My wife and I were very fortunate to be back at Londolozi in January 2021 for yet another much anticipated safari.
A few days before we were due to arrive at Londolozi, the weather forecast send out warnings regarding the tropical Cyclone Eloise moving in over Madagascar towards the mainland of Southern Africa. We were in the south of the Kruger National Park the week before Londolozi, and I visited the storm report website almost twice a day keep an eye on movements of Eloise.
Londolozi also send us a warning via our private guide that heavy rain was expected and we could make a decision regarding our booking.
However, since we’d never been to Londolozi during the green season and it seemed like Eloise was moving slightly to the north over Zimbabwe, we decided to give the safari a go.
It turned out to be an excellent decision and we only missed out on two game drives because of heavy rains (rain fall of 175mm over a period of three days!).
Each and every game drive was unique with very interesting sightings and photo opportunities. Also unique was getting stuck in the mud next to three lions (a first for Byron (ranger) and Jerry (tracker) in a very long time). We had to call for the assistance of another vehicle to pull us out. Not a very “lekker” feeling for the staff to get out of the vehicle to attach the rope to the vehicles with two lions lying only about 20 meters from us.
We were spoilt beyond all expectations by the Londolozi staff, and our thanks must go to everybody looking after us during our visit.
At the forefront was Phil, the two new camp managers and the rest of the team on the floor always ready to assist with anything – much appreciated. The kitchen (with chef Chane and her team) is one of the best, and the food was EXCELLENT!!!
A special thanks to Byron (our private guide) for making all the arrangements (and negotiating all the changes) and ensuring that we had a lovely time during our stay – especially on the game drives. Well done with the tracking, Jerry – amazing to see you at work (just loved to watch the fingers at work when you spot track in the road) and we thoroughly enjoyed your company.
As many of you will know, Londolozi is famous for its leopard sightings, and we saw 15 different leopards in various areas of the reserve during one of our previous safaris. Once again Londolozi did not disappoint us during this trip.
However, Londolozi is not just about leopards and there are many other sightings and photo opportunities – you just need to have the patience to wait for the right moment. We were also doing some birding on the side during the game drives – nothing serious but at the start of the safari we had a goal to identify 130 or more different species (the number achieved during our previous visit). We started birding about five years ago because of our interest in photography and I do keep a record of the birds identified during each trip on my cell phone app. We were fortunate to identify 154 different species during our stay this time, with much-needed support from Byron. This count included a few very interesting lifers for us – one of these was a Lesser moorhen not often seen in South Africa but seen twice during our game drives (very exciting!).
Now, just a few of the photos I took during the trip (all taken on a Sony A9 ii) – enjoy the safari with me: