It was July 2009 and there was exactly one comment pending on the Londolozi Blog.  We had just published our first ever post and for the most part it disappeared into the ether of the internet.  It was however, that single comment which demonstrated to us that people were listening and, more than ever before, it was important to begin telling our stories.  As I now sit and write this post, just over eight years later, those original words written by Dave Varty are as true today as they were back then:

Londolozi is located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and is surrounded by 6 million acres of wild land. It is a place where nature’s intelligent processes unfold daily, substantially unimpeded. The Londolozi camps, vehicles and general business model unashamedly draws on modern technology in delivering a convenient and comfortable guest experience. The safari industry has done itself proud in bringing Africa to the discerning travellers, successfully raising “Safari” as a priority travel experience for many world travellers. The industry has truly matured and competes with anything the world has to offer.

Perhaps the more difficult challenge now facing us is the ability to deliver in this modern and fast moving world, the profound and diminishing ingredients of ancient wisdom. Much of this wisdom has been trampled or lost as the industrial world has advanced to a point beyond the limits of growth and extraction of finite resources.

At Londolozi we regard ourselves as lucky and privileged to still be exposed to the last vestiges of this ancient wisdom, handed down by generations and the fore fathers of many of our trackers and rangers who are descendents of these hunter gatherers who gently harvested nature and had within their DNA a profound wisdom.

The descendants of these great naturalists still work at Londolozi today and this ancient wisdom remains deeply rooted in many of the Londolozi trackers and rangers psyche. Indeed we estimate that no less than 350 years of combined wisdom reside within this unique gathering of very special individuals who make up the Londolozi ranging and tracking reams who guide guests daily across the Londolozi reserve.

Increasingly at Londolozi we are seeking ways to preserve and unlock this wisdom for posterity. We hope to communicate it to our guests and if possible, a wider audience in the belief that we all have an essential need to learn from these ancient cultures as we now understand that their way was sustainable and ours is not.

Storytelling and the sharing of Africa’s great wisdom has always been at the core of what the Londolozi Blog stands for. We are committed to reconnecting our treasured guests back to the wilderness, not only during their time at Londolozi but also long after they have returned home.  It is one of our most important values and plays a key role in keeping with Londolozi’s mission of:

Creating a space and a place where people can be the best versions of themselves“.

Over the years the storytelling has developed into epic, ongoing narratives about the lion pride dynamics, Leopards of Londolozi, Photography tips, African cuisine, South African wine, life at Londolozi, The Week in Pictures (TWIP) and emotive videos to keep you, the reader, connected to the wilderness and inspired to be the best version of yourself, wherever you might be.  We have created interactive educational iBooks for children on safari and developed a website dedicated entirely to the Leopards of Londolozi. Our latest addition to this online ecosystem is the Londolozi Live platform.

Londolozi Mashaba female Leopard

Over the past month you may have noticed a few changes to the site and now we officially invite you to sign up for a Londolozi Live account (if you haven’t done so already) and join our growing digital family, united by our respect for nature and love of the wild.  Membership is free and grants access to the Londolozi community, numerous innovative services and benefits across our digital ecosystem.  Here is a quick run down of how to begin:

Get Started – Quick Sign Up/In

The easiest way to get signed up for a Londolozi Live profile is to login in using Facebook or one of your social media accounts.  Alternatively we encourage you to click in the top right hand corner of the site to: Sign In/Register to get the dropdown menu below.  Click on Register (Bottom right corner) and create an account with your details, email address and password of your choice.

If you would like to receive a daily story directly to your inbox then leave the Subscribe to Newsletter box ticked.

Your Profile

Tweak your Londolozi Live profile to share your collection of badges, leopard cards and stories from your experience at Londolozi.  If you are more a secretive animal you can also keep your profile private.

Londolozi Blog Profile

Discuss Stories

Chat with other Londolozi Live Explorers and with your favourite Contributors from the Londolozi team about their photos and stories from the wild.  If you develop an interesting conversation with other readers and contributors, you will receive points for every response to a comment thread.

