Londolozi is a 4th generation family run operation and as such we appreciate the value of bringing a child into the bush; allowing them to experience the natural world and to know from a young age the wonders, spectacles and curiosities of our last wild places.
“One of my greatest joys is to watch, year after year, as generations return to Londolozi as Africa and her wildlife become the touchstone and common passion for young and old. Africa creates the connection, no matter how everyone grows or where they live in the world. Everyone returns ‘home’ on their African safari” – Shan Varty
It is a real joy to watch a child’s eyes light up as they witness each one of the multiple incredible moments that make up a drive; from learning about tracks and signs from a master tracker, Rob “the Professor” Hlatshwyo, to spotting a Lilac-breasted Roller in a tree; from finding one of the last dung beetles of the season to the unbelievable privilege of getting to see a lioness carry her cub!
Game drives are filled with a myriad of learning opportunities and the sponge that is a young mind is a perfect vessel to soak it all up!
Granted, there are moments when their attention span may begin to slip somewhat. A quiet drive can be anathema to a curious young mind, but nothing a coffee or hot chocolate stop filled with all sorts of adventures can’t fix.
And after the drive, the fun continues… Parents have the chance to indulge themselves in the healing house or a quiet moment by the pool in their rooms, while we keep the kids busy with a number of interim activities. Track moulding is a must, an excursion into the bush with their ranger searching for tracks of either lion or leopard. They then fill these in with plaster of paris, creating a great memento to take home and leave on the mantle or to show off to their friends.
Fishing in the river or a nearby waterhole is filled with squeals, laughs, and chaos of the best kind. Baking in Cubs Den means some treats on offer for the afternoon drive. The definition of “treat” may be bent or broken depending on how adventurous the baking gets, and all sorts of other adventures can be embarked upon by the more energetic of ages.
I recently had the privilege of driving an incredibly special family, the Naidoos, and I must thank Emma Collett-Naidoo for the awesome memories she captured of our adventure; they bring a smile to my face and a chuckle to my lips every time I see them.
Unfortunately, these three ladies lost an incredible husband and father recently. Sasha, you were taken too soon and I know your family will miss you dearly. Emma, Stella, and Zuri, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a singular man from your lives, he loved you three deeply. And you, him. May his memory hold you in good stead and, in time, help heal you.
Our heartfelt condolences from the Londolozi family.