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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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James, what a true story!

I agree James. Going on safari for the first time in Africa with the benefit of a ranger and tracker is probably the best way to experience the bush. Imagine going to the Amazon or Antartica on your own. You will definitely need a guide that is experienced.

I think an anteater for hire is a fabulous idea. They use dogs to sniff out bed bugs and rats to find land mines, so why not have an anteater for lawn maintenance? I’d hire them. 😉

Alfie and Terrence were our tracker and guide, what an amazing 4 days. Leopards, lions, cheetahs, zebras, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, a leopard kill and then a hyena swipes the kill. I think you get the message a safari to remember!! Beverly

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James, you’re absolutely the best. You captured well what blows most of us urban folks away when we first visit a wonderful place like Londolozi. And, you can laugh at yourself. A great quality, mate. When next you visit the United States, please come to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We’ll show you how we use our household bears to nab fish from the streams for our dinners. It’s really quite amazing. All the best to everyone at Londolozi.

Master Tracker

As an experienced traveller , first time guests can be refreshing with their excitement and enthusiasm and sometimes we need to see with their eyes and not our own.

So true. Complete trust in my guide and tracker. Had the team of M&M. They did not disappoint

The only exposure I had to the African bush was via nature programs on TV here in California. My thoughts when my partner wanted to come to Londolozi were, “Ho-hum, been there, done that, seen that.”
The game drives in Londolozi changed my life!

Great storytelling James! I certainly had a laugh when it came to the handy, walk about anteater on the grounds of a football stadium. Your friends? really got you. What you say about rangers/trackers is so true and I learn something new on each drive, now numbering well over a hundred. What a great way to experience growth in a beautiful area surrounded by nature’s special gifts, enjoying the camaraderie of the people around you, open to learning and then being rewarded with that special g & t at the end of the day….. until next time.

So true. We once had a couple in the vehicle with us from upstate New York. She asked the ranger to not go close to any animal except zebra because ‘they don’t bite.’ And she meant it. Spent the drive cowering in the seat🙄

James, How funny you are – and obviously gullible! So happy that our Florida ants didn’t get you! Thinking of the many experiences we have had in your vehicle over the years, we feel lucky to have had you as our Ranger!

James, your storytelling is superb and it’s wonderful to see someone tell an embarrassing story on themselves. Coming from the wild bush of South Africa, the anteater was great thinking on their part! But….pickle juice and whisky IS weird! Makes me want to gag….or was that another “gag” on you? Lol….

No matter how many trips we’ve made to Africa, it’s always a little unnerving each time we watch both ranger & tracker disappear into the bush looking for a predator. It’s a cross between concern for them and self preservation for us but it inevitably results in an exciting sighting. But we still say a little prayer for all involved!

James, be ware Floridians, particularly at Florida State football games!
First game drive–I can re-create nearly every minute–such a range of emotions/reactions.
It’s amazing how easily/quickly the staff gains trust!

I have not heard about the bats Londolozi released st night to protect us! But I have to say that my first visit I did not have enough eyes to take it all in. We stopped one afternoon and there were four male lions asleep. One of them woke up and walked over to the car and sat down at what looked like inches from my husband. Jess said everyone just sit quietly and it will be fine, she was right but Phil said later that he was looking for some place to go. Since then I have often thought that the animals amuse themselves by checking out the humans and commenting among themselves about what a weird group we are. Victoria

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