“You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared.”
September 24th is National Heritage Day in South Africa and a chance for us, as a nation, to pause and reflect on a tumultuous history spanning thousands of years of kinship and kingdoms throughout Southern Africa. It is on upon this diverse ancestral story that the foundations of modern-day South Africa have been forged and moulded.
Born out of this rich tapestry of storytelling we at Londolozi celebrate our heritage in all its forms Founded on generations of pioneering endeavours, hard work, fun and friendship, Londolozi – 91 years later – continues its enduring partnership with nature.
We are able to reflect on how privileged we have been, for over four decades, to welcome a wide diversity of guests from a multitude of countries to our little African Village set in the heart of a vast and wild wilderness …. Londolozi – the place we call home.
This connection to our wider global family and friends has led us to believe that now is the time for us all to begin imagining a new order of things. The ideas that based on the laws of nature and lying within our shared humanity is the potential to create a kinder, gentler world, a world founded on our oneness with each other and the need to be more careful with our heritage and mindful of what we pass on to future generations. Just take a look at this incredible video by South African filmmaker, Dan Mace, to see what I mean.
Today at Londolozi, we reflect on our ancient heritage and our longing for wildness … to always hear the roar of a lion walking silently into the midst of an empty vastness. To treasure the shade of a tree, the river-song, sunlight, silence and the great remembering, as our hearts cry out for the simplicity of nature, shared humanity and the freedom to live our truth.
This is our treasured heritage
This is where we belong
This is our spirit of place
This is Londolozi