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The Robinsons

Sean, Kelly, James (aged 11) and Luke (aged 8) Robinson graced us with their presence at Londolozi yet again last month and we were very happy to have them with us for what was close to their tenth time. Since we have known him, Sean has had a deep passion for photography and we have […]

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A Little Something Artistic

We stayed at Varty Camp on September 15th and 16th. We had an extraordinary experience. I made a short video of some of the things we saw and posted it on Vimeo: My husband, Peter, is a painter and he did some watercolor portraits of our Guide and our tracker. Here they are: Filmed by […]

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Jane Wood on safari

Jane and Chris Wood have been to Londolozi over 5 times since 2010 and we absolutely love having them as much as they enjoy coming! Only having featured once on the Londolozi blog in the form of a short video we thought is was about time that we showed some of Jane’s wonderful pictures from their […]

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A Search for Leopards

In 2008 my wife and I spent 30 days visiting four different countries in Africa. We came home with about 5,000 photos of virtually every animal and bird imaginable….except a Leopard. I immediately started searching online to find where the most Leopards live and when was the best time to photograph them. My research led […]

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Another three nights on safari

Besides golf, no hobby is more inspiring and enjoyable for me than photography. And no form of photography is more inspiring and enjoyable than wildlife photography on safari in Africa. And no place is better for that than Londolozi. Last month, I visited Londolozi for the second time; you can read my blog post from […]

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The Swaintek’s on safari

Tree Camp guests, Beth and Tom Swaintek share with us their wonderful safari highlights from their four night stay. They did not let the unfortunate event of the early rains spoil their trip and without a moment of question, they were out on every single drive. This worked very much in their favour and with […]

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Charlotte on safari

Second time to Londolozi and Charlotte Cornett was on a mission to get some top photographs to go home with. Being some of the first guests to rent photographic equipment from us since we have launched this new service, she was determined to get some great shots and she did! With ranger Rich Burman and […]

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Safari Highlights from Varty Camp

Recent Londolozi guests, Andrew and Natasha Osborne spent three nights with us at Varty Camp and were kind enough to share some of their amazing pictures with us. I was fortunate enough to go on game drive with them on their first afternoon and we had a wonderful time talking all about the ins and […]

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Third time just as lucky

After two visits and two wonderful blog posts within a year, it only made sense to do another post showcasing more of Anthony Goldman’s fantastic pictures of his most recent, third visit to Londolozi! His next visit for May next year is already booked and we cannot wait to see more, until then, enjoy these… Photographed […]

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Camp Pan Chases Dudley Cub

We hadn’t seen Wild Dogs on the property in a week or so, but with the pack of 9 currently denning in the Western Sector of the Sabi Sands, we knew that to have a chance of finding these elusive animals, we would have to have a gamble at finding a different pack of 8 […]

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Rita’s Recent Visit

The name Rita Shaw is one that most of our blog followers with recognise as she has not only been an avid blog follower and long time Londolozi guest, she has once before been featured on the Londolozi blog. It is with good reason that this will be her second post on our blog as […]

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Safari Dreams – Our Chalet

Deep in the wilds of Africa we found our honeymoon chalet. Built over the riverine bush we would lie in bed at night and listen to the animal cries, feeling so small and so human in this world of other kings. When the sun was high on those lazy afternoons we’d hide out on the porch […]

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Londolozi – A Photographic Journey

As the plane descended to the landing strip I could feel an overwhelming suspense in my chest, as if I had been waiting to exhale since the last time I was in the Sabi Sands. I had left home on the other side of the world with a blessing from my husband and young son […]

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Safari Nights

The people of South Africa stand as the example of everything good about humanity. They believe in peace and sharing and harmony. I like to think their souls are beautiful because they are a part of a true circle of life here. They understand their place among the animals, in the grass, with the trees, […]

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The Desperation sets in

The landing strip: the happiest and saddest place on Londolozi.  It is where dreams begin and journeys are started.  It is also where hearts are broken and desperation sets in. My journey began in March 2012 when I visited Londolozi on my honeymoon.  I set out just to “take pictures of animals” and as an […]

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Safari Afternoons

I will never forget hearing the first roar from a lion. My entire body filled with adrenaline, fear, anxiety, total alertness. It is a sound that cuts straight to the center of your chest, an emotional reaction that feels today the same way it must have felt to humans thousands of years ago. We would […]

