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I have always had a phobia of walk-in refrigerators. So my eye twitched when Londolozi’s Executive Chef, Anna Ridgewell, asked me to “nip in” and grab an ingredient for her. I had never been into the Londolozi fridge before, and I was sure that Anna was going to slam the door shut as soon as [...]

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Earth Day

While sipping a beer on the verandah of the Victoria Falls Hotel last week, my long standing friend, Mike Myers, who has been in the safari industry for the past 30 years, told me of  two rhino recently released in Botswana who had gone walk about. Apparently these two animals were planning an unauthorized cross border [...]

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Secrets from the Sky

by Andrea Campbell April 21, 2014
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The African Bush is a magical storyteller. A track, one broken blade of grass, the slightest disturbance of morning dew on a game path or the alarm of a monkey can all indicate animal movement. However, one of the ranger’s most valued informers shares its secrets from the sky. The avian agents of which I [...]

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An Easter Celebration

by Anna Ridgewell April 20, 2014
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Once a year it entices the tummy; It goes with tea, hot cross buns & honey Hopping and jumping through the bushveld Its fur is made of a bright pink pelt Tomorrow morning join your ranger to find the Easter Bunny   These were the wise words given to our guests this year to go [...]

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What is Sweet Wine?

by Kim Drake April 19, 2014
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So with the Easter weekend upon us and sweet treats such as hot cross buns, Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies flowing (there goes the diet), all this sugar does not exactly leave me wanting for a dry Sauvignon Blanc or a full-bodied Rhone-style blend.  It rather puts me in the mood for something sweet and [...]

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The Week in Pictures #125

by Simon Smit April 18, 2014
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As the air continues to chill and my longing for winter intensifies we see another week pass by at Londolozi. Another week closer to the dry, tawny landscape that is the middle of the year, a time when misty mornings are common place and the predators have the upper hand. Their camouflaged coats come into [...]

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Easter Egg Quiz

by Kate Neill April 17, 2014
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Eggs have become synonymous with the Easter weekend and for varying reasons, these eggs (real or chocolate) are decorated and then hidden by the ‘Easter bunny’ for children (and enthusiastic chocolate-eating adults) to find. In the build up to this years Easter celebration, we thought it would be an interesting challenge to showcase a variety [...]

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3 Hotels. 3 Continents. 3 Inspiring Examples of Ecotourism

by Ryan James April 16, 2014
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“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing behind but footprints.” According to one New York Times journalist, that was the definition of “ecotourism” in the 1980s. The definition has grown so that today we talk about “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and improve the well-being of local people.” Below are three inspiring [...]

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Marthly Male Steals From Tutlwa Female

by Mike Sutherland April 15, 2014
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To see a leopard is always an occasion. It is a true privilege and one that should never be taken for granted. To see two leopards, together, is something spectacular. However, seeing four of these magnificent creatures in the same sighting is something I will not forget anytime soon. There has been much said recently [...]

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The Resurgent Sparta Pride

by James Tyrrell April 14, 2014
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It wasn’t too long ago that we were worried about the Sparta Pride. One of the three adult females was nursing an injured ankle and the sub-adults were not contributing too much to the hunts. The Mhangeni pride was encroaching onto their territory, and in what we suspect was a clash between the prides, one [...]

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Why Londolozi’s Muesli is “Signature”

by Ryan James April 13, 2014
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“While our ability to find lions became renowned, we did not have the first idea about hospitality. We asked guests to bring their own food and drink. Then, as part of the service, we’d offer them back their own beer and swap their supermarket specials for our rather tough impala cooked by Spook Sithole, Londolozi’s [...]

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Pinot-What?

by Kim Drake April 12, 2014
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“Pinotage is the juice extracted from women’s tongues and lion’s hearts.  After having a sufficient quantity one can talk forever and fight the devil” – Kanonkop Wine Estate Everyone wants something uniquely South African to take home, whether it’s a traditional African drum displayed in the foyer, a South African artwork, a cup of Rooibos [...]

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The Week in Pictures #124

by Andrea Campbell April 11, 2014
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The best part of a few days of rain is when the sun finally breaks through and the animals emerge to soak up the warmth. Although a little untimely for April, the post-rain lighting allows for some incredible photographic opportunities. We have had some fantastic elephant herds gathering together as well as giraffe interactions. The [...]

