Here at the Londolozi blog, our aim is to be your daily link to the wilderness, no matter where you are in the world. And we’ve just thought of another way to make this possible. Today, we’re proud to bring you our first podcast. So if you’re stuck in traffic, at the gym or even just making dinner, you can transport yourself to the African wilderness by listening to the stories and adventures happening now at Londolozi.

Today we discussed the realities of being a female ranger. It’s something guests have been asking me for years and so I’ve gathered three of my friends and colleagues into a room to chat it out and to share our thoughts and experiences with you. What is the reality for women in a fairly male-dominated industry? Well we’re about to let you know.

This conversation takes a number of turns but what we really want to say is that at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female. The job of a ranger is to guide guests into this beautiful natural area and to share our passion for this wilderness with you. We all bring our own piece of uniqueness to the the team but essentially what binds us is our deep love for Nature.

Enjoy…

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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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Marinda Drake

Loooved the podcast. Such a great idea. Looking forward to many more.

Amy Attenborough

Thanks so much Marinda!

Jeff Rodgers

Great discussion. Our first visit to Londolozi was in 1999 and we had a female Ranger. Incredible experience and great stories. A few years ago you guided us and had a great Wild Dog siting among others. My experience as a sales executive for 35 years is that women will almost always do a better job than a man and I’ll take a wild guess that you & the female Rangers enjoy the ‘friendly’ competition with the male Rangers.

Amy Attenborough

Haha thank you Jeff. I think the entire team enjoys a bit of friendly competition. As such an avid blog follower, what sort of stories would you be interested in hearing about going forward?

Jeff Rodgers

I’d like to see continued blogs by Kylie, my long distance Lightroom teacher, about various LR techniques. And I’d love for you to continue your posts that are often not specifically about animals but are about the trees, the water and the feelings one has when they are at Londolozi.

Denise Vouri

Amy,
I’d travel with you anywhere in the bush! Your knowledge and passion are obvious. I found the podcast quite illuminating inasmuch as you included others in and relating your field. Thank you!!

Amy Attenborough

Thanks so much Denise!

Carolyn Whitaker

Thank you for creating another way to link us to Londolozi. I look forward to listening to these and sharing them with friends.

Amy Attenborough

Thank you Carolyn! We look forward to sharing them with you!!

Gillian Lacey

The podcast was great. Lovely to hear Andrea again – she & Jerry were a brilliant team when we visited. It seemed that there was nothing that between them they didn’t know about the bush! Oh and by the way Andrea really could and no doubt still can “multi-task” – talking to us deciding where we were going for the morning, talking on the radio to everyone else and talking to Jerry about the best route to get there! Brilliant…!

Judith Guffey

I’ve had the supreme pleasure of being with Talley on two separate trips to Londolozi. I never for a moment doubted her ability. On one occasion I was the only guest in the vehicle and she gave me a very thorough description of what she went through while training to be a ranger. Power to her and all the female rangers….and the male rangers as well. I love everything about Londolozi and this new podcast series will make my long wait between visits tolerable. Aloha from Hawai’i.

Amy Attenborough

Aloha Judy! Thank you for your comment. Being a part of the greater Londolozi family, what sort of stories would you like to hear about on the podcast going forward? Many thanks, Amy

Nickolette Karabush

Thank you for the wonderful podcast! I have learned so much more about Londolozi. The training you ladies went through is quite impressive! (ok and reassuring:) This will be our first safari, I am very excited and kind of nervous, all at the same time!

Amy Attenborough

Thank you Nickolette. We can’t wait to have you here! And don’t worry, you have nothing to worry about. Just keep up the excitement 🙂

Janice Riley

I love the idea of a podcast. Another way for me to listen to stories and feel as though I am back in Africa. I have become a Londolozi groupie and check the newsletter daily. I first discovered Londolozi through Andrea Campbell who was our guide at another Lodge. One day I will make it back to your amazing part of the world. Lovely to hear you all.

Amy Attenborough

Ah we’re so happy to hear that. Thank you Janice! It is very much our aim to connect you to Londolozi daily until you get to visit us again. What sorts of stories and topics would you like to be hearing on the podcast until then?

Janice Riley

Hi again. It is interesting hearing how the staff came to be at Londolozi. I would like to hear from other guides and trackers. I would also like to hear about some basic tracking techniques, perhaps with video. The centre piece of my photo book from Africa was my ‘poo and print’ page. I have a picture of the animal, it’s foot print & scat. I even have Andrea’s footprint (thankfully that was all she supplied!). I think I labelled everything correctly but it would be good to see how the experts do it. Also, any chance of a photographic competition and the winner gets to visit Londolozi??!! Thanks & keep up the great work.

David Attenborough

As a biased supporter of female rangers, I have to say I loved yesterdays podcast. I loved the banter between the ‘girls’, loved the detail that was shared – obviously able to put so much more detail across in the podcast.
It put a whole new slant on my drive to work listening to the chat. Well done Amy, Andrea, Tally and Jessica – you all put across such beautiful perceptions of Londolozi’s nature and your jobs.

Jody Konopinski

Very interesting discussion! On our recent visit, Andrea was our guide. I felt very safe and comfortable with her and enjoyed every moment. My daughters were with us and we have always told them they can do anything they want in life. Andrea was a great example of that for them!

Amy Attenborough

Thanks so much Jody. We’re so glad you found it interesting. And you’re right Andrea is fabulous! We look forward to seeing what it is that your daughters choose to do in the future. Best regards, Amy

Susan Strauss

Loved this, please do more. What’s the age limit to become a ranger??🦁❤️

Rich Laburn

What a wonderful Podcast! I really look forward to hearing more stories and ideas in this format.

Eulalia Angédu

Nice podcast there.Keep up Amy.We proud f you.You are an inspiration to many.

Gary Gartsman

Amy, great to hear the podcast. Joan and I were with you a few weeks ago and obviously we agree with all the comments – you are a terrific guide.
I don’t want to gloss over the issues you faced (and face still) regarding women rangers. Joan, you and I were talking with another couple at Tree Camp. They were mid-70s, very well educated and articulate.
I remember as you explained what you did at a Londolozi that I almost laughed out loud as the gentleman struggled to reconcile in his mind – woman, pretty woman, ranger, guide, wild animals, rifle, Africa Safari.
I could see the confusion on his face. It was almost too much for him but i was impressed by your patience and kindness as you explained what you did at Londolozi. It was wonderful to see the lights go on in his head when he understood that when you said you were our ranger, what you meant by that was that, you…were…our… ranger.
Joan and I can’t wait to return to Londolozi. You made our stay so memorable.
I just wanted to point out that we know not everything is as easy as you make it appear.
Best always.

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