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Dave Varty

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Dave's story is too full and rich to tell in a brief blog bio. Suffice it to say that it is due to his passion, hard work and lifelong dedication to conservation that Londolozi is what it is today. One of the co-founders ...

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on Remembering Madiba

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Bronwyn
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Thank you so very much Tata…

Ian Hall
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A wonderful post.

Liz Brown
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How richly Blessed our Nation has been to have such a dedicated leader. His light shines around the world as an inspiration to all. God Bless you Madiba.

Geri Potter
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What lovely memories! Thank you for sharing them with us!

John Holley
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Goosebumps! Thanks Tata

Jillian Hopkins
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A moving story and tribute to a beautiful soul! Thanks for sharing, Dave. Much love to you, Shan and the whole Londolozi Family.

Evette Hartig
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He was and will always be an inspiration to people the world over. We grieve and yet celebrate the life of Mandela with the people of South Africa and Londolozi. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Wendy Hawkins
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Thanks Dave for that beautiful eulogy of a truly humble gentleman! RIP Madiba <3

Mary Beth Wheeler
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How lucky you are to have met and spent time with this remarkable man! And your tribute to him is so special. We are feeling his loss here in California…

Cinzia Carli
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Very inspiring, both from Dave and the late Tata Madiba.

Ashleigh Harris
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What a lovely tribute and reminder of all that Londolozi stands for. I feel so priviledged and proud to have been a part of the Londoz family. Rest in peace Madiba. Your legacy will live on.

Michael & Terri Klauber
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Dave,
What a beautiful tribute to a brilliant man. What an honor it must have been to spend time with him in you magical bushveld at Londolozi. We can only imagine what the experience for him must have been like after all the time he was in prison! Thank you for sharing your stories and special images. We are all very sad today, but know that his inspiration will live on for generations to come!

Doreen Dziepak
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thank you for this fitting remembrance of a truly great man

Karine Gay
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Thank you very much for this so beautiful memories.
Having been to Londolozi and meeting John Varty at Tiger Canyons, I know how much all family have respect for MADIBA .
God bless you MADIBA

Ed Hubbard
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We are humbled and honored to have had the privilege to walk where such a great man walked. Thank you for sharing such wonderful and meaningful memories.

Rae
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What a beautiful tribute. Thank you.

Mary
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What a great tribute to a well deserved man. He sure was a great man. May he R.I.P. And thank you for a wonder post.

Judy Guffey
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What a beautiful tribute to a true leader. How wonderful to have had the experience of spending time with him. Thank you for this blog, Dave
Aloha to all at Londolozi

Henry Smith
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A beautiful tribute – thank you Dave. The world will miss Madiba, but we have his memory to guide our actions and help shape our collective character forever.

Matt Evans
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What a privilege Dave.

Madiba has a fair bit to do with why my heart beats louder every time I come back home. And I’m confident that will always be the case.

Looking forward to our return to Londolozi next weekend, can’t think of a better place to spend time remembering the great man.

Brian C
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Thanks for sharing your memories of a great man who changed the course of history. I especially liked the part when you quoted Mandela and he was speaking about Londolozi:

“I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers.”

Awesome comment and something our whole planet should aspire to…Nelson Mandela will be missed all around the globe.

Shveta and Prashant
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Mr Mandela left his ‘…footsteps in the sands of time.’ And such a privilege that he visited Londolozi. Wonderful tribute.

Jenifer Westphal
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Dave and Family,

Thank for sharing a beautiful and emotional tribute to an incredible man. Sending love to everyone in the Londolozi family.

Jeff and Jenifer Westphal

Adam Ridgewell
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Never met the man, only time I ever saw him was at the ’95 Rugby World Cup with a No.6 jersey on standing next to Francois Pienaar. I realized his awe and presence when the crowd went nuts after he raised his hand! What a brilliant symbol of peace, freedom and unity! I certainly felt him standing what seemed like a mile away! Rest in peace Madiba.

MJ Bradley
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What an amazing man! He truly was the father of modern South Africa.. My only wish is that we had more of his ilk in our world. Fly among the stars Madiba and be at peace.

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