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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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Lovely blog Dean. Stunning pics. All of the best this new year to the Londolozi family.

Mashaba female has such a distinctive look. She may be the only leopard I can instantly identify.

Thank you Dean, what a lovely TWIP to kick off the New Year. Great to see Mashaba again, haven’t heard much about her lately. And I totally agree with you about watching leopards climbing/descending trees- I’ve seen this a few times and their elegance and power always takes my breath away. Which is the female with the scrub hare?

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Some real gems, especially the vulture photo

wishing all at Londolozi a happy, healthy and gentle 2021

Dean, I loved all the photos, especially leopard in the tree🤗

What in the world has Xinzele been doing to her ears? We saw her in July 2019 and both of her ears were perfect then! Looks like she has been having to fight a bit to claim her territory!

What a great start to 2021! Loved the Othawa male, the Xinzele Female Leopard, the Vulture against the moon and so many more. Wonderful!!

Great photos. I would like to know what is going on in the Ottawa male’s mind at the moment when the photo was taken.

Superb photography , wonderful memories of past visits. Waiting to re visit again as soon as allowed. Your daily blogs and photos give me hope for a better future. Stay Safe

Hi Dean, love the selection of photos especially the Mashaba Female! Is she showing any signs of having another litter of cubs? Where is she spending her time these days?

Senior Digital Ranger

Words are not enough, absolutely magnificent photos!

Dean, what a beautiful post to begin 2021! You’ve some exceptional photos, especially the giraffe portrait, Xinzele female and the face of the mighty Othawa male. 👍📷❤️

Hi Dean.thanks so much for a stunning “week in pictures”…Every picture was incredibly beautiful…….such a joy to wake up in the morning to look through them…..have a safe and Happy New Year…..

Stunning, stunning photos!!!! So wonderful of you to share these and we appreciate you all. Happy, healthy and hopeful 2021!!!

Really enjoyable images this week, Dean!
Is the Xinzele female the daughter of a Londolozi resident or does she come from elsewhere?

Wonderful set of images, and a terrific end to 2020 and beginning of 2021. And that vulture photograph is absolutely stunning!! Bravo Dean, and happy new year to you and all the greats at Londolozi!!❤️🎊💫🙌🏼🎈🎆

How old is the Othawa male? I am guessing 7 or 8??? Beautiful TWIP! Love the leopard pics, the Lappet faced vulture, the Birmingham male, etc! I have never seen the broad billed roller, very interesting!

Happy New Year! Gorgeous pictures! For Christmas I watched a documentary on a leopard female and one on a giraffe calf. They both showed how many difficulties these animals have and their struggle to survive. Let’s hope for a positive year to come for both animals and us

Senior Digital Ranger

Also wanting to wish everyone at Londolozi
Happy New Year🥳May it be filled with strength and courage, love, laughter & good health, and mostly a lifetime of new adventures and memories! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing piece of heaven with the world ♥️

A really nice TWIP Dean. I especially liked the vulture with the full moon behind it and the giraffes at sunset, although all the pictures were great. I wish all at Londolozi a safe, happy and healthy 2021 and trust you will rebound from this dreadful virus that has devastated the tourist industry and lodges.

Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks Dean, happy new year to you and the Londolozi family

What a fabulous tribute to a turbulent year and beautiful photos to start the New year Dean 👌❤️. Following the Londolozi blog has certainly given me a sense of Ubuntu and I thank you all 🙏❤️. Wishing you all the very best wishes for 2021.

Dean you’ve presented outstanding and picture perfect images this week. So many are wall hangers! Good job!!

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