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Shannon Dawson

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Shannon was first exposed to Londolozi as a guest when she was a young girl. Straight away she was in awe at the warm feeling she got from the people and the place. After growing up in Johannesburg she graduated with honours in ...

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on The Londolozi Effect 1983 – 2023

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Shannon, thank you for sharing Nigel and Vickie’s story.

I’m delighted you enjoyed the blog, William.

This whole story gives me chills. I wish we could come as often. How wonderful–an example of the Divine nature of the ripple effect Londolozi casts into the world. So beautiful.

Thank you for your kind words, Chelsea. I couldn’t agree with you more, it is such a beautiful story!

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Oh to be so blessed by the Londolozi Effect!!! And…thankful for repeats!

We are very blessed, thank you, Camille.

Shannon, What an amazing interview and thanks so much Nigel and Vicki, for sharing your story and “Londolozi Effect”! We hope to be able to continue to visit Londolozi ourselves for many years ourselves. Maybe we will cross paths someday! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thank you, Michael & Terri. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas & have a great new year!

What a fantastic story Nigel and Vicki, there can’t be many others if any who have been coming since Londolozi was in its infancy. 40 years…wow! And how incredible to have met Nelson Mandela not just once but twice. I agree with your rule about never missing a game drive. (I haven’t missed one yet during my 14 trips). As for being sad to leave – I absolutely hate leaving, and have already threatened to barricade myself in my room, well at least until I’ve finished the contents of my minibar.

Thank you for your kind words, Suzanne. Nigel & Vicki have such an incredible story, and we are so grateful they took the time to share it with us. We are looking forward to having you back at Londolozi & hope you are having a magical festive season.

What an amazing story of love, life, and Londolozi. Your stories gave me goosebumps as I read about all the magic you’ve experienced at this wonderful place. Our journeys there from California only started in 2010, but we have experienced much of the same love, friendship, and wildlife wonders during our seven visits. And many milestone life events as well! We are all so lucky.

Thank you, Mary Beth. We are all very lucky!

Shannon what a beautiful memoir from two dear friends Nigel and Vicki , visiting Londolozi spanning over forty years. Such wonderful stories they live to tell, not mentioning the interesting people they met on their visits there. Everytime they came back they experienced new improvements to the Camps and even witnessed the wedding of their Ranger and his wife with Bronwyn Varty as flower girl. So many memories and it is priceless. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories with us.

I am so glad you enjoyed my blog, Valmai.

How wonderful that they have experienced safari at Londolozi right from the beginning and for such a long time.

It really is wonderful, Christa.

What a heartfelt ode to Londolozi, written by you, but narrated by long-time guests Nigel and Vicki. How spectacular for them to have experienced the early days when only two camps existed, therefore enabling the formation of what turned out to be lifelong friendships, due to the limited number of guests. Over the years, they’ve witnessed the growth and changes within the property, but it’s important to note that the wildlife remains the central feature as well as the family nature that is felt throughout one’s stay. Reading their story, I only wish I had discovered Londolozi sooner…..

Thank you for your kind words, Denise. It truly is a remarkable story, and I’m delighted you enjoyed it so much!

Fabulous rule! I almost missed a drive once due to coming down with a cold and an early wake-up didn’t seem so appealing. Will Ford had the staff wake me regardless and we had an incredible sighting of a cheetah and two young sons chasing a jackal across the open spaces.

I agree! I think it would be my one rule too!

This was a beautifully touching piece. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us ♥️

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