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Understanding Metering Modes in Photography

by Kate Neill April 10, 2014
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As amateur photographers, once you have come to grips with ISO, aperture and shutter speed we find ourselves craving to learn more in order to take our photographs to the next level. There are so many technical terms, complicated theories and concepts that can often sound too daunting to deal with. What I have found [...]

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A Bulldozer, an Ecologist and Londolozi’s First Leopard

by Ryan James April 9, 2014
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It’s hard to separate the early adventures of Londolozi from Dr. Ken Tinley (pictured left), a wildlife management specialist whose practices were considered “controversial”. Why controversial? First, he was critical of conservationists. “You want to get your picture on the social page because you’re going to save cheetah and elephants,” he would say. “That’s the [...]

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Family Reunion: Camp Pan, Tamboti and Cub

by Simon Smit April 8, 2014
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Seeing a leopard is an incredibly special event in the bush considering the secretive nature of this big cat. Seeing a female leopard with her cub playing together, drinking and marking her territory would be labeled a rare sighting but to spend a morning with these two playful females and have the father of the [...]

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Lions Kill Wildebeest

by James Tyrrell April 7, 2014
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The Sparta Pride is making a comeback! There will be more on the current status of the pride in an upcoming post, but for now I simply want to focus on a sighting of them that took place not too far from Londolozi’s camps, after the lights had gone out. It was a bush dinner. [...]

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25 of the best Instagrams of #londolozi

by Kate Collins April 6, 2014
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Ernest Hemingway couldn’t have said it better when he wrote, ” I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” This is how we feel everyday at Londolozi. We live in one of the most beautiful and untouched corners of the African continent at a place that never [...]

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Red Wine – Five Of The Best

by Kim Drake April 5, 2014
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Over the last week I have started feeling the chill in the evening air. Winter is around the corner! This makes some of the challenges the bush throws at us a little easier – less bugs on the decks in the evenings, no torrential downpours and the snakes go into hibernation… Without the 35°C+ sweltering [...]

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The Week in Pictures #123

by Simon Smit April 4, 2014
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Simon Smit joined the Londolozi team at the beginning of the year, and is already turning heads with some of his photos. In fact pretty much all of his photos. I’m sure many of our regular readers would have noticed his name popping up once or twice over the last few weeks. Look out for [...]

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Understanding the Exposure Triangle

by James Tyrrell April 3, 2014
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Photography, as has been mentioned before on the blog, is a function of light. There is only a certain amount available in a scene (assuming no artificial light is being used, like a flash or spotlight), and it is up to you the photographer to decide what to do with what is available. The sum [...]

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How a South African in America is Inspiring Londolozi’s “Clean Energy” Vision

by Ryan James April 2, 2014
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Elon Musk is a South African born businessman (yes he is an alumni of Pretoria Boys High) who made his fortune at PayPal and then went on to found Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX. Here are a couple of things you need to know: Tesla Motors and SolarCity are rated in the Top 20 of [...]

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The King is Dead. Long Live the King.

by James Tyrrell April 1, 2014
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The Camp Pan male leopard is no more. This is not actually the case, but given that this is the first of April and the leopard himself is certainly getting older, I thought it might be interesting to consider what would happen should he pass on into the happy hunting grounds of the sky, and [...]

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Lion Warfare: Majingilane vs Selati Males

by James Tyrrell March 31, 2014
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This is just a short follow-up to last week’s Monday post. It sounds like the Majingilane have had another run-in with the Selati males, or at least one of them, in the Western Sector of the Sabi Sands. Last week saw the Majingilane following the Mhangeni pride up to the fringes of Selati-held territory, but [...]

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What Wine Should I Pair With Spaghetti Bolognaise?

by Kim Drake March 29, 2014
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So we all know the rule of thumb when it comes to pairing food and wine right? White wine with fish, red wine with meat.  Now this theoretically works for most dishes and in general satisfies everyone, but it’s not always that simple.  If I have a fish which white wine should I use, Sauvignon [...]

