This year Londolozi celebrates a massive milestone: Her 90th birthday.
As you can imagine, nine decades of safari has countless chapters and each one has bought with it adventures, friendships, family and priceless moments. The sense of grace, love and gratitude is immense and in fact we struggle with where to begin expressing something so profound.
But as we glance back at our journey, there are three threads that forever weave themselves at the core of the Londolozi story and these steadfast keys are the restoration of land, the wildlife and the people… Mother nature in all her forms…
So this year we’ve decided that just one big party wouldn’t do this journey justice. Instead we’re going to dedicate a year to the momentous occasion; we’re going to live the celebration. We’re going to thank the land for the inspiration and sustaining power it has given us, we’re going to celebrate the mother leopard who bought us her wisdom and the way forward and we’re going to celebrate the people that have enriched the tapestry of Londolozi’s 90 year history.
To do this properly, we need to start where it all began. And so we begin with a celebration of the soil, the roots, the winds and the rain that originally drew us all to this landscape and has sustained this magical place over time. The land lies at the foundation of our story; it was here long before we came and it and will continue long after we are gone.
Join us in celebrating the gift of having a landscape, that at our core, we all belong to….
From miles away I called to you……as a longing for wildness.
I called in the way the heart calls for freedom…
I called you with the roar of a lion and like all true pioneers you answered by walking silently into the midst of my empty vastness.
I gave you the shade of a tree to call home and a river to sing to.
Here I grew you with sunlight and silence. I began to teach what it means to belong to a landscape.
Even as you hunted I was watched you awaken to a deep truth of our oneness.
Every year in the winter you came. I watched you grow. Those mud huts rose and the seasons welcomed you.
I knew your grandfather and your father, your children and their children. I know all who have been drawn here before they arrive and long after they are gone.
My resonance makes you the way you are.
A steward of all things natural, a servant of trees and a custodian of wildness.
I put in you the spirit of what we now stand for.
As you partnered with me and worked on where cattle had stripped me bare I thanked you with plains of grass to welcome animals.
What made you special was how deeply you could listen.
In quiet moments I asked you to share me.
Under my guidance the camps grew and the people came.
You took the fences down and I thanked you with herds of elephants
The mother leopard came from me to serve the vision. And she drew wonder from all corners of the world.
I taught you to feel the unseen frequency of my love. And you made each safari a tribute to the depth of that feeling.
Like a tide I flowed out through you and returned with a new vision.
In sharing me with such authentic heart you have brought my essence to form…and as is co-creation my form has made your essence.
You say we have been together for 90 years….
Yet in the faint dreamscape of the infinite everywhen I know us as……timeless.
A place to inspire,
A place to share a new vision for the earth
A place for people and animals to be in harmony.
I am a platform for advocacy and a level of consciousness.
I am the restoration
I am….. Londolozi.
Written by Boyd Varty