‘Madame Africa’

An evening in the bush inspired by the eccentric imagery of Madame Zingara. A world of deep and rich colour, where anything is possible and your wildest and most intimate dreams take form.  This was the stage for New Year’s Eve at Londolozi….

Georgia Veale

Georgia Veale

To create the atmosphere our events coordinator Georgia Veale decided to work with a palette of rich oriental colours, original ornaments and creative lighting. Red feathers, roses, and silver Moroccan candle-lights were laid out in abundance. To further enhance the evening’s entertainment a table of dress up outfits; ranging from feather boas to pink wigs and glittering top hats was set out, along with a photo booth to capture the nights magic.

In accordance with Londolozi’s culture, great effort was taken to use as much as possible from our local communities. To this end the table accessories used were created from recycled fabrics such as curtains, sewn together by our resident tailor. The community created silver stars after a workshop regarding the recycling of cans. Led by Heidi-Lee Stockenstrom, our creative team produced innovative invitations, wire hearts, and Chinese ball lights that illuminated Varty deck.

Londolozi New Years Eve 2011

Londolozi New Years Eve 2011

From the moment our guests arrived on deck the Londolozi charms took hold and the senses were never left wanting, from the aroma of the banquet to the taste of Champagne and the sound of laughter. As we bid farewell to 2010 the dance floor under the direction of the DJ came to life with the spirit of the new year. It started with the junior break-dancers who were slowly replaced by the more experienced partygoers as the hour grew later. Just before midnight a few prizes were awarded including: best junior dancer, best dance couple, best dressed couple, best air guitar, and lastly best Game Guide which had everyone touting the qualities and attributes of their guides.

As the moment finally arrived and the countdown reached its end genuine wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year were given out and a feeling of togetherness swept through all in attendance, reminding us that although we may be physically separated by vast oceans and tracks of land we are always connected and share a common future.

Then the music reclaimed control of the dance floor and the revelry began anew until the early hours of the morning.

Written by: Wade Williams

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Rich Laburn

Head of Digital

Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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You’ve outdone yourself with this one Laaaburn… Brilliant. Happy New Year.



Thanks James, glad you enjoyed it.




Judy Guffey

What fun!


Great video Rich! Wish we were there . .. looks like New Years is the time to come back next year. Love the photo of Jess and Duncan as the opening!


New Years is definitely the time to come as we throw our big event at this time every year. The photos of Duncan and Jess are brilliant, if you look closely you will see many more throughout the video.

Christopher Goodman

Awesome post, Senor well done

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