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Jacqui Marais

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Jacqui joined the Londolozi team in December 2007 as a camp manager, a role which she more than ably filled for the next 3 years, before departing for Johannesburg in 2010. Little did she know that over a decade after joining the organization, ...

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Thanks for all the hints and putting it into a pdf for future planning. Can’t wait to come back next year. Your blog is the next best thing to being there.


Your emails are a marvelous connection for those of us who can only visit periodically. Question: Is Rich Laburn’s book available in pdf or print formats?

Hi Tom,

So glad you are enjoying the connection to Londolozi! Unfortunately we have not got a print or pdf version yet, we have been looking into the PDF version and will let you know if it comes out.

Kindest regards,


Our family, totaling 15 people, had the pleasure of being at Londolozi from July 31st to Aug 4, 2013. Our experience was absolutely fantastic. Our two rangers, Dan and Rich were fantastic. Our trackers, Bennett and Athi were also the absolute best. The entire crew that took care of us were also fantastic. We saw so many fantastic animals, so much beautiful scenery. We had time to sit and watch the three lions and some of their cubs enjoy their kill. We saw mother and cheetah cubs playing, we saw a leopard mother interact with her cub. We watch three male Lions wake up for their evening on the move. We heard them roaring to each other. We followed them off road for awhile. Bionuclars are important, but most of the time you are so close to the animals that you can count the spots on their coat without using
bionuclars. We had breakfast in the bush. During breakfast an elephant considered joining us. The ranges encouraged the elephant that wasn’t the best idea so the elephant changed his direction and we continued our breakfast in the bush. We had tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies in the bush every morning while on the drive also on the evening drives: first class all the way. Our morning drives were chilly, but in the jeeps every morning were hot water bottles and blankets, gloves and a hat are a good idea to have with you. By the time we returned to camp, around 10:30 am, it was quite warm to where t-shirts and shorts were fine, then around 3:30 you are back on the evening drive and around 5PM it starts to get chilly again so long pants and a jacket are needed before returning from the evening drive. There were rain ponchos for everyone on the jeep in case of rain. The whole time we were there we did
not have rain. In the evening for dinner, since all meals are served outside it was a bit chilly, but awesome. By the time we had dinner it was dark and most of the time we got back about 15 minutes before dinner, so most of the time we stayed in our clothes that we wore on the drive. We were never in a hurry to get back from the drives we just wanted to see the animals and stay out as long as possible. Our entire family stressed about what to pack to go to Loondolozi , as it turns out just wear what you are comfortable in. Tennis shoes are good, your feet need covered when walking, but that is the most you need. We did not encounter any pesty bugs the entire four days we were there. They do have a complemant


Thank you. Your post was very helpful. We will be going in Aug., so this gives me an idea of what to take. So looking forward to our trip.

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