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Kate Arthur

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After a few years of working in the world of economic consulting, Kate’s love of adventure, wilderness and sense of curiosity led her to move away from the city and join the Londolozi guiding team. It was amidst her years of studying politics, ...

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Fascinating, your blog on trees.
I also read Peter’s book and found it very good.

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Having always loved trees…as well as animals…I so enjoyed your Blog. Photos were amazing too! Thanks Kate for reminding us that Beauty can be right before our eyes if only we take the time to seek, look and comprehend!!

Hi Kate, I am an avid reader of your articles about African trees, as I have never “met” them personally! I pass them on to my friends to read them too, they are a new world to discover! Thank you

This is one of my all-time favorite blogs. The wonder of a safari is not just the up-close Lion and Leopard sightings, but also the incredible array of trees, bushes, waterholes and more. I’ve never liked a game drive starting with the usual question by the Ranger of what do you want to see. Guests will typically mention some form of wildlife. My answer is always ‘animals, trees, plants, all that we find.’ I’m looking forward to my next visit to Londolozi.

Very cool post Kate, and super informative. Now I need to read Peter Wohlleben’s book, The Hidden Life of Trees!!! Thank you!!

Trees are awesome and give us so many different ways to appreciate them. Leadwood trees are so beautiful and Jackalberry are huge and equally beautiful. Trees give us shade when we need it. Also the huge Marula trees gives us fruit and it is an impressive tree, even the leopards love to stash their kills in the Marula tree and they sleep in it.

Trees are such an integral part of nature and I can’t imagine living anywhere where I am not surrounded by them. Your article is thought provoking, causing me to imagine the underground world of many trees, and especially the redwood tree in my backyard. It was planted as a small sapling around 40 years ago, and now stands proudly at 85’, it’s branches offering a playground for the squirrels as well as a lookout point for the hawks and ravens. During our winter storms this year in February, we had winds gusting up to 60mph and whilst other trees toppled, my redwood stood strong. Thanks for giving me something to ponder….

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