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Jemma Thorpe

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Jemma grew up on a farm in the Midlands Meander in Kwa-Zulu Natal and studied at the University of Cape Town. With little bush experience but with many hours of au pairing, teaching English and forming a love for travel, Jemma found herself ...

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I had a memorable “nature reunion” in Alaska when a humpback whale, apparently drawn by our music, started swimming alongside our boat! Back and forth, she’d then submerge and come straight up out of the water, so close that I could have touched her! She stayed for 30 minutes or so, leaving a lifetime memory for me!

What an amazing experience you had with a whale! How incredibly special!

Three very interesting and different relationships with nature.

Jemma this is a really interesting blog and all three have much to offer at Londolozi. Enjoyed reading about all three people and I thank them and you for sharing with us.

Thank you Leonie, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Since childhood my most loved nature reunions have involved water. Tops would be at the ocean! Whether it is exploring tide pools, or hearing the sound of waves crashing and gulls crying, being by the ocean creates a sense of peace in me. Rivers and lakes are fine too 😄. Taking care of the plants in my yard by watering them, filling the birdbath so I can watch the hummingbirds, doves, finches, blue jays, squirrels (as well as the nighttime raccoons getting their drinks/ bath time) also gives me that daily connection.

Water is a wonderful nature reunion Marcia – and I would agree that the ocean is one of the best! thank you for sharing your connection to nature with us.

Hi Jemma, all three of these Ambassadors love nature and reading each one’s story, makes it clear that each one loves nature in a different way. We are all individuals and our needs and love for nature differ. There is Chris that loves the warm fruit and he loves the ground and protecting it. Kelly the camp manager is now beginning to realize how wonderful nature gets under your skin without you realizing it. So glad she has started to do birding when walking through the camps. Her boyfriend can motivate her more and she will soon want to do more than just birding. Last by not least Equalizer that makes those beautiful walking sticks. So creative and he is so humble. Being a tracker is hard work and long hours, so in his off time he makes these magnificent sticks, which in return shows his appreciation for nature. Beautiful blog Jemma and Londolozi is the best.

Jemma, thank you for the 5th installment of Londolozi’s nature reunion ambassadors. These three have such different ways of expressing their love and support for all that surrounds them on a daily basis, taking time to explore, taste, listen, and using nature’s gifts to create beautiful art that has a function as well.
I try to spend some time with nature everyday, but I was fortunate to spend the first week of October up in the Inyo National Park, although the smoky air made for difficult photography at Mono Lake and the environs. Driving back to the SF Bay Area, we took the scenic route, stopping in Yosemite for a few hours. Truly, this national park is the perfect place for a nature reunion- majestic mountains, lakes, forests, waterfalls, meadows, and of course, native animals and birds – and I savored every minute!

Jenna, we were so excited to get a fifth nature reunion ambassadors post. It’s been really great getting to know some of the members of the camp staff better! We loved Chris’s philosophy of “enjoying the bush as it is, and experiencing each element’s natural temperature.” Chris is such a great guy and we’ve enjoyed our time with him. Kelly’s excitement about birding while walking the camp listening for the different calls sounds like something we would want to explore as well. And seeing the creativity of our friend Equalizer was a complete joy. We did not know of his special gift and will watch out for him using it when he’s tracking on our next visit for sure!

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