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Robert Ball

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Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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My Africa which I love – either feast or famine. How we love the rain.

Rain and soggy conditions certainly make the safari experience a challenging and different one from the usual……however, it is all part of the fun and adds to the repertoire of travel experiences! I will say that as much as I likely prefer the winter for safari, being able to photograph cats in the green lush scenery is a thrill!

Weather is a determining factor in many of our human activities. Thank you for the pictures Robert, glad you didn’t get stuck!

You have to be quite brave to game drive it during the rain. It’s an experience all on its own. Particularly when the termites are flying after lol.

Bless you for soldiering through. It’s incredible to see how much of Londolozi is impacted with these deluges.
And, as a side note, so wonderful to see our good buddy Equalizer.

Londolozi got an exceptionally lot of rain and it is to be understood that nobody can ride where the Land Rover will get stuck. Nevertheless Londolozi stays the perfect place to be in the bush with these amazing animals and the scenery to die for. You Rangers are so privileged to work and live on Londolozi. Beautiful foto’s in your story, thank you.

Have you ever gotten the “pink pouch” ?

OMGosh the last pic of the lion cubs! Seems we are all getting much more rain than usual (So. California here). Side question I’ve always wondered…none of your vehicles are covered…which I understand so that your view is unobstructed. But when we went on safari in Kenya we had a van type vehicle w/ a roof that opened up allowing us to stand up to view. We also saw other vehicles similar to Londolozi’s but with covers…so why do none of your vehicles have covers?

I bet Sean was encouraging you all to off-road so he could pass the pink pouch on!

It’s fantastic that you had so much rain on the one hand; the table water has been filled up, there is so much food for the animals. On the other hand, of course, you have been really restricted to a smallish area to drive around in.
But still everyone in the car is smiling. So all is well?

Wow – and I can relate. Here in Northern California we’re about to build an ark to survive our incredible rains this season – after 4 years of drought! Stay unstuck!!

A great blog, Robbie. I must admit that I have taken off-roading anywhere and everywhere on Londoz quite for granted. Not so, anymore!! Thanks for the reminder that Mother Nature rules.

Have never experienced rain in our 5 previous winter visits. Different experience this time of year, although we are unable to enjoy the lush greenery!

Robbie and Trevor both equally amazing. I recall a year or so ago when Tracy and I had the chance to trek out for a building cloudy evening drive not knowing what would unfold. It’s true that the poncho’s aren’t exactly fully protective. We had Trev on the front for what seems like an eternity before we ourselves full of pride asked to turn back to camp. We have been to Londolozi more than a few times over the years and that rainy night was one of our best memories. As soon as we got back to camp we all huddled next to the warm fireplace and relaxed as if it was just part of the plan. We keep coming back, and in just over 5 weeks now until we return. Hope to see you all there!
Just make sure someone else has the pouch.

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