Today Londolozi stands as one for the greatest game viewing locations in the world, animals are plentiful and people come from all over the world just to have their personal nature reunion. But it was not always this way…
The definition of rewilding (or re-wilding) are the conservation efforts aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas. Here at Londolozi we call this practice: The Restoration.
Londolozi Game Reserve’s transformation started from a bankrupt cattle farm and resulted in a thriving wilderness. This progress and process stands as both a practical and symbolic beacon of hope for a greater Rewilding movement that is now taking place globally. When my parents started as young teenagers, under the guidance of ecological savant Ken Tinley, they set out over 40 years ago to restore the soil moisture content of the land at Londolozi. In those early beginnings they were fully committed to restoring an ecosystem. They could never have imagined what their work would come to mean.
You might ask yourself what the clearing of scrub encroached areas and the restoration of micro-catchments has to do with this meaning? The contemplation of this question takes us into deep places in the search of what it means to be human.
As they worked in partnership with the land: the clearings returned to their natural state; the animals began to return and the most mystical of creatures, the leopard, appeared. The land returned effortlessly to its original state of balance and wildness.
Working hand-in-hand with nature creates a profound encounter with a greater natural intelligences that deeply changes a person. Rewilding at Londolozi was a practical process that turned into a deeply symbolic journey. A journey that showed us how if you open yourself up with humility to work with nature – profound transformation can occur.
The Rewilding movement is about remembering. Remembering that we, as humans, are deeply connected to our environment and it is in fact this connection that, in some fundamental way, helps us to understand what it means to belong.
Londolozi is a 100-year story of healing and restoration that has shown we can restore our relationship with nature, the planet and in so doing reconnect in some profound way with our deepest purpose as humanity.
Londolozi is a model that Rewilders all over the world can look at and be inspired from.
Londolozi stands as a living symbol of what is possible when we allow the wisdom of nature to guide us.