Kitsafari

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  1. I should really stop reading TRs like yours because they make me depressed and miserable that I'm not in the bush now. Your enjoyment at the carmine bee eater cliff nests resonate with me, and so well reflected in Andreas sitting contentedly at the bank. (I'm also sure he'll look dashing in the colourful dressing gown). But love love those pups playing and tumbling all over! so wonderful to get a farewell from them. you did good with those movements in motion photos! wish I could do them but as you know, i'll never be able to learn. thank you for sharing the MP trip with us!
  2. @LarsS enjoying your videos, and appreciated your thoughts on drones. it looks like your stay in busanga plains could have overlapped our stay on the plains although we hardly saw vehicles while we were on the drives. How was the tse tse fly situation for you on the plains? did you go to the treeline to look for sables?
  3. cracking photos of the mongoose on the shrew. and so incredible that Sly could hear the cries! as usual, Geoff, fantastic photos.
  4. cracking photos of those bonteboks. your suite looks very charming.
  5. That burger looks more satisfying than what we were fed in Konkamayo! about the decline in the number of waders - did Doug say why? was the decline across the lagoon? that's a beautiful spot at Mana mouth so I'm glad it's not been made "exclusive". what an incredible afternoon! poor poor hyena but they are such tough animals, i've no doubt it will heal. but such amazing cross-species interactions. it's moments like this that makes the entire trip so memorable.
  6. @anocn4 and I got mine from Canada's Bugshirt - http://www.bugshirt.com/products/original/ Lynn's bugsuit looked cooler but I wasn't sure if that was sufficient protection from the bites as those nasties sure can penetrate mere cotton shirts and they apparently have a fetish for ankles too.
  7. @Caracal Michael bore the brunt of my ferocious swats ! that blunted my killer instincts and thereafter I left in the sound hands of Michael, except for the moment when he relished his revenge swatting that fly on my back.
  8. I agree - i love that sequence of the kite attacking the vulture! great capture by @michael-ibk
  9. and all the other species and landscapes that can only mean....AFRICA.... James on a mound: the curiosity of a wildebeest and two.. with a cute baby when feathers fly a mother zebra and foal when another tried to chase the mum away but eventually they joined the group unassailed. and then one of my personal highlights - the completely unexpected sighting of the sables in Musekese. they were in turn magnificent, stunning, beautiful and regal. and what lovely and enchanting female sables they were - the milky chocolate coats were so unique. My favourite antelope and they came to give us a grand sendoff.
  10. when we landed on the banks of Lufupa River to swap the boat for the vehicle that would take us to Busanga, there were beautiful lotus flowers and amazing butterflies. The plains might have tried to hide the sables and lions from us, but other species were out to astound us, including the rare cheetah that @michael-ibk had described. I suppose nature is like that - it may hide things we so desperately wanted to see, but it rewards us when we least expect it. and when we see it, it is deeply satisfying.
  11. For the whole-day trip, we stopped at a large mound densely populated with palms and trees and strategically placed too - in front of us - a view of a multitude of pukus and lechwes. How to tell the pukus apart from the lechwes as Doug and James said, the lechwes flee but the pukus stay. and the two species stayed true to their nature. we practised capturing shots of lechwes jumping over streamlets that only they could see.
  12. SInce my first trip toTanzania four years ago, I've been hooked on safaris and have gone on at least twice a year every year. Although each trip had its moments of discomfort, the joys and wonders of each safari would always outweigh the negatives. That is, until Busanga Plains. I have to admit. The Plains almost defeated me. The killer combo of tse tse flies and the stifling, sizzling heat of October on the full day we were out, and the disappointment of not seeing the sables or the lions weighed heavily on me that day. At that moment, I was ready to swear off the plains even though I know it was a beloved area of many a safaritalk member. The flies were targeting all of us, but Andreas and I had bad reactions to the bites. Andreas more so than I as his swells were red and bulging; for me the bites triggered a spread of itchy rashes throughout my body. But Andreas was stoic and uncomplaining in contrast to whinging me. While the bugshirt protected me from the flies, it was also hot in the shirt. I was thankful I had the shirt while poor Andreas and Michael had to endure the gathering flies, but I ended the full day trip dehydrated and unwell. So for my third mishap, I had to tell the team I was not up for a full-day trip planned for the following day and would sit out the drive. But the team with an amazing spirit of generosity decided to do a morning drive, return to camp for lunch, rest and then go out for an evening drive. I was very thankful for that. By then, I had dug out rehydration salts (which I had forgotten to take!)j and drank plenty of water. So the lesson is - DRINK and DRINK and Drink. (by the way, Doug's and Lynn's treasure trove of meds and lozenges helped me too as I had left my meds back at Musekese). But I had my revenge on the flies. Thanks to Lynn, who is so prepared and practical for such eventualities, I had the ultimate weapon - the flyswat. I put it to good use, and was so carried away that one time, I was aiming for a fly on the back of the car seat but I completely missed and whacked Michael instead. Fear not ,though, he had his vengeance when it was his turn to swat the flies. The roans were incredibly chilled when we saw the herd. For them, I crept along the gully with the others, edging closer and closer to the curious roans. The golden sunlight bathed them in beautiful hues, and their long ears and shiny coats took on a gorgeous sheen as the breeding group of young and mothers grazed calmly despite our presence. I could have sat there in the ditch for hours watching them, but slowly they drifted off. what a sighting! what an experience to get so close to them. and what perfect timing. Thank you roans for coming out to restore and re-energise my spirit again. now for another overload of roans again!
