The last few New Year’s celebrations at Londolozi have been very festive affairs, with “1920’s Prohibition”, “Mardi Gras” and “The Great Gatsby” raising the bar over the last three years.
The 2015 theme “A Day at the Races” was no exception, with all the Londolozi guests from across the 5 camps assembling on Varty Camp deck for an evening of glamour mixed with good fun. And some horse racing.
The deck was rendolent of a true derby, and the Grand National or J&B Met had nothing on Londolozi last night!
Superb food prepared under Anna Ridgewell, Londolozi’s executive chef, set the tone for the night, and champagne flowed freely. The five courses were interspersed with hilarious skits put on by rangers and camp staff. Romeo and Juliet: In Ethnic Tongue was the first act, with the grand finale of the evening’s entertainment being the horse-race, with rangers playing both horses and jockeys.
After a close start, competitors began falling off the wagon, being tempted by lucerne, eaten by lions, or braking legs on the course. Just when it looked like Spirit of Londolozi was about to waltz home, they were ambushed by the Mother Leopard, who teamed up with Big Black the Lion to come romping home the clear winners. This was definitely one of the most enertaining skits ever witnessed on Londolozi soil.
Dessert followed, and afterwards the dance floor was opened to all. Step Up: Varty Camp may well be the next blockbuster in that dance-film series!
Master of Ceremonies Duncan MacLarty was in fine humorous form, carrying the evening as the year closed and the clock drew closer to midnight.
The revelry went on into the small hours, but rangers, trackers and guests were still out on drive first thing this morning to experience the magic of the bush. Weary maybe, but happy after a great night!
Enjoy some of the photo highlights of last night, we wish everyone all the best for 2016!