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Dean de la Rey

Alumni Ranger

Dean was a guide at Londolozi from 2018 to 2022. He grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember ...

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One of the things I have learned anew is that travel is a privilege and not always a right .

That good health should never be taken for granted and when faced with the drudgery of Lockdown 2 that the memories and photographs of trips to Africa are priceless

I wish I was with you

Hi Dean, Your “Welcome Back Letter” is “rubbing salt in the wound”. Why? I am stuck here in the UK, which Government has no comprehension of its actions. Although, I have never been to Londolozi and, perhaps regrettably, not ever will (note trying to avoid the trap of “never”) because I like to have a 4×4 with rooftop tent and a camper (as a base) behind me. I suspect that combination is not welcome in Londolozi. However, I hope those comments will not stop me receiving the daily “Londolozi Blog”, a very welcome view of my home. I merely exist here. Best wishes.

Dean, I loved all the pictures, especially one with all the rangers🤗

Well said. We are excited in returning soon. Very grateful for the blogs that kept us up to date on the activities at Londo. All the best & stay safe.

Wonderful letter! Thank you so much!

Really lovely story Dean, you are a skilled writer!



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The perfect antidote to the past 9 months. Keep the daily reports going for those of us 6000 miles away and unable to travel. It’s a lifeline. Thank you and dankie.

Welcome back Dean! Your first photo here includes the Knopik family from Sarasota who have incredible (albeit sad) connections to Londolozi and the Good Work Foundation. I have written about the Londolozi/GWF/Sarasota connection previously.

Cannot wait to return someday to Londolozi!

Beautifully written..and so pleased to see the terrible pandemic has not changed the most important things in life …life at Londolozi in all its forms.
I so wish I could turn back the clock and be in the Landover again watching JV and Elmon film the magic… I do have the memories of that time which I am so grateful for. I commend all you special people at Londolozi keeping it alive
I live in a beautiful place now, New Zealand which God has placed me..I have been very blessed. One day I would love to get back to the beauty of Londolozi the very special place on earth 🌎

Just a wonderful welcoming letter to Lucky Guests! I only can wish that I would be one of those Guests but since I will not be for a myriad of reasons, I have your wonderful Londolozi Blog. I felt your joy and happiness as you rode around in your jeep and the words you wrote drew me in and I enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you for taking me albeit not in reality but I am grateful for this experience.

Beautifully written, Dean. And yes, I am looking forward to returning to Londolozi. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will really happen, because the outlook here is not too positive.

I can feel it, smell it and hear it all …thanks Dean for the beautifully written reminder if what we hope to share with you in the near future 🙏💕

And that one actually made me tear up! Dreaming of the day I am back, but until then waiting patiently and hanging onto the blog for dear life.

And I am so looking forward to be back – your words brought some tears…. God-willing, my fellow citizens will finally have paid heed to stop-the-spread-advice, international travel restrictions will have been lifted and my new medical challenge will be behind me by our April reservation date!!

I really appreciate the daily blog….but this one breaks my heart. I should be with you today celebrating my 85th birthday and I’m 12 time zones away. Hamba kahle and hugs from Hawai’i.

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The blogs from Londolozi have been what I looked forward every day since March! Thru all the horrors if the pandemic and the awful hours of the presidential campaign followed by the post election you have given me a bright moment. As you probably know we are in the middle if a surge of the virus and we are not sure if we will ever be able to go anywhere as Americans are pretty much pariahs in the rest of the world. so please keep the blogs coming and we will eventually be able to return ! Thank you all for all moral support!! Victoria

I was very happy to see the news that we can all now travel into South Africa. All I need now for my trip to Founders in February is to be able to get OUT of the UK! As an aside, a friend of mine lives in Hermanus and said recently how much the international tourism ban has affected the area – it must also have hit the whole safari business (and of course anyone involved in the hospitality business) very hard.

Okay, the tears have been wiped from my eyes so I want to thank you for such a heartfelt message of joy in returning to your happy place. The past several months have been devastating for everyone and for some of us, we’ve entered another Covid storm.
Your words were encouraging and uplifting. I’m so looking forward to my April arrival, as long as the borders are open for me to leave and arrive there. Welcome back!!

Thank you for your lovely letter Dean!

Dean, Welcome back and thanks for sharing the wonderful photo of the Knopik family crossing the river! One of our favorite memories!

Wonderful letter👌

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