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David Dampier

Financial Manager

David left the bright lights of Johannesburg and a promising career as a chartered accountant to join the Londolozi Ranging team in 2009. After three years spent as a guide, during which he built up a formidable reputation as one of Londolozi's top ...

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on The One Thing That Could Ruin Your Safari

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Dave Mills
Explorer

Wait a minute. I’m absolutely certain that nothing — NOTHING — could ruin a safari at Londolozi. For that matter, nothing could ruin anything at Londolozi. From amazing people to accommodations to food to location to GWF to, well, you name it, you’re the best of the best. (Have I gone a bit overboard here? I think not.)

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

David, Great to see a post from you! Beautiful images to receive first thing in the morning here in the US! Thanks!

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

The one thing that ruin your safari? It’s right in the article!
A camera malfunction or worse a camera theft. Imagine getting to Londolozi minus camera, when I was there a couple turned up having had all their gear stolen earlier in the trip.
As for purple patches sometimes it’s the purple patch and sometimes it’s a damp patch , but you can only appreciate
the purple patch when you have a damp patch.

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Love the b&w of the elephant. Were you on the ground when you took the picture?

David Dampier
Financial Manager

Thanks Jeff – we have a specially adapted photographic car with holes cut out the side. It allows you to lie on the floor of the car with your lens out the side, enabling some great low angles.

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

Well said David. You’re so correct in saying that every trip into the bush yields a unique experience and whilst sometimes you set off in the hopes of seeing one or more of the big five, just by staying open to the wonders of the bush, you will always receive a gift. Your photos are beautiful and I also enjoyed reading your blog on shooting at a lower or different angle. Thank you.

Carol Sturgeon
Explorer

While seeing all the images here of now tropical storm Harvey bearing down with all the flooding around me, these beautiful uplifting blogs help me keep my sanity and takes me to a beautiful place! Thank you for these amazing pictures, no ruined safari on this blog or ever from what I’ve seen!

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

Fantastic photos and message!

Ginger Brucker
Explorer

Great post. I have had the joy of experiencing Londolozi twice as part of STAR and the first game drive of each trip was “silent”- no talking, no cameras, etc. and each time I came away from it feeling I had seen, heard and felt with a bit more “sharpness” and a deeper appreciation for “the whole” . This has become one of my most favorite and restorative places.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Ginger, I’d have to agree!! When will you be back again?? All my best, Amy

Ginger Brucker
Explorer

Ahhh Amy-I wish I could transport myself there today-or live there for a month! The energy at Londolozi is so special -as are you. Hope you are well and thriving. I don’t know if you have been to Costa Rica yet but send me a note if/when ..would love to hear of your adventures. Be Well, Ginger

A B
Explorer

Amazing post and the pictures are beautiful … hope to see more posts of yours.

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Exceptional photos of the Ntsevu Lioness!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Some very unique pictures here!! I totally agree that you mustn’t compare your sightins with everyone elses, it’ shelped spoil a number of my days and annoyed me on my birding trips. I’m trying to learn how to not feel that and I am very grateful for everything I see every day, be it a caracal or a rufous chested sparrowhawk or even just a little white-eye.

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