Ancient Wisdom, Modern Technology and Nature are a core foundation of Londolozi’s guiding values and principles.  Indeed this mantra has served us extremely well ever since the Industrial Age gave way to the Information Age and now evolves into the Experience Age.  True to our pioneering spirit and in celebration of our 90th Anniversary, we want to give our guests and online community a gift from our collective learnings and experience.  So as part 1 of this gift we proudly introduce the Leopards of Londolozi Interactive Touch Display:

It is no secret that since 1979 Londolozi has had a love affair with leopards.  One of the first viewable leopards in Africa was first seen at Londolozi in 1979 and over the course of 12 years this leopard allowed guides, trackers and naturalists to develop a relationship with her.  It was a relationship during which a dynasty of Londolozi leopards was born and as such has come to define game viewing at Londolozi.  In doing so it has also offered a showcase of what is possible when man partners with nature.  During those early days of watching the Mother Leopard, as she affectionately came to be known, we learnt the subtleties of leopard behaviour, began to understand the intricacies of their lives and most importantly began to gain their trust. Subsequently, Londolozi has had the privilege of watching other notable leopard lineages establish themselves on this piece of wilderness. Some of those lineages include the River Female lineage, Saseka Female lineage and Sunsetbend lineage.

Over the last 4 decades, this dynasty has been chronicled by the many guides and trackers, past and present, who have worked at Londolozi. Each year we add to this growing body of work as the Leopards of Londolozi continue to enthrall, entertain and inspire our guests and staff. As a mecca for leopard viewing on the continent and with a dedicated team of naturalists recording these leopards’ lives daily, the outcome is a depth and knowledge of their stories that is unsurpassed.  For the first time ever, this data has been curated into a digital archive for exploration, storytelling, learning and understanding about this most mysterious of cats.

The interactive touch display is a platform for consciousness around leopards: their behaviour, mythology, iconic stories and the process of tracking them on foot as well as through days gone by.  This celebration of leopards is split up into various sections for our guests own journey of exploration and discovery:

Leopard Profiles

The journey begins with an exploration of individual leopards (past and present) who form a part of the Leopards of Londolozi.

Leopard Profile Screen

With over 52 recorded individuals, this stunning archive of content features stories, information, territorial movements, images and HD video for many of these well recognised leopards.

The touch display aims to provide useful information about a leopard’s common behaviour patterns and traits. The 24hrs Leopard Behaviour section offers a glimpse into the many different behaviours of a leopard on any given day.

What we thought we knew about leopards continues to shift as our knowledge of these cats grows ever deeper. We’ve seen the 3:4 leopard, also known as Mañana, adopt and raise her daughter’s cub to adulthood, and later watched as the then independent male allowed his grandmother to feed on his kills as she aged and weakened. We’ve seen as many as 8 leopards in one sighting, where previously they were thought to be strictly solitary animals, only meeting for mating purposes or when raising cubs. We’ve seen two males taking turns to mate with one female, watched two adult leopards kill a warthog together and seen leopards feed alongside hyenas on a kill when no one believed they would tolerate such a thing.

Tracking Leopards

Tracking remains a core aspect of the Londolozi experience and as a feature of how we find these leopards and many other animals on a daily basis. The Art of Tracking section offers a glimpse into some of the basic things to remember when on the tracks of a leopard.

Tracking Leopards Explanation by Alex Van Den Heever

The Art of Tracking is narrated by Alex Van Den Heever, co-founder and head of the Tracker Academy. With his broad depth of experience and tracking knowledge, Alex explains everything from what a track is and how the alarm calls of prey animals work, to how to successfully find the animal in the wild.

Tracking the leopards of days gone by to the leopards of today is a fascinating art. Some leopards of the early lineages remain, whilst new leopards show up too. Owing to the dynamic nature of leopard populations and their territorial behaviour, individual animals move into areas where they can secure a territory for themselves. On occasions this means they move away from Londolozi, never to be seen again, whilst at times new leopards arrive and establish themselves. Because of this, and because of the massive 6 million acre wilderness system of which we form a part, we know that the leopard gene pool of Londolozi and the greater African population only continues to grow stronger.

At a time when the future of leopards is severely threatened and where they are persecuted around the world, the important haven that Londolozi provides for these magnificent cats becomes ever more apparent.

These animals have intimately shared with us their story and thus woven ours into theirs. Through moments of beauty, mystery and exhilaration we have been made to fall in love with these cats time and time again. We trust that you may cross a few of their paths whilst on safari with us and we hope that you too get to share in some incredible encounters with one of the world’s most iconic cats both out in the wilderness of Londolozi and on the touch display- situated in the original Sparta Rondawels at Varty Camp.

We encourage all guests visiting Londolozi to visit the interactive touch display and experience for themselves this growing body of knowledge, videos, imagery and stories.  To our dedicated online community around the world, stay tuned for an exciting announcement just for you on Tuesday…

Our thanks and sincere appreciation to Paul and Andy at Fonk Mobile for their work in the creation of this project.

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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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Alex Leatamo
Guest

This is an amazing because i have been knowing that leopards are entirely solitary cats but after reading i’m totaly amuzed and learning keep up with the good job u ar doing it’s highly appreciated!

Jill Larone
Guest

Hi Rich, I have read the book, “The Leopards of Londolozi” and enjoyed it immensely, so it’s very exciting to hear about this further interactive project, to track the different Leopard lineages that have made Londolozi their home, and record the history and story of their lives. I will certainly be sure to check out the touch display when I return to Londolozi, hopefully in the very near future.

Al Kaiser
Guest

I just spent an hour trying it out at Varty Camp. I could spend hours more!! What a tremendous resource.

MJ
Guest

Love your new video! Happy 90th Londolozi! I thank you for keeping this corner of paradise so wonderful!

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