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Review: The Perfect Travel Camera Case

ThinkTank have released what I think is probably the perfect roller for the photographer who needs to travel by air with a decent amount of kit on any kind of photography excursion. As many of my readers over the years will already know, one of the biggest problems I have [...]

By |21st October 2016|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on Review: The Perfect Travel Camera Case
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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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My camera gear for Wild Waterways Of Botswana

This year our feature photo safari takes us to the Chobe region in the north east part of Botswana. Here is my thinking on what gear to take. Botswana is an amazing country. It’s blessed with unimaginable beauty in the form of Africa’s most exciting rivers for wildlife and adventure, [...]

By |28th March 2014|Equipment, Safari Planning|Comments Off on My camera gear for Wild Waterways Of Botswana
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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

Trip report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – part 2

I get asked a lot by people wanting to come on safari about the difference between the Kruger National Park (KNP) and Sabi Sands. For the uninformed, Sabi Sands is a private reserve that adjoins the greater KNP. It is named after the two rivers that run through and along one of its borders, namely the Sand River and the Sabie River. The reserve is populated by dozens of privately owned lodges and camps, each of which has their own boundaries. Some of the camps have traversing rights on each other’s properties, but for the most part you’re unlikely to encounter much traffic from neighbouring private reserves when you’re there. There are no fences between KNP and Sabi Sands, so animals are free to roam between the two parks, generally oblivious to the fact that we humans regard these as two different places. The total size of the Sabi Sands reserve is approximately 65,000 hectares, which put into perspective is just shy of 3% of the total size of the Kruger National Park, or if you prefer to put it into human habitat perspective, a shade over half the size of New York City’s 5 boroughs combined. The Kruger Park itself is about the size of Hawaii, or close to the size of Switzerland if, like me, you have no idea of how big Hawaii actually is. One of the interesting statistics about the Sabi Sands is that it has the highest density of leopards to be found anywhere else in Africa, and ergo the world, for that matter. They practically fall out of trees here. On our first safari there in 2010 we saw leopards more often than we saw lions. It was somewhat different this last time around, mainly because the Southern Pride of lions has established the area of Sabi Sabi as its main hunting territory. That pride is now over 20 strong and if you follow Richard DeGouveia’s (RangerRich) and Ben Coley’s blog you’ll be able to read a lot more about how this pride is changing over the years. There are constantly territorial battles being fought between themselves and other male lions that want to move into the area. Fascinating stuff, to which we were witness during our week long stay there at the beginning of October. […]

By |5th February 2013|Safari Planning, Trip Reports|Comments Off on Trip report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – part 2
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