Being an intimate lodge of just three suites, Private Granite Suites' infrastructure is relatively small. The only communal area is the main lodge itself as there is no swimming pool or other facilities on-site. As at all of Londolozi's lodges, the welcome is as sincere as it is heartfelt. Luggage is taken straight to your room by the smiling staff members while you are escorted down to the spectacular tall, thatched main lodge which is divided into three distinct parts. The first, which is flanked by light grey stone walls, centres around an Nguni animal skin rug. Wingback chairs and a chunky wooden table featuring African carvings are placed by its side. The second area is the main lounge, straight out of a luxury home decoration magazine. Elegant sofas and armchairs boasting Ralph Lauren scatter cushions are arranged around carved coffee tables and animal skin pouffes inviting guests to sit down and relax with one of the many books on the shelves just behind. To one side of the room is a working fireplace bordered by impressive black and white elephant shots while to the other side is the communal dining table and well-stocked bar from which guests are free to help themselves. There is even a selection of cigars for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Lamps, North African bracelets and chaise longue complete the perfect picture. Finally, the third part, the deck, looks on to the Sand River and you can see from time to time elephants playing the water.
Many of the other facilities available are to be found over at the Varty Camp. First of these is Londolozi Life, the wellness centre, situated right next to the camp's tranquil pool. Designed by a holistic therapist to be in harmony with the elements, it combines philosophies from east and west and offers various massages Swedish, Thai), aromatherapy and Reiki healing. Therapies can equally be taken within the privacy of your own room or on your deck. Right by the massage centre is the yoga deck where every day at noon a free yoga class is held for guests at any of the Londolozi lodges. If you prefer to have a private session, as well as pilates, this can also be arranged. Those who feel the need for a workout can take advantage of the small fitness room at Varty Camp, which has both cardio machines and free weights.
Aside from the twice-daily game drives, which are carried out by some of the most enthusiastic, knowledgable and genuinely lovely people who could wish to meet, additional activities for adults include film viewing in the John Varty Cinematography Centre, local village tours, tracking, fishing and much more. Varty Camp is also the location of the shop, Londolozi Living.
The camp overall is in fine condition and all areas are kept clean and tidy. One great advantage of the camp being so small is that the absolute maximum number of people in one 4x4 will be six, although it is highly likely that you will have one to yourself. Wifi is complimentary and available in designated areas only.