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Safari Mornings

Before the sun rises every morning, we were awakened by a knock on the door where we rose for a light breakfast of oatmeal (with scotch if you prefer), the sun slowly waking up on the earth. We loaded up into our safari vehicles with hot water bottles, plaid wool blankets and, if you’re me, […]

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Our Great Adventure

I didn’t know what to expect when we set out for South Africa. To be honest, I was quite nervous and very skeptical of the romantic aspect that had been advertised; this was our honeymoon after all. I’ve never been that far from home and although I had been to northern Africa and the Middle East, this was […]

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The Tsalala Saga – An Update

Last week we released a post on the Tsalala Pride and their tree-climbing efforts in the attempt to rob the Ximpalapala young female leopard of a kill. This week the news broke of the sad demise of the Older Tailless lioness. While filming her attempts at tree climbing only a short while ago, I did […]

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My first leopard sighting

Londolozi is well known for the number of leopards they have living within the bounds of the property, and I was lucky enough to see three of them during my visit.  They were elusive at first though, and it wasn’t until our third afternoon game drive that we finally saw our first leopard; the lions […]

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Lion cubs crossing the Sand River

It is a known fact that cats, in general, are not big fans of water. This is even more so in the wild as, generally speaking, water is an incredibly dangerous place for an animal of any kind to be around, as they have the fear of what may be lurking in the darkness. So, […]

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Highlights of Safari

Long time Londolozi guests and our loyal ambassadors, Marianna Gdanis and Alan Griffiths, share their stunning photographic highlights from a recent trip to Londolozi Pioneer Camp. Having seen the Sparta Pride on a wildebeest kill, the Manghen pride make an impala kill and a variety of leopards including the Camp Pan Male and the Tamboti […]

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The Eldridge’s on Safari

Fred and Cathleen Eldridge stayed with us last month and, after receiving only one or two of Fred’s pictures via Facebook, I knew that we needed more to share with you all on the blog! They enjoyed a private vehicle with ranger Jess Boon and tracker, Jeff Mhlongo and by the looks of things, they […]

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Lions vs Buffalo

The Sparta pride were found snoozing under the shade of a Jackalberry tree in the Dudley Riverbank area. A large herd of buffalo was grazing nearby. As the sun dropped and the evening approached, yawns and stretching from the pride signaled their intentions to move. They lost no time in heading straight for the buffalo. […]

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Lessons learned in Africa

Summer is often the time for vacations, that necessary time to just be, and not just do, which I personally find very hard. It was almost a year ago when I committed to go on a trip to Africa, my first, to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday. There would be a large group of us […]

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Three nights at Londolozi

Our recent guest, Mitch Wolf, has a great eye for photography and so when he offered to share his pictures with us on the blog I was, needless to say, ecstatic! I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did… Photographed by Mitch Wolf – Londolozi guest

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I dream of Africa

I just came back from my looooooong-anticipated two-week bucket list trip to Africa, and am having a hard time getting back to “real life.” Michael and I spent a wondrous week glamping in Botswana and Zimbabwe, and then a night in Johannesburg before heading off to Martha Beck’s amazing African STAR Retreat at Londolozi. The […]

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A Home at Tree Camp

I have tried again and again to come up with a day-to-day account of our stay, or to summarize by game drive, but nothing could do it justice. I have an easy time of talking to people about aspects of the trip, of individual and unique moments we experienced, like lion cubs playing on a […]

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The Camp Pan Male still has it!

The argument as to which male leopard is most deserving of the ‘greatest leopard ever’ title has been ongoing for many years now within the ranging team at Londolozi. Some of the more recent additions to the team are in awe of the brawny Marthly male and his prowess as a fighter, while others are of […]

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Life Through a Lens

Marcus & Kate Westberg are a freelance writer-photographer team, who recently spent two years in Africa covering conservation and travel stories for NationalGeographic.com. Planning a trip to South Africa is far from easy; it is a large country, and around every corner there is a reel-stopping highlight waiting to be discovered. But there was one […]

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A lucky shot

Londolozi guest, David Fedonczak, came to Londolozi with his family and I had the great pleasure of meeting them in the Boma last week. I knew that David was an avid follower of our blog and had been for a few months, so it obviously excited me to get onto the topic! When I asked […]

