Leopards @ Londolozi

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Oct 16th, 2005, 03:12 PM
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Leopards @ Londolozi

Has anyone done this at londolozi??


*Minimum one, maximum six guests per private vehicle booking for Specialist Safari
*Minimum two-night stay for Specialist Safari experience
*This Specialist Safari is subject to availability

*PRICE
ZAR11000 (Valid to 31 December 2005)
ZAR5500 private vehicle rate per day thereafter

##INCLUDES:
*Personal guiding by a specialist ranger li>
*Exclusive use of a 4x4 safari vehicle
*Specialist Safari Pack including:
CC Africa’s unique Ecological Journal – a 288-page book featuring sightings, research and reports from CC Africa’s rangers throughout 30 safari camps in Africa (one per room)
*A Leopards at Londolozi Specialist Safari cap
*A leather-bound field journal including a summary of your ranger’s qualifications and experience; a genealogical tree and profiles of Londolozi’s leopards, their history, territories and characteristics; an article on the evolution of leopards; a detailed map of the Reserve; and provision for guests to make their own field notes and observations

##EXCLUDES
Guests’ accommodation at any one of Londolozi’s five exclusive camps – Pioneer Camp, Founders Camp, Bateleur Camp, Tree Camp and Safari Lodge
Transfers and extras.

I am going to phone CCA tomorrow to get the finer details and will report back.I will really appreciate any feedback.
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Oct 17th, 2005, 03:01 AM
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Hello,

I've done this, but not 'officially' -- in other words, I booked a private vehicle for five nights and focused on leopards. My ranger was Maxine Scott, the resident leopard expert. So I didn't get the Eco Journal, the cap, or the field journal -- which, come to think of it, would have been nice, and given that the cost is the same as the private vehicle rate these are nice extras.

If you do decide to do this, I would recommend requesting Maxine as your ranger -- she is passionate about leopards and knows Londolozi's leopards intimately. Because she is the resident leopard expert, she's also the first to know if one of the other rangers has spotted (no pun intended) a leopard.

Cheers,
Julian
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Oct 17th, 2005, 09:20 AM
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Julian

Thanks for your reply.

I know Maxine,she was my ranger in 2001.When booking a private vehicle did you get to stay out longer or did your drives pretty well follow the usual routine.

I am looking for an extraordinary experience and don't mind the extra cost.I would love to stay out all night long and sleep during the day.

Again,thanks for your reply.
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Oct 17th, 2005, 11:10 AM
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Hello,

I definitely left earlier and stayed out later -- we were always the frist to leave and the last back. I believe they will do a late-night drive if you're interested (I was too tired after two weeks in Botswana with 5 or 6 am wake-up calls, so I didn't request one), but I'm not sure about staying out for the whole night.

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Oct 18th, 2005, 05:48 PM
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This has caught my attention with the mention of Londolozi. I shall be there around Xmas time this year and I should really love to do this. I'll be there for 5 nights and I am especially loving the leopard family tree and the staying out at night!

I am in Brisbane Australia and tonight I am off to a CC Africa thing where their CEO, Marketing Director and Marketing Manager will be as well as an Australasian Sales Exec. Hopefully one of them might be able to answer any questions that I will have.

It really does sound a unique opportunity. Maxine Scott is currently answering some questions for me regarding matching up Londolozi leopards and lion prides with those of MalaMala, so she does seem a great choice, if I do have a say in it!

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Kaye
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Oct 18th, 2005, 06:37 PM
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Kay

Check your mail.

When you speak to the ''boss'' tonight please ask what is going to happen when CCA's contract expire with Londoz at the end of this year.I am particularly interested in what is going to happen with their traversing agreement with Dudley.

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Oct 18th, 2005, 06:56 PM
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Austkaye (and Safarinut),

I thought I had read that Londolozi was going to stay in CCAfrica's group until Feb of 2007. I thought I saw this on the Bateleur Club website, but can't seem to locate that now. We all want to know what is going to happen with Londolozi, so any information you can find out would be great.
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Oct 19th, 2005, 01:09 PM
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Kaye,

Would you mind dropping me an email with Maxine's new email address? The address I have stopped working awhile ago, and I'd like to get in touch and see how she's doing. My email address is julian.asherATNOSPAMmerton.ox.ac.uk (replace caps bit with @).

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Oct 19th, 2005, 05:05 PM
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Safarinut and Brandywine,

CCAfrica have Londolozi until March 2007 and they are in negotations with the Varty brothers for a further 10 year lease. I was told that the traversing rights for Dudley are not a problem, but obviously no Londolozi, and no further interest in Dudley traversing rights.

I am now going to book that Leopards @ Londolozi requesting Maxine Scott - I was told I must let the ranger have some sleep, but I can stay out all night if I want to! That is an offer I cannot refuse.

Julian, I currently email Ryan Gaines who is the head ranger at Londolozi, but Maxine Scott seems to reply.

