Leobo is designed especially for the discerning traveller looking for adventure and a desire for the luxury of selectivity. The Leobo experience is unique, as it is one of only a handful of reserves which are completely private, giving your clients sole use of the entire estate and all its amazing facilities, similar to being on your own private island. With no scheduled time-table, a stay at Leobo is catered for as you wish.  

It is the perfect destination for families and groups of friends, for anyone wanting a unique and tailor made experience.  It also compliments itineraries that include luxury Big 5 game lodge stays and other iconic destinations within South Africa.

There are endless things to do at Leobo as the reserve offers a range of exhilarating outdoor experiences that are possible due to the fact that it is not a Big 5 reserve - including Quad Bike safaris, various Helicopter activities, Fishing, Horse Riding, Game Viewing (either on the reserve or at a neighbouring reserve for a Big 5 game drive experience), Target Shooting, Cliff Top Mountain Walks, Kayaking, Hippo Camping, Rock Climbing, Starlight Safaris and the list goes on! 

Please take a few minutes to view the Leobo Promo Film: 6 mins



  • Fully staffed including private chef, script your own menus

  • Full use of all facilities of the reserve as well as all food, teas, coffees, soft drinks, selection of spirits, beers and house wines

  • Activities included: Quad Biking Safaris, Moon Buggy Safari, Horse Riding Safaris, Fishing Game Viewing, Rock Art Viewing, Cliff Top Camping, Kayaking and Hippo Camping

  •  Do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to

  • Exclusive use of the entire 8000 ha Reserve including being able to explore the reserve by yourself on a Moon Buggy

  • No scheduled early morning wake up calls – sleep in or greet the dawn, it’s your choice

  • Helicopter and Pilot on call – Robinson R44 based at the reserve

  • Sky Diving from Helicopter (added cost)

  • Helicopter Paint-balling (added cost)

  • Target Shooting – military grade rifles (added cost)

  •  Starlight Safari – private research grade Observatory with rotating copper dome (touch the moon and the stars!)


  • 8 Chalets and a 2-Bedroom Family Chalet

  • 4 Luxury Chalets with king size beds (3 with panoramic views and 1 with a bush view)

  • 1 Superior Chalet with a double bed

  • 1 x 2 Standard Chalets with twin beds (ideal for 2 children / 2 adults single sharing)

  • 1 Standard Chalet with 2 x bunk beds (ideal for 4 children)

  • 1 x 2 Bedroom Family Unit which sleeps 2 adults and 2 children

  • Pool table & table tennis

  • Music System

  • Heated swimming pool

  • Quad bikes, motor bikes, mountain bikes & Moon Buggy

  • Telescope

  • Game viewing vehicle

  • Game ranger

  • Fishing equipment

  • Target shooting rifles

  • Horses


  • Located near Vaalwater

  • Approx 3hrs drive from Johannesburg airport