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We entered into 2020 in glitter, sequins, gold and feathers and with the beats of Fleetwood Mac being played onto a black and white checkered dance floor. This New Year’s Eve we brought Studio 54 to Londolozi! Studio 54 has a link to Londolozi, and so this story created the theme for the evening and also was the basis of the play narrated by Duncan MacLarty after main course. The story goes as follows:
In the summer of 1979 Dave and John Varty teamed up Fleetwood Mac, Cheryl Tiegs and artist Peter Beard to raise money to relocate elephants in South Africa. They attempted to do this by hosting an event at the hottest nightclub in the world, Studio 54! This was known as the “Buy An Elephant Party”. Although the event didn’t create as much profit as anticipated, the topic of live elephant relocation was exposed to powerful and influential people, which ended up helping the cause. To pay tribute to this event and as well as the excuse to dress up in 70’s gear, we chose Studio 54 as 2019’s theme.
Happy New Year to our extended Londolozi Family, we hope you enjoy the images of our festive evening below:
A ticket stub place cards and shimmering gold menu cards reflected what would have been at the original Studio 54 party.
The drink of that interesting night in 1979: The Freddy Fudd Pucker, freshly squeezed orange juice with a splash of tequila and vanilla.
Disco balls, feathers and lights set the theme for our champagne bar, in Fleetwood Mac style – Rumours!
Our Tusker bar, with a print of the original “Buy The Elephant” invitation, the perfect watering hole.
Londolozi Staff Member, Cry Sithole, gets ready to shake, rattle and roll in the Tusker Bar.
Some of the Ranging Team strutting their best 70’s look, disco surely made them do it.
The Londolozi Kitchen Team, all ready to cook up a storm.
Repeat guests Sean and Richard were the first guests to rock up.
Londolozi Staff Members, Sarah, the DJ of the night: Caroline Wallington, and Jess MacLarty gave the mirror ball some serious competition with all their sparkles.
Bread boards: plaited white bread rolls, rye crisps and olive bread sticks served with our village green gazpacho.
The Camp Manager Team lead by Duncan MacLarty
Following a 70’s trend of food served on food – Londolozi chicken and pineapple skewers drenched in our signature sticky ginger sauce…delicious!
General Manager Duncan MacLarty, with his wife Jess looking spectacular.
Ranger Josh Attenborough tries to show his guests the 70’s moves.
Granite Camp guests, the Eilers, joined us from Chicago with Greg Pingo as their Ranger.
Founders Camp guest, Paul Geuvers, in his tailor-made coat, especially made for this Studio 54 night. He poses wearing his brilliant golden, leopard trimmed, smoking jacket together with his wife Sylvie.
Operations Manager William Ford gives his best 70’s impersonation
Ranger Alfred Mathebula strikes a 2020 pose with his multiple repeat guest Kristine Dong.
Rangers Bruce Arnott and Rob Jeffrey played the part of Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood from the band Fleetwood Mac.
Dreams were made with the Chalmar beef fillet skewers served with a beer mustard cream.
Hands down this trio were up there with the best dressed; silk shirts, ruffles and peace signs. Nick Earle, Phil Nicholls and Mitch Thorpe took the theme very seriously and it showed.
Chef Nomsa Madubula puts the finishing touches to Second Hand News.
Second hand news- East Coast lobster mousse served with sautéed prawns and horseradish crème fraîche
Starry silhouettes were lit up with UV lights to reflect and African nights sky and disco balls hung from trees.
Once again the Ryan family did not disappoint in their flower power and psychedelic colours, it was fabulous to have them back on our New Year’s dance floor.
Sweet little lies played out with caramel dipped donuts, chocolate brownies, gold dusted meringues and 70s themed cheese sticks, served on vinyl.
Varty Camp Manager, Sarah Theodosio is all smiles as she serves the vinyl delights lit up with sparkles.
Ranger Nick Sims 2.0 shows our guests how to get down on the checkered dance floor.
Camp Manager Tippy Brewitt hands out the Graham Beck Brut bubbles for the count down to 2020.
Happy New Year!
Sparkles were the theme of the night, staff members Leah, Kayla, Roxy and Amy in their disco attire.
Wishing you all an incredible 2020 full of abundance … and a little dash of disco!
Anna worked at Londolozi for almost 9 years. A lodge like Londolozi, although famous for its wildlife, is about far more than just that. The superb culinary experience which awaits every guest at Londolozi is thanks to the continued efforts of Anna, who ...
Thank you Sean – was so lovely to have you both here!