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.
South Luangwa is famed for walking safaris with two notable companies (Norman Carr and Robin Pope) offering multi-day walks or shorter walks between permanent camps. I wasn’t spending enough time in the park to take advantage of either of these options, but Tena Tena, the camp I was staying at, offered walks in place of the standard game drive. Unlike walks I have done in other countries, a walking safari in South Luangwa National Park feels more wild and remote.
Londolozi is famed for its leopards, but Londolozi is also a top photographic destination. The Sabi Sands is one of the best places in South Africa for wildlife sightings because of the concentration of game and because the animals are extremley relaxed around vehicles. Photography at Londolozi is unparalleled, not only because of the wildlife viewing but because of the other photographic services offered at the camp.
The unique Tswalu Kalahari offers a memorable experience owing to its extraordinary landscape and nothing-is-too much philosophy. This isn’t a traditional safari destination, but Tswalu Kalahari will not fail to deliver a unique safari experience. Here are the top five remarkable experiences from my most recent trip.
Everyone has heard about the Big Five, but what about the elusive eleven? Here is a look at the bush’s secretive, primarily nocturnal creatures. How many have you seen?
Due to late summer rains, the area was lush with green grasses and flowers and this is what attracts thousands of zebra from over 300 miles away to trek from as far away as the Okavango Delta and Namibia. As soon as the grasses die and the water evaporates they will trek back to where they came from. This is the African bush that I have come to love and in this remote corner of Botswana I felt connected to the wonderful web of life.