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The Secret to Making Your Subject ‘Pop’

by James Tyrrell February 27, 2014
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Portrait shots, or simply photographs of individual animals in typical pose, are greatly enhanced when the subject matter ‘pops’. When it jumps out at you from the photograph. When your eye is immediately drawn to what ever point the photographer was intending to be the main point of attention. There are a few ways to [...]

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NBC News interviews Boyd Varty

by Kate Neill February 26, 2014
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Men We Love: Boyd Varty Boyd Varty grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, and his memoir “Cathedral of the Wild” paints a vivid and captivating picture of a young life lived in proximity to both extraordinary beauty and incredible danger — a toe-curling encounter with a black mamba is just one example. [...]

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Introducing a New Leopard Litter

by Mike Sutherland February 25, 2014
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I will never forget the first time I had the privilege of watching Leopards mating here on Londolozi. It was a first for me in my Guiding career and in my life. It was June 2013, where the Marthly Male and the Tutlwa female engaged in their fascinating business of mating. A bout that lasts [...]

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Mhangeni Pride Territory: Where To Next?

by James Tyrrell February 24, 2014
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The Mhangeni pride continue to push the boundaries of their areas of operation. I hesitate to call it a territory yet, as they continue to surprise us with the places they appear in. Their current cubs are still nine strong, and in an area with such a high level of cub mortality, it is a [...]

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Underexposing

by James Tyrrell February 23, 2014
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I found out far too late in the game that the first step in taking decent pictures of wildlife was to simply know my way around my own camera. What this or that button does, what happens if I turn this dial, and – often importantly – how to press these buttons and change settings [...]

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The Week in Pictures #117

by Mike Sutherland February 21, 2014
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This week was unbelievable. Myself and Simon Smit, the newest Ranger in the team both drove Private Photographic safaris this week and we thought it would be great to see what sort of images we could gather from the time we spent in the bush. We made it our mission this week to push the [...]

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Six tricks to bird photography

by Kate Neill February 20, 2014
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In my short time of attempting any form of bird photography I have found it incredibly frustrating. With that in mind I thought I would explore the art of the possible and find out a few tips and tricks on how to photograph birds. Now, after doing some research I realised that it only gets [...]

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Q&A with Gogo Mo

by Ryan James February 19, 2014
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Seven years ago Maureen Groch (affectionately known as “Gogo Mo”) arrived at Londolozi with a very specific brief: the Varty family had asked her to be part of their mission to bring education to the heart of the reserve. They were looking for a mentor, guide, facilitator, teacher, and all-round “grounded” woman to run with [...]

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A Male Leopard hunts Warthogs

by Trevor McCall-Peat February 18, 2014
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As guides we are often asked about our excursions into the bush,  how many kills we have seen or if we could choose one moment that stood out above all the rest?  To be honest, it is very difficult to choose just one as they have all been amazing in their own way. There is [...]

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Lion Warfare: The Tsalala Pride Update

by Mike Sutherland February 17, 2014
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During the course of 2013 we watched curiously at the developments and changes in the pride dynamics within the borders of Londolozi. Particularly between the Tsalala pride, their existing members, new and old and the pressure being felt by the Mhangeni Pride and their 9 new youngsters. There was a time when Lion Warfare clogged [...]

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The 10 most romantic places

by Kate Neill February 16, 2014
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In the eyes of Green Global Travel, we make the top 10 most romantic places that they have ever stayed! Written by Bret Love and Mary Gabbett, this is what they had to say: When some people hear that we’re into ecotourism, they assume we’re sleeping in tents, using composting toilets, and volunteering on organic farms. All [...]

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Andrea´s first safari experience

by Kate Neill February 15, 2014
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Andrea Goldschmidt stayed with us in Founders Camp from the 25th–28th of December and drove with Nstako as their ranger and Robert as their tracker. Using a Canon 60D with a 100-400mm she managed to capture some beautiful shots! Some of the highlights of her time with us was being able to get so close to the [...]

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The Week in Pictures #116

by Mike Sutherland February 14, 2014
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This week was like any other summer week here on Londolozi. The birds are calling, the spiders are building, the days are warm and humid, and the rain is still present. There was much Lion activity around the camp with the Tsalala Pride offering great viewing with their, now almost 7 month old cubs. Hunting [...]

