WILDERNESS BECKONS

 

My epic trip to South Africa happened last year, but it feels complete only now when I have an elaborate article in the JUNE to AUGUST edition of SAEVUS magazine to boast about. 

 

The period of my trip was a long one, from 26th June to 8th Aug 2016. During my stay there, I had discovered many new gems, food, art, and culture of Johannesburg as well as I had visited Capetown, Pilanesburg National Park, Pretoria and many other places around Jozi. 

 

 

SAEVUS, wildlife magazine, travel
Premier Wildlife magazine of India

 

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A good safari day is part luck and part destiny but there are lessons aplenty in each experience. 

The sun had just decided to call it a day in this part of the world. The puffy clouds were hanging high in the air and the sky looked resplendent in the kaleidoscopic colours of pink, yellow and orange. I had a smug smile on my face.  While I was reminiscing about the activities of the day and thanking God for making my first real African safari well-fitted with numerous animal sightings, there was someone waiting to jump on it prey.

 

We were about to call it a day at the Pilanesberg National Park.  A friend called us from another side of the park and informed us that by 6 p.m. we must exit the game reserve to avert the penalty. Hubby was at the driver’s seat and I was helping him with the road map. We decided to change our route and aim the nearest exit. The remaining six kilometers to the nearest gate seem the farthest. Just we were itching to reach the exit gate, my ears were alerted with the sound of a muffled rustle and something extraordinary met my eyes. I almost shrieked with joy and pulled in my husband.

 

‘Look there, what is that?’

We saw the big cat in its full might. It emerged from nowhere. Only our eyes could measure the thrill of the moment when we saw the cheetah accelerate, run at a lightning speed and pounce on the impala that had just passed by. It was a majestic moment and the sight left us gasping. I remembered having read that cheetahs can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds but it was unbelievable to see it do right in front of my eyes. These big cats are very elusive creatures and it is quite difficult to spot them during the day. This meant that we had got extremely lucky that day.

‘We have to rush back’.

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Saevus, magazine, South Africa article
You must check this article in the ‘Travel Away’ Section of Saevus magazine in the June-August edition.

 

 

To read more of this elaborate article of 3200 words, you will have to pick your copy of Saevus magazine (A premier wildlife magazine of India). It talks about my five best experiences in Johannesburg and Capetown in South Africa. 

 

 

Pilanesburg National, Monte Casino Birds Park, Boulders Colony and more

 

 

Exactly, a year ago at this point of time, I was in Johannesburg in South Africa. It was a personal trip for more than a month. I was flying there to be with my husband who was working there for an official project. Since I am a traveller as well as a blogger, I did not want to let go of this opportunity of collaborating with South Africa Tourism. Before the trip, I wrote a mail to them and proposed a collaboration that how we could work together if they sponsored my tickets. After the exchange of many emails, I did crack a deal. And one aspect of this partnership was to submit a story of my experience in a reputed magazine. I am glad I could fulfil it and that is why I say that my South African sojourn feels complete now.

 

 

The story talks about my ‘FAVORITE FIVE’ from there

  • Monte Casino Birds Park
  • The Lion and Safari Park
  • Pilanesberg National Park
  • Boulders Colony
  • Table Mountain National Park (TMNP)

 
 

Travel, Enjoy, Wildlife, South Africa
All the pictures used in the article are mine.

 

With no background or connections in media or print, I know how hard it is to get a reply from the editors of magazines and newspapers. One really has to be persistent and work towards improving their writing. Trust me, I have been through it all and I know it is a tough nut to crack when it comes to getting one go ahead for a story. But the charm to see your name in the byline is absolutely kicking. I am really working towards it and I am enjoying the fun of learning the nuances of what works in print. Hope I can manage to write more for print.  Till then, do pick this copy of SAEVUS if you come around and also read my article around Varanasi in RAILBANDHU .

 

Keep travelling… Keep writing….

 

 

Written by

Manjulika Pramod

An engineer who loves to be called a blogger more!
Traveler, short-story writer, voracious reader, foodie is the better me!
Reading, eating, traveling, exploring, observing and blogging are the beautiful highs of my life.