A Journey from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth

Ian Silvester

Ian has been a keen photographer for many years and has had considerable success in photographic competitions all over the world. His main interests are photographing wildlife and steam trains.

The travelogue is about a journey from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth in South Africa to watch the cricket Test Match!  He hired a guide and travelled  from Johannesburg – on South Africa’s interior plateaux – down to the south-eastern coast. The trip was designed to traverse a variety of different birding habitats with an array of photographic opportunities on offer. They visited grassy Karoo locations, thornveld, high altitude mountains, Afromontane forest, coastal estuaries, coastal bush and grasslands. The journey took 7 days and we covered 1000 miles and the objective was good photographs rather than maximum number of species, but he saw many endemic and rare birds.