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7 Photos From 7 Safaris

Since 2009 Pepe and I have put on 7 photographic safaris. The only year we missed was 2011, which for some reason we couldn't find any takers for the 4 different trips we had planned that year. Probably had something to do with the hangover from the 2010 Soccer World Cup [...]

By |27th July 2015|Photography, Trip Reports|Comments Off on 7 Photos From 7 Safaris
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Slides From The Ultimate Big 5 Safari Pt. 1

Chris Wahl is a long standing member of Nikongear/Fotozones and last year we were privileged to have him join us on our Ultimate Big 5 Safari at Sabi Sabi. Here's the first in a four part series of slide shows Chris has put together. It's a wonderful record of the sightings [...]

By |29th June 2015|Photography, Trip Reports, Videos|Comments Off on Slides From The Ultimate Big 5 Safari Pt. 1
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The Ultimate Big 5 Safari 2014

On the three previous occasions that we have spent a week on photo safari at Little Bush Camp we have seen some pretty awesome stuff, but on this fourth occasion animal sightings got so crazy that on the last drive I dubbed it the “Magnum Opus Safari”. It was that [...]

By |21st October 2014|Trip Reports|Comments Off on The Ultimate Big 5 Safari 2014
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ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0

A few weeks after our Ultimate Big 5 Safari in August, I found myself packing to fly to Cape Town where we had a 32 day adventure lined up, namely the Namaqualand to Namibia Safari. This time there was a lot more to pack, so I decided to put the ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0 to the task, seeing as I already knew it would fit on a smaller plane (one of our guests used it without drama on the flight from Kruger Airport to Jo’burg) and the plane to CT would certainly be a lot larger than that other one. I had planned to do a lot of landscape work on this trip so while I was going to bring along my Nikons and the Sigma 120-300/2.8, I also needed to find space for my entire mirrorless kit. Configuring the roller with the low divider set was challenging for the m43 stuff, mainly because the lenses are so much smaller and the dividers are designed for much bigger partitions. But I managed and here’s a shot from my iPhone of everything that fit inside the Security V2.0 roller. […]

By |15th October 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0

ThinkTank Airport International V2.0 on safari

As a photographer who organises wildlife safaris fairly often, the biggest elephant in the room I usually have to deal with is transporting my camera gear on airplanes between cities in South Africa. The issue is that if you are flying on a domestic airline within South Africa the rule for carry on luggage is that it can’t exceed a certain dimension or weight. This happens to be either 7 or 8kgs, depending on which flavour airline you’re on. Not a hell of a lot, is it? Put a couple of pro cameras with big lenses and a laptop into the mix and you’ll be over the limit very quickly. The domestic airlines here also restrict you to one piece of checked luggage that cannot exceed 20kgs. On my last safari to Namibia I think my camera bag was pretty close to 20kgs on its own. I’ll elaborate a bit more on what was in it later in this article. The volume side of the carry-on restrictions is not usually a problem, provided the bag you’re using fits into the little aluminium scaffolding apparatus they use to determine maximum proportions at the check-in counter. Smaller planes don’t always have overhead stowage so your bag has to fit under the seat in front of you which is not always a possibility, especially if it’s a really small plane and also if you find yourself sitting next to an emergency exit. […]

By |15th October 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on ThinkTank Airport International V2.0 on safari
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A Mexican standoff at Sabi Sabi

Early on one of our morning drives at the recent Ultimate Big 5 Safari at Sabi Sabi our ranger Ross and tracker Solly got lucky. There was a female leopard strolling down the road we were driving along. She was moving with intent, every so often ducking into the bushes. [...]

By |15th August 2013|Ranger Stories, Trip Reports|Comments Off on A Mexican standoff at Sabi Sabi
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