Miike, I agree with you 100%. This is why the first time we were in Londolozi I was making plans to return. And we did. And I was making plans to return for the 3rd time. And I will by myself this time so I can immerse myself in a piece of heaven on earth for at least a week!! Looking forward to seeing you again.
Have you ever taken the time to just stop?
To listen to bird song, the rivers flow or the wind as it dances between the Autumn leaves? Has there ever been a time when you simply slow your pace and look? But not just look, see. See the colours in the living landscape that surround you or follow the clouds as they float through a pastel blue sky. Do you ever breath in the crisp air, the scent of aniseed and wild basil that erupts from below the Land Rover tyres on a game drive? When was the last time that you felt the cool breeze against your skin, and the misty rain as it clings to your face?
We live in a world of hustle and bustle, coffee on the go, taxis and deadlines. We rarely take the time to connect to the world around us, her beauty, genius and magic. There is a deep, deep connection that many of us have lost within this vast, diverse world. The rich cultures that surround us, the wildlife, the landscapes, the colours and the feeling. There is so much to be discovered and there is so much to explore. To learn and to teach. We are ambassadors for this incredible place and we are here to tell our stories and tell of the stories of those that were once here. To teach future generations about what has passed, and guide the future.
Each day, here at Londolozi, we explore this wilderness. We search for lions and leopards to sit in awe and experience their beauty and stories. Yet how often do you look around and digest where you are? There is so much to this place that I feel we sometimes tend to overlook. We become so focussed on the big animals that we lose sight of the real goal out here. We are here to connect. To connect not only with the people but with the place. This is my message.
Feel. Come to Londolozi and feel this place. Open your mind and your heart to her beauty and make a conscious decision to allow this place to take you in. Let her pick you up and carry you on her journey. For the brief time you are here, live it. With every sense you have been given. If you are a past guest you may know this feeling and if you are coming to visit us soon, then read this message. Come with an open mind to explore and to learn. It is about adventure and it is about a feeling. This is how I see this place and this is the way it makes me feel.
If this draws you, then I encourage you to go and read through a blog I wrote last year about The Londolozi Spirit. Come and explore with us, to learn with us, and to teach us. Come to feel alive, to live and to feel. To reconnect and to love.
What feelings of Londolozi resonate with you? Share your feelings in the comment section, we’d love to hear them.
Written and Photographed by: Mike Sutherland
Filed under Photography Wildlife
Leslie, I used a Canon 10-22mm 3.5-5.6 lens! Great addition to my kit!