One of the biggest privileges of growing up at Londolozi is being surrounded by the beauty that the African wilderness has to offer. I’ve come to realize that you don’t always need to go out on a game drive to see something spectacular, sometimes all you have to do is walk outside your doorstep. This is particularly true at the moment as wintertime brings an extra splash of colour around camp with our indigenous aloes blooming in vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red. Along with the sea of colourful flowers that the aloes produce, comes an array of just as brightly coloured birds and insects.
In light of appreciating what our camp surroundings have to offer, I decided to wander through the pathways in-between our five camps, as well as our Futuristic African Village to see what beautiful plant life and animals I would stumble upon, and I was not disappointed.
Enjoy this collection of images from my walk.
One of the beautiful visitors the flowering aloes attract – The Collared Sunbird. The sunlight beautifully highlights the iridescent green, blue, and purple feathers around the upper part of its body as it takes a break from fluttering around the aloes in search of nectar.
Every year I look forward to the aloe bloom. The flowers always add a magnificent pop of colour to our Futuristic African Village.
I was met with bright splashes of oranges and yellows around every corner of my walk. This includes the aloe gardens outside the staff housing in the Futuristic African Village.
Not only do I love the brightly coloured flowers that aloe season brings, but also the fascinating insects that the flowers attract. I loved watching this bee collect pollen, which if you look close enough, you’ll be able to see on its hind legs.
I was admiring the beautiful aloes when a pair of fluttering wings caught my eye. This Common Dotted Border butterfly blends in stunningly with the shades of bright yellow and orange on the budding aloe flowers.
I came across a small flock of guineafowls foraging around the aloe gardens in search of insects. This one looked up just long enough for me to capture its striking blue face.
As my walk came to an end and the sun started to set – I was met with this beautiful scene. The afternoon light filtered through the trees as a pair of Nyala wandered through the staff village.
This walk reminded me how important it is to stop and take in the scenery around us, especially when surrounded by the abundance of wildlife and natural splendour that Londolozi has to offer. If you get the chance in-between game drives, I would highly recommend taking a stroll through the beautiful camp pathways. You never know what colourful creatures and plant life you may encounter.