Hey Kate, nice to meet you and thank you for the great work you do on this blog. It’s my weekly inspiration as I miss Londolozi so much.
There aren’t that many people working at lodges in the lowveld who grew up in Cape Town. The exposure to the bush is limited as one must travel long distances, especially to places like Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The lowveld itself is at the completely opposite end of South Africa.
For some people though, that first taste of the bush is enough to get them hooked for life. That sweet, crisp air in the mornings, that early chill with the francolins calling, the distant roar of the lions in the night as the flames crackle on an open fire and the smell of the braai (barbecue) wafts through the camp.
Kate Neill, our current online media co-ordinator, is one of those from Cape Town for whom the bug bit, and hard! Kate’s parents are originally from Zimbabwe, and during her upbringing she went on many family holidays to visit relatives there, and from those early trips into the interior, her love of the bush grew.
After studying at Stellenbosch University where she enjoyed many a fine wine and gained a degree in graphic design and photography, Kate arrived at Londolozi on April 1st 2009.
She excelled early on as a camp manager, managing each of the 5 Londolozi camps at one time or another. Running the Private Granite Suites until mid-2012, Kate decided to move to behind-the-scenes operations as her passion for media and photography grew, and early this year she joined the media/blog team as chief co-ordinator, helping oversee the online sites (Facebook, blog etc) by sourcing content, linking, researching and generally keeping the rest of us in check!
Although her job responsibilities require a number of hours working on a computer each day, Kate never misses an opportunity to get out into the bush, and her photography portfolio is growing rapidly.
Look out for more of Kate’s work on the Londolozi blog…!
Written by James Tyrrell
Filed under Leopards Life Photography Wildlife
Changed the pic just for you Holley, love your honesty! Hope this one is to your liking!