New Years Eve is one of the biggest events on the Londolozi calendar and this past year was no exception. Paying tribute to the original pioneers of Londolozi, Charles Boyd Varty and Frank Unger, who purchased the land (sight unseen) after a tennis match in Johannesburg back in 1926 – this years theme was ‘1926 Tennis’. Donning white shorts and tennis miniskirts, the Londolozi family and our treasured guests enjoyed a spectacular evening which, in true Londolozi style, included many Gin n’ Tonics as well as numerous glasses of Moet Champagne.
The Varty Camp deck was the venue for the evening and with her usual flair for excellence, Alex Paterson did a spectacular job of turning this elegant family camp into a tennis themed ‘Center Court’. Fairy lights were strung above the dance floor and illuminated the big white walls, adorned with images of the early Pioneers in their heyday.
Clearly the Londolozi family were intent on getting into the spirt of the evening and arrived dressed to the nines. From short and sexy to clean cut white to Rex Miller (who came dressed as an actual Dunlop Tennis Ball) the relaxed and fun tone of the evening was set from early on.
Our Executive Chef, Craig Paterson, provided an outstanding 6 course meal which began with West Coast Oyster Canapes followed by Tomato Gaspazio and Duck Liver Parfait. For the main course he dazzled with Crayfish Tails with Lamb Rack shortly after. His dessert was a selection of treats such as Chocolate Brownies, Meringues as well as Strawberries and Cream!
And…in the tradition of last year’s New Year Video, here is a one minute snapshot of the evening from the Photobooth. Enjoy!
Photographed by: Rich Laburn
Video Photographs by: Funbooth