Increasingly it is becoming apparent that if the modern human civilisation is to endure then it will be required to adopt new systems for living and to establish a different relationship with Planet Earth – the place we call home.
Londolozi is a place and a space where people and nature are deeply entwined and where already a partnership with nature exists.
The name Londolozi is derived from a Zulu word meaning ‘protector of all living things’, and a care and conservation ethic informs every aspect of life on the reserve. Our holistic approach ensures that Londolozi not only has aesthetic appeal but also honours the wildness of the animals and landscapes in which we operate.
Over the last four decades Londolozi has been painstakingly restored to ensure sustainable energy flows whilst supporting ethical business and social upliftment. Londolozi is becoming a microcosm for a new consciousness and systems for living and joins similar such communities across the world, many of whom are in search of a renewed partnership founded on the guiding principles of nature.
The world’s remaining wild spaces are home to an extraordinary wealth of biodiversity and can no longer be sacrificed to other forms of land use in the name of profit and development. Many of these last frontier wilderness areas are being successfully supported by ethical safari operators who are instrumental in creating safe havens for wildlife and in some cases even causing the expansion of the boundaryies of the Park. We at Londolozi believe this to be a growing trend in the world at the dawning of a new Age of Restoration.
Londolozi was the first private reserve to receive Relais & Chateaux status in the 1993 and to demonstrate an integrated Conversation Development Model, calling for harmony and wellbeing between people, land and animals. It was this model that got the attention and support of former President Nelson Mandela when he visited the reserve in 1990 and decided to use the Londolozi model as a blue print for future conservation development in South Africa.
“During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country.” – Nelson Mandela
The Varty family, who took back the operations of Londolozi in 2007, do not subscribe to the ‘chain of lodges’ approach but rather have spent since 2007 delving deeply into evolving its stand-alone model in search of consciousness, meaning and purpose and encouraging the evolution of the model into an unprecedented guest safari experience and in the creation of a Social Enterprise, sighting as its core reason for being…….“to contribute to society”.
For the decades ahead Londolozi will be working towards reducing the lodge’s operational footprint within the reserve whilst focussing on the richness and depth of our guest experience, (including the finest leopard viewing in Africa) and whilst contributing to society via the support of multiple Digital Learning Centres, community owned Wildlife Corridors and the promotion of the Economy of Wildlife in service of the rural people of Southern Africa.
It is said that the Age of Restoration will be borne on the back of the Age of Information. At Londolozi we believe this to be true and subscribe to the principles of accelerating abundance and the wise use of technology in the protection of the world’s finite natural resources.
As a guest at Londolozi you become a direct participant and contributor to the evolving restoration model towards a growing conscious and understating of the need for a new partnership with the planet.
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