“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”– Rumi

Londolozi is a place full of hidden gems. People you meet do their jobs and do them beautifully but very often behind the scenes they have a whole crop of hidden skills and other talents that sometimes only their closest friends get to witness. This is exactly what we mean when we say that the staff here Live Guided. When you meet Frank Ubisi, who works in the Habitat Team, you may not know that his hardy tractor-driving hands are capable of growing the happiest patch of spinach in the Greater Kruger Area. David Dampier, whose primary job is to run Londolozi’s finances from behind a computer screen, can light up the Varty Camp boma with his guitar skills and Thoko Mazibuko, one of the Founder’s Camp Butlers is an under-cover drumming virtuoso. The talent I want to focus on today though is one who brings Londolozi’s animals to life in a way that you haven’t yet seen on this blog. Today we introduce you to Roxy Burrough.

Roxy works in the Creative Hub as our in-house Graphic Designer. Recently, Rox and I were discussing the creative process and where it is that her inspiration comes from. Have any of you ever had the experience where you feel as though the universe (for lack of a better explanation) or something you can’t quite explain grabs hold of you and makes you write something, paint something or sing something? It’s a space where people describe feeling like a conduit. A message wants to come to life and because you’re open to it, it’s able to flow through you as opposed to necessarily coming from you. It’s the pinnacle of creative expression that artists thrive off. This happens to Roxy, but on an impressive scale. Like so many of us here, we are privileged to live lives inspired by Nature. Roxy takes the scenes, sightings and moments of beauty she sees here and re-creates pieces of art with them. Her works don’t see the light of day nearly enough though, so today I wanted to share a different perspective on Londolozi’s wildlife with you.

As author Liz Gilbert says, “Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.” Roxy Burrough’s drawings are proof of this. So enjoy one of Londolozi’s hidden gems…


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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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Gillian Lacey

Those drawings are absolutely stunning. What a talented lady – perhaps Londolozi should put on an art exhibition of some of these works together with some of the wonderful photos you share with us daily. I am sure there are many other people whose work could be exhibited as well to reflect life and the community at Londolozi.

Lauren Coape-Arnold

So so so stunning, Rox!!

Mary Beth Wheeler

So nice to put a creator’s name to those incredible drawings! I’ve long admired the first one I ever saw – Camp Pan – and would love to have one in my home. What an awesome talent!

Carla Sordo

What an amazing talent. Stunning drawings. Congratulations.

Carla Sordo

What an amazing talent. Stunning drawings. Congratulations Roxy

Jeff Rodgers

Another great post and what a talent!!! Are some of the drawings available in the Curio Shop? And might Roxy consider a commission of a drawing from a photograph?

Amy Attenborough

Thank you for your interest Jeff. Roxy is currently on leave but I will pass your message on and you can expect a response within the next few weeks. Many thanks, Amy

Al Kaiser

I’ve been asking for some time when Roxy’s work will be available in the gift shop…..She probably didn’t tell you what a great leopard spotter she is too!

Linda Polley

Wow! Those are fabulous! Is it possible for Roxy to sell her work at the gift shop? I hope to return to Londolozi one day and would love to see her work for sale there.

Amy Attenborough

It’s a great idea Linda. We’ll have to chat to Roxy and see what we can do!

Jill Larone

Wow, Roxy you are such a talented artist! Your drawings are so beautiful!!

Susan Strauss

So beautiful! Roxy, what talent you have, please share more!

James Tyrrell

Rox – Your pics are simply breathtaking!

William Julien

Beautiful sketches, Rox! Londolozi (or you ) should sell on-line; not that easy to get back to the gift shop.

Amanda Ritchie

Beautiful post, Ams! And Stunning illustrations Rox – well done!

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