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Josephine Benecke

Londolozi Alumni

Josephine grew up on a farm just south of Johannesburg, which exposed her to open spaces and encouraged her to develop a love for nature at a very young age. Later she attended the Diocesan College for Girls in the Eastern Cape where ...

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Gay Walker

A delightful piece of writing. Brought back memories of the small things that have warmed my heart in the past. I love the Londolozi blog. It keeps me in touch with Africa, my old home.

Jill Larone

What a lovely walk you have each morning Josephine! Thank you for taking me along with you!

Diane Phillips

Is Plumbago indigenous to Africa? We have it here in Texas USA. Was curious. Thank you for all your blogs and photographs.

James Tyrrell

Hi Diane,

No it’s not indigenous here. The genus Plumbago comprises 10 species from the warmer parts of the world. There are 5 species in South Africa although offhand I’m not 100% sure which the species is that Jo was looking at on her walk; I’ll try and find out.
Best regards

Jeff Rodgers

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful article. I have been coming to Africa on safari for almost 20 years and have been to Londolozi 8 times. If I never hear the words ‘Big 5’ again it will be too soon. So many guests miss opportunities to see and learn about all the creatures by focusing just on elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo and leopards. While they are certainly wonderful and a thrill to see, it is learning about it all that helps make a safari the wonderous adventure that it can always be.

Wendy Hawkins

Thank you Josephine for sharing the small things in your beautiful world, they are as important as the big 5 🙂


What a nice article Josephine. You hit the nail on the head – we overlook the smaller things in life while taking note of the big stuff. That old saying “you have to stop and smell the roses” rings true. Thanks for shining a light on the little things in life.

Callum Evans
Master Tracker

Beautiful post. Whenever I’m in nature, I always seem to be spend more time looking for birds, plants and reptiles than I do mammals. Leopards are always my favourite animals but I believe that you have to look at the entire ecosystem and everything within in order to get the full bushveld experience (or experience the real wonder of any natural area). This is something I learnt on my first birding trip, when I also found myself admiring monitor lizards, foam frog nests and latern trees as well as the elephants and fish eagles.

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