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James Souchon

Field Guide

James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on Six Months at Londolozi

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Phil Schultz
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“It is almost an insult to this place to only speak about three memorable sightings when the truth is that every week every ranger has a new story about something unforgettable they were able to witness or experience.”– James Souchon.
You said it. What I saw in only (3) nights at Londolozi in late May exceeded experiences I’ve had in the Okavango Delta, Masai Mara, and Serengeti. With Alfred and Chadrack, we were treated to a sighting of predators feeding on a carcass daily from the Mashaba female and cub feeding on an impala carcass in a tree, seeing the Tsalala pride on a buffalo carcass, and the mother of the two cubs you wrote about sharing a kudu kill with the two Matimba males. Sprinkled between these predator sightings were some wonderful encounters with elephants, rhino, a cheetah, and the rest of the usual suspects. I left wondering if we were just lucky or if this was par for the course at Londolozi and following your blogs it looks like its par for the course. I can only imagine what one sees working at Londolozi full time. I think I took 1,000 photos in one 24-hour period during my stay. I think I would wear out the button on my camera if I was a ranger. The best compliment I can pay is I’ve traveled to see wildlife from the penguins of Antarctica to the polar bears of Svalbard, from Brooks Falls in Alaska to Australia, East Africa to the Galapagos Islands, Yellowstone Natl’ Park to Komodo Island, on and on and on. The wildlife experience at Londolozi is as good as any of them and it might be the best.

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Phil, thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We truly are very privileged to be able to live here and experience the incredible wildlife every day. Hope to see you again!

Annette
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Love the buffalo wallowing. Londolozi is a very special place. So glad that you are enjoying!

abcxyz
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In the description of the last picture should be “5 weeks old”, I suppose. (No need to publish this comment. Thanks.)

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi abcxyz,
This is a picture of the older cubs, that are now 5 months old.

abcxyz
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Hi James.

Well, I’ve thought that at 5 months old they look much bigger than that.

Guido and Dina van der Groen
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it all looks very promising !

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Guido and Dina, Looking forward to showing you in October!

Earl Olson
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Thank you for your wonderful stories and pictures of these remarkable and beautiful animals. I always immensely enjoy reading and viewing your fabulous encounters. Thank you for always brightening my mind with the wonders of nature. Earl

Jill Larone
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Londolozi is the most incredible place and it sounds (and looks) like you’ve had a fantastic 6 months there James! I love your pictures and can’t wait to hear all about your next 6 months!

Helen Mitchell
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Absolutely loved the pics of the little lion cubs. What great shots.

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