Recently featured in Condé Nast Traveller and Vanity Fair, and designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Leobo is state-of-the-art, and the ultimate in private luxury.

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Leobo Observatory is set in a private 23,000 acre game reserve within the stunning and malaria-free Waterberg Mountains of Northern South Africa.

Always booked exclusively, the house sleeps six adults and four children, and there are eight overspill chalets on the reserve that can be utilised for larger groups


Leobo’s unique style can be seen mostly with its research grade observatory dome, and is known for privacy, exclusivity and freedom. The style is unique and the interiors are full of creativity. The property has many lounging areas, all with exquisite views of the surrounding valley. The dining room is especially unique, with a hanging chandelier made from a hippo skeleton.


The Observatory has two master suites, one smaller double, and one triple bunk bed. The Lodge has five double chalets, two twin chalets, and one kids chalet with two bunkbeds. All rooms are en-suite.


Guests can relax on the roof and enjoy the views of the area. There are plenty of lounging areas on the property’s exterior, again all looking out to the beautiful surroundings. Leobo also has a pool, allowing guests to cool off after relaxing in the heat.


The Waterberg reserve in Africa. Leobo is a 50 minute helicopter flight or a three hour drive from Johannesburg Airport.

Staff & Dining

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Things to Do

Unlike anywhere else you might go on holiday, Leobo doesn’t give you daily activities, time constraints, or limits. You and your friends are welcomed and enthusiastically shown the time of your life. Guests find themselves jumping off quad bikes to catch bass in the lake, on to horses to ride alongside giraffe and zebra, or suddenly being whisked away by a helicopter to have sundowners on the mountain top. The activities roll in to one another seamlessly according to the enthusiasm and particular interests of the guests. You can do whatever theylike and as much of it as you can. Leobo encourages it’s visitors to get out in to the bush and really experience Africa in a fun, relaxed way, rather than merely looking at it from a vehicle.

The James Bond toys on the reserve include racing quad bikes, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, a Polaris buggy, horses, helicopters, thermal imaging equipment for night time game viewing, rifles, crossbows, paintball guns, kayaks, fishing equipment and paddle boards. And of course the star attraction, a research grade fully automated observatory dome.

The emphasis here is on a personal experience as opposed to a more commercial one found in any other luxury hotel in the world. The Observatory affords the guest the opportunity to get involved in exciting escapades, like darting a buffalo from a helicopter to treat its injury, fighting a bush fire with the rangers or tracking a leopard without any limits on time. The sheer freedom of exploring this barely touched natural world and doing whatever the spur of the momentoffers is exhilarating in itself. This is what sets Leobo aside and how it turns a luxury adventurous holiday into mind-blowing once in a lifetime experience.

And from being dropped off by helicopter for sundowners on an impossibly remote kopje, sipping cocktails in the roof-top Jacuzzi, to helicopter paintballing, Leobo is certainly unique. There is simply nowhere else like it in the world.