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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Farewell To An Icon: The Land Rover Defender

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We have safari’d many time in one of these and have to say they’ve been hardy safe and remarkable. Through dry sand river beds tracking all manner of animals, to the heavy water flooding the rivers, and bouncing along over rock even with a sore back. We hope to have at least one more drive before they are retired.


And a damned sight more comfortable than a Land Cruiser.
I have a picture of my father driving a Special Air Services Recon Land Rover in 1963 during the Dhofar War, it is an 88 inch short wheel base, with every reflective surface removed , an anti bomb cage over it and re-inforced against I.E.D.s
It is so recognisable with the Land Rovers that are used in Londolozi today – an absolute icon.
It is a shame that today so many of Land Rover’ products do not get the usage they were built for, hence the nickname Chelsea Tractors


Reminds us of the time you got stuck in the Sand River with all our kids! Priceless photos of all of you trying to move the vehicle in vain – a pink pouch endeavor for sure James!


Wonderful tribute to the Landy Defender!

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