Everything in Africa bites, but the Safari bug is worst of all – Brian Jackman
As part of the Relais & Châteaux family, we are always proud to host seasoned travelers from all over the world – many of whom have traveled to a range of safari destinations in Africa. Being a part of the Relais & Châteaux family means celebrating our own unique expression of luxury safari in South Africa. Along with that, we also delight in the commonalities of the safari experience as a whole, and the nuances of safari that keep guests coming back, time after time – well after the bug has bitten. It is this notion that sparked the idea for this post when we asked our friends at Relais & Châteaux how a second, third or maybe even a tenth visit might be different to when you first arrive at Londolozi.
One of our greatest joys is welcoming back returning guests for a repeat visit to Londolozi. We see this story playing out in front of our eyes so many times. Guests will arrive on their first visit and immediately be captivated by the magic of the place. The view of the river. An elephant joining them for breakfast just below the deck. The quality of the light as the sun begins to rise. The soft glow of sunset. And the animals. Oh, the animals – they are the thing that gets our guests to come back, time and time again. And so, as we watch the evolution from first-time safari goer to permanent family member, we love watching each guests’ own experience grow each time they visit. Here are 5 tips for those of you who can’t seem to get enough, and want to sink deeper into the Londolozi experience on your next visit…
Get involved in community commitments
The well known Londolozi Village walk has become a fast favourite for newcomers and returning guests alike. Whether you are wandering the lanes of the Village for the first time, or returning, you’ll meet new friends along the way and, no doubt, bump into some old ones too. You’ll meet a few smiling little faces of the next generation of the Londolozi family at the Londolozi Creche, you’ll pass by our resident Doctor at the Londolozi Clinic, you’ll encounter some keen minds hard at work in The Good Work Foundation’s Incubator
Step off the running board and into nature – Take a walk instead of a drive one day
For most, a typical safari is one conducted on the back of an open Land Rover. Having performed countless safaris this way, our experienced team of guides and trackers have built up trust and respect with the wild animals that inhabit Londolozi- so much so that they take virtually no notice of humans in the vehicles, allowing for our safari experience to be one revered for the time spent with and proximity to wild animals. For repeat safari goers, there is nothing more exciting than the idea of placing a foot onto the running board of a vehicle and bounding up into your chosen seat for a morning or afternoon of animal viewing. Next time, however, why not try a guided walk back to Camp one morning, as you change up the safari experience completely. You’ll awaken a whole new set of senses, and connect with the wilderness in a completely different way.
Let Nature be your inspiration – bring your latest creative project
While it is our hope that you can leave your work behind you for a few days, and enjoy being fully present on your vacation, we also understand that someone has to pay the bills! If you’re returning for another trip with us, and simply have to clock a few hours of work, why not bring your latest creative project and let nature inspire you? The African wilderness, the sights, and sounds that you’ll encounter and the time spent settling into yourself can awaken creativity like you have never experienced before, and an hour or two spent working from the beauty of your Londolozi suite might be the most lucrative you’ve had in a while!
Take a Journey at the Londolozi Healing House
In today’s modern world, it is almost impossible to disconnect completely from the day to day responsibility of life. That’s why we enjoy having our guests come and visit so much, as we believe that time spent in nature is the ultimate luxury of re-connection, with yourself and with your loved ones. While there are many activities to choose from each day once you have returned from your morning safari, none are as luxurious and relaxing as booking a specially crafted