“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” – Winnie the Pooh
Those that have visited Londolozi will have an understanding of how it gets under your skin and without explanation you have this feeling, it isn’t tangible nor is it easy to give a logical explanation of other than just being a ‘feeling’. This feeling that grasps you when you are at Londolozi is created by the amazing people that work here and who I am extremely lucky to call family.
To be in a place where every person greets you by name is a special experience. The warm atmosphere as you stroll into a Boma during dinner is not found anywhere else in the world. The laughter roaring from the papstop (the staff canteen) table at lunch is unrivalled. Walking past the school and hearing the happiness of the children is heartwarming. These are the things that create that feeling and are what I will miss the most!
Leaving this place I have called home for the last six years is a bittersweet experience. I know that my new day to day will be so far removed from what it has been but I also know that the relationships and experiences that I have had will be something that I will cherish for the rest of my life and this makes me forever greatful!
I want to thank all the staff members, past and present that have all been such an integral part of my journey here. To the guests that I have had the honour of looking after in camp and more recently in the Photographic Studio, it has been wonderful meeting you all and sharing in your experience at Londolozi. I feel extremely honoured to have been part of this family for so long…thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have spent some time going through the thousands of images taken during my time here and after much laughter, tears and mayhem I have managed to choose some of my favourite moments. Enjoy…
Written by Kate Neill