Monday, June 4, 2018

Black Rhino Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park.North West Province

After a relatively short and uneventful drive from Johannesburg,
my wife and I arrived at the warm and welcoming Black Rhino Lodge.
Although the entrance was in deep afternoon shadow,
 the smiles and welcoming greeting from the staff made it light up. 
The reception area is in a purpose made building
that is situated to the left of the car park. 

There was time for a quick look at the dining area
before being taken to our accommodation
There is indoor as well as outdoor dining facilities available.
The lodge serves breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner.
The variety of food on offer will satisfy the most discerning palates.

Seeing we were at the lodge at the beginning of winter,
this extra blanket was most welcome.
The room did have an air con that doubles as a heater,
but it was not required.
This was part of recently completed family accommodation.
There is an inter-leading door that can be utilised
 should a family be using the building.
The decor is simple and quietly understated.
All that being said, I do wish that the pillows
 had been considerably firmer than the ones on offer.
That is why I travel with my own...
that way I am guaranteed a good nights sleep.

The outdoor seating area.
We were not really in the room long enough to make full use of this.
But seeing that there was indoor seating as well,
this was only used for a minimal period of time.

Usually I am prepared to brave the weather
to enjoy the freedom that an outdoor shower offers.
Not while we were there...
as it was just too chilly to be tempted.

Lunch...or part thereof!
Simply prepared, it was delicious and 
made me go back for seconds...
and, if I am to be honest, thirds.

The closest seating area to both the hide and the waterhole.
And it was here that I spent most of my time while not out on game drives.

Yet ANOTHER seating area...
The neutral tones blended in well with the surrounds.

The most recent seating area.
Somewhat separate from the rest of the public areas,
it is ideal for a quiet afternoon or perhaps a corporate break away.

Continental breakfast.
There is also the ubiquitous "Full English" available
 should you feel like a hot meal.

This waterhole is just a few meters from the deck of the main building.
It certainly was a hive of activity while we were at the lodge.

A shout of "There are Zebra at the waterhole"
was enough to get all the guests to the fence or 
the photographic hide to view and take pictures.
(While we were there, in addition to the Zebra we saw Impala,
Waterbuck, Elephants and a variety of bird life)

Our accommodation at the Lodge.
One of the largest rooms that I have stayed in for a while.
Well appointed with a very comfortable bed.
the latter being MOST welcome after a day of game drives and food.
Night all...
To find out more about this truly spectacular lodge,
visit their website:


 
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
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When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

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When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

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This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
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