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Oct 19th, 2005, 06:06 PM
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Thanks Kaye
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Oct 20th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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Hello,

Traversing rights on Dudley are not a problem except for the 2-3 weeks of the year when the family is there for an annual reunion. I was unlucky enough to be there during the reunion one year, but it certainly didn't prevent me from having the superb game-viewing experience I've always had at Londoz.

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Oct 23rd, 2005, 06:06 PM
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After deciding to do this, I emailed Maxine Scott, and unfortunately she tells me that she is leaving Londolozi at the end of November 2005 to do ranger training at Klein's Camp for CCAfrica. Ryan Gaines the head ranger is also heading off to Klein's Camp in Tanzania. So Maxine has recommended Cameron Apple and I am looking into him as my specialist ranger now.

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Dec 1st, 2005, 05:37 PM
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I have booked my leopards @Londolozi specialist safari for the end of January and can't wait!

I requested an extra day and will track and observe Africa's most secretive and elusive cat for 3 days.

I am delighted to have Cameron Apple as the ranger and the legendary Elmon Mhlongo as the tracker.

<< Elmon Mhlongo is a full time cameraman based at Londolozi Game Reserve and films for Londolozi Productions. He is the first Shangaan cameraman and has spent a lifetime in the bush, first as a poacher then as a tracker for John Varty who later taught him how to use the film camera (Ari Super 16mm).
Elmon is still unable to read and write but has incredible bush knowledge and has produced some incredible footage. Elmon has recently completed a documentary that was co-directed with Karin Slater called: The Tracker, which tells of his life story and is due to be released by Explore International this year.>>

Kay,when are you going??

Two Mala Mala junkies at Londolozi??

Doesn't sound right.
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Dec 1st, 2005, 06:36 PM
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Not sure I can make the switch, not after reading about Tjololo's press conference today.
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Dec 1st, 2005, 06:38 PM
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We were very lucky to have Elmon as our tracker when we were at Londolozi last summer. This was our first safari and I didn't fully realize until we were at other camps after Londolozi how fortunate we were. He is of course very well known, and we were told that he has also tracked in South America. The rumor is that he makes whoever the guide is look good because of his tracking abilities (not that I wasn't impressed with our ranger there also). The documentary could be very interesting.
Hope you like Londolozi as much as I did!
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I think I'll push Nils and Tom at Mala Mala in the same direction when I'm there in January. Any time we have the vehicle to ourselves or with like minded people we head out first and come back last.
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Dec 1st, 2005, 07:47 PM
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brandywine

I think this documentary aired on etv in June ,not sure though.

I have never had the pleasure of having Elmon as my tracker on previous visits to Londoz and can't wait!!

I wonder what an appropriate tip would be for these specialist safaris?


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I requested an extra day and will track and observe Africa's most secretive and elusive cat for 3 days.

Well, safarinut, maybe so in most areas but in Sabi Sand it seems to be a different story. At Mala Mala in Sept 2005 for 4 nights we saw leopards much more than lions. I thought leopards were "night creatures" but our ranger said that in places where they are not hunted they move a lot in the open during the day. I can vouch for that. While the lions slept we watched leopards eating prey in trees, drinking at the river, sleeping in trees, and just walking about. We saw either 7 or 9 different leopards, don't remember for sure.
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Dec 2nd, 2005, 03:00 AM
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Safarinut,

I am Kaye, was AustKaye and I am now KayeN, as I have just had a computer and internet installed at home - against my better judgment, but it is mainly to do photo work and of course, this chat line. A friend's husband has no sooner left, and I am already on it!
I have booked leopards @ londolozi for the nights of 22/12 & 23/12. Cannot wait, and not too far to go as I leave home a week from Sunday. I have also requested Cameron Appel and now that you mention the tracker, I have seen him on many of the Varty specials on cable tv. So I am hoping that we get both your ranger and tracker. I ended up getting into Bateleur which I am pleased about!

I don't know that you will ever get MalaMala to stay out all night! Did you hear how Room 16 was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground. Luckily, the guests were on a gamedrive and all of their important stuff was saved. It will be odd being there and walking past a big gap - more often than not we were in Room 15. At least noisy people returning to their room late, will not be waking me up!

I haven't read what happened to the Rock Drift Male today, but I know that he has been in Lion Sands for a while, as they mention him. I am keeping up with what they are seeing as I visit there for a few days too.

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Dec 2nd, 2005, 05:16 AM
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cary999:

I know they aren't elusive in the SSGR.In 2003 at MM I saw five different leopards in a single drive!

Kay:

Looking forward to your report as I will be going a month after you.I couldn't get into Bateleur and had to book Tree Camp.It seems like Cameron Apple is the only ranger at present that does the leopard safari and seeing that his usual tracker is Elmon you have an excellent chance to get him.I wouldn't mind to have Richard Siwela as a tracker either!!

I also think it will take years for Mr Ratray to ''allow'' this at Mala Mala.

I will use Taga for all my future safaris as I've really enjoyed excellent service.Mark has shared in my excitement and planning from day one and has organized a perfect African adventure.

#Leopard viewing at Londolozi.

#Lion/buff viewing at Duba Plains.

#I am sure Mombo is going to be great.

#Jao for it's natural beauty.
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