In 2015 the Londolozi family set off on a journey to build a self-sustaining Futuristic African Village. We dreamed of evolving the Londolozi model into an icon of “New Systems For Living”, a place where people from all cultures live in harmony with each other and the natural world; a place that married together the ancient wisdom of nature with cutting edge sustainability technology, and a place that inspired and showcased African leadership.
We called it Vision 2020. Little did we know at the time what an important decision it would be…
In 2020, as the world locked down and borders closed, the Londolozi Family lived the 2020 vision. We ate food out of our gardens and maintained the camps powered by our solar farm. We were shown time and time again how nature is an enduring partner as we recycled water drawn from the river and watched in rapture as nature continued, uninterrupted and unconcerned, on the land around us.
Very closely allied to our Village Family of Londolozi is, of course, the ever-growing Good Work Foundation (GWF) family who have had to be innovative over this year, with the help of many Londolozi guests who generously donated and simply postponed their stay with us. As the founding patron to the GWF, we feel immensely proud to have witnessed GWF adapt to the restrictions of Covid:
- Covid 19 videos were created in seven languages
- 1000 food parcels were delivered to the most vulnerable communities surrounding the Kruger National Park
- Adult leaners gained access to sim cards and digital devices for them to work from home
- Access to online doctors and coaches was created
- The ability to retain the entire GWF team
As a result of these efforts to continue access to quality learning, these vibrant young learners now enjoy the opportunity to establish meaningful careers thereby enabling them to contribute in a meaningful way to society.
Incredible sightings were shared with people all over the world as we beamed daily virtual safaris to all corners of the globe.
Leopards slept calmly in trees as the world struggled with the challenges of the crisis.
A honey badger became famous overnight as a video of his rescue from being stuck in a tree went viral all over the world.
2020 was the first time Londolozi has not had guests since its ragged inception in 1971! We missed our friends and extended family from all over the world dearly.
In an effort to share the deep feeling of connection and stillness that so many people describe when they are at Londolozi, we launched our online Wellness Challenges. From New York to New Delhi people sat in silent meditation in their homes, attuned to a shared nature frequency the calming healing power of Londolozi as they participated in the online course.
2020 was the year that showed us in the face of uncertainty to turn to what is truly important.
The macro global crisis showed us that micro investments in sustainability are truly the path humanity needs to adopt in order to restore our relationship with the planet.
In the midst of all of this, South African-born Master KG launched the song Jerusalema which became the world’s most watched and danced-to song ever. All over the world people found their African rhythm.
“Jerusalema ikhaya lami
You may have noticed the lyric “Ngilondoloze” or “I will protect you.” In the year of a global pandemic we couldn’t help but feel like some unseen force was holding us as people as all over the world danced and came together.
Ngilondolozi… I will protect you.
Jerusalema wasn’t the only South African smash hit. Craig Foster’s documentary My Octopus Teacher became a global sensation showing a deep desire for something Africa is truly the home of: a place where we discover the depth of who we are in our connection to wild animals and wild places.
In 2020 we learned the value of community as the Londolozi Family stood together in the face of adversity. We saw the strength of our relationships with our travel partners, guests and all South Africans as together we weathered the storm.
It is in our most challenging times that we learn who we are. In tremendous uncertainty it is our values that hold us strong.
In the year that our 2020 Vision was realised, we deeply understood you will never regret turning to nature.
We also learned that one of the great joys of what we do is sharing Londolozi with all of you. With the camp closed we missed your energy. Your absence showed us that the essence of what we do is about is about being together in nature.
We so look forward to welcoming you back to Londolozi.
Was 2020 a dark year? No just a passage to the light.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving as we celebrate the light…
All our love,
Boyd Varty and all of the Londolozi Family
Enjoy the Londolozi Song thanks to Londolozi Guest Reini Adelbert