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The Week in Pictures #122

by James Tyrrell March 28, 2014
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Believe it or not, the highlight of the week for me was actually capturing a photo of a banded mongoose. These little critters almost never stay still long enough for you to take out your your camera. The dwarf mongooses are a different story. Sit quietly for long enough and inevitably they’ll poke their heads [...]

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What Aperture to Use and When

by James Tyrrell March 27, 2014
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For those new to photography, the combination of a letter and numbers like f2.8, f11 or f22 can conjure up horrible flashbacks of struggling through algebra class. It doesn’t help that the larger the number is, the smaller the aperture is. A bit backwards, I know. But don’t worry, with a little basic understanding of [...]

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What To Do When The Lights Go Out

by Ryan James March 26, 2014
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From 8h30 – 9h30 pm on Saturday 29 March we are calling on all of our Londolozi friends and family, from Hawaii to Australia and beyond, to indulge in a Londolozi-inspired candle-lit dinner at home in support of Earth Hour. Take a photo of your Londolozi dinner and share it with #EarthHour and #BomaDinner or [...]

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Leopard Kills Buffalo

by James Tyrrell March 25, 2014
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A few days ago ranger Greg Pingo and tracker Andrea Sithole were following a large herd of buffalo in the grasslands of southern Londolozi when they noticed movement in the bushes a short distance away. Upon investigation they found the Makhotini male leopard, staring intently in the direction of the herd. Although buffalo do not [...]

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Lion Warfare: Majingilane Push West

by James Tyrrell March 24, 2014
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The Majingilane can be frustrating animals. With such a vast territory, they are forever traversing from one side to the other; visiting the various prides over which they hold sway and roaring out their calls of dominance to the night air. Their territory is so large that it encompasses a number of properties within the [...]

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8 Reasons to visit South Africa

by Boyd Varty March 23, 2014
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After growing up on his family’s private game reserve in South Africa, Boyd Varty now lives and works at the sanctuary as a conservationist and an advocate for his native country. His latest book Cathedral of the Wild is a memoir of his time at Londolozi Game Reserve, which included a visit from Nelson Mandela after the South [...]

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Why Do We Celebrate With Champagne?

by Kim Drake March 22, 2014
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“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.  Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.  When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty” – Lilly Bollinger [...]

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The Week in Pictures #121

by Mike Sutherland March 21, 2014
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As the world is changing and humans continue to populate this world, as we pollute the lands, the air as well as destroy populations of natures great beings, will we one day look back, will we someday turn around and see what we have done? Will there be a wild land for our children and [...]

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Leanna Knopik Cup: Reaching Africa from over the Seas

by Ryan James March 20, 2014
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What follows is a truly remarkable story that unravels across Philadelphia, Florida, Londolozi and now, Hazyview. The events – as they have unfolded – have touched lives in ways that no-one could ever have imagined. From a chance meeting at Londolozi seven years ago, to a young girl’s dream of being able to make a [...]

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The Studio… A Unique Londolozi Experience

by Kate Collins March 19, 2014
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Since the early 80’s Londolozi has been passionate about storytelling. From big cats to conservation, people to pristine places and dusty roads to digital photography, storytelling is in our DNA and part of the Londolozi experience. Digital media has empowered not just our guides and trackers to tell great stories, but our guests as well. [...]

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A Tribute to the Nottens Female

by Tom Imrie March 18, 2014
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This is a blog that could have been written a few months ago. The Nottens female leopard was last seen in November and you would have to be an outrageous optimist to suggest that she is still alive. At 18 years old, Nottens was proverbially as old as the hills, but like her mother the [...]

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10 Pics to start your week with a smile.

by James Tyrrell March 17, 2014
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I’ll admit that I was hesitant to do this post. Yes, photos of little cubs and pictures that evoke some kind of protective emotion are a great way to elicit some kind of response on a blog, but being a stereotypical male I was loath to put myself out there as being particularly oversensitive or [...]

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Londolozi offers out-of-the-box family and multi-generational travel

by Londolozi Guest March 16, 2014
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One of South Africa’s premier safari destinations – Londolozi Private Game Reserve – has taken the concept of “family travel” out of its traditional box. In fact, their approach to innovative and engaging family travel includes a recently released iBook: Junior Big Five Tracker, produced especially for younger family members set to visit the five-star [...]

