Welcome to the Track Your Life Retreat!
We are so excited for you to come and join us at Londolozi, where your Track Your Life retreat awaits! It’s a long way to travel, but there’s no way to transport the magic of the African wilderness to you. As National Geographic puts it, this place: “reconnects us to something old and fundamental inside of ourselves: a wordless brotherhood with the non-human; a lost intuitive understanding.”
You can travel directly to Londolozi via Johannesburg. Many major airlines fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
For your flights to and from Londolozi from Johannesburg via Federal Air or SA Airlink, you can contact Emma Goodman. She will book those flights for you as well as arrange shuttle service to the relevant terminal at O.R. Tambo Airport. Additionally, if you would like to extend your stay at Londolozi, Nichola would be happy to assist you with that as well.
Sightseeing in Africa
Many of our participants extend their trips to visit other destinations that are just a relative hop-skip from Londolozi. Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Botswana are just a few of our favorites. If you would like assistance booking your international flights to and from Johannesburg, or extending your trip to South Africa, please let us know and we will put you in contact with a trusted African Travel planner at Icon Expeditions.
Accommodations in Johannesburg
Below are a few suggestions for accommodations in Johannesburg:
- Intercontinental Airport Hotel Deluxe hotel located only 68.6 meters (225 feet) from the International Arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.
- City Lodge Hotel. A more budget-friendly option at the airport. More like a Holiday Inn.
- Palazzo Hotel-Monte Casino. 5 star rating. This is a Casino type hotel with entertainment and numerous restaurants, movies, shopping, etc. attached. 40 minutes drive from the airport.
- The Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton Square. Also attached to the biggest mall in SA with loads of restaurants and shops. About 30 minutes drive or 15 minutes train ride from the airport.
Please make sure that you have at least two blank pages in your passport book. You can be denied admission into South Africa if you don’t. You don’t need a visa to visit South Africa, nor any specific vaccinations to enter South Africa from the U.S.
If you are arriving to South Africa from a different country, please check with your country’s travel advisory office. If you are traveling to other destinations before or after your adventure with us, please check with your travel agent for any additional visa or vaccine requirements.
While there is Wi-Fi available in your suite, cell phone reception at Londolozi is unreliable. Be sure to check with your cell phone provider to see if your phone will work internationally and what kind of plan you might need.
Londolozi is located in a low-risk malaria area. Each year, we get many questions about anti-malarial medication, and since we are not medical professionals we cannot give you definitive advice. Please consult your doctor about any medications or immunizations that you may need before the trip. For more information, go to the Centers for Disease Control.
If you are traveling to other areas in Africa, you’ll need to consult a travel doctor for the recommendations for those areas.
Climate & Weather
The temperature at Londolozi in April and May is temperate. These are the months where the season changes from Summer into Autumn. Days are mild and warm; nights require a light jumper (sweater) or coat.
June and July are the winter months in South Africa. Temperatures at Londolozi can range between 10 – 28 degrees C. Days are warm and balmy, while evenings and early mornings are cold until mid-morning.
In August and September the weather is temperate with unpredictable berg winds owing to the change in season. These are the months when the seasons change from winter into spring.
What to Pack
Regardless of the season, you want to be comfortable and layers are the real trick in South Africa. We advise that you bring a combination of the following:
- A pair of long pants
- A long sleeve cotton shirt, cotton t-shirts or vests
- Comfortable pants, shorts and skirts and summer dresses for the ladies
- Walking shoes or sandals and hiking boots or suitable trainers
- Wide brim hat
- Bathing suit
No formal clothing is required at Londolozi. Bomas and decks are smart-casual and some guests choose to freshen up for dinner. Additionally, we do provide an inclusive laundry service if you require this during your stay. There is a workout facility and yoga available each day at noon.
Hair dryers are available in the rooms.
Our rangers have sunscreen with them on game drives and it is also available at our Londolozi Living shop. For preferred labels we advise bringing your own. A high SPF is recommended.
We suggest bringing a camera, lens and binoculars for your safari. For a camera, you will want something that you can zoom decently. Many participants use their smartphones for photographs and videos. Do not pack your camera equipment in your checked luggage. Keep it with you in your carry on to prevent theft. We also understand that this equipment can often be cumbersome so if you would prefer to rent it during your stay at Londolozi, please visit our photographic equipment rental site to make a selection and checkout.
You’ll need power adaptors for your electronic devices. Be sure to get ones specifically designed for South Africa. Popularly known as the Europlug, the Type C electrical plug is a two-pin unearthed plug used throughout continental Europe. The type C plug is technically known as the CEE 7/16 (Europlug 2.5 A/250 V unearthed). Londolozi provides one power adaptor per room.
Luggage Weight Limit
Please note that Federal Air has a luggage limit of one bag weighing 20kgs (44 lbs) per person, in a soft sided bag if possible. Wheeled bags are acceptable-the preferable style is a rolling duffle. Your luggage plus any carry on (ie. a backpack) must come in under this weight limit. You can securely store extra baggage free of charge at the Federal Air terminal in Johannesburg or the duration of your stay at Londolozi.
In order to prevent any future disappointments regarding your booking we highly recommend you take travel insurance covering for personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, as well as cancellation and curtailment – as your reservation will be subject to cancellation penalties.
Gratuities & Money
The Londolozi Camp Manager can help you with gratuities as you check out at the end of your stay. Gratuities are purely at your discretion and there is a recommended way in which you can allocate it for specific individuals as well as for the camp staff.
You do not need to bring large amounts of cash overseas with you. You can use a debit card to withdraw South African ZAR when you arrive, and also you can use your credit card for most purchases. Many vendors do not accept American Express so it would be better to travel with either Visa or Mastercard. Destinations outside of South Africa have different requirements, so please check with your travel agent if you’re visiting other destinations.
Safety in South Africa
You may have questions about your personal safety while visiting South Africa. Please check this link below to help answer some of your questions.
For any additional questions or concerns, please email Amanda who will happily assist you.