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Robyn Morrison

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Robyn grew up in Johannesburg and every family holiday was spent exploring the Lowveld or camping around Southern Africa. Her love of nature and conservation propelled her to complete her Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh’s school of Geoscience. Although this gave ...

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on Londolozi’s landscape: What is a catena system?

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Robyn, thank you for the geomorphology lesson. It is a reminder of how connected everything in our world is connected to everything else. Wether close or far away we are connected to our planet, let us hope we are taking care of it better now than we have n the past.

I fully agree with you, William! I love seeing the interconnectedness of everything and how one small change in one element can have a big knock-on effect. That is why we need to take such good care of all aspects that make up our biome.

Great article Robyn, thanks. I love the pictures

Thank you, Francesca! Luckily the scenery lends itself to incredible photography.

Interesting blog on the geology of the Lowveld. Thanks.

Thanks, Christa. It’s fascinating how everything we see today is here because of events that occurred millions of years ago!


Can’t wait for you to visit in April!

Hi Robin, thanks for your interesting story on catena and how it is formed. Loved the foto’s of the undulating crests that tower over the river beds, and the rocky granite outcrop. It certainly is an interesting subject and with all the elements in place, can produce the best for the land.

Hi Valmai, we are so fortunate to have such a variety of landscapes in this area – from the crests to the river beds to the granite outcrops. It’s amazing how all the underlying elements come together to produce this diversity.

Fascinating blog Robyn. After reading your geology lesson, learning what catena means, I won’t look at my surroundings in the same way again. My local area has many granite outcrops and boulders, yielding a sandy hiking trail and now I have a clearer understanding of what I’m experiencing out there in the regional park. Thank you.

It sounds like you live in the most beautiful area, Denise! I love how the granite outcrops provide unusual habitats where a unique set of plants and animals have adapted. I’m sure you must get amazing fauna and flora in your regional park.

Such an informative blog Robyn with some fabulous photos to match ! What a magical world we are blessed with, which I hope we will start to better care of …as the Varty family have 🙏🏻❤️

Thank you, Cally! We really are so lucky for all the magical places the world has to offer.

Robyn, All we can say is Wow! Thank you for helping us have a better understanding of the geology of the Londolozi reserve. It all makes sense and we know that there has been much thought over the decades by the Varty team as Londolozi transitioned from farming to it’s more natural state today! To be continued we are sure!

Thank you Robin for this lesson in geomorphology – I really could have kept reading about this fascinating and foundational basis for Londolozi all morning! And of course, I echo the sentiments of those who have previously commented regarding the criticality of learning about, paying attention to, and taking care of our precious biome!

Apologies for misspelling your name in my previous comment Robyn!!!

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