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Dave Varty

Co-Founder/Owner

Dave's story is too full and rich to tell in a brief blog bio. Suffice it to say that it is due to his passion, hard work and lifelong dedication to conservation that Londolozi is what it is today. One of the co-founders ...

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on Dave Varty’s Yearly Round-up 2022: South Africans ~ a Resilient Nation

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Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Thank you for the great blog. Building a society, a future is like building a puzzle. One cannot see the big picture initially, but every small piece put together makes the bigger picture. It takes resilience and dedication to keep on building.

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

Merry Christmas to you and yours from your friends of Londolozi (and Rhino Guardians) who are headed back to Arizona and other parts of the US. You inspired us once again during our recent visit, and our 13 friends fell in love with Africa, its people, the wild, and the rhino. We will continue to help as much as we can. Thank you for what you do.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thank you for the update and reminding me why Londolozi and all there safari destinations are such a gift to the world and to Southern Africa as a whole.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Happy holidays to you and your extended Londolozi family, but most of all, thank you for this timely and inspirational blog. The world has seen the resiliency of South Africa over the past three decades, a democracy built step by step by those looking forward, not the past. Thank you for your vision and resulting contributions towards building a better South Africa, through the GWF, Tracking Academy, Rhino Guardians program, and supporting the Ripple Fund. Every person can make a difference by contributing in their own way as evidenced by many of you who have built and supported the tourist industry. Ubuntu!

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

The Londolozi family are true leaders for spreading care for the world’s population: humans, animals; nature….all benefit from ubuntu. From my first visit in 1983 to this day, I can say Londolozi is home even though I am twelve time zones away. Be well. Mele Kalikimaka!

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Dave – as ever a thought provoking and inspirational message. We wish all the Londolozi Family a wonderful festive season, and much joy in 2023.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

We were concerned about the future of Londolzi when we were among the first returning visitors in 2021. Our visit was wonderful and staff were upbeat, but we were unused to the quiet evening meals. The resilience of the staff is apparent as your reservations are overflowing. We hope to revive the Sarasota connection and continue our relationship with the Good Work Foundation. We are also excited about our planned visit to the Hazyview Learning Center prior to our return to Londolozi in August.

Thank you Dave and your family for so many contributions to South Africa.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dave, Thanks for the reminder of the amazing things that seem to keep “rippling” from the land you call Londolozi! We are all blessed to know you, your family and your staff, and will keep our special times at Londolozi in our thoughts and dreams each day! We will be back soon. Bravo, bravo, bravo!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

It was such a special gift to come back again with friends this August/September. To hear that things are returning to “normal” for the communities is great news. Thank you for all that you do – including the new amazing rhino guardians program. It is most certainly needed..

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Merry Christmas to you and the whole Londolozi Community!
I was so pleased when I was able to visit Londolozi again, one of, if not the very first guest/s from Europe at Easter 2021.
I am so glad for the villages or rather the people of these villages that they have been able to return to work at Londolozi. It must really have been very difficult for everybody during lockdown.
As a guest one can enjoy the unique nature , the amazing kingdom of animals at Londolozi and also other wonderful places in Southern and Eastern Africa and at the same time contribute to the conservation of this nature. I do hope that also further generations can enjoy the great hospitality of the people and the incredible world of animals and plants.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thank you for those inspiring words David. I miss Londolozi very much and look forward to a return. All the best for Christmas and 2023.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

A wonderful, thoughtful blog, Dave. The pandemic has truly changed our world but Londolozi became our symbol of hope and our goal. That twice-deferred visit, impacted by Covid and then cancer, turned into a joyous return last April and will again in June. Revenge travel, resilience yes!

Reini Adelbert
Explorer

Fond greetings from Lynne and I to all at Londolozi! xReini

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

All love and blessings!!

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