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The Value of Post Processing

by Mike Sutherland February 13, 2014

We are all naturalists out here in the heart of the bush. We strive to keep ourselves as close to the earth as possible. To hear the sounds and inhale the smells. We tend to get lost in this Eden we call home. A spectacle of nature, so intricately put together by Mother Nature herself [...]

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Shadrack Mkabela and Ripples of Change

by Ryan James February 12, 2014
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“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” – Robert F. Kennedy Justicia is a village located just outside of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. [...]

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A Leopard Update

by Mike Sutherland February 11, 2014
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It has been a while since we have had a review of all of the Leopards on the reserve. Who has been accounted for and who has been lost. Who we have said farewell to and who we have welcomed. The passers by, the brief glimpses, the elderly, the young. New territory holders and not [...]

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There is Love in Everything We Do

by Rich Laburn February 10, 2014
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Work is love made visible. The londolozi family is an assortment of generations and characters that are all dedicated to their work in making your experience the best it can be. This is the space we have created to hold your imagination and expectations from a luxurious journey to the African bushveld. From romantic turndowns [...]

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Landscapes, Leopards and Lovely birds by Luski

by Londolozi Guest February 9, 2014
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Jeremy Luski was a guest at Varty Camp from the 31st of January until the 3rd of this month and one day, much to my delight he decided to take a leisurely stroll up to the Creative Hub. He was interested in what we were all about and wanted to get sharing! Well, when I [...]

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Bobbi Brown’s Amazing Adventure in South Africa

by Londolozi Guest February 8, 2014
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So happy to have makeup guru Bobbi Brown on Hotel Chic today! I’ve worked as Bobbi’s co-author on two books (the latest, Everything Eyes launches next month). Bobbi could not be cooler or nicer to work with. (this interview we did for Refinery29 totally captures who she is, plus her love of motorcycle boots, Jay-Z, and tequila). Bobbi recently went on a [...]

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Photographing for the seasons

by Kate Neill February 7, 2014
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Photography is a way of expression. It is a medium for story telling and it is an extremely important part of our job out here at Londolozi. There is something special about taking photographs and sharing them with friends, family, and online. It allows us as individuals to relive the moment, remember the past and [...]

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The Week in Pictures #115

by James Tyrrell February 6, 2014
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I woke up at 5am as usual this morning, but to the sound of traffic and a dog barking in the distance. Fortunately I was able to escape these distasteful noises by rolling over and going back to sleep. As you may have guessed, I am not at Londolozi, but on leave. Down in the [...]

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Kate Groch’s TED Talk

by Ryan James February 5, 2014
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Many of our readers will know Kate Groch as the CEO of Good Work Foundation and the daughter of Mo Groch, coordinator of the Londolozi Digital Learning Centre. In June 2013, Kate was invited to speak on the TED stage in Edinburgh. Kate’s talk, From Chance to Choice, describes a model of education in rural [...]

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How high can a Hyena jump?

by James Tyrrell February 4, 2014
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It has been a while since I have seen serious interaction between lions and hyenas. Over 2 years in fact. Come to think about it, it was while I was still training as a ranger when the Tsalala and Sparta prides both made kills on the airstrip within 300m of each other, and about 25 [...]

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January flies by

by Tom Imrie February 3, 2014
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The bush loves to throw a curveball out there every now and again. For the past few weeks there has been a mini fly epidemic and the little pests have been driving some of us to distraction and beyond. My automatic response to a buzzing fly is to swat it violently into another dimension but [...]

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Different angles to photograph a Leopard

by Londolozi Guest February 2, 2014
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Estelle, Chris and Ashlee Wilks visited us for four nights at the end of January. They had a few days of rain but this didn’t stop them from going out on all their safaris and they had a wonderful time with Trev and Like out in the bush with some fantastic sightings. Estelle visited the [...]

