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Jacqui Marais

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Jacqui joined the Londolozi team in December 2007 as a camp manager, a role which she more than ably filled for the next 3 years, before departing for Johannesburg in 2010. Little did she know that over a decade after joining the organization, ...

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Geri Potter
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Absolutely gorgeous photos (I especially love the Kingfisher!) and well written! We hope to revisit Londolozi in the near future; your prose make it very difficult to wait! Looking forward to future posts!

Jacqui Hemphill
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Thank you so much Geri i appreciate the compliment… And we really look forward to your next visit!

Wendy Hawkins
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Oh Jacqui that is beautifully written & the pictures are outstanding! Thank you for sharing these and I wish you many happy years in the wonderful bushveld that I also love so passionately! Your star-tracking pic is stunning, full moon or not, so I am now looking forward to the one when there is no moon??
Regards

Jacqui Hemphill
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Thank you so much Wendy for your kind words! I will be sure to attempt “Star Tracking” again and post the result here… Watch this space!

Evette Hartig
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Jacqui, beautifully written and the photos are outstanding. I look forward to reading more of your posts. It never ceases to amaze me how many truly talented people there are at Londolozi.

Jacqui Hemphill
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Thank you so much Evette…

Henry Smith
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Wow – love your photos, Jacqui.

Jacqui Hemphill
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Hope to see you soon Henry!!

MJ
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Jacqui, thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise. I am sure that after I visit SA, I will leave a piece of my soul there when I return to my home. I have dreamt of going to Africa since I was old enough to read and look at pictures in our National Geographic magazine. I would read them until they fell apart.
I believe I will feel I am home when I touch the soil in the bushveld. How fortunate you are to be a part of that small number who call it home.

Jacqui Hemphill
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MJ you will most definitely leave a piece of your soul here in Africa… Looking forward to hearing your stories of your trip! I remember those National Geographic Magazines and i too used to read them for hours… Thank you for following our blog we hope to entice people to our paradise and share in the everyday joys!

Bronwyn
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So well done my friend…great pics I am blow away on how far and fast you have come…keep going!!! love your work xxx

Karin MacLarty
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We were with you on that first 18 month old game drive Jax and it will forever be ingrained in our memories. Happily, like you, the Londolozi connection remains strong and true.
A beautifully written piece. Your pics are stunning.
Love Karin.

Jacqui Hemphill
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Karin i am so happy to see that both you and Ian read this blog as it reminds me of the many happy holidays we all enjoyed together… Hope to see you soon!!

Rod Hemphill
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My darling you have truly become a “child of Africa” – I do love you so.
Well done I am very proud of you.
Your loving Dad

Herbie Rosenberg
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Having finally experienced Londolozi just a couple of weeks ago, I can truly relate to your beautifully written story. It was also really great to have met you and your team in the office and then to have worked with you during our meetings at Indaba. I will promote and market Londolozi to the Ozzies and the Kiwis with renewed passion. Your photography is world class!! Cheers, Herbie

Jacqui Hemphill
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Thank you for the note Herbie it was wonderful meeting you too and i look forward to working with you going forward!

tidi modise
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Some amazing pics. Great work

Ian MacLarty
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Jackie as Karin has said we were there that day and lovely as your description of events is, I have to say that you flatter your behavior dramatically – but you were very small! You also have omitted to note that you were not on a Londos vehicle but rather on one of a near neighbour in their very formative first few months. (They enjoyed reciprocal driving rights at the time) There were 13 of us on the vehicle at the time – mostly because your Mum was desperate to show your beloved nanny a lion and lets just say that one thing lead to another. For me the best part of the event was to see the expression on the faces of the genuine Londos guests, not only when you let out that ear splitting scream but when Roger, the ranger on the day, reversed at pace into a lone Knob-thorn in his haste to remove his caterwauling guests from the scene. Fortunately, as you mentioned the lions had booked out, as this latter event saw most of the 13 passengers get off the vehicle. I have retold this story so often that I can remember each moment to this day. Lots of love Ian

Jacqui Hemphill
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Ian you have blown my cover!!! I had to flatter my reaction that day somehow, however i think your rendition of the actual events was very accurate indeed…Thank you for setting the record straight!! I am pleased to hear that my behaviour that day has provided some great dinner time stories, trust me Dave has also dined out on it a few times at my expense… See you both soon hopefully! Jax

John Holley
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Amazing shots Jax!

Gavin
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Awesome photos Jax… Nearly as good as your dance moves….

alistair swartz
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And the ankle will testify to that.

Thalia Milton
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Atmospheric photos and a moving description – thank you! My trip to Londolozi lazt year was unforgettable and I hope I can come again one day – you are so privileged to be part of it!

Candice
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Absolutely stunning! Your pics as always are amazing.
Xxxxxxx

alison
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Fabulous photos, great passion.
Wonderful to see how your creativity has blossomed since the art group days!
Brilliant!
A

Anna
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Being away from home right now and reading your blog made me remember how much I miss being away! Thanks for that, see you soon!

Lindsy Marais
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Loved it Jax! Absolutely stunning photo’s and love the way you write!

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