The Observatory at Leobo

Safari Lodge | Waterberg | South Africa Rolling hills covered by wooded savanna provide a remarkable natural setting for the Observatory at Leobo. It is located on the private 20,000-acre Leobo Private Game Reserve in South Africa's Waterberg Mountains and is a stargazer's paradise.

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Enjoy unforgettable views over the endless savanna, or partake in one of the many activities available on the estate.

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Rating | Exclusive Top-End

Highlights & What to Expect

  • In addition to stargazing, the reserve's favorite activity, a host of other leisure and adventure activities can be enjoyed at Leobo.
  • Activities include fishing, sky diving, helicopter flights, and " Hippo camping," a unique activity where guests spend the evening in a treehouse close to a population of hippos.
  • The reserve offers traditional Big Five game drives in this very picturesque region.
  • Quad Bike safaris are available to the adventurous.

Location & Setting

Leobo Reserve is set in the beautiful Waterberg with views of the Phalala Valley. It is one of the most scenic bushveld reserves in South Africa that offers Big Five game viewing. Reaching the lodge requires a drive of around three hours from the airport in Johannesburg.


The Observatory is an exclusive private safari lodge with four suites designed by renowned architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. All imaginable luxuries are standard throughout. Serviced by a chef, butler, and maid and equipped with a heated pool and jacuzzi, guests can relax in the lap of luxury.


The Dome houses a fully automated 20-inch telescope, which can be utilized to its full potential in this area where light pollution is absent. More experienced users will benefit from the selection of state-of-the-art astrophotography equipment available for deep-sky imaging. A local astronomer, Dr. Phil Calcot, can be pre-booked to provide a lecture on the constellations, stars, planets, and astronomy in general.







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