I began my career at Londolozi a little under a year and a half ago with a blog post that had the following quote from Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
It was these very words that led me to give up a promising corporate career, and follow a burning desire to fulfill a lifelong passion for the natural environment, and more recently, wildlife photography.
Although the decision at the time was filled with an immeasurable amount of stress and anxiety, especially in light of the many sacrifices I would have to make, it has been unquestionably the best life decision I have ever made.
Arriving at Londolozi on the 25th June 2016, as a new trainee ranger, I was nervous and apprehensive not only for what would lie ahead, but for the life I had just left behind in Johannesburg, including family, close friends and loved ones.
Nearly 18 months later, and with a multitude of truly life changing experiences, the time has come for me to move on. Londolozi has allowed me to truly become the best version of myself, and has thus been the driving force in the development of my aspirations of becoming a professional wildlife photographer.
There are very few people that could honestly tell you what their passion in life is, and the reality of the world in which we live, is that even fewer will be able to say that what they do for a living, is in fact their passion. Although I am incredibly sad to leave, I am also fortunate enough that my journey now continues beyond Londolozi and extends to elsewhere on the beautiful continent of Africa, where I will continue to share my passion for nature and wildlife photography with many others.
Aside from my own leap of faith, I will forever be indebted to the family of Londolozi, as well as expert tracker and close friend Euce Madonsela, for shaping me into the person I am today, and for further instilling my desire to explore, dream and discover.
The photos and video, are a series of unforgettable moments in my relatively short time as a ranger at Londolozi. Moments that I would like to share with everyone. I certainly hope you enjoy these images, as much as I did making the memories.