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Eric reaches his dream after 18 years

by Kate Neill February 1, 2014
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After 18 years in the Londolozi kitchen, Eric Ubisi went on a journey to Cape Town, let’s call it his first Food Safari. A whirlwind two days in the Mother City, Eric was whisked around by Anna who was determined to show him as many of the sights, scenes, flavours and tastes. In Eric’s words [...]

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The Week in Pictures #114

by Richard Burman January 31, 2014
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A year has almost come and gone since I arrived in this magical place. Every day is special and every day is different but what stays the same is that not one day goes by without something astonishing happening. I woke up this morning to find Richard Siwela, my partner in crime, waiting at my [...]

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5 Essential Tips for Capturing the Magic of Big Cats

by Kate Neill January 30, 2014
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The dynasty of Londolozi’s big cats has been chronicled over the past 31 years by the many guides and trackers, past and present, who have worked here.  People come from far and wide to view these beautiful animals and most to photograph them too. I have taken some time to look at some of the [...]

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A Brief History of the Shangaan People

by Ryan James January 29, 2014
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With the African drums providing a steady background rhythm, I was sitting under a tree in Londolozi’s traditional Shangaan village waiting for a colleague to meet me. Linah Lamula, dressed in traditional “shweshwe”, was leading a group of guests on a tour of the village and I overheard her explaining that the Shangaan are the [...]

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How Do Cheetahs Mate?

by James Tyrrell January 28, 2014
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After weeks of speculation as to whether or not they would ever come back to Londolozi, it has been confirmed that the female cheetah and her two sub-adults have made a welcome return to the property. Last week we ran a hopeful post after tracks of what certainly looked like the three were found crossing [...]

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Mhangeni Pride vs Elephants

by James Tyrrell January 27, 2014
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Lions are always touted as the king of beasts. Not so. Despite the occasional rare event in which lions have been seen taking down elephants (usually isolated incidents involving extenuating circumstances, but certainly not the norm), 99% of the time it is the so-called “King of the Jungle” that will flee before the might of [...]

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Understanding the signs

by Kate Neill January 26, 2014
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Tracker, Bennet Mathonsi, is known as one of the most passionate individuals amongst the Londolozi family. Everything he does is done at 150% and there are no half measures. He has a connection to the bush that runs deeper than most of us can imagine and with that he is able to understand and interpret [...]

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7 days in the Creative Hub

by Londolozi Guest January 25, 2014
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While Phil and Dawn Judd were at Londolozi in December they visited our Creative Hub on a daily basis. We set up the Londolozi Creative hub in order to provide our guests with a space in which to share images, post process photographs and simply, get creative with us! I was in awe of the [...]

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The Week in Pictures #113

by James Tyrrell January 24, 2014
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The Tsalala pride were constantly attended by the dark-maned Majingilane this week, while the rest of the males accepted his monopolisation of the females and moved off to solace with the Sparta Pride. The Tamboti female was found on a number of occasions, providing wonderful viewing, and two different packs of wild dogs moved through [...]

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5 Secrets for Great Composition

by Kate Neill January 23, 2014
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When reading the title to this blog, you were probably thinking, ‘not ANOTHER blog about the rule of thirds’, but if you get past this point you will realise that todays blog is not about your usual composition tips but rather the ones that will enhance your understanding of the difference between a good shot [...]

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Q&A with Dr. Londolozi

by Ryan James January 22, 2014
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Dr. Rav Kahlon is the coordinator of the Londolozi clinic, which is available to staff and family every Saturday. Over the last 12 months there has been a real shift towards positioning this service as a place of healing, rather than just a place of treatment. “Our mission at the Londolozi clinic has been to [...]

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Cheetahs Return?

by James Tyrrell January 21, 2014
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Well, sort of… A few days ago, while driving up near our North-East corner with this years current crop of trainee rangers, Mark Nisbet stopped the vehicle to look at some tracks in the sand. Just a few minutes before, the group had been arguing over whether another set of prints belonged to a young [...]

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Tsalala Pride: Feeling the Squeeze

by James Tyrrell January 20, 2014
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The Tsalala pride has been featuring prominently of late. Basing themselves on the clearings on both sides of the Sand River, we have enjoyed some wonderful viewing of these lions and their cubs over the last couple of months. However, it seems to me, as I’m sure it does to many of the other rangers, [...]