Earn Points and Badges

Every time you visit Londolozi Live you will earn points for your profile.  Points are awarded for each of your interactions with Londolozi Live, and for earning new badges and titles.  All members of the Londolozi Live community get points (although our in-house Contributors get a lot fewer to keep things fair ;).  There are two kinds of points:

Londolozi-Live-Points-Overview

Earn prowess and rank up as you interact with Londolozi Live and earn a spot of the monthly & overall points leaderboard.

Badges are awarded for achieving various things and come with a bunch of points in tow.  To see all the badges on offer and find out how to grab them, visit the Badge Showcase or click on any badge which you happen to find…

Londolozi-Live-Badge-Showcase

The Home of the Leopard

Tell us which of the Leopards of Londolozi you’ve encountered during your visit.  Their card will move to your profile page collection.

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Mashaba 3:3 Female
2008 - present

The Mashaba female is currently Londolozi’s best known leopard. Her relaxed nature means she is comfortable around the camps and vehicles.

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Mashaba 3:3 Female

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29 stories
Territory
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2 known
Litters
3 known
Offspring
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Siblings
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An enigmatic female not often encountered, this leopard lives to the north of the Sand River.

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Tutlwa 4:3 Female

Lineage
Sunsetbend
Identification
markings
Timeline
17 stories
Territory
maps
Parents
2 known
Litters
7 known
Offspring
known
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Videos
playlist

Rent Photographic Gear

If you need a camera, lens or photographic kit for your stay, you can use your profile to seamlessly book it online and hassle free.  We encourage you to travel to Londolozi light and easy and let us handle all your photographic requirements whilst on safari with us.

Privacy and Security

We will never post to Facebook, Twitter of Google+ without your permission.  Read more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Services.

Londolozi Tutlwa Female Leopard

It is with great excitement that I encourage you to sign up for your own profile and be a part of this enduring family who are united by our love of the natural world and connection with a wilderness greater than ourselves.

Sincerely,

Rich Laburn

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Involved Leopards

Mashaba 3:3 Female

Mashaba 3:3 Female

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Tutlwa 4:3 Female

Tutlwa 4:3 Female

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About the Author

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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Denise Vouri

I tried to follow your directions to sign up for Londolozi Live but on this site the drop down menu did not include registration. Please advise. Do I need to go to Londolozi.com to register rather than from the blog site?? Thank you.

Amy Attenborough

Hi Denise. Can you just confirm that when you went to blog.londolozi.com there was no “sign in/register” in the top right-hand corner of the screen? If you’re still having trouble please mail me at content@londolozi.com and I’d be happy to help. Many thanks, Amy

Rich Laburn

Hi Denise, I have sent you a mail with instructions on where to find the Register button. Just to correct Amy, the Register button is actually in the BOTTOM right hand corner of the dropdown menu when you click Sign In/Register. Please let us know if you get signed up alright?

Michael Klauber

Rich, We are thrilled with the new interactive abilities with the Londolozi Blog! Terri and I couldn’t imagine our days without the daily break and connection to our favorite place on earth! We love all the diverse stories, photos, and of course hearing from all of you there is wonderful. Thanks for all your hard work and please send our best to the team! Keep ’em coming!
Safari dreams, Michael and Terri Klauber

Rich Laburn

Michael, congratulations on being the top ranked Londolozi Live member, its unbelievable to see how many points you have racked up already! However it is certainly a testament to your and Terri’s connection to this place. We will continue to keep the stories coming (be sure to check out the new Live Guided feature video later today) and I will pass on your best to the team. Warmest, Rich & the Londolozi Live team.

Judith Guffey

Counting days. Founders… here I come.

Rich Laburn

Looking forward to having you Judy. How many days until you get back to Londolozi?

Judith Guffey

3 months …. 2 days. Yea! Arrive December 5.

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