Thursday, August 27, 2015


Pilanesberg is a game reserve located about two hours northwest of Pretoria in South Africa. There, you can see the "Big Five:" Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard. We spent the day there starting at oh-dark-thirty in the morning. 

Natta and I rode with Ash's parents, who are avid bird watchers. They were quite as excited to spot birds as they were to see the wild game. At first they tried hard to point things out to me, but after much convincing that I really couldn't see them, they switched to photographing everything they could, and then giving me the camera to look at the screen and the picture they had just taken, which worked beautifully. 

Ash and I both wore our "Braille Nerd" shirts. I'm not sure I can adequately explain the significance of this except that it's one of those things that arises from years of friendship. 

Natta and Missy G became fast friends, inseparable for the entire time we were there. The only trouble in Pilanesberg was that there were not enough car windows for everyone to have the best view, and that led to a bit of conflict. But eventually everyone got a turn spotting animals, and harmony was restored. 

The girls had a wonderful time playing wildlife photographer. 

This rhino laying under a tree was so close to the road we mistook him for a rock and drove right past! We had to turn around and go back to see him. 

We stopped for a picnic lunch and Braai (BBQ). Although it was late winter, the midday sun was plenty warm!

Once we'd finished eating, the safari got underway for real. They call it a game drive, not a safari, but the result is the same. The land rovers snaked through the wild bush and we watched for animals and birds. In a few places, we could park and walk into a "hide" or safe shelter near water holes. 

Near the end of the day, we were warned we weren't likely to see an elephant. Just after this conversation, however, we stopped at a hide, and this lovely big fellow was browsing just next to it. 

She has a disc full of some really fantastic photos... worth a blog post if I can ever get them uploaded. 

The sun was setting as we drove the two hours back to Pretoria after a day Natta and I will never forget. 


  1. It was a really fun day. We so enjoyed sharing one of our favourite places with you and Natta. :)

  2. It was a really fun day. We so enjoyed sharing one of our favourite places with you and Natta. :)