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Barry Bath

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Barry grew up in Johannesburg and knew from a young age that he had a true love for the African bush yet it was only after spending several years in the corporate world in Europe, followed by a two year sabbatical of traveling ...

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on A Primitive Trail of Predators and Prowess

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

These pictures turn the beauty nd grace of leopards into magic.

Barry Bath
Contributor

They certainly do!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks Barry for sharing some of the highlights of your teams’ primitive trail experiences. Your story really spoke to me. I was trying to imagine what it must be like, the freedom of walking instead of driving, adapting to a different set of creature comforts and experiencing a heightened sense of awareness. I can’t think of any other place I’d like to spend three days immersed in nature than in Londolozi, co-existing with the flora and fauna, cooling off in the river and ending the day gazing into a campfire whilst enjoying the company of friends. You are definitely living the good life, one that many of us live vicariously. Keep well.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Denise, it really is the good life. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Lovely blog. You obviously had a great time together in the bush

Barry Bath
Contributor

Thanks Christa, we all had a great time!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

I’m sure all the Rangers thoroughly enjoyed that outing in the bush for 3 days. Being so close to nature and the animals on foot is very rewarding, especially seeing them even closer than usual, but at the same time also very scarry, especially seeing the leopard only 50 meters from . So so exciting and well organized leaving no trace of yourselves there.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Valmai walking in the bush really is something we should all experience at some point. I hope you get the opportunity to do so too.

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Barry, thanks for the walking trip through Londolozi. Being on the ground is so much more than just observing from a vehicle. Glad you had such an good time on your adventure.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Thanks William, it really is such a different experience than simply observing from a vehicle.

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

Lovely blog Barry, thank you – conveys everything I love about the bush and in particular why Londolozi is so very special to us.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Thanks Jane, it certainly is a special place!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Terrific blog Barry! You truly gave the sense of traveling a primitive trail with your peers!

Barry Bath
Contributor

Thank you, Paul!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Excellent blog, Barry! I experienced your walk with you and enjoyed doing what I never will be able to do in reality. Lucky you!

Barry Bath
Contributor

Thank you, Mary Beth. Never say never, there are always opportunities to get on foot in the bush, even if only for a short walk.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Thank you, Barry. This makes me feel homesick…………. Soutbill here!

Barry Bath
Contributor

My pleasure, Irene. South Africa is a special place and so too is Londolozi.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Must be an amazing experience! Weren’t you guys worried about crocs, when you went for your swim in the river?!!?

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Carly, we will only swim in very shallow water where we are able to see clearly that there are no crocs around.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thanks for sharing these experiences, Barry. When I came in February we came across the group of trainee rangers on one of our drives, and I was so pleased to see Shadrack as one of the group – he’ll make a fantastic ranger with all his experience as a tracker. Say hello again to him from me and I hope he’s still enjoying it!

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Suzanne, I have no doubt that Shadrack will be an excellent ranger. I will certainly pass on your regards to him.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Love this post, a brilliant description of one of my favourite things to do in nature!

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Callum, walking is the best! Glad you have had the opportunity to experience it and enjoy it as much as I do.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

You;ve convinced me to include this experience in our visit next year.
Lots of bew faces–great bonding opportunity!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a wonderful few days you had Barry, which I’m sure you will all get the chance to enjoy again. 🙏🏻There is nothing quite like being head on with nature, with a group of like minded people. I can only compare it to being at sea..particularly in bad weather when everyone’s senses are on alert and everyone onboard works as a team. By the end of the trip you feel as if you have known these people for years and the bond is so strong. Would love to experience a primitive trail one day ! Thanks for sharing Barry ❤️

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

What an amazing experience…and great training for young guides!

Glenn Kellogg
Explorer

You referred to this walk a few times during our recent visit, this post really brought to life what you were talking about. The “Londolozi feeling” was captured and explained without words so elegantly by you, Tshepo, and the entire experience. Thank you.

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