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Rob Jeffery

Alumni Ranger

Rob joined the Londolozi team at the start of 2017. Having grown up on a farm in the Cape and spending many holidays traveling Southern Africa he developed a love for the outdoors and an appreciation for the natural world. After completing a ...

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on The Longest Wait: A Hilarious Tracking Story

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

An amazing story. I bet Judas has got many more stories to tell. Would love to read more on the blog.

Jacques B

Thanks for sharing such a funny and incredible story. I’m also happy that Judas “lived to tell the tale!”

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Humorous but harrowing story!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Funny story, but poor Judas! How scary! Judas is obviously a smart man and handled the situation correctly. Thanks for the chuckle. So glad Judas survived!

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

That is a great story! I am sure Judas now makes sure his radio is clipped on.

That was the BEST story I have read in a very long time. And a great ending as well!!!! Thank you fo sharing:)

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Oh dear, what a lovely story. Best around the campfire after a few whiskeys I think. It also demonstrates that a wide angle lens is sometimes needed to record the whole scene.

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

As I look forward to my 9th visit to Londolozi in October, I look forward to seeing Judas’ marula tree and perhaps finding a pride of Lions sleeping under its shade.

Terry Fowler

Rob and Judas – WHAT A TEAM!!! Rob, you did a great job of telling this story but Judas tells it better! With his delicious accent and infectious laugh, his kind humility. I wouldn’t take anything for the memory of him telling this story on our game drive. You have brought that memory alive AGAIN!! Terry

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a marvelous tale! We read it aloud at our house and all had a good laugh (with Judas, of course, not at him!). Loved the Londolozi family happy ending!

Pam Chandor
Digital Ranger

Great story, Rob. Thank you for sharing!


That was a scary story with a happy ending. Judas was blessed with good fortune. May those who have to move intimately amongst free and wild animals walk safely.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Last night I had a dream I was stuck in a commercial building with a lion sized cougar and her two cubs. I had to escape the building before she could hunt me down and the cubs kept wanting to play with me which didn’t help my escape… Tonight I will probably dream about being followed by lions. These blogs make for excellent inspiration for the subconscious. Hopefully my dream will end as well as this story. 😉

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Fourteen lions! We have always been amazed at the bravery, confidence and patience Londolozi trackers demonstrate as they hop vehicles in order to track predators through the bush, just to give us a chance to take a picture. But their ability to find tracks in seemingly impossibly hard terrain is astounding!!!

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Fantastic story!

Vicki Bradford

I got a great chuckle out of this story. I bet Judas ALWAYS keeps his radio buckled to his belt now!

Riandi Appelgryn
Digital Ranger

I do hope someone took a photo and share it with us on the next blog! Would love to see this! Glad you got down safe Judas!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

What a fantastic story and so well written! I’m glad that he lived to share this lifetime story, although I bet he was good naturedly teased a bit from the staff. I know there must be a plethora of intriguing stories like this to share on the blog…..please do!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Brilliant story, happy ending and a lesson learned- don’t leave your radio!! We can read this and find the humor in it, but I can imagine there was a bit of trepidation in Judas’s mind. Thank goodness for the great Londolozi team who found him quickly, but then had a little fun with his demise 😘👏

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi there, Rob and Judas. There was a movie some time ago called “The Longest Day.” I would think being up a tree with 14 lions below would be harrowing indeed and would feel like centuries – especially with a chewed up radio! That “Judas Tree” could be one of the “Sights to See” for guests at Londolozi – accompanied of course with the story. Very entertaining! Thanks, Rob and Judas. Wendy M

Matt Uys
Londolozi Alumni

Had a good chuckle at this!

Lisa Hilger

We were fortunate to hear this story and others directly from Judas this past week. It takes just one game drive with Judas to realize what an amazing tracker he is. To hear Judas share his story of how he came to South Africa is to realize what an amazingly heroic man he is.

William Julien
Guest contributor

Judas has nerves of steel. I would love to see a picture of him in the tree that day.

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow! What a story! Glad everyone came out safe and sound!

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

I forgot to ask, didn’t anyone get a photo of Judas in the tree?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Sadly, I don’t think so, but I will have a look through the archives.

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