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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on Long Walks and Mating leopards: How to Unlock a Happy Life.

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Bruce Robertson
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Your article struck a real cord with me Amy and was simply beautifully written. Thank you, well done and keep doing what you are doing – you have a real talent!
Best wishes,
Bruce Robertson

Amy Attenborough
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Bruce, thank you! I hope for similar experiences, albeit possibly in a different environment, for you too!

Marinda Drake
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Fantastic experience Amy.

DIANE
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What a wonderful experience you had Amy, enjoy what you are doing and KEEP HAPPY

Angeline
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You’re completely an inspiration Amy! What a beautifully written blog. Thank you.

Mike Johnson
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Wow Amy! I could feel my own heart racing as I imagined you encountering those leopards, I thought I felt alive when the short tail mail looked into my eyes through my camera lens and I was totally safe. Incredible, thanks so much for sharing, hope there’s more to come.

Amy Attenborough
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Mike you were a hundred percent alive when that short tailed male approached you. He has the most piercing gaze! I love that first photo you took where he is just locked in on you. Love to you and Chris

Catherine
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Thank you Amy!
You are a beautiful writer, I felt as though I was in the moment with you.
Please write more…
Cheers,
Catherine

David Korte
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Amy,
How difficult not to make eye contact. I would have been constantly sneaking a look. Reminds me of large animal encounters (you) and I have had here in Gabon.
Keep writing.
David

Amy Attenborough
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David, so good to hear from you. I think back to those wild days in Gabon often. It really was one of my greatest adventures. Are you still planning to be there a while? Please send my love to Lisa and the rest of the team. And send news of how you’re all doing and what you’re up to! I’d love to hear how its all coming along.

Evette Hartig
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It’s wonderful you realize how blessed you are to live in this amazing environment that the rest of us only get a moment to visit.

Ed Hubbard
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Amy. Beautifully written. I have shared the Leopard mating experience several times at Londolozi from very close, but always from the confines of the Land Rover. I can not imagine the same view, standing on the ground just feet away. I would give anything to have been there with you. Perhaps someday.

Amy Attenborough
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Ed next time you are here we will have to get you out on foot. It really is the most magical experience, whether you get lucky enough to see leopards or not. Next time!

Wendy Hawkins
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That was wonderful Amy! Something you will never forget in the years to come as your experiences will always be more exciting than the last one 🙂

Caroline wright
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Wow, Amy, what an experience. I read it with bated breath. I was on tenterhooks !

Guess what? I now in New Zealand in Auckland with brother Sebastian. Ngala and the wonderful time we had there with you comes up in conversation frequently.

Amy Attenborough
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Caroline that is such good news. Are you just there on holiday? Please send Sebastian my best regards. I must send you news of a rather strange encounter I had with an ostrich recently. Every time I see one I think of Sebastian. I hope you’re both well. Keep in touch!

Peter Mellor
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Hi Amy,
What a thrilling, well written experience. Marion and I can only envy your bush life as we battle survival in the BIG smoke.
Regards,
Peter & Marion Mellor

Shveta Trivedi
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I walked with you through your words…so true what you say about being in the moment. The very reason that makes us want to return on safari.
Please keep writing…

Vicki Cottrell
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You are truly a special person Amy. If I could go back to my younger years, knowing and feeling what I do now I would trade all of what I have to spend quality time in the bush and close to the outrageous gift we humans were given, wildlife. To be alive, as you were, feeling the true sense of your soul, surely can not be compared to much more in life. Your sincere love for Nature, wildlife and exploration is a real gift and you get to experience this gift on a regular basis! Lucky you! Thanks for the “quality” article!

Peter Pyburn
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Wonderful description Amy. Well done!
As a “founding” ranger with Londos – circa 1980 – we also did long bush walks. But that was when the landrovers broke down (we only had 2 or 3 in working order anyway!) and we had to get back to camp. In those days big game was, unfortunately, pretty scarce. What I wouldn’t do to walk right now!!!

Beau Bethune
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It has been almost two years since Dean, Elmon, and Talley took my wife and I on a week long journey to the far corners of Londolozi. A journey that, I am sure like many of you, I will never forget and hope to repeat. It is stories like this that make it feel like it was yesterday. Amy, thank you.

Suzie van niekerk
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Amy!!!!
You are an extrodinary brave beautiful girl!! Lucky Leopards to have spotted you ! Love your passion.
Hopefully we will visit you soon in your part of heaven.
Suzie

Anne Hamper
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Jeepers Amy! When I got over the shock of imagining you out there on your own, I loved your comments about living in the moment and finding inner peace. Oh well, back to suburbia…….

Ann Seagle
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I have read this ten times. I just can’t imagine doing something like that. Unbelievable !!!

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