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  1. As with others here, when camping lion, elephant, hippo and hyena have been frequent and close camp visitors after dark, though rarely showing any interest in our netting domed tents. However, recounted here before so apologies to those who have read this before. 2011 in self-driving in mana and staying at Mana, at Mucheni 3. When we arrived late afternoon to set up camp 3 large, old male buffalo were under one of the large trees where we usually pitch tents. They moved off as we parked and we didn't think much more of this. However, after dark, the buffalo returned and settled down next to the tents. With a little clapping and shoooing and shouting, they reluctantly moved off again and we were able to retire for the night. However, after about 10 minutes it was clear that the buff's were returning. This became particularly apparent when they settled down against the tents - causing the tent walls to bulge inwards and encroaching into the sleeping area. Our first night was a little unsettled, but this routine was repeated nightly for the rest of the week and we got quite used to the noises of the buffalo's digestive systems, and awakening each morning to one of these huge creatures staring at us, face only a foot or two away. Things got especially interesting on the fourth night. We had all gone to bed, and had been joined shortly after 'lights-out' by 'our' buffalo as usual. At about 2am I woke to the unmistakable sound of lions calling. They were clearly walking in our direction. The buffalo started to get agitated, shifting and snorting, causing the tent to bulge ever inwards. It is always difficult to judge how close lions are in the stillness of an African night - but they sounded very close - eventually blood curdlingly close! Their proximity was confirmed when I was able to hear their footfall. I was variously thinking 'what the hell am I doing here?'; 'this tent is really not going to provide a whole lot of protection if the lions attack' and 'how on earth can I get out of here quickly'. Whilst I was too scared to so much as move, I did open my pocket knife in the hope I would be able to cut my way out of the tent if the worst happened. Thankfully it didn't, and the lions just kept moving through, but this is almost certainly as scared as I have ever been in the bush and I didn't get too much more sleep that night. I think it was the darkness and not being able to see precisely what was gong on which I found especially unsettling....that along with what seemed like a very real possibility of becoming an integral part of a lion / buffalo squabble! In 2015, camping at Mucheni 2, completely unbeknown to me until I returned home to Sussex and was reviewing trail cam footage, a female leopard cam and sat on the boot-mat outside of my tent - so about 3' from sleeping and oblivious me. Shame, that would have been well worth waking for.
  2. I'm quite sure the Disney Corporation with have nothing to do with this agreement or development whatsoever.
  3. Not influential for me personally, but then I'm set in my ways! I do direct people to this site (esp. from Tripadvisor) and know a number of them have gone on to book trips to Africa as a consequence of the information here, so ST can most certainly help and influence.
  4. ZamSoc, as ever, doing a sterling job lobbying the authorities: http://mailchi.mp/dfa3501cdbe8/zambezi-society-response-to-the-proposed-tourism-development-at-nkupe-camp-mana-pools?e=aca42bae12
  5. I have strong views about this, but in the interest of fairness, I'll just post the link to the Zambezi Society article and survey on this proposal. I trust this is OK @Game Warden ? (they do say 'distribute widely,!) http://mailchi.mp/86bc3eca2a12/zambezi-society-public-consultation-tourism-development-of-nkupe-camp-mana-pools?e=aca42bae12
  6. We recently lost a hold case (well, BA lost it for us!) Whilst there were no expensive electric devices (incl cameras) in the case, I was faced with 3 sources of redress - BA (whose liability, in common with other airlines is limited to £1000), our travel insurance, which carried a significant excess, and out home contents insurance. It was the all-risks complement of our contents insurance which came closest to covering our loss. I'm reasonably sure this would also cover cameras and lenses (which are itemised on the policy). However, cover is only a part of the equation for me, I would be very uncomfortable indeed heading off on Safari knowing my camera equipment may go awol. The thing that puzzles me with this latest requirement is why it is apparently considered ok for airlines to travel with potential bombs in the aircraft hold?
  7. I'm not sure how this thread turned to rants against folk taking selfies?! Anyway, back on topic, my biggest problem (like others here it would seem) is dialing in exposure compensation and then promptly forgetting about it!!! I use the dual card slots in my bodies to record jpg and raw versions of all photos - partly as some insurance against a corrupt card, but also to give me raw versions of photos which, as noted above, on occasion allow poorly exposed photos due to my incompetence to be salvaged. A couple of people have mentioned near and actual reformatting of cards containing images not yet downloaded to a computer. If you do this don't panic - the images are still there (just flagged as deleted) and there are numerous software solutions which will recover them - just do a Google search!
  8. I would also encourage anyone walking in the bush to collect any rubbish they find and dispose of it in an appropriate manner. It is depressingly common to find bottles, tins and plastic whilst out and about at Mana.
  9. Hi @@Kitsafari - apologies, I missed your TR, but rest assured I am will be catching up on this later today, thanks for the link. Yes, I attended the F1 races in Singapore (and saw Queen and Imagine Dragons!) and Malaysia, shame we missed the opportunity to share a drink (jolly expensive though it is in Singapore!) and an ST chat. I agree with what you say about Hamilton. Brilliant driver though he is, I cannot bring myself to support him due to his lack of sportsmanship.
  10. Thanks Andy. I agree, lovely looking birds. Out on the Kinabatangan river at night a number of birds appear to go into a trance-like state (possibly sleeping?) after dark, and can be approached v. closely indeed without them flinching - I could easily have reached out and touched this (tiny!) Blue-eared kingfisher: 2R4C1317 by Whyone, on Flickr
  11. Safer territory here than flaming F1 cars - Stork-billed kingfisher, Kinabatangan river (Sabah, Borneo). 2R4C1098 by Whyone, on Flickr
  12. Given the nature (no pun intended!) of this website, this image probably(!) pushes @@Game Warden's specification for this thread to breaking point! Howevere, for me this certainly fits as one of my "...most memorable images: favourite photographs, taken anywhere in Africa, India or elsewhere on your travels: wildlife, landscapes, people, architecture..." Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes W06 F1 car giving up the ghost at last weekends Malaysian GP at the Sepang circuit. Smoke and flames2 by Whyone, on Flickr
  13. Lesser Short-nosed fruit bats roosting. Langkawi, Malaysia. 2R4C0798 by Whyone, on Flickr
  14. Dusky Leaf monkeys, Langkawi, Malaysia. 2R4C0755 by Whyone, on Flickr
  15. An animal I don't recall seeing on ST before - Bearded Pig, Gaya Island, Sabah. 2R4C1830 by Whyone, on Flickr

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