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 3 children or at Leobo Lodge where there are 9 ‘rustic-chic’ chalets positioned on the side of the escarpment overlooking the valley.

The Observatory, designed by award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, is a masterpiece, ideal for couples or for families. This remarkable house is state-of-the-art, with breath-taking views and the ultimate in luxury. Serviced by a butler, maid and chef, it also has a heated infinity pool, and a jacuzzi on the roof. There is an automated Observatory that is perfect for stargazing. The house sleeps 6 adults and three children in 3 double rooms and a children’s triple bunk room. There is space to eat both inside and outside as well as a spectacular sunken fire pit.

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 butler & 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, Cross Country Dune Buggy Safari, Fishing, Game Viewing, Day at the River Camp, The Mountain Lookout, Out Rock Art Viewing, Cliff Top Camping, Kayaking and Hippo Camping, Massages for those guests staying at the Observatory Villa

  •  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!)


  • 1 Master Suite with four poster super king size bed 1

  • Master Suite with super king size bed

  • 1 Nanny/Guest bedroom with super king size bed

  • 1Triple Bunk room (sleeps 3 children and comes equipped with a cot)

  • Heated infinity pool

  • Inside and outside multi-room music system & portable music system

  • Observatory

  • Library

  • Jacuzzi

  • Safe & alarm, 3D

  • Fishing equipment

  • Kayaks

  • Quad bikes, 2 x 700cc racing quad bikes, motor bikes, a polaris buggy, mountain bikes

  • Electric camouflage golf buggy

  • Game viewing vehicle

  • Game ranger, rifles for target shooting

  • Horses


  • Located near Vaalwater

  • Approx 3hrs drive from Johannesburg airport