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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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Having only been at Londolozi in the winter, we appreciate the river’s beautiful environs, but barely get to hear it.

Jess, water is indeed the life blood of our planet. My peaceful water home is in a lagoon on the island of Bora Bora in Tahiti. For me, there is no place like in the world. I am drawn to water no matter where I am even in the swimming pool in my back yard.

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My husband and I a lucky enough to live in Santa Cruz, California. We see the ocean everyday.
The power of the water is hypnotic, calming and peaceful but at times during a storm violent and commands great respect. I love the ocean, it is filled with so much emotion, but I also love just one little raindrop. It is the key to life…

Gorgeous photos…….Londolozi has a prime setting for their lodges and safaris!

I’m sure the river allows phytoplankton to grow and nourish life, providing oxygen. Great pictures

Forsure the water and Sand River is life. It brings so many different animals and people together. Water bring calmness and tranquility to people, just being near water and running water is so special.

A very lovely post Jess. I have always been drawn to water and have lived on or near it all my life. We retired to the shores of Lake Ontario near Kingston and watch the sunset over the water every night. Paradise.

One positive byproduct of the rain in our first 4 days on safari was the additional water in the Sand River and the soothing sounds we could hear as we fell asleep. And the increased amount of water surging noisily over the causeway was exciting. The Sand River is truly a blessing.

Currently my water is the river that runs along our neighborhood. But in the hopefully not so distant future, it will be a large, private pond and a steady gurgling stream in the North Carolina mountains, similar to my experience growing up in Vermont.

I love being near the water whether it’s the ocean, lake, river, creek, or pond. My special moments are sunrises whilst crossing the Sand River or later on, just slowly making our way across the river gazing at the crocodile s or the birds hanging out there waiting to catch a fish or two, especially the hammerkop.

A beautiful article on the sand river.
Places near rivers, lakes or the ocean are my favorite ones.

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Fascinating discussion. Riparian ecosystems are fascinating to study. In other parts of the world (e.g. Yellowstone in the USA), these areas have been destroyed or damaged by human activity and have been undergoing ecosystem restoration. It’s great that some of the South African riparian ecosystems are still intact.

Beautiful blog Jess with some stunning photos to match ❤️. Having worked in the yachting industry for 40 years I can certainly relate to your feelings however, I still prefer swimming in clear fresh water far away from the maddening crowd. Just heaven and certainly so rejuvenating for mind and body.

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