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Thunderstorms, Mud and Floods, but hey… that’s life!

by Kate Collins March 15, 2014
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If you were born in Africa, at sometime you would have experienced the smell of the first drops of rain on a dry thirsty earth. This smell becomes imprinted on you and when you understand its importance you feel a secret superiority – you feel you have been given a stamp that bonds you to the [...]

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The Week in Pictures #120

by James Tyrrell March 14, 2014
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First things first. The mystery bird featured in last week’s post was a Sabota Lark. Now for this week. Rain. More of it. Thankfully almost all of the big rains we received over the last week were overnight, and for the most part we stayed nice and dry on game drive. Wet conditions on the ground [...]

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Something Other than Wildlife Photography

by Mike Sutherland March 13, 2014
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I have said this many times before. Photography is about expression. It is a tool that one can use to create and construct images that can, if seen by the correct audience, alter and change the way people think, act and progress. Photography is a tool we can use to stimulate creativeness through everyday life. [...]

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3 Incredible Examples of Creativity in a New World

by Ryan James March 12, 2014
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“Drawing with light” is a series of playful artworks by Londolozi artist-in-residence, Simon Bannister that you might have seen on our social media pages recently. Simon is a visual artist practicing predominantly in the field of land art. He’s also the 2013 David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year. But expensive art “sitting on a [...]

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A Safari for the Senses

by Mike Sutherland March 11, 2014
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Have you ever taken the time to just stop? To listen to bird song, the rivers flow or the wind as it dances between the Autumn leaves? Has there ever been a time when you simply slow your pace and look? But not just look, see. See the colours in the living landscape that surround [...]

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Mhangeni Pride: Pushing East

by James Tyrrell March 10, 2014
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The Mhangeni pride continue to surprise us with where they rear their heads. This morning they were found well East of their core territory, right up against Sparta Pride territory. With the heavy rains over the past week or so, a lot of territorial animals will be forced to head out on patrol, scent marking [...]

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5 Simple tricks to Incredible Black and White Photographs

by Kate Neill March 9, 2014
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The bush is so often about vibrance. sunlight, clarity and distinctive colours. That said, sometimes a black and white image, if taken correctly, can enhance different qualities in your image in a way that colour does not. Here’s our advice on how to master your black and white photographs. #1 Choosing a subject: Some subjects [...]

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A Rockstar, a Sanctuary and a Boma

by Londolozi Guest March 8, 2014
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In 2009 at the age of 73, to the delight and surprise of her fans, Tina Turner announced that she would embark on one last tour. The excitement I felt was almost immediately deflated by a second press release – South Africa was not a destination on her ‘world’ tour (the inverted commas give a [...]

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The Week in Pictures #119

by Mike Sutherland March 7, 2014
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Wow, did it rain this week! We had pretty much a third of our annual rainfall over the course of two nights, and needless to say, conditions in the bush became a little tricky. All the watercourses were flowing strongly, and the Maxabene, a dry riverbed for 99% of the year, was completely uncrossable, as [...]

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Perspective in Photography

by James Tyrrell March 6, 2014
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Ideally when taking photographs in the bush, you simply want to capture the moment and tell the story, and any man-made structure or object in the frame can seriously detract from what would otherwise have been a great picture. However, what can be nice from time to time is to incorporate something of human origin [...]

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Revolutionising Education

by Kate Neill March 5, 2014
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Londolozi Life is integral to our philosophy of facilitating a deep engagement with nature and creating personal journeys of exploration. The Londolozi Life concept is unique, drawing inspiration from ancient healing methods and marrying the philosophies of East and West within an African context. Bejay Watson, Londolozi’s own yoga instructor is at the heart of [...]

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Are the Young Cheetahs Independent?

by James Tyrrell March 4, 2014
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For almost a year now we have been enjoying wonderful cheetah viewing on Londolozi. Although the female and her two offspring may disappear from time to time, they always pop up again. Recently were slightly more concerned after they had been reported heading east into the Kruger National Park, but lo and behold, they were [...]

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