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The Soul of Safari

by Londolozi Guest January 19, 2014
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From the moment we landed on the tiny airstrip in the middle of the bush and stepped out of our tiny plane, I knew we had entered a particularly special place. The mornings were the most peaceful — sitting quietly in the shade of a large tree as the dreamiest, soft golden light (oh, that [...]

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My Perfect Day

by Londolozi Guest January 18, 2014
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My perfect day is set in the heart of the African bush in the private game reserve of Londolozi located in South Africa. We are awakened at 5:30am and my brother and I make our way down to the Main lodge. We are welcomed by Wayland, a charismatic staff member who answers every guest request [...]

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The Week in Pictures #112

by Mike Sutherland January 17, 2014

This was a week for the books. It was a week of replenishment and a week of fun, excitement and passion. It was all about spirit this week and it has paid off. There has been much bonding here on Londolozi this week, with the animals and with the staff. We have said some sad [...]

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How to Photograph with a Wide angle lens

by Mike Sutherland January 16, 2014
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We spend our time trying to get closer to animals, to photograph them and to see the intricate details they possess. We can sometimes become so focused on getting in close that we tend to lose sight of the bigger picture. More often that not, I have failed to capture an animal in its natural [...]

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Beekeeping for Beginners

by Ryan James January 15, 2014
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“I am still a hobbyist” says Chris Goodman, “but I think that one of the main reasons that I started a bee sanctuary at Londolozi is to raise awareness. Londolozi’s campaign to restore Eden is a mission that will hopefully run over many hundreds of years. And bees are one of the best indicators of [...]

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Lion Warfare: Tsalala and Sparta Males. Where to?

by James Tyrrell January 14, 2014
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There is trouble brewing. Since 2010 the Majingilane have reigned supreme over the central Sabi Sands. Their territory encompasses all of Londolozi and spills over to our East, West and North. Roughly 250 square kilometres of wilderness are theirs and theirs alone, yet their dominance, and indeed the dynamics of the lions of much of [...]

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What Everybody Ought To Know About Vomba Young Male

by Mike Sutherland January 13, 2014
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I recently wrote a post that delved deep into the life of a young male Leopard and the hardships these young animals face on a daily basis. One of my subjects was the Vomba young male. In that blog I spoke of their nomadic lifestyles as they grow through adolescence, the conflicts they face and [...]

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The Wild Side of South Africa

by Londolozi Guest January 12, 2014
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“Are you comfortable guys?” “Yeh we’re cool Greg!” we both answered as the rotors picked up to lift off pace! Then with a quick move of the stick we lifted off the ground at Kruger Airport bound for the bush! For our 5th wedding anniversary I wanted to surprise Audrey with not only a trip [...]

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Watching Me Closely

by Tom Imrie January 11, 2014
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You might not know that Londolozi has a tennis court, but if you have been a guest here and arrived by plane then you’ve almost certainly stepped on our version of centre court. It’s at the parking bay, nearly a kilometre down the length of the airstrip, where the Beechcraft 1900’s do their pirouettes in [...]

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The Week in Pictures #111

by James Tyrrell January 10, 2014
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If you are a cricket fan, our Nelson is up; 111 posts and counting! So stand on one leg for luck, or whatever it is that the umpires do… There has been a lot of lion activity around camp, with the Mhangeni and Tsalala prides operating close by, with the Majingilane ever-present. This year could [...]

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How to capture motion blur in a photograph

by Kate Neill January 9, 2014
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Last week I did a post on 8 Creative Ways to Improve your Photography and when looking into an idea for this weeks photography blog I found that the most interesting and possibly one of the most difficult techniques explained was the Motion Blur. It can be very hit or miss but I have listed some [...]

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Why Londolozi is turning to gardening

by Ryan James January 8, 2014
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Communal vegetable gardens are popping up around the Londolozi staff village, and before you turn your attention elsewhere, know that: “if you ‘aint a gardener, you ‘aint gangster”. Inspired by a remarkable TED Talk In February 2013, Ron Finley shared his vision for transforming much of the landscape of “South Central” (South Los Angeles) into [...]

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