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Robert Ball


Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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Splendid story, thanks for sharing!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

A very nice story, the buffalo calf is adorable and the sunset magnificent. I can’t remember a single story on animals as a child as there were far too many! Among them I remember Raik the cheetah. I was looking forward to get news on the cheetah and the lion dynamics but this one came as lovely as unexpected!

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

Lovely story, thank you!

Dave Mills
Senior Digital Ranger

Very nice, Robbie. Thanks.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Robert I am so pleased to hear that your childhood dream has come true, and that you are a Ranger at Londolozi living your dream out. I love the buffalo’s and that calf is beautiful. So glad you could spend 3 days with your parents and I’m sure that they are very proud of you. Keep up the good work and live each day to the fullest.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Robert, Good for you. A great story of life and your dreams. So glad your parents were able to be a part of it all

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

A lovely story. And how wonderful for you that you can really live your childhood dream and enjoy life in the bush.

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Robbie, thanks for the wonderful story. The pictures were pretty good also. A life spent in the bush with nature is a life fulfilled .

Linda Bangs

Great story, Rob!

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

That’s a really cool article. I always wanted to be a game ranger as a child too. However, at 16, I had to move with my family to Australia and my dream never eventuated. You are very blessed. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll still end up in the bush. Enjoy the it, it must be magnificent!

Paul Buchanan

beautiful pictures of oxpeckers! Thanks!

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

The more you observe of nature, the more you understand….

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

Splendid photo of that river of gold!

Martha Myers

A lovely blog, Robbie. Thanks for a wonderful 4 days, see you in May.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Such. Lovely story. How blessed you are to be able to share that with your parents, they must be so pleased and proud. Londolozi is filled with people who care so much about these animals and have the opportunity to share it with the world and educate us on compassion, appreciation and understanding. Just a thought, I wonder if you all might begin to change the name from “Game” wardens to wildlife wardens, caretakers etc… The word comes from hunting animals for sport, for food and trophies-Londolozi and it’s caretakers being the complete converse of that horrific word. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt post with us.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Wonderful story! It’s so nice to learn how you traveled your path from a boy loving the story of Kalinzu, the Buffalo calf to realizing your dream of becoming a ranger. I’m sure your parents loved spending time with you in your happy place.

Robert Ball

We all loved our time together. Thank you Denise, I’m glad you enjoyed the read!

Julia Bulterman
Digital Ranger

A wonderful read Robbie!

Robert Ball

Thanks Jules!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Always lovely to hear a story that is a dream/vision that comes true ….how lucky that your dream took you to Londolozi ! Wishing you many years immersed in this wonderful patch of paradise with the oxpeckers there to remind you that dreams can become a reality.🙏🏻😉

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