  13. I'm living in a loop these days. it's groundhog day, everyday.
  14. Love that finfoot skipping on water! that was a super capture @Atravelynn! the giddiness was partly my fault - i was trying to take shots of the skimmers flying above us once too often and compressed my spondylosis in my neck , triggering the giddiness and nausea. i had to quickly lie flat on the floor of the boat, shocking the others! but that helped tremendously and i was much better after that. This was a trip of mishaps for me! thank goodness for patient and understanding companions. Our trip at Musekese wasn't really over - we would be back for one more night after Busanga Plains. @optig bug suits coming up next when @michael-ibk returns. There are minimal tse tse flies in the Musekese areas as they use square pieces of cloths dosed with certain repellants (similar to Tanzania), but watch out for them on the way in and out of Musekese. we drove in in one full flight with windows fully closed and no toilet breaks. The flies had gathered at the windows, looking at us with such hunger and thirst.....
  15. Like Caracal, I didn't know what a platanna was - it sounded like a plant-form thing. great to know what it is now too. Fascinating that the lions are taking down elephants. Are they known for taking down elephants or an opportunistic move? given the dry season and prey would be in poor condition, i would have thought the lions wouldn't want to go to such trouble to take an elephant, even a 10-yr old, down? great pictures, as always @Bush dog.
  16. and those glorious, breathtaking sunsets......I just have to add to Andreas' brilliant collection... .skip this if you are tired of looking at the skies....
  17. That African finfoot is an extraordinary bird - and I was amazed that Michael's sharp eyes would just pick them out from a distance. we thought it was a rare bird but wow did they come out for us! I didn't get great shots but @Atravelynn was quick on the draw and captured some splendid pictures of the finfoot (even the name is super!). I can't wait to see hers. Musekese's lagoon is fed by the Kafue River when the rains come. Sometimes I could hear the hippos along the lagoon in the night, and I recall that Phil or was it Ty that said some hippos were still in the pools in the lagoon as well. I did not expect the river to be so wide and so full of life. the richness of the river feeds the abundant birdlife and provided us some spectacular sunsets as well.
  18. @Alexander33 that perfumed air did make its way into my tent a few times, but fortunately it did not last long as the wind would shift and the "fragrance" would vanish.
  19. @michael-ibk I love that photo of the elephant in the waters curling his trunk against his face! great shot! For Michael, the skimmers were a highlight on the river, but for me it was the crossings that was special. It was quite an experience to first watching the big four males walk across the river, and then swimming in the deep water. there were moments when I felt we were so exposed and so vulnerable, especially when the jumbos were almost close to boat, and loomed over us puny humans. but their calmness and our quietness made the entire atmosphere almost hynoptic. Now that is what I would call an elephant crossing. the first crossing: Second crossing:
  20. @Atravelynn Thank you! @optig thank you Owen - you give me far more credit than I really deserve. and you are absolutely right - @Atravelynn was a delight to travel with. and so was @michael-ibk and Andreas aka @AndMic. we made a good team. In fact, the STers I have had the pleasure and privilege to travel with have been fabulous companions. I'm so thankful that this forum has provided me a platform to find like-minded people who love wildlife and nature, and are considerate and kind, and have become good friends.
  21. that's simply because he wasn't watching me - his eyes were on you all the time! i'm not sure who was more fearful - you or him!
  22. and it makes me wonder why the heck i'm not in mana pools yet. maybe i shouldn't wait for the OH..... lovely doggie and nyala photos!
  23. wow Geoff you were really in the thick of the action! taking the urine or a spit of a leopard is all worth it - I'm sure no one complained after that! cracking photos, as expected. those low pics of the buff heads were just amazing. p/s glad you recovered quickly for the night drive.
  24. Loving the cheetahs and elephants, Hari! but oh that curious face of the aardwolf is the highlight for me.

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