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Ashleigh Smart


Ashleigh grew up near Londolozi and thus it’s no surprise that her fondest memories were made in the bush. After travelling Central and South America for a year after school, she went on to complete her degree in Sport Science at the University ...

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James Laurie

All that is missing are the night sounds and the smell of the bush.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Having spent several evenings
enjoying both the Varty and Founders Camp bomas, I can attest to the specialness of sitting around the campfire, sipping a favorite beverage whilst sharing a variety of stories and experiences with other guests and staff alike. I’m looking forward to returning to Londolozi and sharing those magical moments.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

That looks so inviting and full of enthusiasm for all to have, in a beautiful atmosphere with friends and family. Picture beautiful and I am sure many have had such an evening there at Londolozi. Wish I could also enjoy that wonderful atmosphere.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Magical moments around a campfire, life doesn’t get much better.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Ashleigh, thanks so much for bringing back the special memories of our time in the Varty Camp Boma. You are right, it feels so special, and we feel like we are coming home each time we arrive there! The candlelight and fires burning there are what makes that visual experience so special. Of course the fabulous food and wine that goes along with the experience, and the incredible staff looking after us tops off the magical experience!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Nice post Ashleigh! There is nothing quite like the feeling you get walking into a Boma. It is a feeling of being welcomed, of warmth, of kinship, of friendship, of camaraderie, of the expectation of good food and drink around a campfire. It’s one of our favorite things at Londolozi and we miss that back here in “civilization” (if you can call all the craziness around us that)!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Also, I wish you had included a picture of the Granite Boma because it is beautiful and Ange/Robert do a really wonderful presentation with it and it’s unique firepit!

Pati Biel

Oh yes, would love to see photos of the Granite Suites boma 🙏

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

I miss the original Bush Camp sitting on logs in the Boma.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Ashleigh, if the Boma could speak, what wonderful stories there would be for all to hear ❤️

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

After multiple visits to Varty & Founders Bomas, the feeling remains the same as the very first time! It’s just a magnificent way to cap off a day of adventures.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

The first night we were at Londolozi we drove in from the afternoon safari to find the entire parking area turned into a dining room with lanterns and dancing. the staff. we were thrilled. we have had many dinners in the boma always special and 2 dinners in the bush

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

part 2:our dinners in the bush were fantastic, wonderful food and lots of talk followed both times by a lesson in astronomy conducted by Alfie and his magic flashy! Victoria

Susan Young

Best Bomas was on my first visit to Londolozi. We had a bush Bomas away from the camp and it was magical.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

One of the most wonderful things in the world: sitting around a fire in the bush, whether it’s a boma or – even better – a fire directly out in the bush, under a wide sky of sparkling stars!
Listening to the sound of the bush, smelling its smells and dreaming of a wonderful, exciting new day of surprising meeting with animals.

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