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Four days at Londolozi

It is common for guests to request specific rangers on a return visit to Londolozi. So we were not surprised when Sheena and Peter Insull requested ranger Byron Serrao and tracker Judas Ngobene for their second visit to Londolozi.  What we were surprised about and found incredibly amusing, was when they got off the airplane […]

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Take three

Surprises in store for every guest – first time or veteran bush junkie, three friends give us their take on Londolozi… Most of you will remember Jolynne’s wonderful account of her first week of her two week stay at Londolozi, Christmas in May. Well, she decided to get some friends involved in blog writing and […]

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Martial Eagle hunts Klipspringer

Martial Eagles are the largest eagles at Londolozi. Masters of the skies, these enormous birds are incredible hunters, able to take down prey as large as monkeys and impala lambs. Whether it be a leopard, lion, people or martial eagle however, experience is often the key factor in determining success. Hunting opportunities missed, mistakes made […]

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The Wild Dogs of Londolozi

Now “The Wild Dogs of Londolozi” join the long-famous “Leopards of Londolozi.” By the third day of our Londolozi visit we’d seen two packs of the highly endangered African wild dog – for an amazing total of 27 dogs! The first spot, a pack of nine, was very vocal, whining and crying and constantly on […]

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Wild Dog Bites Hyena

For a number of days a pack of wild dogs had been seen around the Ximpalapala clearings. One day 5 dogs would be seen, the next 4, the next 6. Our hopes were raised that the dogs may have been denning somewhere in the vicinity, but it wasn’t long before we realised that the regular […]

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Tamboti Female Leopard and Cubs

After many apparently unsuccessful mating attempts with the Maxabene 3:2, Camp Pan and 5:5 males, the Tamboti female finally gave birth to a litter of two in late February or early March of this year. Initially stashing the cubs in a large termite mound under a dead leadwood tree off Rooystens Rd, it wasn’t long […]

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Christmas in May

It’s Christmas in May and filled with anticipation I wait impatiently for 6:00 and the first game drive of the day. Be it a giraffe in the grey mist or lions in the golden rays of first light, a Londolozi morning never disappoints. The unmistakeable roar throughout the early morning hours meant just one thing […]

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A ‘Family’ Affair

After an evening in the wine cellar with many a bottle of a wine, some great food, conversation and a few staff members, John Rhodes words were, ‘it was like being with family’. I always find it such a treat to reconnect with guests that I have previously looked after and last month was no […]

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A Buffalo Birth

Anders Westermann is a repeat guest to Londolozi and I was fortunate enough to have met him during his last stay with us in April. In my new role on the blog team, I always have my ear close to the ground in order to get new and interesting footage from guests and rangers. This […]

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Life’s Photographic Moments

Wildlife and photography go together like peas and carrots.  It just works. This is the reason that a vast majority of  guides either have a serious interest in photography or at the very least develop a keen interest the more time they spend in the field. But have you ever thought about the trackers? Have […]

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Anthony Goldman at Londolozi

Anthony Goldman recently returned to Londolozi and is coming back again in August this year. Once the bug bites, it bites hard! Driving with ranger Alfie Mathebula and tracker Bennet Mathonsi on his most recent visit, Anthony was placed in some wonderful positions to capture what he saw on camera. Leopards with cubs, lions and […]

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Close Encounters of the Spotted Variety

Sunday morning’s game drive was so spectacular, we couldn’t expect it could be topped. Boy were we wrong!  We mustered at the truck at 4:30 following afternoon tea. Michael and I were seated on the top seats of the vehicle, with what I think are the best panoramic views.   Our first sighting was the […]

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It’s Dark at 5:00 am

When you turn out the lights in the African bush it is very dark! We couldn’t even see our hands in front of our faces. And it’s still dark at 5:00 a.m. when you get the knock on the door accompanied by juice, coffee, fruit and yoghurt. Bleary-eyed, we stumbled to the bathroom, pulled ourselves […]

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In and Out of Africa

A one hour drive from Franschhoek, a two hour wait at the Cape Town airport, a two and a half hour flight to Nelspruit (Kruger National Park), a one hour drive on hard top and a one hour drive on a dirt road, but we finally arrived at Londolozi, our first safari stop, located in the […]

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The Rose’s on Safari

Stuart and Michelle Rose recently stayed in Tree Camp and I was fortunate enough to bump into them while they were on their village walk with Linah. We got chatting and I was able to view some of Stuart’s photographs that he had taken that morning on game drive with Dean Smithyman and Elmon Mhlongo. […]

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