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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Summer is great for the migratory birds that you don’t otherwise get to see, and the scenery. Game viewing gets obscured by all the vegetation, though. Plus most animals get pretty lazy in the heat of the day so you better get up early if you’re going to see much action! I’d prefer visiting the greater Kruger in winter, when the animals are more active and easier to see …

Beautiful pictures Jess, thanks.

Hi Jess I thought of a title for this blog edition: Elephant Reflections and Blooming Birds. Elephants make look anything wiser and deeper. I love the Birmingham male picture and the lioness in the grass and golden lights. I’d visit rather when there are more blooming flowers with insects but also baby animals. Of course I would love to see leopards, lions cheetah and, who knows, a serval, a honey badger, an otter…

It sound that your favorite season is the summer, Jess. A very nice blog.
I think I like the months March and April in South Africa best. The worst thunderstorms (which I hate) are over. Everything is still lush and green, the animals look healthy and well fed and there is still enough water for everyone. For me, the winter months are too cold, especially the mornings. There is so much cold weather in my country that I enjoy a warmer climate in the holidays.

Hi Jess, I can see why you love summer with the beautiful lush green grass and the the birds coming back from migratory. Summertime is just a wonderful time, with the rain Making everything grow so quickly and the rivers are flowing again. I too love the elephants, they always have so much fun in the water, just like kids playing in the water. I’m sure Londolozi is so beautiful and lush after the rain we had.

I don’t think we have ever been at Londolozi in the summer, we have done Christmas with o e are of grandchildren and another we were there in February with the other set. We have loved them all, but I have to agree coffee with amarila is a treat! Victoria

Lovely pictures and great stories Jess! I especially loved seeing and hearing about how the Red-headed Weavers build their nests!

Hello Jess,
What a good article about the summer in Londolozi you have written! I feel your happiness about summertime! Me and my husband visited Londolozi in september. I thougt it was beautiful but I understand that summer is of course filled as you say of different beautiful colours! It must be wonderful to sit and watch birds of different kinds and all the new born… Thank you for sharing!

Forgot to say beautiful pictures!

Jess summer is certainly one of my favorite times to be in the bushveld for all the reasons you have mentioned. However as I live thousands of miles away now, I would be equally happy to be there at any time of the year !! Enjoy the last of the glorious summer and all those beautiful birds before they head north again 🙏🏻💕

Nice blog Josh and the pics are great. Nice to see some birds also.

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Super blog

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👍👍👍 Nice article Jess

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