Although the Tsalala lioness was seen from the Varty Camp deck this morning, scavenging the remains of a wild dog kill in the Sand River, she wasn’t concerned with, nor did she know about, the peaceful process that was taking place only a few hundred metres away, as Londolozi and Mala Mala staff, as well as one or two guests, cast their votes in the National Elections. A voting booth was established in the Londolozi Village by the Independent Electoral Commission, and laughter and goodwill were the order of the day as voters patiently waited to make their marks.
It’s been just over 25 years since 19.5 million South Africans cast their votes in the country’s first democratic elections, and today, many millions repeated the process. Over 26 million people registered to vote, an encouraging sign of the willingness of South Africans to take their futures into their own hands.
Since our last election in 2014 our democracy has been severely tested and we have much work to do if we are to preserve the Legacy and Dreams of our former President Nelson Mandela
Many diverging opinions, ideologies and ideas have over the last few weeks and months been tested in the build-up to Election Day. The discourse has been at times forceful and always robust yet across the full spectrum of South African society, tolerance peace and non-violence has been fully respected.
Universally however, and regardless of political persuasion, South Africans remain unanimous in their desire to welcome visitors from across the world to our land of sunshine and warm hospitality.
Tomorrow the elections will be over, the battles fought and the results known and we as a country will remain alive with possibilities. And still one of the most friendly value-for-money destinations in the world!
Certainly here in the democratic republic of Londolozi the animals have had no interest in the election results and the quality of wildlife viewing remains as good as ever and we can’t wait for your next visit!