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  1. I can't compare Feb vs Feb as I was in MNC in Sep. I sent you a detailed PM with some of my thoughts. Overall my impression was: - MNC is not that reliable for leopard sightings. At least when I was there, they did not have an individual or two that is seen all the time (like Fig and Tito in OMC), but they would still go to Pretty Girl if you want a leopard. And they now have Olare (older Figlet :)) - Both conservancies are hit or miss for cheetahs (too many lions and hyenas) - I found that there are much more lions in OMC (they seem to be everywhere ) - the access to the reserve is easier from OMC - I found MNC more crowded but not significantly. I like OMC more, but I might be biased :). And let's say when I was in OMC in Feb there was an issue related to grazing: they did not allow cow herds in soon enough so the grass was VERY tall, wildebeests and zebras left to shorter grass areas, lions were having very hard times, but it was still a very good safari
  2. What a beautiful trip report and amazing photos! I feel your pain about car-mates and late starts. I had this for one day on my first safari and since then there is no safari for me without private vehicle (I want to do what I want to do and when I want it ).
  3. It seems to be only 1.2 pounds (535 grams) and they say it is drop resistant, splash resistant, dust resistant
  4. Today saw this device. It is 2TB and you don't need laptop to copy files (I hope it understands XQD through a card reader)
  5. Thanks a lot for the feed back. I am thinking to buy D500 so I need something that supports XQD. I am still trying to understand if Wireless Pro supports XQD (at least through a card reader), there are some mixed opinions on this.
  6. I am trying to solve the problem of backing photos up without bringing my full size laptop (and without investing more than $500). So far I was thinking about two options: 1) Gnarbox (it does not require to have a laptop at all) 2) To buy a tiny laptop (11-12 inches, so that it is not more than 2 pounds) and memory stick What do you think?
  7. They settled after a few minutes:But with some short debates:The rain was getting stronger and I tried to take some last photos:And then it was time to drive to the airstrip. And OMG what drive it was. The sky got opened and the rain was HEAVY, I never had seen anything like this before. Roads converted into rivers. Plains were flooded. The vehicle was floating rather than going :). I was 100% sure that the flight would be canceled even if we were extremely lucky to somehow get to Olkiombo. The river cross turned into rafting as water was running down the cross like a mountain stream: on our way down we just floated with the stream but on our way up we were fighting the stream and I still don't know how the car made it. But it all lasted like an hour, as soon as the sky cleaned little bit the plane arrived. Good bye, Mara! I am missing you already!
  8. Lol, maybe 5 minutes or so we were thinking that we would make it:And then one of them jumped up and ran, disappearing near the horizon. We threw everything on the floor and followed. Guess what: it was another successful hunt in less then half an hour. I guess I will never be able to say again that I always have quiet last drives:Second sister was arriving to the scene:No, I don't want to share!I said: it is MINE!!!!
  9. Fortunately, girls were pretty hungry so they did not play that long:We decided that it is time for us to have lunch too. But cheetahs had no intention to make it easy. Obviously we did no leave them and were having lunch in the car, but even them we had to eat fast as cheetahs looked unsettled. They were still scanning herds around:
  10. NatGeo guys were hypnotizing bushes with cheetahs. I was making myself busy by getting stressed about lions being so close to cheetahs. After I witnessed a wild dog been killed by lions I always get nervous when lions are close to other my favorite carnivores. But this time everything was smooth. Lions moved to open space and as soon as cheetahs woke up they saw lions: They did not seem to care at all except they were stopping and turning back from time to time to check that lions did not follow: And then my last day rule was broken completely. One of girls started to chase herds again and again and again. She was galloping around making Thompson gazelles to run. I could not understand the logic as she was fully exposed and she was never a surprise to them. But she ran close to a kilometer without giving up. Meshack explained that she was trying to make babies (if any) run. Naturally babies stay quiet on the ground, but when the whole herd moves back and forth they can lose patience, stand up and run. And they will be hunted. This was exactly what happened next. One of babies started to run and was caught by another sister. And cats being cats they played with poor thing:
  11. I booked directly through Gamewatchers (to be precise Julie Roggow was my agent). I don't remember official special offers at the time, but Julie game me a very good rate for both camp stay and PV. *** We spent some time with wildebeests as there were two different groups of lions right near the herd. But lions were lions and they were just sleeping so we went for better luck search. The day seemed to be traditionally quiet and by late morning we did NOT find three different leopards: Tito, Fig and Pretty Girl. It was no surprise to me, but Meshack was still very keen to break the last day rule. We saw a lot of herbivores:And then we went to Amani's daughters. They also seemed to be very settled (and we never had any luck with them anyway), but we decided to stay there as on the last day it is just nice to see cheetahs before the departure. And a few hundred meters away from cheetahs there were two ladies from Marsh pride:
  12. We did not spend too much time with them as we still were trying to find Tito. But that mission was unsuccessful so we went back to Olare to maybe to try to find Fig. Huge herd of wildebeests was moving in the same direction (it looked almost as if migration did not leave). Lilac roller on our way:One of Monico pride males was watching a lioness that was hunting wildebeests coming down from Motorogi: It seemed to be a pretty good set up for a hunt as wildebeests were moving towards the gullet with a lioness but she was not patient and exposed herself to the herd too soon. Whole herd turned around and ran. What a magnificent scene it was!
  13. Boys were calling the pride but the pride was silent. Lol maybe they caught something and did not want to share. Males decided to try their luck and to hunt for themselves... One of them noticed a warthog family and hid (well, at least he attempted):He was pretty lucky as warthogs did not see him for quite a long time (Meshack's comment was that had it been a lioness she would have gotten it) :But the male was impatient and lazy.... VERY LAZY:He was running after the warthog with the speed that would not be sufficient to catch even four leg lame animal. I think even I would be able to run away with speed better than this.... well, probably...He ran quite a lot... maybe 30 meters or even 40 meters And this unreal extraordinary effort exhausted him so he fell on the ground and rested. We could not stop laughing :
  14. I hope you will see a lot. Mara is a magic place!
  15. @optig, @Kitsafari, @Atravelynn, @modleski Thank you VERY much!!! And here was the last day! Traditionally my last day is always on a quieter side... on a very very quieter side... kind like "no cats" side. I got used to this rule and was prepared to enjoy antelopes. Meshack disagreed and decided that we should try to find Tito. She is a female leopard that lives in Motorogi. I obviously supported the intention. To my huge surprise we immediately bumped into new Iseketa pride males (they are so new, that they were not even given names). Very handsome boys: "Bro, I love you!""Dude, we are watched! Smarten up!""Got it!"

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