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.