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James Hobson


James guided at Londolozi from 2010 to 2013, during which time he worked with legendary tracker Elmon Mhlongo, with whom he struck up a lasting friendship. After leaving the bush James moved to Johannesburg, where he established a recruitment company- Blue Recruiting - ...

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Wonderful blog James. I can relate to so many of the lovely experiences. My favourite must be standing very early on Founders deck before it get busy (we are early risers) and watching the sunrise over Tswise koppie. Londolozi is magic.

So very true! I was able to witness two or three of the Birmingham males roaring recently. Beyond majestic! And your photo of the elusive cheetah is heavenly. We saw him two years ago but not this last trip. Perhaps the next…
Thank you for your post and photos.

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Thanks, James, for listing some of the things you miss, and posting wonderful photos to illustrate. It’s been over a decade since I was last in Africa and I miss all these things you describe, but I’ve yet to experience them a Londolozi. Maybe someday. Best to you.

Such an amazing article. I can’t imagine having to go back to a city after spending years in the bush, I found it hard enough to leave after one night in Pilanesberg (it was hell to leave iMfolozi after a five-day trail). If I got a chance to live in the bush, I probably would never leave.

And those are 6 things definetely worth missing!

We met Elmon in the early 80s and love seeing him again when we’re fortunate enough to be able to return for a Londolozi visit. You have a piece of my heart there all the time.

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Oh James that was so beautiful! Yes there is nothing to beat a sunrise in the bush, it does not happen in built up areas & my goodness me I have to ask “why on earth did you give up guiding, to be in the rat race every day”???? Please if you get another opportunity, I am sure there other bloggers who would enjoy more from you? Thank you 🙂


Dear Hobbo, great blog – Londolozi misses you!

Awesome blog Hobbo, your list is so true!

Thanks for reminding us of how lucky we are to be here, James… Always great to get a bit of perspective handed back to us.

You were our first guide in 2011 – along with Elmon. We had stopped for a sundowner, and Elmon quietly asked us to get back into the vehicle – ever aware, there was leopard approaching behind the vehicle. Elmon had one foot on the vehicle, and one on the ground. The leopard stopped and sniffed Elmon’s leg and continued on its way

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