To the Londolozi and the Good Work Foundation family,
Thank you for giving us the most fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience at Londolozi and so generously sharing the work and insights of GWF. From the moment that we drove through the gates, we felt as though we had arrived home – to a place we had never been to, but also had never left.
Everything that we ever heard about Londolozi is true. The smiling family who welcomed us with ice cold drinks and delectable lunch, set the tone for what ended up being one of the best holidays of our life. We hadn’t been there for an hour, when we both commented that we already felt like we’d been on holiday for days.
That hour soon ran into the most exciting wildlife adventure – one that you normally only see in documentaries. Richie (our expert tracker) and Sean (our field guide) lead us into the bush where baby hyenas, lionesses (including witnessing a kill), charging elephants, rhinos and leopards waited. Even one of the ‘small’ adventures – sitting under a perfectly still, starlit African sky with a herd of buffalo settling down for the night around us – has imprinted itself on our memories.
The only aspect to match the wildlife…the exceptional hospitality and warmth of the staff. Small things that we mentioned in passing to our hosts were suddenly just ‘done’; a game walk was organised, items fetched from our car, trips shuffled around and bespoke sewing from the shop delivered in hours – and all with grace and a smile. And did we mention the cuisine? Including having the best gluten-free cheesecake in the world?
The icing on the cake of our experience was meeting the incredible people from the Good Work Foundation. As we toured the campuses, one can palpably feel the appreciation for GWF by all of their students. People were only too keen to share how this fantastic project has directly (and indirectly) changed the course of lives (and entire family lives) for the better. (We particularly liked the stories of a man writing his name for the first time, and of our guides goal of completing a 12-course hospitality qualification.) We were both so moved by the work at GWF, that we hope to be involved (even from afar) in the future.
Thank you again for welcoming us into the Londolozi family!
Oskar and Siobhan