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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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A very informative blog from Jemma. How lucky to be working in a place like Londolozi. Enjoy it as long as you can Jemma.

Thank you, Babs!

A Good place to work Ashleigh. Myself being out of the hospitality sector, I know it is hard work, BUT if you enjoy it, it makes it so much BETTER & Fulfilling! Tree Camp is a special place! Hopefully ONE day I will be able to visit Londolozi!

Gawie, we look forward to that visit one day!

Ashleigh was one of the main stars in our 17 day stay in August/September this year. If I could list all the ways she made it special I’d run out of room. Thank you, Ashleigh.
From one of the room 1 lovelies

It was so special to spend so much time with you here at Tree Camp. Come back soon- I will keep the champagne on ice so long.

I spent the most wonderful week at Tree Camp in June with my husband, son James and his wife Alex. Ashleigh was an amazing host. Such fun. We have been lucky enough to visit Londolozi on 5 occasions and this was definitely our best trip thanks to Ashleigh and her team.

Karen, thank you so much for your kind words. It is so special to hear that this trip was one of your bests. Send love to the family!

We met Ash at Founders last July. We look forward to reuniting with her in August when we split our time at Founders & Tree Camp. Also, we hope to see Thoko, our absolutie favorite staff member! Sounds like she’s at Tree Camp! Great!

Vin Beni, the man who perfected the martini!
It will be so special to see you again, both at Founders and at Tree.

Fabulous! You were so lucky as to see otters, I often read Londolozi blog hoping that there may be some news on them or on small cats like servals. The Majingilane were superb, but any lion view is so exciting! And the leopard orchid so rare and delicate, a real treat. Living at Londolozi is likely like being on holiday all year I guess

The leopard orchid is in full bloom as you read this! It is a special sight indeed.

Jemma, thank you for your insight into the different camps, especially Tree Camp. It looks lovely !

All the camps of Londolozi are so beautiful. And each is also a bit different in its own specific way.
I love staying at Tree Camp, though trying out another one will be certainly great as well.

Each camp definitely has something uniquely special about it!

I’ve never been to Tree Camp before. I have had the privilege to visit 3 others so maybe Tree is in the future 😊

We look forward to a visit at Tree Camp in the near future, Kara.

Hi Ashleigh! Hope all is well. Great article and interview. It makes us miss Tree Camp even more. Unfortunately we will not be able to visit in 2023 but we will see you in 2024! Take care. Brian and Kitty

Brian and Kitty, so lovely to hear from you. Shaun sends his love.
Only a year or so to go until we see you again.

I enjoyed reading your interesting interview with Ashleigh, and how her work journey has changed since her initial hire. It’s fortunate that Londolozi offers opportunities to all staff members to move from camp to camp as need arises. Continue to enjoy your time at Tree Camp Ashleigh.

Thank you very much Denise! It has been a real privilege to shift from camp to camp and role to role.

Master Tracker

otters ! wow , I am jealous of that sighting

A once in a lifetime sighting for me, for sure!

Jemma you are so privileged to be working in the paradise of Londolozi. Everything looks so beautiful there at the Camps and your staff are well trained.

Jemma and Ashleigh, Thanks for a wonderful story! You have us dreaming about our next visit to Londolozi!!

Thank you , Michael and Terri! It was very special to have Jemma put this interview and blog together.

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