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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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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Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello what about plants and flowers? Is there a booming time in Londolozi with special trips planned to watch the blooming time ?

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

This is so true. It is wonderful just to be out in the bush. To experience nature. To experience all the little things that the day bring.

Can’t wait to “stop and smell the roses” again at Londolozi! We try to explain to Friends that haven’t been that it’s not all about the Big Five…it’s what has touched all Five Senses and burrowed into our Soul. People, Animals and the Land! Africa!!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

So well written and totally descriptive of my experience. It is incredible how relaxed this Type A individual becomes immediately after being greeted at the airstrip.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved all the pictures, especially Eagle🤗

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

All so very true! We were lucky enough to go to Kenya in September. We needed the Bush more than it needed us! Patience is the key while on safari. If you do not have patience, you will miss a lot!

Penny Tainton
Senior Digital Ranger

Good advice for pretty much everything we do as life moves to the next normal. There is so much to be grateful for – including of course these magical interludes from Londolozi!

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

I would happily sit for hours and listen to the African bush as the sounds and colours change from sunrise to sunset .. all I would wish for is that the clock stops, so it could last forever! James, your excitement and enthusiasm on every game drive shows that you have no need to pinch yourself to realize how lucky you are…it is written all over your face 🙏🏻💕

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

Wonderful! The Mad Dash vs the Quiet Observation……wonder which way my first safari back will proceed? Maybe a combo of both to some degree? Cannot wait to return to the African bush in 2021!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Dear James, really wise words spoken. And now you have talked about constantly radioing I wonder even more whether guides have to do it constantly. At least it’s my impression that there is far too much radioing going on and I find it really distracting.
But maybe not any more in the future? I am really looking forward to March/ April….

Karen Hart
Digital Ranger

Much needed reminder. Never again will I take for granted the ability to travel. These months of forced isolation have made me realize the true priorities in my life, and travel is one of them. My partner, Bryan, and I have had several discussions about our planned trip to Londolozi and South Africa and the need to focus more on the actual experience and less on photography, which goes hand in hand with your message of slow down. Live in the moment and place to truly appreciate our beautiful earth.

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Excellent points ! Take it all in, every last second and when you are viewing something don’t even let the thought what will be next enter your mind. There’s only now.

Scout Swenson
Explorer

Being still for a while and listening to the sounds of the bush will be magic. Can’t wait to back someday.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

You are SO right, James! Personally I enjoy just NO apparent animals. I love the whisper of the grass and I am just as interested in small thing eg when we saw a Lilac Breasted Roller attacking a scorpion in the road – dive bombing it over and over – and then picking it up and taking it off to the nest or to a nearby tree for himself! It was fascinating and I have never forgotten it. Kiplings name “The Long Grass Whispers” … it is so beautiful and so always reminds me of the Bush. Wendy M

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Totally agree. You can’t beat just sitting in the vehicle while a herd of elephants quietly graze around you, gently rumbling to each other. Or sitting on the causeway (my favourite spot) just watching birds and listening to the hippos. Roll on February (fingers crossed!)

Linda Deutsch
Explorer

Thank you, James, for our wake upcall to be cognizant and patient. Your narratives not only articulate, but thoughtful and dare I say, emotional and caring. So very appreciated in these times and all times.

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

My time is not coming soon enough…..but fingers crossed we’ll be there from the USA in October 2021, 6 nights at Founders….

Sharon Padgett
Explorer

Well said. When we were at Londolozi this time last year, I loved the times we were out in the bush; even just sitting still and taking in the environment – engaging all of the senses. I took so many beautiful photographs and one day hope to paint some of these scenes. Londolozi is a magical place. God bless!

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Great counsel when returning to anything, anywhere after lockdown!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

I’ve been in the Kruger since Sunday, it’s so incredible to be back I’m literally stopping for everything great and small! I’m so deeply appreciative of the opportunity to sit at a waterhole again, even if there is no activity to photograph.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, what a beautiful post and we totally agree with your thoughts and suggestions. We are thrilled that you’re able to have guests back and can’t wait for the borders to open up to all.
We can remember so many times on game drives at Londolozi when something that no one expected suddenly appeared. We also relish the times when we are stationary and listening to the birds and noticing the nearby scenery, while our ranger and tracker are out searching for the next great sighting. We can’t wait to be back at Londolozi and look forward to experiencing the magic, including the peacefulness soon!

Kellie Whittam
Explorer

One of my favourite things to do during a night drive is just to turn off the vehicle and sit there, listening to the sounds of the night and looking at the stars

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