There is a simple pleasure of sitting around a fire with good company, in fact it’s a tough feeling to beat! But those who have had the pleasure of sitting around a fire in the African bush, will know that there is no better feeling.
The traditional paraffin lanterns and candles housed by brown paper bags that were once used as the only source of light throughout the camp, are still used today to bring the boma to life in the evenings. The careful placement of the lanterns all along the wall of the boma as well as the brown bags placed in the sand to light the way, never fails to draw out a ‘wow’ reaction each time you enter the space. We believe fire light does something special to the soul…
The wine station welcomes you, boasting some of South Africa’s best-loved family owned wines. Across the sandy boma lies the fully stocked bar, ensuring our guests are well equipped before making their way to the benches around the central fire. Those of you who have visited us in summer will know that there is no need for a campfire during our balmy evenings. So you might see a lantern in its place in summer, still a flame nevertheless.
It is on these benches and around this fire that some of the best memories of a safari adventure are made. I often wonder just how many wild and legendary tales have been told over the years. Whether it’s meeting the other guests in camp and exchanging stories, or getting to know the Varty Camp team and rangers a little better, the chatter and laughter coming from around the fire can be heard from all around and late into the night.
It’s not only the light coming from the various flames that creates such a special atmosphere, but rather its a space that returns you to an older rhythm, connecting you through conversation with a diverse group of people. It is a sacred time without modern distractions – a rare opportunity to find in this day and age.
Once each table is ready for dinner, guests are welcomed at the buffet by the amazing chefs who have been preparing their meals throughout their stay. There is often plenty laughter and conversation that comes from the buffet as chefs and guests exchange stories and jokes whilst the food is being carefully dished onto the plates. It’s in these moments that one is reminded about how special the space is, and why for nearly 100 years it has been the curator of some of the best memories of Londolozi for guests and staff alike.
The Varty Boma has seen many late nights, heard many fireside tales and has orchestrated many lifelong memories and friendships. There is an atmosphere that the Varty Boma creates that makes it one of the best spots here at Londolozi and arguably, throughout the rest of Africa.
We would love to hear about some of your favourite memories around a fire or your nights in Varty Boma?