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  1. Really? I have no first hand knowledge, but this surprises me. I wouldn't have thought jets would work well in this environment?
  2. I would advise some caution on the use of eucalyptus oil - whist I daresay it is effective in cleaning dust from electrical contacts, it can have a degrading effect on plastics.
  3. I don't have the luxury of any mains / generator power during my 8 day forays into the bush, so I have one of these to charge the camera batteries from. https://www.amazon.co.uk/DBPOWER-18000mAh-Portable-Emergency-Flashlight-DJS50-Black-Yellow/dp/B01BF08HGC/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1505479806&sr=8-15&keywords=powerbank+jump+start The occasion hasn't arisen yet,, but will also jump start the vehicle in the event of a flat battery. I get a bit of power back into the power-bank during the day with a small solar panel.
  4. Wonderful and evocative stories from another time. Thank you Sheilah & @Caracal.
  5. On our trips to Mana we have no access to mains electricity for ~8 days so USB charging is essential. I use Canon cameras (5Diii and 6Dii) and bought an appropriate USB charger from 7dayshop and it work fine, albeit slowly. I'm sure a search of Amazon would reveal similar chargers.
  6. Interesting study reported by the BBC today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41161664
  7. I have friends who have seen total eclipse in the African bush and as well as the obvious spectacle, what fascinated them was the animal behaviour - birds and mammals all acting like it was sundown even though this event happened before 11am.
  8. Another Bornean kingfisher...this time the Stork-billed version... 2R4C1098 by Whyone, on Flickr
  9. Does the Blue-eared Kingfisher merit a place amongst these beauties? (Kinabatangan River, Sabah.) 2R4C1317 by Whyone, on Flickr 2R4C1084 by Whyone, on Flickr
  10. Well, you (or at least I) learn something new everyday - my keeping cool technique works with a pith helmet.... The pith, or cork, of certain trees lent itself as the basis of a headgear that was strong and protective and at the same time lightweight and comfortable. Furthermore, the absorbing property of this natural material provided the bonus feature of allowing the wearer to immerse the pith helmet in water keeping him or her cool during evaporation. When dry, the pith helmet does not lose its stiffness or shape. Today, for all the same reasons, the pith helmet is a great choice for outdoors use.
  11. As this thread has been resurrected.... I once tried on a pith helmet in a shop on Harare. My wife prohibited me from buying it on the basis I might actually wear it in public....she knows me so well!!! The are still quite easy to come by and I have a hankering for one so maybe one day. However, when in the bush my much needed headwear is driven by practicality rather than appearance. O wear a beige cricket 'beanie' - i find anything with a stiff brim, including baseball caps, gets in the way of using a camera. Also the beanie recovers well to being dunked in any available water and used to cool me down on long walks.
  12. A second hand 'scary story'. A few years ago, whilst camping at Mana we visited the (unoccupied) exclusive camp at Mucheni 3 one afternoon with the intention of having a drink and watching the world go by. As we approached, it was apparent that there was someone in camp...a bedraggled looking fellow with a small pile of sodden bags. He turned out to have been guiding a 4 canoe group down the river which had been attacked by a disgruntled hippo. The hippo had bitten down on the boat, its jaws closing across the legs of a female guest. Extremely fortunately, this did no great harm to the lady, though inevitably, the occupants and contents of this boat ended up in the Zambezi. In the melee which ensued, the other 3 canoes capsized, leaving every one and everything variously splashing, shouting and floating in the river. The guide was quite convincing when he explained to us that this was not really ideal and had messed his day up somewhat. The good news is, no-one was any the worse (physically at least!) for the experience.
  13. @janzin I think the main danger of walking is that it will make you very reluctant to go back to viewing the wonders of the African bush from the confines of a vehicle.
  14. I would repectfully suggested that very much depends on the animal. Angry aardvard, hyrax with he hump or pissed-off porcupine, my money is on Usain.
  15. I have spent little time with professional guides, so am not in a position to comment on this with any authority. However my understanding is that whilst you are correct in that you are unlikely to be able to outrun the animal, there are instances where running is the best option. For example if you find yourself between hippo and water and the hippo charges - move as far as possible away from its direct line to water. With ele's, and based on the animals demeanour - head up, ears out and flapping, lots of noise - likely to be a mock charge, stand your ground; head down, ears folded flat - run! I also believe there are occasions when running is the preferred option with buffalo (and I admit to having taken this approach a couple of times and have lived to type the tale!) There is also the old adage you don't need to be able to outrun the animal, just at least one of your companions.......

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