Ringing in New Years with Leopards and Family at Londolozi
Londolozi is the place where I fell in love with safari. It is the place where I saw my first leopard. It is the place where I met a ranger named Callum who fetched me from the airstrip and transferred me to Founders Camp. That seven minute moment led to a date in Johannesburg a year later. It is fair to say that I have raved about Londolozi to all who will listen. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that my Dad suggested we ring in new years overlooking the bush on the Varty deck after reading the Londolozi blog about their annual New Year Eve’s party. We booked our rooms nearly a year in advance and in the meantime, my parents read the blog daily in anticipation of the trip and I fell in love with that ranger who met me at the airstrip.
We arrived on December 30th with safari gear and party clothes packed in our soft-sided duffles. After two and a half days of water-soaked game drives at Ngala Tented Camp, we were relieved when the sun broke through the clouds as our plane landed on the Londolozi airstrip. By the side of a plane in the middle of the African bush is not the typical setting for meeting your girlfriend’s family, but it seemed fitting that my boyfriend and family would meet one another for the first time at the exact same place where I met him. While that meeting was the highlight of my trip, my family was at Londolozi for the leopards and an epic New Years Eve party.
Surrounded by the people I love the most, I celebrated the arrival of 2017 and all of the love, prosperity, and adventure it will (hopefully) bring.
Wow! Thanks for sharing your blog & amazing photos – especially loved the last one with the leopard tail draping the face. Incredible! Wish we could have been there for a memorable new year’s celebration with all of you. Here’s to a year of love, laughter, adventure & joy!!
Thanks Megan. It was a great trip and wonderful to meet Callum.
Such lovely words accompanying great photography! And so happy to have met the woman who makes my son’s heart sing. I look forward to meeting your family too – hopefully in the not to distant future. Xx
I met Callum in 2015? With tracker Freddy Ngobeni. Being from Hawai’i I ‘adopted’ him as my ‘hanai’ grandson. I’m so happy he’s found love and a good friend. Back again at Londolozi in 2017. He had passed on the message that I like marshmallows in my morning cocoa break and being Londolozi….they were there every morning. Londolozi is where my heart rests.
Love and hugs and aloha to both of you.