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Dave Varty

Co-Founder/Owner

Dave's story is too full and rich to tell in a brief blog bio. Suffice it to say that it is due to his passion, hard work and lifelong dedication to conservation that Londolozi is what it is today. One of the co-founders ...

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on 2021 Has Been Our Year ~ My Yearly Round Up

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Antonio Branco
Explorer

Being at Tree Camp for 4 days in November has been an experience that myself and my wife will never forget. The exceptional and unique game viewing, the expertise of Jessica and Advice, both making an incredible team exceeding anything we could expect, the super friendly and dynamic Kelly, always taking care of everything to make our stay unforgettable and the hospitality of all staff had no match.
I also had the privilege of reading Dave’s book “The full circle”. I couldn’t stop until I finished it. It gave me so much information about the epic journey of transforming the landscape and expanding the conservation areas across Southern and Eastern Africa, putting down fences and border lines to allow Nature to breath and flourish and simultaneously uplifting the lives of millions of persons and their communities!
I’ve been personally involved, among other conservation initiatives, in the expansion of the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique from 22.000Km2 to 42.000Km2 and in its management during 16 years, from 1996 to 2012, with the hope that one day Niassa and Selous could be connected and become one of the most majestic conservation areas in Africa and that’s why I fully understand the challenges and hurdles Dave faced in his quest for Nature.
I can only recommend to everybody that wants to understand how it is possible for so many of us to enjoy today the beauty of so many Parks and Reserves, to read this incredible book and to pay tribute to someone that gave all his strength, passion and soul to fight the most important battle of our times: to put Nature in first place!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Beautiful Christmas video!

I miss this magical place and its people so much!

Jos Smulders
Explorer

Dear Dave ,and ,fantastic,Team.
It is with nothing ,but admiration and respect,that I send u this response.
The way u have shaped the Londolozi project,since it’s inception.
Grown it. Year by year. And ,made sure ,that u incorporated, the surrounding communities,is nothing less,than ,amazing.
I wish that,after my few early trips,and ,wonderful, experiences,in your early years,I could’ve followed up with more visits,but ,life doesn’t always allow for everything u want.
But,due to your wonderful ,regular updates,through your amazing team. I have reconnected with u guys,and am ,and have been,rooting for all of u.
The work ,u are doing ,the passion ,and commitment, is fantastic.
So. Hopefully. U will keep on growing , teaching all of us more ,to love and nurture,our wonderful nature.
May u go from,strength to strength. And. Hopefully. I’ll be able to experience it ,through a ,future visit again.

Warm Regards.
Jos Smulders

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Thank you for the beautiful video!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Nicely stated Dave. We look forward to returning next summer. LOVE THE VIDEO!!!

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thanks for the encouraging message Dave. You make me homesick!

I’m so happy to read this and know Londolozi is thriving. We have had two visits cancelled — 1st by Covid 19 and 2nd by the Omicron variant. Londolozi has been very generous in allowing us to maintain our credit with you and reserve another safari. Third time’s the charm!!!

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

Every single day I hold Londolozi in my heart and I know Londolozi cares for my heart. I have a treasure of great memories from my visits to Londolozi beginning in the ‘80s. 12 time zones away I can feel the warmth and welcome from everyone at Londolozi. Be well.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

How beautifully put Dave, you have surely been blessed in more ways than one. We hope that the year 2022 will also be kind to you and your Londolozi family …And that we are able to experience a small piece of your paradise in person too 🙏🏻💗

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

What Dave Varty has transformed from a cattle farm , to the renowned Londolozi it is today , is remarkable. His heart, sole and mind is in that place, he loves nature and wants the animals to be free and have no boundaries. So absolutely astounding , he has transformed the land with new conservation ideas and implementing it to the best of his ability. Look at Londolozi now!!! It is paradise, the animals are beautiful and thriving. The bush (land) is so lush and full of abundance food for the animals. Hospitality at its utmost best. Londolozi Rangers and Trackers are on top of their game, ready to show the guest the best of Londolozi. Staff are well trained and efficient in the line of their duties. Well done Dave Varty!!!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dave, We think about Londolozi every day when we get the wonderful and inspiring emails. But this season of challenges has had us thinking about the Varty family and the incredible team you have. There has never been anything but positives from all that we stay in touch with. There has been a feeling that your team was going to get through the constant “pivots” that so many of us in business have had to endure – no matter what challenges come your way. We pray that the world pandemic becomes a distant memory soon! We are some of those who have had to miss our visits to your piece of heaven, and will hopefully be there soon. The work that Kate and GWF are doing is incredible – almost 11,000 students a week now – Wow! The video is inspiring and the memories it brings are bright. Please send our best holiday wishes to your family and team – and Merry Christmas!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you Dave for your always on target commentary regarding 2021. You have set the example for your staff and neighboring properties on how to survive when it seems too difficult. Kudos to the media team for the fantastic year-end video. I’ve already viewed it a few times. Looking forward to next year!

Penny Tainton
Senior Digital Ranger

I cried through both Dave’s beautiful writing, and through this magnificent video of a magical place. This has been a difficult time and so many have suffered, but it has also been a time where we’ve seen the best in ourselves and in others. May Londolozi continue to inspire, to receive the love and support to maintain and nurture this corner of paradise. And to Kate and her team- you are real heroes! Sending you all love this festive season.

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you Dave for such a wonderful reminder that there is definitely a bigger picture out there. The experiences of the few occasions we spent at Londolozi will forever be etched on our hearts and it is truly as you describe, “a place where the story without end continues”.You have a wonderful team of humans and of course some pretty special Leopards! Wishing all the Londolozi Family a very happy festive season and beyond. John and Jenny Ridgewell

Elme Breytenbach
Explorer

DEAR MR VARTY, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM, THE PASSIONATE VIDEO WITH THE POETIC WORDS SPOKEN BY SUCH A PROFOUND VOICE GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS AND TEARS OF JOY. MY HUSBAND JOHANN AND I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE IN WORKING AS SCIENTISTS OURSELVES AND SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR ALL OF NATURE. JOHANN IS AN ECOLOGIST AND I AM AN ENTOMOLOGIST. RETIRED NOW. WE WISH YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND LONDOLOZI A HEARTFELT “HAMBANI GAHLE” FOR 2022. ELME BREYTENBACH

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

For some reason I’ve only just found this in my inbox, but better late than never! – and what a fabulous video. This blog certainly resonated with me, as I’d lost count of how many times I postponed my trip, but luckily I was finally able to get back to Founders last month, returning to London just 3 days before omicron kicked in, and the shutters came back down again. Now they’ve been lifted, I’m really hopeful I can make it back to you with my husband in February.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Merry Christmas! I love these blog posts and have enjoyed traveling back to the Sabi Sand last June/July….where being in the bush was a wonderful break from the woes of the world. Highly recommended, and hopefully will return to Londolozi in the future!

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A really nice blog Dave, loved the pics and the video. So glad you all have made it thus far through this dreaded pandemic. Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy 2022. I hope and pray you can finally get your “family” of international guests back “home” in the not too distant future.

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