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  1. @Kitsafari yes I certainly do remember Emily and we are friends on Facebook too. That was so sweet of her to gather flowers for us at our husband's behest! You've done very well with your photos, I'm impressed with the birds! And those hyenas are so cute!
  2. That was me who had the late night encounter with the snake on the way to the loo at Serian!!
  3. So many great shots! The leopard that wasn't a cheetah, the adorable whistling rat looking right at the camera with its mouth open, the white-faced Scops owl, the meerkats, the lions! And so many snakes!
  4. Just getting a chance to catch up on your report @Kitsafari - brings back lots of memories of our time there together! You saw so much just on page one! I think it was an impala that we saw Malaika letting her cubs try to kill. It made me laugh when you said James was accompanied by Peter, who for some reason you called Daniel! Was that every time you said his name, you said Daniel? Great CIF shots - that's Cubs in Flight as opposed to BIF!
  5. Just read your entire report in one evening @janzin - most enjoyable. Absolutely gorgeous photos as I have come to expect from you, and interesting to hear about your experiences, the good and not as good.
  6. @michael-ibk and @AndMic I had started this report and then got distracted by life but I've come back to finish it! Just got done reading the WILD wild dog-buffalo-hyena afternoon report - and wow, what a day - fantastic!
  7. @vikramghanekar beautiful photos - and great descriptions - congratulations!
  8. @africaaddict these are gorgeous! I hope you will do a trip report - between these and your caracal photos (and FOUR caracal sightings - what??!!) I think a lot of us will be really excited to see it! And oh my, that plane crash, thank goodness you weren't on it - we had a thread about it as I recall and were wondering which ST members were in Tanz at that time.
  9. @africaaddict Wow wow wow! Those are gorgeous! I think the caracal is the African animal I'd most like to see that I haven't yet seen - might have to make a trip to Namiri Plains, didn't know if was known for seeing them! when were you there?
  10. @BotswanaDreams hope you're having a marvelous time in India! And you even have internet access?!
  11. @kittykat23uk the Meerkat photos are amazing! Glad to hear you are getting to the part where you were able to finally switch guides too.
  12. Like everyone else, have to say the baby porcupine is just the best!
  13. Yes it sure has been hard but I am very excited to join @kittykat23uk and @Botswanadreams and her husband on this as well! I won't be doing the maned wolf extension but really looking forward to the two parts of the Pantanal as I've wanted to go for quite some time!
  14. My frustration just reading about Mel and all the missteps is growing with every post, can only imagine how it felt to be living it! Continuing to enjoy the lovely photos. Those bonteboks are really interesting looking.
  15. @kittykat23uk Sorry to hear about your Grandfather, I did not know that. How frustrating this all sounds about Mel - I would have been alarmed at that vehicle as well. You sound like you took it all in stride at the beginning, I might have started freaking out a bit sooner. Definitely would have been upset when he didn’t get out to go with you to see the flowers! Something like what happened to us at Nice when we hired a guide to take us to several spots near Nice and he didn't get out of the car with us at any, just told us where to look around while he parked the car! Love the “mossy thing” but agree with @Treepol favorite is zebras with yellow and pink flowers That was very funny about him “treating” you to a meal when you’d already paid for meals! The seals were very cute. I am not sure if I'm seeing this correctly but in post 15 - is one collared? seem to see something blue thing around a neck. Lovely sunset pics at Table Mountain. Look forward to more and hearing how it all turns out!
  16. I think it's wonderful news. As others have said, will bring much more attention to the parks African Parks has been working so hard on, and to Africa and conservation in general. Great timing since at least here in the U.S. everyone seems to be in a frenzy over his engagement to Meagan Markle so people are paying more attention to him here than they were before. It does seem he is really committed to conservation and Africa so this is a very positive step. @inyathi thanks for posting that video about African Parks. I have seen others but I don't think I've seen that one specifically. It made me even more excited to go to Zakouma.
  17. Merry Christmas and Happy whatever other holidays you celebrate from me and my dog Dusty! Happy travels to all in the new year
  18. only on page 4 of this report and just finished @michael-ibk's portion. The roan were beautiful, and the sables - just gorgeous! I haven't seen sable in so long, would love to see them again. Funny how it is always when you least expect it! Also funny about the hippo and the lions as @Sangeeta and I also had a dead hippo being eaten by lions when we went to Musekese.
  19. Have you read @Atravelynn's reports on her trips to Peru? If not, those would be a good place to start.
  20. I'm with you @michael-ibk - wild dogs make me very happy, the more time with them the better! I think you captured some of the reasons I find them so appealing: the way they resemble the cuteness of our pet dogs but yet are such amazing hunters working as a team. And the way they are so social. I really like what I've heard about how they take care of their old or sick members sometimes, bringing them food like they do to the young pups. And of course yes, the pups are adorable. But then most young creatures are! The Nyala are lovely, the light seemed really nice on them and their colors.
  21. Good points @Whyone? - I think opening the tent flaps might still leave a fine mesh screening between inside and outside tent? Spray is a good idea too. @anocn4Thanks for the nice words. I've only been to Zim once and Zam once so maybe you're thinking of StokeyGirl - she has been to Zam a lot as I recall, not sure about Zim. She hasn't been around here on SafariTalk lately that I've seen but used to post here more. Sorry @michael-ibk please go on!
  22. Fabulous photos of a wonderful day @michael-ibk! From the early morning lions with their adorable cubs (that position IS funny!) to the imposing ABSO - and that angle is quite something - to the beautiful birds and interesting bird battle, to the mud-bathing eles, what a fun-filled day. @anocn4 when I was in Mana Pools it was "only" about 40 but two things helped me with the heat, and I am one who suffers a lot from the heat. One was I have my own little battery-powered fan that I take on all trips to hot places. The nice thing is you can bend it at a right angle and set it on a nightstand or even on the bed next to you to have it right up close to your face and I have slept all night with it on for several nights and not had the batteries die. This is the fan Just be careful if you have long hair as if you get it too close to your hair, it can pull a hair or two into the blades and the hair gets wrapped around it and then it may not work any more. But other than that it's quite reliable. The second thing I find very helpful is a Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad. You get this thing wet and squeeze it out then put it on your face, neck, etc. and it really cools your skin as the water evaporates. I have taken it on game drives and walks or just used it lying in bed at siesta time and it really is amazing how much it helps - more than just a wet bandana. It's made of some synthetic material. I love it. You can get a khaki-colored one if you like to stick with safari colors. Ok sorry for interrupting the report, Michael, please continue!
  23. ooh yay, been waiting for your reports too - and like @TonyQ didn't expect the fun of two at once! will have to go back and forth but I certainly don't mind! What a great beginning at Mana with the leopard AND the dogs - wow! But those temperatures you describe! It was around 40 when I was there and that was quite hot enough for me! Looking forward to more.
  24. @AKR1 Yes, I was glad to see Trump's tweet (didn't think I'd ever say I was glad to see any of his tweets, actually) saying: Hopefully he does not decide to go back on this again!
  25. I think it would be great if we had some kind of calendar that would show which of us is traveling where and when as it is so hard to keep track of from the threads. But of course this is tragic whether or not we "know" the people involved. I found an article with a little more information at least on nationalities: Read more:

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