I feel like the stars have really aligned for me to get to where I am today. Last year I found myself living in the bush part time and totally falling in love with the lifestyle. Just when I had realised that city life wasn’t for me and was dreading the move, I was given the opportunity to come and join the Londolozi family in the Creative Hub. I had to listen to my heart and follow my dreams. I remember my father saying that working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress but working hard for something we love is called passion. I can now say that I have been given the opportunity to live stress free and follow my passion, photography.
From an early age I have had a love for animals, the bush and nature, but I am also a social animal. Here, in the Londolozi Studio those passions coincide. What better place to wake up each morning with the adventure of new experiences than in the heart of the Sabi Sands. Here I can spend time with interesting people from all over the world, help them to select the right photographic equipment, see them capture their favourite moments and sightings and then help them to enhance their creations into lasting memories of their safari experience through editing and printing canvases for them to cherish forever.
Whilst the photography out in the bush takes place under the guidance of our photographically experienced rangers and trackers, the rentals, post-processing and printing all take place in our state-of-the-art Londolozi Studio.
This is a place where you can explore your creative mind, editing images from your safari and embedding lasting memories of your time with us.
The good news for both aspiring photographers and seasoned veterans who visit Londolozi is that you no longer have to commit half your travel budget to your photographic gear and lug it all the way around the world. Londolozi’s photographic gear rental studio ensures that all your equipment needs are fulfilled, saving you time as well as valuable packing space. A wide range of professional grade lenses, camera bodies and photographic mounts are available, which should cover any photographic opportunity that could arise while out on safari.
Once having been out on game drive and selected your favourite images, you will head up to The Studio. This is where me or one of our other qualified Lightroom professionals will take you through all the ins and outs of image processing – from photographic principles to a more detailed understanding of the editing software.
Then once you’ve created your artwork, you’ll have the opportunity to take this piece of your adventure home with you. We offer high quality canvas printing of either your own images or – if you prefer, you can choose a photograph from our Fine Art Gallery. The rest will be left up to us while you go back out on safari later in the afternoon. Your canvas will be printed and delivered to you, and specially packaged in a secure tube to fit easily into your luggage.
When I arrived at Londolozi I was blown away by the amount of smiles and friendliness from everyone who works here and it gives me such great pleasure now to be able to give our guests that same experience. Although they already come to me having had an amazing time, I feel like the studio adds another unique layer to the Londolozi experience. It’s been so much fun helping to trigger and cultivate our guests creativity and to see them leave with big smiles and beautiful momentos of their time here.
The Apple legend, Steve Jobs said “the only way to do great work is to love what you do”. Well I can certainly say that Londolozi has provided me with the opportunity to do great work!
Written by Kylie Jones