The Observatory, Leobo Private Reserve - Palala Valley

Africa, South Africa

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Surrounded by the diverse Waterberg region and overlooking the Palala Valley lies Leobo Private Reserve, a 12 000-acre estate encompassing rugged rocks, savannah, natural streams and an abundance of wildlife. Teeming with plains game, birdlife and a crocodile named Stevie, there are no time constraints, no rules (except safety) and no limits. It is one of only a handful of sole-use private reserves in South Africa allowing guests full access to the entire estate and all its facilities. Complete privacy and exclusivity is what Leobo Private Reserve is all about.

Leobo, which is the name for chameleon in Northern Sotho is a fitting name for this reserve. Just like this enchanting creature, guests can change their day at the drop of a hat, pretty much do whatever they want and be accommodated by the most obliging staff!

The Observatory was 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 jacuzzi on the roof. There is an automated Observatory that is perfect for stargazing.

The Observatory is booked on an exclusivity basis only. It can accommodate a maximum of 9 people (6 adults and 3 children). Supplementary rooms for additional guests, family or nannies are available at Leobo Lodge which sleeps a maximum of 18 (14 adults and 4 children).

Villa Information

Bedrooms: 4 bedrooms

Bathrooms: 2 en suite bathrooms, and 1 additional bathroom

Facilities & Amenities

  • Fully Stocked Bar
  • Heated Infinity Pool
  • Chef
  • Butler
  • Fire Place
  • BBQ Area
  • TV Room with 3D TV, DVD player, Satellite and DSTV
  • Lounge
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Nursery with a triple bunk bed
  • Jacuzzi
  • Research grade observatory with automated 20-inch telescope
  • Wi-Fi
  • Inside and outside multi-room music system
  • Portable music system
  • Library
  • Safe
  • Thermal Imaging equipment for night time game viewing
  • 2 x 700cc racing quad bikes
  • Polaris Buggy
  • Quad Bikes
  • Motor Bikes
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Game viewing vehicle
  • Game ranger
  • Fishing equipment
  • Horses


Prices from £2500 a night


The Coordinates are: S24.09.19 E 028.24.06

3.5 hour drive from Johannesburg 

45 minute helicopter transfer Johannesburg

Rental Rates

Prices from:

GBP 2,500 / night

Price Guide

*Subject to reconfirmation



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