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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on Londolozi’s Favourite Trees

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Love your blog Jess. Trees are my favourite living things in nature. I have planted many indigenous trees in my garden. My favourite must be the fever tree. I just love the apple leaf trees when they flower and drop the little petals on you when sitting under it. Another spring flowering tree that I love is the tree wisteria. Boabab trees are fabalous, reminding us how small we are and how little time we realy spend on earth. The older the trees the more fascinating they are. I was fortunate to learn about new trees recently in the Kgalagadi. The camel thorn and the grey canel thorn. The shepards tree that is also called the tree if life. Trees are just amazing.

Thank you, Marinda. It’s lovely to hear how much you appreciate trees. Fever trees are also one of my favourites!

Hi Jess. So enjoyed your article on Trees. I love Trees. The one in your set of pics which totally over-awes me is also your favourite Strangler Fig! And the pic with the 2 leopards in the tree makes the leopards look like small cats, which they are not! WHAT a tree! Thanks so much for your article! Wendy M

Thank you for your comment, Wendy. Trees really do have an incredible way of making us realise how small we really are!

Jess, I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I also appreciate trees (tree hugger). Loved the comments from the guides and the specimens in the pictures are lovely – loved the dead twisted tree, which is still beautiful, albeit dead. One of my favourite poems you may wish to Google is “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. Unfortunately, too many people do not appreciate many of nature’s beautiful things – trees are among them. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us.

Thank you, Leonie! I will google it!

I’m so happy you mentioned the Natal Mahogany near the Dudley Riverbank. It’s such an impressively huge tree, with lush, deep green leaves that seem so easy in which to get lost. I love Sandros’ story and hope to see a leopard up in its branches someday!

I’m yet to see a leopard up in the Natal Mahogany but I check every time I drive past it in hope!

Beautifully written, as well as informative and interesting

Thank you, Sophie! Glad you liked it!

Londolozi helped reawaken me to the magic of trees, and now I feel them each day. I love how we feed each other, them giving us oxygen to breathe and our CO2 nourishing them in return. Indeed they are friends, wise guides. Thanks for this piece!

Our relationship with trees is a special one, I’m so glad Londolozi was part of your reawakening!

The trees on Londolozi are absolutely spectacular, I never really knew much about them until we started visiting and now, they are an integral part of every game drive and walk we do. Thank you for a lovely blog ☺️

I am fascinated by trees, and I will always be in awe of them. The place they occupy in nature and the vital role they play in the lives of so many other plants and animals, not to mention the landscapes, is unparelled. It’s difficult for me to pick a favourite tree, although I do love the sycamore fig, the Outeniqua yellowwood and the mpafa tree.

Have you ever read Peter Wohllebens book The Secret Life of Trees? If not, I would highly recommend it.

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