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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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Irene
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I think that in rural India you might also find that moment in the early morning.
I for one, also appreciate this time of the day, especially in Africa….

Dave Mills
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Nice, James. It wasn’t dawn, it wasn’t winter, but it was on the deck of Varty Camp. I’ve been here before, I thought. So, yes, we are all of us African. And it’s where I ought to be right now.

Dan Murphy
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Great article. Eloquently captured feelings I felt on my safari at Kirkman’s last year. We were told by friends who had been on safari before that it would be a life changing experience and it certainly was. You have to truly experience the safari to understand the beauty and complexity of Africa.

Wendy Hawkins
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Beautiful & oh so true! Thank you James

Dot Stermole
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Everything you said is true! As Precious says “the sound of hearing Africa waking up” is so special it is hard to explain to friends who wonder why we return to Africa so often.
I’ve read the #1 Detective series and “Out of Africa”. We’ve been to Tanzania, Botswana, and of course South Africa and cherish every moment.

Leah Soderblom
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I was moved to tears by your article The Africa of Connection James. Stillness…🙏🏻 My husband and I will be spending a week in Londolozi in August. We are looking forward to meeting you and your Londolozi family.

Marinda Drake
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Great blog James. Read the whole no.1 Detective agency series. Describes Africa as we all know it. Lovely ending to your blog from Karen Blixen.

Una Holdsworth
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This has been my favourite blog. Having lived in Zambia for my formative years I remember everything you have written. Thank you.

Barbara Bethke
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It’s what I feel in the morning, down in Africa. Thank you for describing it exactly.

Darlene Knott
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I LOVE all of the books in that series. Your article is so true! Being in Africa is indescribable! Anyone who has the chance to go to Africa should take the opportunity while he can. We have a friend who always wanted to go. We started discussing options with him and his wife. Then he was diagnosed with ALS. So very sad!

Michael & Terri Klauber
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Thanks James! Now I know what book I must read next! I love the early mornings at Londolozi, especially when I hear that magical knock on the door! Then seeing the light and sun slowly emerge over the Sand River.

Irene Nathanson
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The only place I have felt the excitement to rise before the sun with true anticipation of the day. You described it so eloquently. That stillness, that presence- the present.

Lea
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A fantastic blog James. I also love to go outside just as it is getting light and just surround my thoughts in the stillness and listen for bird sounds. I live in Toronto, Canada, so there are no wild animals such as you have, but it really is the most beautiful time of day. Have not read the mentioned books, but have seen “Out of Africa” and enjoyed it very much. Please enjoy the sounds of Africa for those of us who can’t. Thanks again for this thoughtful blog.

Callum Evans
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I just waking up just before a sunrise wherever I am in Africa. There is definetely something magical about the pre-dawn light and the dawn chorus that comes with it, whether it’s the sound of the river nearby or the calls of coucals, wood-doves and spotted hyenas. Still need to hear a lion roaring though.

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