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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 Nostalgic Moments With Russell MacWilliam

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wonderful memories. The photographs are priceless. It is so special to be able to look back and remember those long ago moments.

Vanessa Dean

I really enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Good story, hope you enjoy your stay!!

William Julien
Guest contributor

Looking forward to the FU story after your visit.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Love the old stories! Russell will be amazed at what he finds when he visits today! Hope JV can be there too. Enjoy!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thank you Russell for sharing your photos and stories. Wow, are you in for a surprise! We are sure you will be amazed at how far Londolozi has come in 40 years! It is the passion and hard work of so many that has allowed Londolozi to blossom into the magical place!

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

Incredible story and fantastic images of what was to what I know Londolozi has become.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

A glimpse into the past and the pictures tell the story. I love the “gearbox” caption and the composition of the last picture! I wonder if he remembers the camera he was using … perhaps an old Kodak Hawkeye?

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

You will see huge changes. We left SA in 1985 and didn’t get back to Londolozi until 2010. I was worried that the magic of Londolozi would be diminished by the ‘posh’ settings ( we always stayed in the original bush camp.). Trust me….it is still my favorite place on earth. Enjoy your return.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Great photo of staff transport

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Just one question. Did you actually have a game drive that afternoon – at all? Super memories, Russell! Thank you so much! Wendy M

Karin Maclarty

I remember when Londolozi and all bush holidays were like this. Wonderfully nostalgic photographs. Thank you Russell.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What wonderful memories and how great that you are going back. I have read Cathedral of the Wild and it is so interesting in many ways. We enjoy the results of those years of work and thought when we visit. Hope your visit is fantastic! Victoria

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I can only imagine what things were like back then.

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