To appropriately bring in the new year, we returned to our roots and to the place where it all began. To a place long before the birth of the safari industry. A time prior to Land Rovers and leopards. A period preceding lodges and luxury. An era nearly a hundred years ahead of what has become the great economy of wildlife and a place in time where sharing a Gin & Tonic, with a knowledgeable safari guide, was something of the imagination.
Instead, a time when the remote parts of eastern South Africa were largely untrammelled. A time sandwiched between the two great World Wars. A time when South Africa’s raining Prime Minister, Paul Kruger, showed his vision by proclaiming the countries first national park. And a time where tennis parties in Johannesburg were simply all the rage.
It was around this time, in 1926, when two friends, Charles Boyd Varty and Frank Unger, attended a tennis match. No doubt the combination of tennis and gin resulted in the purchasing of the property that would later become the story that is Londolozi.
This year we bring you the Original Tennis Party at the Londolozi Tennis Club.
“It seems that many great decisions in life begin with Gin & Tennis” – Dave Varty
On New Year’s Eve we celebrated not only that fateful tennis game but bold strokes, a pioneering spirit, adventure and a few gin and tonics! We re-created the “Original” Londolozi Tennis Club with summer nights, craft gin, tennis whites and lemon…
So, without further ado, here are some images from yesterday’s splendid evening, along with 9 resolutions for 2019:
1. Knocking For Service
Exploring: Take time this year to travel, be more spontaneous, discover new places and get out of your comfort zone.
2. First Set
Positivity: View things in a new light, see the best in people and promote what you love.
3. Centre Court
Love: Cherish friendships, reconnect, reach out, remember fond memories and make new ones. Have an open heart, do what you love, embrace people and experiences and show appreciation for them.
Writing: Embrace your creativity, make time for it and keep track of phrases that resonate with you. Keep a journal, send more letters and experiment with words.
Reflection:Evaluate your progress, celebrate positives, learn from experience and move forward.
Skills: Learn a new skill or hobby, and make more time for what you love. Take a class, further a skill, take risks, make mistakes, get better, practice and remember to have fun.
Reading: Make time for this, read often, find new meaning, try a new genre and share what you learn.
8. Double Fault
Health: Move, try new classes, eat cleaner, attempt yoga, and push yourself.
9. Break Point
Giving: Volunteer, share wealth, be open minded, remember the effectiveness of small acts of kindness, be selfless, be creative with your giving, give of your time and do it with passion.
We wish you all a wonderful 2019, with love from the Londolozi Family.