Since the family’s return in 2007, Wednesday night marked Londolozi’s 8th New Year’s Eve celebration. After a wonderfully successful 1920’s prohibition party in 2013, a myriad of colour and culture descended on Varty Deck as we presented Londolozi Mardi Gras – New Year’s Eve 2014.
With families resident in Tree Camp, Varty Camp, Founders Camp, The Private Granite Suites and 1926 Pioneer, the night was destined to be an absolute blast and had the right ingredients for a vintage Mardi Gras.
Traditionally Mardi Gras, Carnival or “Fat Tuesday” is most enthusiastically celebrated in Brazil, the capital cities of Europe, occasionally in Senegal and of course, in New Orleans South Louisiana. But for one night only we traded Bourbon Street for Varty Camp; swapped the teeming Mississippi for the recently flooded Sand River; exchanged beignets from Café Du Mond for Amarula Cheesecake out of the Londolozi kitchen; and replaced drunk and disorderly festival patrons with rifle wielding, khaki clad game rangers.
The evening included five delicious courses of food, an abundance of wine and champagne, a piece of theatre which is surely destined for the West End and the angelic voices of the Londolozi choir which led us into the mid night count down. With Kate Goodman in her usual position on the spinning decks, Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off” and the like rang out until the early hours of the morning, while a concoction of “never-been-seen-before dance moves played out on the upper tier of Varty Deck.
Thank you to all our guests for the great spirit in which you participated in our event – we hope you enjoyed the party as much as we enjoyed throwing it!
Written by: Duncan MacLarty
Photographs by Caitlin Fay Smith and Simon Smit