There is a fair degree of lunacy at Londolozi. As the moon rises this evening things at Londolozi will most likely take on the usual course of absurdities. Whether it be the sounds of guests shrieking with laughter at another great joke told by their host of the evening or the drumming of the choir, the sounds of the Londolozi dinners can sometimes have a certain level of lunacy! Not helping things is that June’s full moon is a Supermoon and a little later today it will be at it’s fullest and closest for the whole year.
Traditional thinking held that the moon, which has such a profound effect on the tides, held a similar gravitational effect on the human body. There is a belief that everyone goes a ‘little crazy’ every 29 days or so. Sadly this theory has been debunked and the world has realised that we all have a little crazy in us anyhow, lunar gravity or not. At least we’ve borrowed the words lunatic and lunacy from the supposed effect.
I have never personally tested the theory due to the fact that, at Londolozi the days are generally filled with some form of lunacy so it is difficult to decide whether it is more apparent in the staff and guests of Londolozi at specific times of the month. We all supposedly get a little more excited when the darkness is banished and are prone to getting out and having more fun. I know that the staff members and guests never want to miss out on a bit of extra fun so there will be no doubt the Bomas of Londolozi will be buzzing this evening!
Tonight’s Supermoon will appear at about 12% larger and 30% brighter than normal. In technical terms the moon is at it’s perigree or closest approach to earth at about 357,000 kilometers away. Full moons create an optical illusion on the horizon that makes them appear bigger than they really are. It’s worth taking a photo and comparing what your eye sees to the ‘real’ digital image.
If you haven’t gone mad and you can spare the moment, which I highly recommend doing, head outside at sunset and watch the ‘bad moon’ rising. It should be truly magnificent but probably best viewed through a Maroela tree with a gin and tonic in hand. Can’t wait!
Written by Tom Imrie
Photographed by Richard Laburn