Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives- Mary Ann Brussat

Last year Londolozi experienced one of the worst droughts we’ve seen in decades. Two years of failed rains meant the land became barren, completely devoid of grass and the Sand River dried up. Browsing and grazing animals bore the brunt of the suffering and buffalo herds became skeletal. The herds were so severely weakened that they became easy pickings for the lions. A lot of animals even vacated the land, spreading throughout the Greater Kruger National Park, desperately in search of food. At Londolozi we all feared that the land would never bounce back and that the place we loved so much would never be the same again.

And then in late November, the clouds rolled in from the west and dumped a deluge of life-giving rain on this land. As if overnight, Londolozi burst back to life again.

James Tyrrell and I had been documenting this process since the heart of the drought, in the hope that things would eventually change. Below is a video we have put together for you so that you too can witness the power of transformation.

What it’s shown all of us is that we need to question the stories we put onto the droughts in our lives. Despite the undeniable difficulty of the time; possibly this moment of barrenness, harshness, lack of opportunity or lack of abundance is actually stripping the landscape of your life in preparation for complete rebirth and renewal.

All this land needed was water to turn into a paradise again. The question is, what do you most need to bring you to life?

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Amy Attenborough

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Amy has a rich field-guiding history, having spent time at both Phinda and Ngala Game Reserves. This diversity of past guiding locations brought her an intimate understanding of different biomes across South Africa, and she immediately began making a name for herself as ...

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    Bridie Tane says:

    Amazing film James and Amy! Good to see Sandros!!

    Mands says:

    I absolutely love this. Well done team… power, beauty and truth flowing through this Piece. ❤️

    Teresa Flory says:

    Beautifully done and so true!!! Thanks for all the work so many of you put into this blog. I enjoy it every morning with a cup of coffee and yearn for the day that I can return to Londolozi. Your words, pictures, time and effort are much appreciated across the globe in California!

    Allan Taylor says:

    A very good video – well done!

    Dave Mills says:

    Oh, my gosh. Absolutely awesome. Thanks.

    Deb and Frank Kohlenstein says:

    Beautifully done! Every morning as I sip on my morning coffee,I am transported back to Londolozi through your photos,videos, and words. Thank you for all your time and effort. We appreciate it across the world in Colorado.

    Dina says:

    great video!!!

    Wendy Hawkins says:

    Wonderful guys thank you for sharing! I love the transformation – Nature never ceases to amaze us!

    Patsy Crisp says:

    Thank you for this wonderful documentary. Having witnessed this change in the north it is great to have this record – drought to paradise. The transformation is quite remarkable. Thank you and for your interesting daily blogs as well – a must for me to read and certainly brings education into my life. What a great team and spirit you have – definately on the bucket list!

    Les Moodie says:


    Marion Vollborn says:

    Well done, amazing video

    Diane Phillips says:

    Absolutely brilliant. So nice to hear your voices. There is always hope around the corner. Thank you.

    Francois Daubenton says:

    John and Dave thanks for all you have done for conservation in SA. I remember well the chats about starting out at your home in saxonwold in JHB in the late 1960’s. Congratulations, well done. Regards Francois.

    Lynne says:

    I will never complain again about “when will the rain stop falling !!” Lovely video!

    Eve Eaton says:

    Love this! And our lion being attacked video made the cut! #XTremeStar

    Fran says:

    So enjoyed seeing the transformation. We were there last October when it was very dry and glad you’ve gotten the rain to beautify your land again.

    Lea says:

    It broke my heart to see the drought and the hardships for humans and animals. Beautiful video and it shows how wonderful Mother Nature can be. At times harsh, but then she softens and look what happens. Thanks for this fantastic blog and video.

    Phil Schultz says:

    My one trip to Londolozi occurred in the middle of the drought in May 2016. Will return May 2018 perhaps to a transformed landscape.

    Tom says:

    Simply Outstanding!

    Cameron says:

    Beautifully captures the inevitability of change and renewal. “During the perceived time of drought, comes the most learning, the most growth and very often comes the greatest opportunity.” Amen, Dave.

    Stuart Manford says:

    This was one of those ‘feed the soul’ stories we spoke of earlier Amy, beautifully done, Thank you.

    Jill Larone says:

    Astounding, beautiful video! You have come through a very difficult time and it’s so incredible to see the transformation, with the rains bringing renewal.

    Viv says:

    What is the music that accompanies this please? I know it, but my brain won’t play nice 🙁

    James Tyrrell says:

    Hi Viv,
    We use stock music from a website called Mama Dance. The two tracks were called Missing and Flexor.
    Best Regards

    VIRGINIA says:

    Beautiful … so glad the drought is over!

    Susan Strauss says:

    Yes!!! Hope realized

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