“There is never a dull moment on Londolozi!” A common statement that is often said by Guests, Rangers and Trackers alike. One that we, as Rangers and Trackers, tend to thrive on. It is the kind of thing that drives us, as passionate wildlife enthusiasts, to work hard, track hard, stay out later, search for longer and deliver the ultimate wildlife experience, as best we can.
Personally, a complete wildlife experience is fundamentally based around animals of all different shapes, sizes, colours and textures. The majestic Elephant, a proud male Lion, or an ever elusive Leopard. However, it is not only these that inspire people, but the little things draw passion from within. Butterflies, insects, trees and birds. All in all, such elements together paint a full picture with texture and colour, depth and contrast. It is about the art of tracking, the richness of the aesthetics, the aromatic smells and the buzzing of noise in every direction. When this is all put together, a feeling grows within that is unstoppable and it begins to take over a small part of you. As time progresses, this feeling grows into something magical burning within.
After a recent game drive, I returned to camp, guests in toe, with this such feeling, a burning fire that I battled to control. For this exact reason I thought I would share this blog with you.
This is a collection of photographs of some of the smaller things that one can expect to find out on a wilderness experience here on Londolozi. Almost all of the pictures have been taken here on the reserve since my arrival in January, besides one of a Cape Cobra which I have added for dramatic value. It is a collection of Butterflies, Spiders, Flowers, Grasses, Snakes and Birds. Something that we as guides here on Londolozi cherish and are inspired by as much as the large mammals, which we spend most of our time with. However, these smaller, yet important, things tend to fall away from the limelight here on the blog. So, for that reason, this is to remind us all that it is sometimes the small things in life that are the binding elements, the stitching and the glue that put the entire picture of life together.
Written and Photographed by: Mike Sutherland