It was with nostalgia that I watched the Queen turn 90 on 21 April. The Telegraph posted a video that captured her life in 90 seconds and as I watched the photographs flick past, I remembered that Londolozi also turned 90 this year. That means that they were in fact born in the same year and they’ve both walked such an incredible journey.
For me, the Queen is the epitome of grace. Through her life’s journey she has been the head of state of 32 different Commonwealth realms, with 13 UK prime ministers alone, serving the Commonwealth during that reign. She has walked through decades of change, seen countless political ups and downs and through it all she has been a constant. She is the epitome of elegance, tradition, calm through turmoil, style and timelessness.
What it did watching this was bring home what Londolozi has been through in 90 years. From the ebony tree on Varty deck to the fire that has burned in the Varty boma for the last 90 years. How many people have sat around it, how many people have shared stories there? How many people have fallen in love or announced new babies over that fire; learnt to play the guitar or culminated their African adventure there? How many friends and family have passed through these doors? How many animals lives have we witnessed?
With the nostalgia in watching the Queen’s journey, Londolozi’s 90 year history finally landed for me. The magnitude of it hit home and that’s what we want to share with you today.
So enjoy Londolozi, ‘The Queen of Safari’, in 90 seconds.