John Varty

John Varty and Tigress Julie

John Varty (JV) is a South African conservationist and filmmaker who specializes in Big Cats. He is co-owner of Londolozi Game Reserve and founder of Tiger Canyon. He is also an environmental activist / futurist and a singer / songwriter. JV has three children, Daughter Savannah and twin boys, Sean and Tao.


JV established Tiger Canyon near the town of Philippolis on the Van der Kloof Lake in the Karoo of South Africa as an experiment to create a free-ranging, self-sustaining tiger population outside Asia. Book a Tiger Safari

Picture: Dean Jenkins

Dean Jenkins

JV and his brother Dave started what is now the Famous Londolozi Game Reserve of which Nelson Mandela said: “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. There I saw a living lion in the wild. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country”. Book a safari with JV at Londolozi.


JV uses music to protest environmental issues and to bring awareness to a global audience.  Examples: The illegal hunting of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe. The sale of 25 elephant calves from Zimbabwe to China. The poisoning of a herd of 50 elephant in Hwange Game Reserves are all issues covered in his more