Designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Leobo is state-of-the-art, and the ultimate in private luxury.

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. Activities include game drives, hippo camping, quad biking, horse riding, bass fishing, shooting, helicopter flying, and of course phenomenal astronomy from the research grade telescope.

Leobo launched in May 2013 and has scooped up Best Safari House in Africa in The Safari Awards every year since.


The Waterberg, South Africa.

— Research grade observatory dome.
— Privacy, exclusivity, and freedom.
— A host of toys such as helicopters, quad bikes, a Polaris buggy, horses, kayaks, fishing and mountain bikes.
— No dangerous game on the property allows for freedom of activities, and when guests want to see the Big Five we can take them to a neighbouring property for a drive.

The Observatory is ZAR 80,000 per night fully inclusive except the helicopter. 
Or ZAR 100,000 per night including 1 hour of helicopter use per day.

Open all year round. May to October is warm and dry and chilly in the evenings. October to April is hotter. December to March experiences short rains and thunderstorms. 

The Observatory has two master suites, one smaller double, and one triple bunk bed. There are also 8 overspill chalets (double en-suite) and a cottage (2x double en-suite) 3-5 minutes walk from the house that can be used for bigger groups. 

No age limit and activities to suit all ages. 

Leobo is a 50 minute helicopter flight or a three hour drive from Johannesburg Airport.