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  1. I don't have any really scary stories. Might be that I'm just too stupid to be scared... The closest was probably in Chobe. I wasn't very experienced with big wildlife back then. We were in a safari vehicle with a trailer on a narrow track, driving through a big herd of elephants. At one point there was an ele blocking the track, and then the herd started getting agitated - we apparently had come between mother and calf. A lot of noise and flapping of ears happening. I was quite "impressed" and didn't really think to take any pictures... Well, we couldn't really back up quickly on that track with the trailer, so the driver resorted to revving the engine and making some kangaroo jumps to make the elephant in front of us move out of the way. Which worked, after what seemed like quite a long time - more realistically it was over in a few seconds Oh, I guess I should have been scared when we had an angry lioness in camp, too, but again it was over quite quickly. We were camping under the stars, the guide, assistant, and the two of us. Taking turn keeping the camp fire going through the night (is there anything as soothing as sitting alone at night listening to lions roaring?) "protected" by a ring of branches, this was a new camp site that hadn't been used before. I suppose the lions hadn't gotten used to having people there yet. Nothing exciting happened through the night, we got up before sunrise to have breakfast and get ready for another hot day of walking. The guide and the two of us left camp and got perhaps 50m when the camp hand whistled for us to return and could tell us there had been a lioness by the camp - just where we had done our "morning business". We followed her tracks down to the riverbed, but couldn't see her anywhere and went back to the camp. Where she was. She growled and ran off through the tall grass, while we got into the "protection" of our little fence and the guide tried to get between us and the lioness. The camp hand later told us that the cat had suddenly appeared a couple of meters away from him, and he said it was a good thing he was already having a wee "or else I would have wet my pants". I noticed that our guide changed his routine of sleeping with his rifle leaned up against a tree after that. The following two nights he had it next to him on the ground. So yes, I probably should have been more scared than I was. Other than that, I have always felt perfectly safe on all our safaris, always feeling that our guides have been in complete control, even at those times when something big has come closer than intended.
  2. Welcome back! (From one who's been absent for longer than you, and have no good excuse for it...)
  3. I don't mean to say that there aren't any good guides not working for the up-market companies, just that on average they tend to be better in my experience. That said, I have had very good guides on some basic tours, and some not so good in expensive camps.
  4. Sounds familiar. The "problem", as I see it, is that the best guides in the most interesting parts of the parks (i.e. the less visited parts) generally work for the "luxury" companies. My preferred option is to rough it a bit - walking if possible, mobile camps with dome tents (or no tents), cooking over the camp fire. Not that I don't appreciate a shower before a three course dinner and going to sleep in comfy beds, but it's not really what I came for. Experiencing "unspoilt" nature is what I came for. While the term "luxury" might not be off-putting, I find "rough and real" much more attractive. Oh, and I see no problems in organising a sundowner no matter how "rough" the safari is
  5. @@ZaminOz No, I haven't seen them in person, but from the results the guys over at get the 150-450 looks to be very good. And very heavy... It weighs in at more than four times my humble 55-300 - not something I see myself carrying on a walking safari in the heat of the southern summer! I would love the extra reach, though.
  6. One from Etosha a couple of years back.
  7. @@fmoraal That one could also have been posted in B for Buccaneer's and C for Cintsa But back to W - has nobody posted any wildebeest yet??
  8. One from a few years back in Etosha.
  9. Some different baobabs, these are from Lac Tsimanampetsotsa. Sorry, I don't know what species they are, but I do know that 7 of the 8 species in the world are found in Madagascar - and 6 of them only in Madagascar. This one was sadly vandalised.
  10. Heading off into to less charted waters with some praying mantises. This one is tiny!
  11. I know next to nothing about creepy-crawlies, but this should at lest be a giraffe-necked weevil... ...elephant weevil... ...and a, I think, black and white marbled weevil. Edit: Found another giraffe-necked, a female this time:
  12. Yep, really enjoying the leopards and buffaloes. Well, and the rest! Makes me itch to go back Oh, and I'm more than a bit jealous of you seeing wilddogs. I still haven't seen them, after visiting SLNP, Mana Pools, Chobe, ... I guess that means I just have to keep coming back!
  13. Besides, it's evil to tempt people that way! Just as well it wasn't the DA*60-250 and the new 1.4x TC
  14. Pygmy mouse lemur (I believe...)
  15. Ring-tailed lemurs

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