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Werner Breedt

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Werner guided at Londolozi from 2014-2016, but misses it so much now that he is based down in the Western Cape, that he begged to be able to continue contributing to the blog. Look out for his posts on a wide range of ...

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on Why We Connect With the Bush

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Jill Larone
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Beautifully written Werner. It is an incredible experience, spending time in the bush with these beautiful animals. It is very emotional, looking into their eyes and knowing that they are wondering about you too. It brings life into focus and makes you realize what is really important. It’s quite a humbling experience that I also found was life-changing. Thank you for sharing your great write-up and stunning pictures with us.

Sondra Brunone
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That person he writes about could have been me. I asked on our first game drive to see a Giraffe. We turned the corner and there one was. Only half hour later, we came up close and personal with a beautiful leopard and I took my first successful wildlife shot (one of 1500 on my trip. I went overboard and still haven’t managed to weed through them all). While we were at Londolozi, there were hundreds of elephants and we were surrounded by them on multiple occasions. It was simply a dream come true. I thought close encounters like this would be scary. They were the opposite. I can’t imagine a happier moment than the many ones we experienced out in the wild with the animals. Breathtaking, really.
I usually dream about work at night (sad, I know). When I returned home, I remained on safari every night as soon as my head hit the pillow. It was (and still is) literally the stuff of dreams. My safari was just the coolest thing I’ve ever done. I can not wait to be out there in the “real” world again. The African bush is by far the best escape from the crazy lives we live. Thank you for making it possible.

Courtney M
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This sounds like me, eh James T? I literally could not help but weep from a full and open heart each day in the bush. That’s why Londolozi will always be my heart’s home.

Judy Guffey
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My elephant moment: 2012 with Talley and Freddy. Just the 3 of us in the vehicle. Breeding herd slowly surrounded the vehicke. Freddy on the tracker’s seat caught it all on video with my small video camera. I sat motionless and mesmerized. This was the last drive of a 10 night stay. Brought tears to my eyes.

G. Single
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Wonderful blog, Werner

Virginia
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Sounds like me too! I was touched by the grace and majesty of Londolozi and the wildlife. As soon as I set foot on Varty Camp I started to cry. It just hit me like a ton of bricks. That set in motion a whole bunch of other times where the amazingness of the animals would again make me cry with joy. I remember looking through my binoculars at a Cheetahs face and start to cry. In awe of the grandness of nature. I will never forget this. This experience changed my life and I will be back soon!

Werner Breedt
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Big pleasure Jill! I always say animals have a certain level of intelligence that we do not understand. They do not need to be taught what to do, their innate intelligence leaves one dumbfounded

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