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Jemma Thorpe

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Jemma grew up on a farm in the Midlands Meander in Kwa-Zulu Natal and studied at the University of Cape Town. With little bush experience but with many hours of au pairing, teaching English and forming a love for travel, Jemma found herself ...

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Thanks Jemma for returning me to all that is Londolozi…over my breakfast coffee this morning!!! It’s already one beautiful day!

Jemma your explanation of the different senses that brings back memories to something relating to that smell,touch,or sight is very rewarding. Well described and I really wish that I too can one day experience the Londolozi feeling.

Thanks Jemma for a fabulous blog, and Sean’s video was extremely moving. After 12 trips it takes very little to trigger my Londolozi memories, it really has become part of me. I’ve been playing the Dawn Chorus video while I do my yoga at home ever since you first put it out in June ’20. However I’m feeling cheated – in all my trips I’ve never had the malva pudding! – I shall definitely ask for some when I return in November to Founders.

Thank you so much Suzanne, so wonderful to hear that you have continued to play the Dawn Chorus since June ’20. On your next trip out you’ll have to try some malva pudding! Looking forward to having you in November.

Oh Jemma, thank you so much for this reminder of all the senses we use whilst out in the bush, along the river or driving through the southern plains of Londolozi. However, Shaun’s video truly brought to light the senses we we use without seeing, an exercise I like to use whether it be inside or outside.
I must admit that all my senses are hyper sensitive the moment I arrive in a foreign environment as the familiarity of my own environment disappears whilst I become inundated by all the new sensory triggers. I’m so looking forward to rejuvenating my African senses next year!

Jemma, since I have never been on safari, this blog gave me a real sense of what it would be like. I especially enjoyed the two videos of the sounds and sights of Londolozi. The video by Shaun about his experiences with a blind visitor was absolutely fascinating and informative about how we as humans can adapt to our surroundings. While my motorized wheelchair limits my mobility all my other senses help me to experience the world around me’. This by far is the best blog I have every read, heard, and seen about being on safari. Thank you so much!!

Wow thank you so much William, I am so glad you enjoyed it so much and that it helped you ‘feel’ what a safari would be like. I hope one day you will be able to experience it yourself.

Wow, such a beautifully poetic homage to safari at Londolozi Jemma! My sister and her family have been on more than one occasion, but I only became a friend and supporter during the pandemic. Hopefully sooner rather than later I’ll have the opportunity to visit and experience everything in person and in real time!! Until then, I’ll stay tuned here and visit vicariously through wonderful posts like yours!

Thank you so much Paul, it is a tricky experience to put down into words. It truly is a magical experience – I hope you manage to join us sometime in the near future.


What an excellent blog. The smell that does it for me , is the smell of thatch and creosote as you enter a rondavel / bungalow.

Thanks for the reminders, although, I’m not so far removed from my trip in May to still think about it every day. I do wish I had the recipe for the samosas. Can’t wait to come back.

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