Photojournalism and the natural setting of a game reserve go together so well, entire publications have dedicated their entire focus towards this concept for years – and what better place in the world to conduct a meeting of this nature than the Kruger National Park?
With this in mind, the following month will see preparations for an awesome trip featuring cape town journalist team, Kerry and Paul Gilowey, and krugerpark.com.
From Thursday the 27th to Sunday the 30th of May, this digital duo are set for an excursion into the heart of the Kruger National Park. The couple, well known creators of and contributors to the online photo journal, Cape Town Daily Photo, will be taken about one of Africa’s largest game reserves on game drives while the sun arches across the West African sky, gather around a boma for an evening braai where they can listen to the calls of the park’s rowdy night-time inhabitants, and set out early for a guided bush walk whereupon they’ll be able to soak in a wealth of information and beauty in this natural environment…after a strong cup of coffee, of course.
The four day tour provides an immersive experience of the park, with up-close sightings of wildlife, and well informed tours of the surrounding vegetation, but, as Kerry says, “It’s the little things that make up the experience.” Accommodation, lighting, meals, these are some of the areas where the couple hope to direct their attention, maintaining this trip will not be about big five photo-ops or safari impression-pieces.
This being their first trip to the Kruger, the couple are excited to carry it off perfectly. “It’s shocking,” Paul says with a laugh, “we’re African – born and bred, but we’ve just never gotten to go before now. It should be a really great trip.”
Tremisana lodge will be the couple’s home-away-from-home for the duration of their trip, and it is from here they will venture out into the wild of the kruger, enjoying fast paced open air drives under the guide and supervision of professional park rangers. The couple’s updates, whatever the subject matter, will be eagerly awaited.
Due to the lack of reception in the park, the couple should be largely out of range to twitter or blog about their experience as it happens, but their input, feedback and pictures are highly anticipated, en masse, upon their return. “We’ll try to update as regularly as possible, but we also don’t want to mess with the experience too much,” says Kerry.
Look out for their impressions and write ups, featured in our blog, soon!