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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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on The Allure Of The Original Varty Camp

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Jemma, thank you for sharing the story of Varty camp.

Jemma, Your story unlocked so many great memories of our times at Varty Camp. We feel so blessed that we found our magical African home. We also agree with your explanation of the difference between hotel service and Londolozi hospitality. Clearly we have experienced that on each and every visit!

Looking forward to having you back with us!

I remember the original Bush Camp from 1982 with Lex Hes as manager. Magic back in the days. Sitting on logs around a fire for dinner. Different ambience from now. That said, any place in Londolozi is very special.

Wonderful memories – but the magic and feeling has not changed. Looking forward to having you back with us.

Hi Jemma, very interesting to see the difference from then to how it looks know. Very special and beautifully.

Jemma, you have beautifully described the history and continued allure of Varty Camp, but even more so, what sets Londolozi apart from other properties. Your comparison of how chain hotels or properties treat their guests compared to the family hospitality treatment is so true. Varty is the heartbeat of Londolozi and any stay there will leave one understanding how Ubuntu fills every moment of your days.

Thank you Denise – it truly is the heartbeat of Londolozi – I couldn’t agree more.

Carry’s history, as is the one of all of Londolozis camps is really interesting and special. Makes one want to come back.

Absolutely a great article. Cannot wait to experience all Londolozi has to offer.

Looking forward to having you experience it all!

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