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James Tyrrell


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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We had lovely rain in Whiteriver the last few days and more is expected. The lawn is starting to look like a lawn again. The reason I read the blog everyday is because I get so involved in the lives if the animals that I can not wait to see what happened out in the bush in the previous 24 hours. The internet has given us the oppertunity to know what is happening out there, if it is through the blog or social media. That said it is actually good to try and switch off once in awhile and that is why it is good to go into the wild places with no signal.

Change is always so profound in the bushveld!

In our initial visit to Londolozi in October of last year we were witness to the first rains. It was beautiful. The violence of the thunderstorms rivaled what we have here in Florida but with the sky so dark it was impressive. We were only sorry we were not able to return a month later when the full effects of the seasonal change was evident. Next year we plan a longer stay to more fully enjoy this amazing experience. I will say in reading your blog the mind experience and peace I felt, as well as the connection was the reason I cannot wait to come back. This was my most incredible experience and I want more

Ridiculous? Absolutely not! I sit half way across the world and hold my breath from one blog to the next waiting to hear the news of the lives there. Londolozi touched me in a way that is hard to describe, and the bush is something that stays with you even when you are seemingly a million miles away so I can fully understand how you would feel a profound connection with the wildlife and their events – and worry about the changes you may find when you return. I’m sure that you must realize how blessed you are to be able to return – whether or not you like everything you find.

I can hardly wait! Your sentiments today only fuel my yearning to return to the amazing Sabi Sand. Will arrive on Thanksgiving and thankful I will be!!???

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that’s the bush and that is why we return !

Great article, James. Such a personal point of view. You’re not helping my Bush-Fever 🙂 Keep it up.

Oh, just waffle away James. Your points are always interesting and pertinent. I wait daily for the blog to hear of updated news and to also learn of the bush and it’s extraordinary ways. It seems the leopard cubs generally have been having a tough go for some time. Glad the Nkoveni female’s cub still thrives and hugely saddened that the Mashaba female latest litter was killed. Instinctively she will reproduce again, yet every cub counts. By the way, welcome home!

Thanks James great post, think of us who have a yearly wait? So much changes. Thanks to you we can keep up to date so we are ready when we arrive for the magic that awaits and look forward to the ever changing dynamics

A perfect time for everything.. Even though our humans cannot comprehend it. It good now & then to waffle..

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