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Robert Ball

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Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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on The Journey of Becoming a Londolozi Ranger

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Lovely blog Robert.

Wishing you everything of the best Robbie as you live your incredible dream!

Thank you Candice!

Robert, I loved all the photos, especially the one trainees🤗

Robert, I loved the sunset🤗

You are definitely not the first to recognize that “people management” is a major component of most enterprises.
Good luck!

Thank you Vin

I enjoyed this piece and was always curious about what it took to become a Ranger. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. I look forward to this very special Blog every day when it arrives in my inbox ….while I cannot be there, your Blog takes me there virtually. What a great way to start the day!

It’s a pleasure Leslie, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Best wishes dear Rob! Rangers encounter more and more dangers so I guess you’re exhausted after looking back for poachers more than wild animals but your job is so very important for conservation! I wish you best luck

Thank you Francesca!

Very nice blog Robbie. Good luck to all five of you. And now may the guests come pouring in ……

Thank you Karin, yes lets hope so!

On my first visit to Londolozi I heard about the grueling training from my guide Andrea Campbell. She also talked about sunburn and blisters, and a scary encounter with a buffalo on her solo walk. Amazing! Well done you, to have survived and thrived in such a gorgeous place.

Thank you Cindy

Master Tracker

An incredibly difficult and demanding job, working all hours, expert driving skills, a knowledge to almost degree level of flora , fauna and climate, the skills of a master diplomats and the patience of a saint…

Robert, welcome to the family! We know that it is a challenging and difficult road to make it through the Ranger training at Londolozi. We have heard many stories about the training, and you should be proud that you accomplished your goal. Londolozi IS one of the most special places on earth and you are very lucky to be a part of it in this special way. Good luck to you and we look forward to meeting you on our next visit!

Thank you Michael, I look forward to meeting you too!

Well done to you New Rangers!!! By reading your incredible journey to get where you are know, was a dream, then came the gruellng training, that turned into reality for you. I am sure each one of you are proud of what you have achieved. Congratulations Londolozi New Rangers!!!

Thank you Valmai

Digital Tracker

Wow Rob, thank you so much for this great article! I myself, have always wanted to be a game ranger, and have always wondered what it would be like – how hard the training is, how hard it would be to get in to a training program such as this, and what it’s all about. You have given us a great snapshot of this! You are truly very blessed to wake up in paradise like that every day! I’m sure there are good days and bad such as anything in life, but I’m sure you will do a wonderful job, and we’ll done! I envy you! Waking up to the calls of the bush every morning, seeing the most amazing creatures in the world, and constantly learning about nature – what a dream come true. I wish you all the best, and thank you for sharing this really wonderful story with us! I hope you keep us posted about your wonderful journey as a game ranger!

Thank you Carly, if that is truly what you dream of then there are many opportunities out there for you!

A great insight into your train and life as a guide

Such an inspirational blog for anyone, in any walk of life. Yes you were lucky to be part of the chosen few but it’s your determination that put you there. What a plus to have like minded colleagues who have experienced what you needed to prove to qualify, as they will always have your back in the future. No matter where you might end up Robert, Londolozi will remain your family and focus that pushes you on to whichever path you choose. You are so blessed to have had this opportunity. I would give my eye teeth to do the same…if only I was younger 🙏💓…perhaps Londolozi are looking for some older recruits 😂

Thank you Cally, its never too late!

Hi Robert, I greatly enjoyed your article detailing your experience during Londolozi’s training course! As an American who dreams of working in the bush as a ranger, was curious if you have any suggestions for maybe working towards that goal? Thanks a bunch!

Hi Michael, there are many avenues available for those who have dreams of working in the bush. I would recommend potentially looking into some of the safari school/academies who have courses catered for just that.

So very interesting! Obviously, not an easy task to become a ranger! Congrats on making it!

Thank you Darlene

This is a great window into the process of ranger training! Thanks for the story!

Thannk you

Congratulations on persevering through one of the worst pandemics experienced by most everyone in the world. Having to leave a guiding course just as you began your training, would discourage most and so kudos to you give for sticking with your dreams. It’s a beautiful place, staffed by fantastic people so just be in the moment each day and open yourself up to all the great and not so great experiences you will encounter. Cheers!!

Thank you Denise, I will be sure to do so

Thanks so much for the insight, Rob. Also congratulations to you AND your team mates for plugging away at it. May you have a lot of FUN too and enjoy being there every day! Wendy M

Thank you Wendy

Great post Robert! Thank you for this look into the early stages of life as tracker at Londozi and congrats!!

Thank you Paul

Well done and well written Rob – a great reflection of an amazing achievement in what was, a difficult year due to the disruption of lockdown but the resilience of your trainee group shone through. May you now have many more memorable experiences to add to this during your tenure in the bush.

Thank you Shirley, not sure we would be here if it weren’t for Kirst!

Congratulations! Maybe we will see you in November!

Thank you Linda, I hope to see you then!


Fascinating to learn what must be done to become a Londolozi Ranger. No small feat! Londolozi is top notch in every single way!

Much respect to you and all rangers who work at Londolozi. The training is no easy feat!

Thank you Joanne!

You are literally living my dream! Great Blog post, I can only imagine how fulfilling your new career is going to be! Well done passing the training course!

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