Pilanesburg Elephants in Black and White

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Our good friends Jon and Katie came to visit us for a week and it was amazing as always. Every year for the past three years we’ve vacationed together at some place around the world and next year we are planning somewhere in Latin America where P and I have never been. These trips are always such a treat and it’s so fun to see how our lives have progressed in a year, discuss every subject under the sun, and make fun of each other a lot. We plan to continue this tradition until somebody gets knocked up, at which point I hope to resume when the kids are old enough- this way mommy can drinks lots of cab sauv in one room while the kids who at this point will probably be bratty and loud are in another. I digress… since we had visitors it was back to safari and back to Cape Town.

For the bush we went to Pilanesburg National Park which is a two hour drive away from Jozi and contains all of the big 5. Since I feel like I’ve been on safari a lot lately and have been posting lots of animal photos I’m just going to feature some elephants today. One thing I love about elephants is that because of their deep wrinkles and grey skin they look gorgeous with different black and white and split toning in Lightroom.

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A couple tips on Pilanesburg: we got our guide using Game Trackers. I wouldn’t do it again. You feel as though you are in Disney World and not the bush, plus I felt our guide was very unknowledgeable and cheesy.  Rather go with someone like Chris Green. I’ve never personally had the pleasure but I met him through my friend Heather who has gone and loved it and I hope to soon. Plus, he is charming and knows everything and if you’re lucky he might tell you about the time a Cape Buffalo nearly gored him to death with its horns.

10 thoughts on “Pilanesburg Elephants in Black and White

  1. Great pics Namrata! You’ve inspired me to go back to some of my Pilanesberg elephant pics (family fun at the watering hole!) and give them a few Lightroom tweaks to see what results. Thanks!

    Oh and Gametrackers….we used them for a night drive in October last year in the hope of spotting leopards (after 28 years!) for R440 all we got were 3 rhinos, a genet and a chameleon – not much to write home about!

    • Thanks Clare! Ya gametrackees were disappointing…I’ve heard Kruger is good for leopards: thats where I saw mine, and apparently they are more impervious to cars? Who knows, but definitely not using game trackers again!

  2. Hi there, Thanks for the up!

    Leopards are one of the most elusive of all the big cats, there are no guarantees. And they are most unpredictable ! I had two individuals we saw on four separate drives in December. That is four separate sightings of only two individuals, but four sightings in six drives is still going some!! That’s leopards for you. The Pilanesberg is a treat as always, and the key is to spend lots of time out in the park.
    Chris

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