Gary Lotter - CEO
Born in Johannesburg, my first real exposure to the African bush was as a 6-year-old child when my parents took their first trip to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and stayed at Londolozi Private Game Reserve. In those days it was a far cry from the wonderful luxury the lodge offers today but it was a magical experience which created a love for the African bush that has stayed with me until this day.
The childhood visits to the bush gave life to an ambition to be close to nature and wildlife that led to a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Botany and later ‘full circle’ to becoming a safari guide at Londolozi Private Game Reserve 16 years later. My experience as a guide started a 22-year-long career that offered me the privilege of living and working in, and travelling to breathtaking wilderness destinations across both Africa and India, and sparking a passion for travelling to wild, remote and beautiful locations whenever I can.
Where I've travelled:
I have been fortunate enough to live, work and travel across Africa and many parts of the world; I have lived in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve; On the bank of the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls; and in Arusha, Tanzania where I could see Kilimanjaro from my bedroom window.
I have travelled to every country and most game reserves in South, Southern and East Africa, and have spent extensive time working in the safari and travel industry in India. I have also been lucky enough to travel internationally and have spent extensive time across North America, the UK, Europe and Asia.
My favourite travel moment:
All of them!
Travel, particularly to the wild and beautiful places in Africa offers us a unique opportunity to ‘live in the moment’, something that the pressures of modern life so frequently deprives us of.
What I love about Africa:
The African bush, more than most places in the world offers us the opportunity to stop, ‘breathe’, listen quietly and be at one with nature. The African wilderness is beautiful, exciting and unique. Africa’s people are warm, welcoming and hospitable, and travel in Africa is never the same, every trip is a new experience.
Some African travel advice
If you haven’t been to Africa, it’s time! If you have been to Africa, you know what I am talking about, it’s time to come back...
Where I'd like to go next
South America … Other than Africa and parts of India, South America is home to some of the world’s greatest nature and wildlife destinations … and surfing in Bali!