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Bronwyn Varty-Laburn

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Bronwyn is 4th generation custodian of Londolozi Game Reserve, a mother, Master life coach and also one of its most longstanding employees, having grown up on the floors of the kitchen and in the gardens of the lodge. Bronwyn’s official title is that ...

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on The Alchemy of Safari: The Tracking & Guiding Team

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The relationship between trackers and a leopard or an elephant so close is amazing. Trust is the greatest feeling you can get and you do… I wish there were such good trackers for lynxes in Europe but, given the different attitude of people, I guess it is a gift that belongs only to populations that are used to live in symbiosis with nature… wonderful

What a great article! It so closely describes the attraction of Londolozi and why on the flight home we are already planning the next trip back. Thank you for sharing!

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thank you for sharing the incredible history and knowledge that is Londolozi. My dream would be to visit one day but, the blogs and videos you provide are a wonderful substitute, thank you! May ancient wisdom never fade from existence .

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

I have traveled on safari to several different African countries and other countries in our world, and I can attest that Londolozi-trained trackers and guides are the best in the world! A few other guide-training programs are very close, but cannot surpass the superb Londolozi teams!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

We salute all you Rangers anf Trackers for the inspiration you bring to the world. For all your hard work, patience, diligence, dedication and love for the animals and the land. With your foto’s and blogs we have gained so much knowledge and interest in Londolozi and all its animals. Paradise on earth. Thanks to Sean for all the TWIP and the Sunday video, which I cannot wait to see each week. Much appreciated and keep up the good work.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you so much Bronwyn for acknowledging the team that makes for a great safari. As a repeat guest, I can attest to the fact that each team I’ve been paired with, has provided me with the most extraordinary experiences. I took my first safari to Kenya in 1986, traveling in a pop top van, not the best for viewing, but I was hooked. From then on, I’ve basically traveled in Southern Africa, but interesting enough, only three places have made such an impact on my safari travels and all are within the SabiSand Reserve, and of those, only Londolozi has treated me like family. Your guides and trackers alike exude happiness, excitement, knowledge, thoughtfulness, and professionalism. They listen …. In closing, my heartfelt thanks to all the teams at Londolozi, as I’ve learned a really great safari is not without teamwork.

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

A stunning story reinforcing what makes Londolozi the very best.

Denys Sarazin
Explorer

Greetings,
Stunning history, stunning photographs, looking forward to the next one hundred years !!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

The bond between rangers and trackers at Londolozi is immense. A ranger working on their own, however knowledgeable, can never give the guests as good an experience.

Michel Beni
Guest contributor

In our several visits we have had so many different but exceptional ranger-tracker teams. The personalities and interests vary, but the quality never does. Throughout our other safari experiences, we have visited many other excellent camps. but rarely experience the quality of the Londolozi teams.

Michel Beni
Guest contributor

Good to see Joy “in the saddle.”

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

I can name them all – Melvin and Milton, Nick and Mike (2x), Grant and Jerry, Kirst and Lucky and Richard Ferrier in 2010! They are all special, all lovers of nature and wildlife, all excellent teachers – simply the best! I’ve been on safari in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana and none of the rangers or trackers can hold a candle to the Londolozi teams!

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thanks for a wonderful article and great photos. I am so glad that Londolozi continues to develop trackers for the next generation. The experience of watching the trackers engage with their surroundings is invaluable. Thanks to Life, Foster (RIP), Mike Sithole, Advice, Ray, Bennett and Jerry!

Paul Buchanan
Senior Digital Ranger

Very inspirational!

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

Great article. Alex and Renias – and all the others – have done so much to save indigenous wisdom, help people, and save animals. We have spent the last several years supporting the Tracker Academy and its graduates because their dream is now an actual ray of hope AND ACTION in a tough, hurting world. And we tell everyone we know and meet to support Londolozi by going on eco-safari – a huge treat for the safari goer that also protects elephants, rhinos, and so much more. Last, a shout out to the Varty family – visionaries, hard workers, founders of eco tourism….with more like them, we might just save the planet.

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