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    Lions, leopards, cheetah, all cats, wild dogs, elephants, baby animals of all kinds, pangolin, pretty much everything in Africa. I've been to Africa once and haven't stopped planning how to get back there since.

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  1. @Atravelynn ha ha - sure, that would be great! Not presumptuous at all - just have to make sure it's at a time when I'm not traveling else where!
  2. Yes in Pacific Gove, CA which is near Monterey (about an hour and a half south of where I live) the Monarchs come from about October to February.
  3. Actually we stayed at Bale 4 nights but I was sick one day so that day I really did nothing. So three full days minus one being sick meant really two full days for wildlife-viewing, plus the afternoon we drove through the Sanetti Plateau on the way to the lodge and then the morning we left, we did devote a bit of time looking for wildlife. But we didn't do that kind of searching for the monkeys that you did, so that is good advice for those going to Bale: devote that time if they want to see them. And it makes me feel better to understand that none of your closer sightings were on foot. We really didn't see other vehicles out there that I recall, not ones looking for wolves, just the buses zooming through with locals going from town to town.
  4. No, no problems at all; we brought some for packing our things and no one minds - we specifically asked our guide about this in fact and he said it's no problem to bring them for your use while there but just please take them out of the country when you go.
  5. Beautifully said, @Sangeeta thinking about that trip brings back such emotions. It was so difficult to plan and carry off and we had some problems along the way for sure. We never got to see Busangadude but I'm so happy we got to spend time with Lady Liuwa. So sad to hear she is gone but she lived a really long life. What an amazing lioness. RIP, Lady Liuwa. Here is our report from that crazy trip: The part after we actually got to Liuwa starts at page 4 at post 94 though the trip to GET to Liuwa starts earlier. Here are probably the two best photos I got of Lady Liuwa from that trip:
  6. WOW @pault- finally getting a chance to comment - been loving this action-packed report. The dogs in the Mara? Amazing - but I think you should have stuck with them! The shocker about Bibi - interesting! That was quite a graphic one too. VERY jealous of the Fig and cubs sightings! I could see the cubs in each photo and they are adorable. I didn't even get to see Fig herself when I was there - I must go back. Enjoying it all and glad there is still more to come.
  7. Just fabulous photos, guys! I am a bit jealous that you were permitted to walk and approach the wolves. We were told that it was no longer allowed due to the pressure on the wolf population (this was by our guide who worked for Bale Mountain Lodge). He did let us get out and walk very short distances from the road but not very far. Of course, having a great camera and being a good photog would help too! Love the videos as well!
  8. Yes, I did encounter a snake near the bathroom on that trip @amybatt and @Gilgamesh - see post 132 in our joint report here: However, it was not IN my tent or in the bathroom and the whole thing was an exciting but not really scary experience for me. I remember I was nervous about staying there before we did due to the outdoor bathroom situation but I don't think it was snakes I was worried about! However, it was perfectly fine and if you just shine a flashlight around before you walk out, you should be ok. In terms of things getting in your tent, I've had bugs in the tent - one time at Musekese there were a ton of them on my bed after dinner - it was the one night that something had hatched and there were a lot of them in camp - but I just called the guides and they got rid of them for me. I have heard you should check your shoes before putting them on in case a critter is in them but I always forget! I've always been a big scaredy cat but over the years I've grown to love Africa so much that the minor things like this have become no big deal at all and the great stuff of being on safari to me far, far outweighs any concerns like this.
  9. @buddy4344 Love the report so far, just found it. The photos in the video combined with the music are so evocative, makes me want to jump on a plane to get there right now! Of course the other photos posted are great too. Hope there will be more soon!
  10. Hi - I don't have any insight, haven't been to that area. I know @madaboutcheetah went to Ikuka and loved it and he has a report on here from it.
  11. Great photos of the Bale monkeys and the wolves @Atravelynn We were not lucky enough to see any Bale monkeys. I wonder if the wolves were generally closer to your vehicles than they were to ours or if your zoom is just better than mine (which I know it is, actually!) Do you know about how far they were? Someone (I think @pault) asked me about how far the wolves were in my report and I have no clue about distances but I asked Mr. Safarichick and he made some estimates which I now can't recall but which are in my trip report!
  12. @vikramghanekar Lovely photos - would love to see more! I used to put mine on Flickr and then on here but with the new version of SafariTalk you can do it right from your computer if you like - at the bottom of where you type your post you'll see Drag files here to attach or choose files. I like that option.
  13. aw that is very sad, @Lyss but thank you for letting us know.
  14. Ah good to see the beginning of the Bale section! Some great photos already! You know @Atravelynn I know it's the common wisdom that it's not so great to look for wolves early in the morning, but we asked our guide if that was true and whether we might see them more in their family groups if we got there early enough, before they separated to start hunting and he said it could be. So on our second day, we left at 6:30 a.m. with a packed breakfast, and we did see wolves and also some different behavior than we'd seen the day before. See post 9 in my report here: I think it's good to try both earlier and later on different days. I look forward to reading what you guys did.
  15. @amybatt oh don't get me started on how long we waited also - though not as bad as you since we only got there 3 hours before the flight - but yes, through security so quickly and waited forever at a gate that seriously had only a Lavazza coffee shop that was not open until about 7:30 a.m. and then said its coffee machine was broken and could not make anything but instant decaf for which they charged me almost 5 euros!! I don't think they intended to have you bring the screwdriver with you as they said if you require one for your case, do that before you get to the airport. Of course, this begs the question how will you put it back together after they inspect it?

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