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Bronwyn Varty-Laburn

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Bronwyn is 4th generation custodian of Londolozi Game Reserve, a mother, Master life coach and also one of its most longstanding employees, having grown up on the floors of the kitchen and in the gardens of the lodge. Bronwyn’s official title is that ...

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on An Amazing New Travel Trend (and Londolozi is ready!)

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Mike Ryan
Explorer

Thanks for the Blog Bronwyn, more and more we see sustainability as one of the key buying decisions for people chartering Private Aircraft

David Fedonczak
Explorer

We can’t wait to get back.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Glad to know that Londolozi is focusing on longer stays and private air travel.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

A very timely blog, Bronson. All the people we know are rethinking their travel plans for the future, looking for ways to stay safe yet see the world. It seems that Bob and I have been ahead of the trend a bit as our last 2 stays at Londolozi have been for 12-14 days each – and our postponed trip to next year is the same. We truly enjoy the longer visits – spending more time on drives, observing the wildlife for longer periods, paying more attention to the “smaller things,” getting to know our ranger and tracker better, meeting and enjoying more staff, taking advantage of all the other wonderful experiences Londolozi offers. We heartily underscore your suggestion!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I enjoyed this blog Bronwyn and completely agree that longer stays are more rewarding than the 2/3 days in each place. Since my trip was canceled due to the virus I’m planning for a week’s stay next spring in order to truly enjoy the bush as well as whatever local activities are available. See you in ‘21!!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Bronwyn, I loved this blog
My Daughter is the Santa Barbara Channel Keeper, founded Bobby Kennedy, JR – I loved the solar panels🤗

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Bronwyn, You are right on! As hospitality professionals and long-time Londolozi lovers, we agree with you 100%. The set-up and structure of a Londolozi extended stay is the perfect way to enjoy world-class hospitality in one of the most beautiful, exciting and unspoiled places in the world! If we had one of those jets, we would be there right now! We miss you all!

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

What does this mean exactly? Are you saying that the kind of five-day visit that we enjoyed so much at Londolozi will no longer be happening? And what will the impact of jets be? both to noise level and to carbon?

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Hi Michael. Normal Londolozi stays and offerings will remain exactly the same. This is more of a travel trend that we see coming and have had quite a few requests over the lock-down period regarding longer stays. In terms of the impact of jets, of course this is a factor that Londolozi has considered for many years (and as a side-note, we started our indigenous tree and plant nursery nearly 15 years ago. On average, we propagate about 3500 seeds a year and about 2500 of those seeds take which means that over the last 15 years, we have planted roughly 15 000 trees, about 1100 trees per year, in an attempt to offset our own carbon emissions that come hand in hand with tourism). Secondly, we have specifically partnered with a private jet company that specializes in carbon offsetting. Lastly, as stated in our impact report on page 17, you can see the in-depth data on the subject and our efforts. As for noise levels, we will continue to stick to our protocol of only allowing aircraft traffic during certain times windows that minimize noise impact and disturbance in the area. I hope that this answers some of your questions. Thanks so much for commenting.

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

An excellent and thoughtful reply. Thank you!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Browyn, we are coming in 2021 – our 50th wedding anniversary was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus, so we will be coming in 2021 for our 51 wedding anniversary🤗

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Looking forward to visiting this miracle in the bush!!

Jane Addey
Explorer

Couldn’t agree more – for years we have now travelled often to just one safari destination. Why people travel to several lodges – especially in the same area? Why have unnecessary travel time when you can enjoy the place you are staying it between morning & afternoon drives? Every drive is different! Of course this is especially true when you are staying at Londolozi !!!

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

As usual, you are on the leading edge of whatever the ‘new normal’ will be when international travel opens up. I was happy to see the acknowledgement that longer stays make sense and the consideration of private air travel, particularly with the uncertainty of South African Air. Congratulations on continuing to be the leader that Londolozi has always been.

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

Sounds divine…a long stay at Londolozi !!!!… I’m going to have to dig deeper into the bucket (wish list)…. sadly at this point I can but dream., And continue to relive the virtual drives. I’m sure you will have no trouble in fulfilling this new track and I wish you, the family and all the team much luck. 🙏🏻💕💕
perhaps one day we will meet your Dad again ..it’s been about 38 years 😊

Susan Strauss
Digital Tracker

Two weeks, baby – two weeks in December…can hardly wait!!

Ginger Brucker
Senior Digital Ranger

Love the insights and the trends. During lockdown my mind wanders daily to my past Londolozi experiences. I am desperate to get back and spend more time and take advantage of the new Healing House too. So trying to find ways to have an even more immersive experience. Hope you are all well.

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