Now that you all know the history behind the numerous Aloe Gardens of Londolozi, I can take you down a brief and colourful journey from this winter. The Londolozi Camps are always an exciting time if you take the time to look a little deeper into what surrounds you. It is too easy to pace along the pathway, insistent on getting to the Deck for the next meal or to meet for a game drive that you have your “blinkers” on and are blinded to all that is going on around you.
Not noticing the little Robin-chat hopping around under the shrub three feet from the path, or the vervet monkey traipsing along the overhanging branch of a large jackalberry that towers overhead. What about the two nyala bulls hidden in the thicket in opposite parallels encircling each other ever so slowly that it appears as though they are frozen in time? The point I am emphasising here is that there can often be so much going on that unless you stop to listen or look around it will go unnoticed.
And yes, it is difficult to not notice the beautiful candle-like stalks of aloe flowers with their bright oranges and pinks. The aloes are always a huge attraction to not only brighten up the scene and add a flash of colour to the dry tawny browns and greys of the winter landscape but to the hive of activity that they attract in. Whether it be ambling along the Freedom walkway on our way to drop Sebastian off at the Londolozi creche for the day, pausing for a minute to watch a Collared Sunbird hop from one bell-shaped flower to the next feasting on the irresistible nectar of a large Aloe marlothii.
The journey I am going to take you on today is one of visual pleasure through a selection of images that encompass all the little visitors to the many aloe gardens of Londolozi.
Maybe it is on a walk to visit guests in Founders Camp that you see a fleeting glimpse of the slightly more edgy Marico Sunbird, or taking the time to get out the macro lens and spend some time waiting for a bee to settle on the exact flower tube that you are focused on. Or the dominant Scarlett-chested Sunbird bossing his way around and chasing off all the other smaller sunbirds.