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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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William Paynter
Master Tracker

Dean, wonderful story with the sunrise and sunset pictures, thanks.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, I loved lions🤗

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

What cracking prose …

Whilst guests snuggle under blankets on the early morning drive and realise for the first time that Africa can be cold in the mornings

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

We agree wholeheartedly! Winter is the best no matter where you are! We love Africa in the winter and we love our home in the winter because we can hike without getting overly hot and there is less vegetation. That makes the trails easier and safer to follow. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful here, but we sure enjoy yours too! The lion’s roar, well there is no comparison!!! Perfection!

Gawie Jordaan
Master Tracker

A great piece of writing Dean. I feel like i am almost there!

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

🙂 🙂 Sold………………….

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

Great story Dean, can just feel that special winter’s morning !

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What a lovely poetic way to describe winter. A misty morning, the sun rising, how beautiful this is.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

A great skill in writing a wonderful tale with breathtaking images

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I’m signing up. Next trip to be in winter, although I did enjoy the fall – the cool mornings and not too warm sunny days. Well-written Dean!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Yes Dean, you’ve totally sold it to me – I’m always dreaming of being back in Founders, fire or no fire. And for me the perfect drink at the morning’s coffee stop is a hot chocolate and Amarula, especially when it’s cold. Might go and have one now….

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Wonderful story Dean and your foto’s are absolutely stunning. That Othawa male is a majestic lion and we are so privileged to get these stunning foto’s of him and the beautiful scence of the misty morning. I’m sure it is an experience to see Londolozi so early in the morning and smell the clean cool air and hear the lions roar so early and to hear the animals waking up to a new day, makes it worth the early rise and you soon will forget the cold breeze.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Three months to go!
I have posted previously that I love the golden fall/winter hue.

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Good morning Dean! .. Your essay about the bush makes me literally want to cry. All the wonderful representations of nature surrounding Londolozi are a “affirmation” upon what I have been feeling amidst the Universe’s “Calling”. – I have been come to learn to appreciate the “uniqueness” of what it is to feel “still” for quite some time now, that I have never known before. I feel as if I have been given a path of direction for my near future. I am so profoundly touched by your feelings and insight upon what it is to feel the “Outback” of South Africa. Thank You for presenting a TRUE possibility.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

You captured the feelings and emotions well, Dean – and made me wish I were there again in a cool winter morning! Next April…!!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

The perfect account of the ideal day at Londo Dean. I, for one, need little enticement to be there on an Autumn/winter day! Nothing like it. We will continue to enjoy every blog you all put up for us to enjoy until we can be physically present to soak in that sun rise and sunset together 🙏🏻💕

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

I felt the morning crispness and the reward of the evening sunset. Very descriptive with excellent images.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I detest the cold, but there is something magical about a crisp fall morning as the light wakes up the earth. In Africa, it would certainly be worth any momentary discomfort.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

we have not been at Londolozi in winter, but it looks gorgeous and perhaps we should try it if we can ever travel again! thank you for the beautiful photos!! Victoria

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Dean. Thanks for a wonderful description of Winter in the Bush at Londolozi. You write very well and paint pictures one can almost SEE as one reads. We know and love the Bush. Haven’t been to Londolozi – yet. Wendy and Neil MacNicol

Wian Eloff

Wow this is a great description of what a winter day in the bush holds in for you. I can’t think of something better!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

A beautifully lyrical description of any idyllic place during a very special season! Thanks Dean for these inspiring words!

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