our first day in johannesburg, south africa is coming to an end and I am sitting here with madlen from kodak and we are importing, editing and uploading photos. maybe… if I don’t fall asleep while doing this I will actually get to some video editing!
I had a great day with actually one my dreams becoming reality! we started the day with obviously with a nice and long breakfast where we got to meet the rest of our kodak team…
…which actually was only one guy. an aussie photographer called shelton muller. the rest of our team was formed by obviously madlen nikolaus, italian journalist and blogger alessio bau, south african photogrpaher shem compion and his girlfriend and last but not least our british graphics designer AJ. we also had our wonderful guides alfred, tiny and junior with us, who were a blast to hang out with and get to know.
and very cool and surprisingly alfred turned up in his full massai warrior outfit! very very cool!
so alfred had suggested to take us to lion park kinda close by so that we get at least a little bit of the african wilderness while we are here, so we went. I was looking forward to it, as one the one hand I love animals, even though it was a park/zoo environment, and on the other hand the only possibility to get this close to these amazing animals for some time. for me at least
and how cool and fun it was. these wonderful animals where very relaxed, lying around and chilling in the warm sun, not really caring too much about us passing by in our cars, taking pictures and all. actually one of them was so attracted by our car that it first started licking it, then eating it… which was quite strange… here some photos for now and I will surely add the video later.
I never had the possibility to be so close to these wonderful animals, so it was quite a nice experience and now I am very very sure, that I have to come back to africa and go for a proper safari at some point. and I will for sure do this with shem as he is the go to guy as it seems. he organizes and guides workshop and safaris and even is bringing out a great book with everything you need to know about wildlife photography in south africa.
anyway, we had a blast and it got topped off at the lion cubs petting zoo I know.. very cheezy, but I always had the wish to cuttle with some real wildcat cubs, so this was just haven. they were so sweet and playful, well… the ones not being asleep at least. a very nice experience for sure.
one our way back to town our two cars unfortunately got separated and we in the first car did not notice that our friends in the other car had quite some trouble in between. another car packed with four women apparently was not satisfied with the speed our friends were driving and got so crazy about it, that they stopped infront of them, got out, opened the drives door and started hitting poor tiny and getting here keys from her. abolutley CRAZY! luckly the situation got resolved kinda quickly and with no real harm done, but allesio, madlen, junior and tiny were clearly shaken by this and rightfully so.
after that we went for a few well deserved drinks and snacks. its funny how on the one hand johannesburg is so different from what I have seen so far from the world and then again so similar. I wish I had a bit more time here and maybe more knowledge about what you can do where and when and all. next time!
we decided a little late to head for a mall as some of us needed a few things we forgot to bring and then go for dinner. the shops were already closed so I hope we will find everything we are looking for tomorrow when we get to durban. the dinner was very very nice, I had some nice beef kebab with rice and some extremely delicious and creamy humus before that complimented with a nice and classic rusty nail!
so much for now, I hope you enjoy this post and the photos and make sure to let me know!
I will get to edit some of the video footage now and then off to bed as we are being picked up at 8:30 in the morning already for the airport. I am very much looking forward to durban.
its a shame though we wont meet our american team member sergio anymore, at least not on this trip.
sleep well and take care,
oh and here some leftovers from yesterday!