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Jemma Thorpe

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Jemma grew up on a farm in the Midlands Meander in Kwa-Zulu Natal and studied at the University of Cape Town. With little bush experience but with many hours of au pairing, teaching English and forming a love for travel, Jemma found herself ...

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on Orchid Day: The Meaning Behind The Logo

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog Jemma. I am fortunate to have a leopard orchid growing in my garden. I did not know that they are threatened in the wild. I can understand the reason for it as it is the sane with cycads and aloes. People remove it and most if the time plant it in a garden that has not got the same conditions to what the plant is used to. We should leave nature as we find it. Imagineva world where future generations won’t be able to see these plants in their natural habitat.


What I love most is when the logo WINKS at me – I love that; it always makes me smile.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Jemma thank you for the background. Always wondered about this. I loved the logo at first sight. The connection that is inspiring lives within me daily. This remains the most meaningful and enjoyable journey I have taken to date. The Leopard Orchid is a wonderful symbol and seems perfect in its adapted form for Londolozi

Sam &Amp; Mary-Jane Armacost
Guest contributor

Jemma: This was a very interesting blog and beautiful photos of the orchids. I’m sorry that we don’t come during their blooming season. Mary Jane

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Oh wow, that’s amazing! It’s poetic and fitting that the leopard orchid was chosen!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Lovely and interesting story, Jemma. I wasn’t aware of the Leopard Orchid but I think what you guys, especially Chris Goodman, are doing – is very important and so valuable to this planet and to our country here. Thank you all! Wendy M

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Ah, now we know where the design ca from. I have to say one of my favourite sights is the brightness of the Impala Lilly against a parched and arid background

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fascinating! I’ve seen these leopard orchids within Sabi Sand, but had no idea they were endangered. Additionally, I had no idea these orchids were the inspiration for the logo. Thank you Jemma for a bit of history.

Laszlo Toth

Jemma, it’s so beautiful, really inspiring!
Thank you for sharing!
And the iconic photo from Lex Hes…I see it every day, on the cover of ‘I Speak Of Africa’ on my Africa-shelf!
Any idea of which leopard this picture was taken of?
Thank you!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Ditto Marinda. Nicely done Jemma!

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Interesting! Beautiful pic by Lex and then transformed into the flower. Really well done.
I have more of his photos, he is a great photographer.

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

Beautiful logo; beautiful piece.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

We have always loved the logo and it is wonderful to be reminded of the meaning behind it! Thanks Jemma!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely story behind the logo.

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