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Pete Thorpe

Field Guide

Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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on Exploring The Unknown: Our Only Certainty

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

No two days is nature are the same. No two game drives are the same. We often camp and self drive in Kruger. We are asked quite often if it is not boring. It never is. There is always something unexpected waiting around a corner.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Wish we could right now!!!

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Hello, perhaps you might film sights of leopards families and behaviour and produce a documentary like the one on the Mother Leopard? It is so intriguing and I guess everybody from behaviourists and biologists to tourists would be very interested. After the grandmother adopting her grandson and famous Legadema in Botswana that took care of a baby baboon throughout the night it could provide new unprecedented data on these fascinating animals.

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

You guys are spoiled for choice and I’m green with envy 🙂 A friend said to me once, “Bern, I don’t understand how you can keep going to the bush all the time and still enjoy it, once you’ve seen one lion you’ve seen them all”… I guess there’s ‘us’ and then there’s ‘them’!. Needless to say I can’t wait to get back to all the impala’s I haven’t seen yet!

George Prior
Explorer

These posts are the highlight of the day. We are going to Londolozi next year so this is a great way to become familiar with everything before we visit.

Kara Taylor
Senior Digital Ranger

Can’t wait to get back!

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

There is great wisdom in learning to beware the temptation of certainty Pete!! Two of my favorite quotes on this subject:
“A wise man believes only in lies, trusts only in the absurd, and learns to expect the unexpected.” – John Houseman
“Expect nothing, expect everything.” – Theresa of Avila

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Pete, You are right, It’s been wonderful to see some of our usual expectations dashed! We can’t wait to be back and a part of it next year. In the meantime, your posts, updates and video from the team are brilliant!

Keep the adventures coming to us! It keeps us moderately sane in these Covid times!!!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Expect the unexpected! July has been an incredible month.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Pete, loved all the photos🤗

Linda Mansell
Explorer

Peter, that was a very meaningful and deep reflection on life and it’s uncertainties, and yet how one’s choices will always lead to something special if one is open to the possibility of it.
Thank you so much Peter. These Londolozi stories are a highlight of my day.

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

This brings wishful tears to my eyes, ..”Escape the 8-5 certainty of urban life and come and explore the uncertainty of the wilderness with us…” ..
If only I could! , .. I would pack in a heart beat and come visit Londolozi and the bush!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Sure does make it exciting to live this life. A great career choice and a passion that is enviable

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Exactly why we keep coming back!!!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Pete, what does this mean: “come and explore the uncertainty of the wilderness with us…”? Is it already possible to travel to Londolozi again?
And yes, James is right, it’s the element of excitement and surprise, of some adventure and the wish to see more and more different animals and their different activities and social interactions that makes safaris so addictive.

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Hi Christa,

Unfortunately the international borders are still closed. We are therefore not yet open, even to local travellers. We will be sure to keep everyone updated as to when we will be welcoming guests back!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks Pete!

Pauli Bakker
Digital Ranger

Love your descriptive wonderful stories…thanks once again Londolozi!….wish I could be there…back in S Africa once again…..keep safe…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Your post certainly shares some truisms. Nature, whether it’s landscapes, water, animals, birds, etc gives us something different everyday. Africa’s wildlife reserves offer us gifts that are immeasurable. So looking forward to returning next April!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

A really nice blog Pete and some nice pics to boot. You do have some beautul sunrises and sunsets in Africa. I would dearly love to be there to see them. As youhave said, there is an element of surprise on a daily basis for you all and that is what makes life in the bush so interesting. Thanks for sharing with us – thoroughly enjoyed it. Be well and stay safe all of you at Londolozi.

Cally Staniland
Explorer

I would give my all to be in your shoes right now, simply THE most perfect place to be in lockdown. We have done very well in Malta but as Europe reopens its doors and the Covid starts to rear its ugly head once again it makes it very difficult to make a plan. It has left everyone very unsettled and even a sail across the Mediterranean is marred with ifs and buts right now. However there will be a silver lining and I know where ours will be… at Londolozi 🙏🏻💕

Trish Monck
Senior Digital Ranger

Dreaming every day of getting back over there-

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