Tuesday, October 2, 2012



Some people were confused when all of the sudden we ended up in South Africa after a summer in Europe, understandably so! To make a long story short, my parents were supposed to be moving there for a work assignment in July. We booked our tickets home from Geneva through Johannesburg back in March—unfortunately, circumstances changed and my parents ended up not being there when we were. That said, we had fun just us two and it made for a fantastic finale to our summer abroad. 

These photos were from a day spent in Pilanesburg Park. We rented a car and spent the entire day searching for wildlife. I felt like Meryl Streep in Out of Africa. I think the most magical moment would have to be from the image above, with the giraffes and zebras on parade. We were the only car on the road, and for thirty minutes we sat just 20 feet away from the line as they all slowly made their way to the water for a mid-afternoon drink. You're not allowed to get out of your car (only in designated areas and even then it says "exit at your own risk! carnivores in the area!"), so I may have rolled down my window, climbed up so I was partially on the car, partially in....and told myself I could slip back in quickly if I needed to. :)

We loved South Africa and can't wait to return someday. 


Photographs captured in August 2012.
Edited with VSCO Film.

A couple more photos after the jump!



46 comments:

  1. wow! what an amazing experience. to see animals in the wild. your images feels like it was straight out of a vintage African storybook.

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  2. amazing! i have wanted to visit africa for so long now! so exciting that you got to experience it! lovely photos, as always :)

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  3. Just bought my guidebook today because we are headed to South Africa in April 2013! I cannot wait and now this post just made me that little bit more excited (if that is humanely possible...) Would love to hear any advice you might have on must-sees when we are there.

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  4. looks so amazing... africa isn't typically tops on the vacation bucket list for the average person, but your photos might change minds!

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  5. Aw, this brings back so many memories I have from when I was in Cape Town! Lovely photos.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Amazing photos, Amanda! How lucky you and Cree have been able to do some traveling! x

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  8. Oh my goodness! These are amazing! I'm so jealous. Absolutely amazing photos!

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  9. Where are the pictures of you! (these are beautiful though, of course)

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  10. oooo
    W O W ! loving your adventures.. and pleased to see that Cree coordinated his outfit for the day!

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  11. Lovely pictures! What an amazing experience.

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  12. Why not visit Africa would be a better question. Especially after seeing these pictures. I love the one of the zebra in the middle of the dirt road. I love reading your travelogue series, since you've been so many cool places and take the most astounding pictures.

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  13. wonderful. just wonderful. i need to try africa.

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  14. Oh gosh, your life just looks like a dream. And traveling all summer long is definitely the way to go. Adore!
    xo TJ

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  15. i love it! the giraffes are so cute! awesome pictures.

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  16. Brilliant. Always so cohesive and fluid! I love your eye and what you see!!

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  17. how beautiful. giraffes and zebras are the coolest animals ever. patterns!

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  18. isn't it crazy how giraffes and zebras are just wandering around in africa? like how deer and raccoons and skunks are just IN north america. that sounded a lot less dorky in my head than typed out as a comment...

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  19. These are incredible, Amanda! I have always wanted to go to South Africa... it looks completely magical. Thank you for sharing :)

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  20. Stunning! What an epic summer...2012.

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  21. These pictures - make me want to go to Africa! How LOVELY!
    XOXO
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  22. gorgeous shots, it must have been amazing!

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  23. what a whirlwind summer you two had! i can only imagine what a beautiful experience africa was. these photos are just the most! max and i have been sitting and looking at them...oooing and aahhing together.

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  24. beautifully captured amanda! i love the vsco presets on these.

    i would be so interested in seeing a little map of everywhere you traveled to this summer! i have no doubt you could make something beautiful!

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  25. nature is so amazing. makes me speechless...

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  26. These photos are so beautiful! To be so close to these animals must have been a great experience. What a dream it is to be able to travel so often!

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  27. WOw. Beautiful photos and a beautiful blog.

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  28. What an amazing experience! I would love to visit Africa someday. Loving your travelogue posts. :)

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  29. did you get to cuddle with lion cubs while you were there?

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  30. what stunning photographs!



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  31. oh man, you have no idea how badly i want to visit there!

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  32. Hello :]
    South Africa looks amazing. This reminds me of a documentary I watched called The Elephant: Life after Death. Can't wait to visit someday!

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  33. Always nice to see familiar sights in unexpected places! I live a couple of hours from the Pilanesberg! So glad that you enjoyed our country and SA looks forward to your return! Really beautiful photos too...

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  34. Pilanesberg was actually one of my very first gamedrives when I moved to Botswana in 2010. Great pictures and glad you enjoyed your time in SA!

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  36. Breathtaking beautiful! They seems so unreal (in a good way of course) that they almost look like one of those landscapes at a Natural History Museum

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  37. Simply beautiful! I'd love to go to south africa one day!

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  38. Im south african and I love your pics, havent been to pilansberg myself but will defo be making a trip with my two handsome guys soon,thank you!xx

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