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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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Oh Jess. This speaks to my African soul. We are traveling to Botswana this year and Savuti is on our list in the near future. Africa is magical. I am going to try and find this book. The passage that you quoted touch my heart and make ne so proud to be an African.

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Often a sense of awe, often sadness at man’s encroachment and lack of empathy, and sometimes great joy at the wonders I have seen.
Sometimes anger at the poverty of the poor and the poverty of understanding in the rich .
I have seen great spirit and greed and corruption .
Intelligence and ignorance
Decency and venality
Every visit to Africa enriches my spirit and damages my bank account

The time I spent in Africa has never left my mind or my soul. I think about the experience daily. Thinking of Londolozi is like calling up my mantra to provide me with inner peace

Total escape into a world of both peace and amazement! Nothing like the Southern hemisphere night sky and the anticipation preceding the morning drive!
Been to Botswana-totally different topography but also enchanting!

The panorama of Londolozi is a saver!

I have never visited any country but those in Africa – the erstwhile Rhodesia and South West Africa – now Namibia. But I very much doubt that there is any place on the planet quite like Africa. It’s where I never feel lost. How can I feel lost – I was BORN here. Queen Mary once said about India, ‘When I die they will find India written on my heart.’ What a pity this brave and enterprising woman never visited Africa…

Totally agree with the prose above, Jess! There is just NOTHING like being in the Bush. I started at my aunt’s farm when I was four years old. Every school holiday and some weekends too I was there. I will be 81 in a couple of weeks’ time and have NEVER lost my love of being in the Bush – especially just after rain! It is like no other place on Earth – and it is definitely Home for me. Thank you for describing it so well. Wendy M

What a wonderful words to convey the emotion of Africa, all the reasons why Bob and I call Londolozi our African home. Thank you for shat, Jess.
Btw, have tried to share to FB 2 different ways; it won’t upload.

We feel like it is a homecoming of sorts. Africa got into our blood 3+ decades ago and each time we leave we begin planning the next trip. We agree completely with your words “It’s a feeling of awe and insignificance, a feeling of wonder.”

After my first trip to the African wilderness, I could hardly wait to return. It was in part the smells, sounds, viewings but moreover, it was a gut reaction that leaves one yearning to return…. and I have over and over and over – South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, as well as Kenya- that magical first trip. I’ve stayed in a variety of lodges, tented camps, etc and each has provided me with the same basics- the essence of Africa that does not exist anywhere else.

I must admit that my stays in Sabi Sand and Phinda have been extraordinary and having visited a few times, I will return. My soul requires it!!

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