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"In a world that is full of so many distractions from what is raw and real, it is a true blessing to be able to raise our children surrounded by the greatest gift that the earth provides us with – Mother Nature." Watch this week's Virtual Safari as the Zeederberg's bumble around Londolozi... #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux #wildlifeblog #animalblog #naturelovers #luxurysafari #safari #safaristories
Not only is it Valentine's Day today, but also the birthday of a significant man to the Londolozi Family. Happy Birthday Dave Varty! 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. Dave has continued to oversee the growth of Londolozi since its inception in the 70's right up to its relaunch as a family-run, stand-alone venture in 2007. Wishing you the most wonderful day.
"“We survived together with the natural world, and we knew that if we did not take care of it, there would be nothing for us and our children the next year”. Therein lies a powerful message for modern society, from the words of an ancient culture." Visit the link for more on The Shangaan Calendar... #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux #wildlifeblog #animalblog #naturelovers #luxurysafari #safari #safaristories @relaischateaux
For Ranger Jess Shillaw, Mother Nature/Earth is the Mother of all Life. The healing power of the feminine energy is what connects us as humans to the natural world. Visit the link for a list of her top inspirational women in conservation and as voices for the earth... #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux #wildlifeblog #animalblog #naturelovers #luxurysafari #safari #safaristories @relaischateaux
The Londolozi New Year’s Eve party has become somewhat of an institution. What started as dinner and a glass or two of bubbles around the fire to see in the new year has now transformed into one of the most sought-after nights of the year at Londolozi. #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux #africa #southafrica #safari #luxurysafari #travel #travelgram #wanderlust #adventure #instatravel #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #safarilodge #newyearseve #2023 @relaischateaux
"In the heat of an African morning that you can only understand if you have visited us in early December, my heart was incredibly full as I watched not only our very own Londolozi Family members take their seats among the Bridging Year Academy (BYA) graduates of 2022, but the sheer number of graduates who had made it to this point, despite challenging circumstances." #londolozi #relaischateaux #africa #southafrica #safari #luxurysafari #travel #travelgram #education #gwf @relaischateaux
Bring some African Rhythm and joy into your home this Festive Season. While we can’t send you the Londolozi Choir we can share with you a playlist. Use the link to listen to our specially curated Spotify Playlist - simply 'heart' the playlist to make sure it's saved under your profile for whenever you might need and African spring in your step.
However you decide to wrap your gifts for your loved ones this Festive Season - there is still a way to add a little piece of nature to Christmas Day. We've created some printable gift tags highlighting the beautiful gifts from nature that pass us by - which are so often not noticed. Print out the tags onto card board paper (make sure to print double sided to ensure they have a back to them), cut them out, and finally punch out a whole to thread through a ribbon or some twine.
The Londolozi Family celebrates one of our originals today. We’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Shan Varty, who has dedicated 49 years to the never-ending campfire story that is Londolozi. She has pioneered too many things to mention but one thing has remained constant: everything she does is done with kindness and a deep sense of care. Wishing you the most beautiful day 🌿
This year, The Good Work Foundation is celebrating its 10th birthday! Happy Birthday @goodworkfoundation - what an adventure it has been. "My overwhelming feeling whilst attending the 10th-anniversary celebrations of the Good Work Foundation was one of quiet satisfaction and inner joy, of the rewards that being in the second half of life, brings me." ~ Dave Varty
Nick Tennick, another new member of the Londolozi Guiding team, makes his debut on the blog today and shares what he has learnt from tracking with Joy... #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux #wildlifeblog #animalblog #naturelovers #luxurysafari #safari
"Every single day is an opportunity to learn from each other, and that’s not limited to knowledge out in the bush." Read today's blog as Keagan Chasenski shares his story of becoming a Ranger at Londolozi and the "Rays" of wisdom he has encountered along the way... #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux #wildlifeblog #animalblog #naturelovers #luxurysafari #safari #safaristories
In honour of August being dedicated to women, we’re celebrating 6 of our family members who form part of our guiding team here at Londolozi. Together, these ladies have roughly 16 years of experience between them, and are making Londolozi history as they are presently the highest number of female guides to be a part of the ranging team at any one time to date. Meet Jess, Tayla, Kirst, Kelsey, Robyn and Kate.
This Women's Month we'd love you to meet Couny Mabaso from the Londolozi Sisterhood. “I am the happiest when checking that the gardens are looking beautiful, I am very proud of the village nursery, the trees and not to mention the gorgeous aloes which are looking so magnificent this time of year”. Smiling, she starts to say, “ I like knowing that when I arrived I knew nothing, and now I've become the teacher.”
For many the 'Feeling' of Londolozi comes from the people. Some of whom you may have had the opportunity to meet, and others you may not have just yet, but either way have had a lasting impact on every detail that is the Londolozi Feeling. #africa #southafrica #safari #luxurysafari #travel #travelgram #wanderlust #adventure #instatravel #explore #vacation #nature #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #safarilodge #lanterns #honeymoontravel
"So there I was in the middle of the pandemic, clocking in 60+ hours a week from my home office when I decided it was time to give my boss a call. Given the working from home situation, it was no surprise that my news came out of the left field when I said, “I will be handing in my resignation this evening... We have decided we want to move to the bush and become game rangers.” #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux
This Women's Day, Shannon Dawson sits down with Shan Varty and reminisce about the incredible history of the Londolozi Women. “The power of women is undeniable” – Shan Varty To all of our sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, and family – wherever you are in the world, from all of us here at Londolozi, we hope you have a very happy Women’s Day! #womensday #womensmonth #womenleaders #empoweringwomen #womeninbusiness #womenempoweringwomen #womensupportingwomen #empoweredwomen
“Skilled, talented trackers are fast disappearing. It would be an indictment of modern conservation to lose this important traditional knowledge. The Tracker Academy seeks to restore and preserve the ancient indigenous African art of tracking.” – Alex van den Heever Use the link to read more...
"Despite all the changes in our industry over the last decade, one thing that has not changed at all, and that is the Guides and Trackers which remain at the heart of any great safari" ~ Boyd Varty #adventure #instatravel #explore #vacation #nature #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #safarilodge #safariranger #ranger #guide #tracker #safaritracker #sabisands #kruger #krugernationalpark
Guides and Trackers ~ The Power of Relationships “It’s a pretty intense concoction of factors that create intense relationships in the field team. Day in and day out, trackers and guides spend countless hours together. Planning and taking game drives, tracking wildlife while exposed to the elements. Hours spent looking after guests together, who have travelled across the planet to connect with nature and feel what it is like to spend time in the presence of Africa’s magnificent creatures.
The Legacy Of Guiding & Tracking at Londolozi There is an incredible beauty in being connected to people you have never met. The moment you qualify as a Londolozi guide or tracker, without even realising it, you become tied to those who came before you. Even though decades may separate your respective times in the team, you now share a connection that I believe is born from reverence.
Did you know that many of the salads you eat at Londolozi are grown on-site by the Londolozi Family? This #GardenDaySA we celebrate the wonderful opportunity to grow our own food through Londolozi's Forage to Fork process🌿 We encourage you today - to love and nurture your own gardens wherever you may be🌿 Use the link in our bio to find out more about Londolozi's Impact Journey... #londolozi #thelondolozieffect #relais #relaischateaux #wanderlust #travelgram #instatravel #africa