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Boyd Varty

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Boyd completed his basic schooling by studying the curriculum of a typical Western educational system while traveling the African bush to restore ecosystems, living in India and Europe to deepen his understanding of language and culture, and reading broadly to absorb a standard ...

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Elisabeth Douglas
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Thank you Boyd for the wonderful and true words of Solly. He was such a wonderful man. We miss him
so much and will always remember him with greatfulness. Elisabeth and Gustaf Douglas

Jeff Carter
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What a sad, sad loss. Sol will be missed by so many. His beaming smile, his great big bear hugs, his booming voice, his gentle nature, his incredible knowledge. To our family, Solly epitomised everything that was wonderful about Londolozi. We will so, so miss you Solly. Rest in Peace my friend. Carter family

Liz
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A beautiful tribute to a King of a Man.
Deepest sympathy to Solly’s family and all his friends at Londolozi.
How privileged you have all been to have been touched by this Giant Soul.
RIP Solly

Zander
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A fitting tribute to a legend…

Rae
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Paul Laing
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Beautifully written Boyd. Solly would have been so proud. Brings back so many memories.

sara
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This sounds like a true human being sadly missed by all who knew him, I am the poorer for not knowing Solly, I too lost my husband many years ago, truthfully tho he remains in my heart as Solly will for all who knew & loved him. sk

Wendy Hawkins
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Boyd, I have never been to Londolozi, never met Solly, but what a beautiful tribute to a giant of a man. You will miss him terribly, but with that courageous spirit, he will live on for years to come and protect you all.

RIP Solly

MJ
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Sorry to hear of the loss of Solly, and a loss of a great friend to Londolozi.
What better tribute to a man than to be remembered as being a great teacher and sharing his gifts to the world. His journey her is over, but his legacy lives on. Peace to to you all.

Chris
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We were fortunate enough to spend a few days with Adam and Solly last August. We had the time of our lives, and a big part of that was watching Solly work. He seemed to have no equal out in the bush, and his skill and direction made it possible for us to see so many wonderful things, and bring back so many fond memories.
Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
We shall always remember him with a smile in our hearts.

debby
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my husband Howard and I were fortunate enough to visit Londolozi in Sept 2010 and to get to know Solly and Adam. How shocked and saddened we are to hear this news. I am heartened by the love Solly showed to so many, and to the love coming back to him, to his Londolozi family and beyond. I don’t know if his family is connected via social media, but I do hope they see these tributes; perhaps in some small way the thoughts and remembrances of many whose lives Solly touched may help to comfort them in their grief.

Deepest sympathies to Solly’s families – Not a day passes without my thoughts going to Africa, the people, the wildlife and the teachers and guides who show us their world.

debby

Yusuf Ansari
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A moving tribute to a Londolozi Legend. My thoughts and prayers with all those who were Solly’s family and friends, who knew him and loved him…

Karin
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A wonderful tribute Boyd to a very special human being.
RIP Solly.

Anna
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Beautifully written and so fitting for such a splendid man. Thank you Boyd. He will indeed be missed terribly, however, we take his teachings with us each day in the bush and will always know the angels are going to become Master Trackers.

Adam Bannister
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This man taught me so much. Everything I knew about the bush. He allowed me to grow in confidence and allowed me to connect to the earth. He loved me to take the credit and limelight when in fact it was him and his presence which was the very backbone of our safari experience. He was so understated and yet so present. His smile was glorious. Solly – our connection way surpassed a normal friendship…we could have entire conversations without ever saying a word. He was an impeccable gentleman and one of my best friends. It was an honour to call him a teammate and to work together. We spent countless hours sitting side by side and like Boy my favourite memories are of the walking and tracking. He really was gifted. Thank you Boyd for your words. Solly, my friend, I will miss you more than you will ever know. You made my time at Londolozi all that more amazing. Thank you.

Henry
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Beautifully said, Boyd. Solly was a lovely man, and such a core part of the Londolozi family. We will all miss him and continue to think of him often. Please convey our sympathy to the entire staff at Londolozi.

Irene Nathanson
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Thank you for posting! I have visited Londolozi only twice but was fortunate to go on over 20 drives with Solly. You captured his demeanor so eloquently when you said he was understated and an international hero. To understand his tracking ability is a sight to be seen. What seemed impossible was possible and magical with Solly. His smile and laughter his tales of the bush will always be remembered.

Kathy Buys
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A beautiful tribute Boyd – your pain must be immense! We are grateful that Daniel had the privilege of working with him as his tracker this last while – he has been privileged to have connected with such a great man. RIP Solly

Janice Capuani
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He must have been an amazing person. Love and peace to all his family and friends.

Sal Roux
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generous and gracious with both his time and knowledge, enthusiastic and passionate about his craft, embracing and warm with those who had the delight and privelage of walking with him at their side…a special man indeed and a fitting loving tribute…bye bye Solly…we will miss you
Sal and Eugen

Klaus Krueger
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Solly was our tracker at Londolozi last year and we will never forget his spirit, kindness, patience and advise… never trust the water. He was always there when needed. A modest man with a very big heart. We will never forget you and the joy you brought to our lives.
RIP
Klaus Krueger

John Holley
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Such a great man and such a massive loss.

Our love and thoughts go out to the Londolozi family.

Jane Bonsels Taylor
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I cannot believe what I am reading ………. we last visited Londolozi for Claudia’s birthday, and for Martin meeting Solly was an incredible time. We were all so emotional saying our goodbyes……
Solly was a great soul and will be sorely missed. We’re thinking of you all and sending our love and condolences to both Solly’s family and the Varty/Londolozi families.

Michael Klauber
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A very sad loss. He will not be forgotten!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Londolozi family.

Michael, Terri, Max and Mikayla Klauber

Judy Guffey
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Love to all the Londolozi family suffering the loss of this marvelous, kind man. Beautiful tribute, Boyd.

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