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Everything posted by madaboutcheetah

  1. Thanks, Doug ..... Wish Botswana goes the same route ....... (I can still dream ) Visa although was needed in advance, it really was super simple as it was on-line and took only 24 hours for the approval to come through - they were pretty reliable.
  2. Ditto - I wouldn't have heard of Kwando if not for the show ........
  3. Congrats on the article @vikramghanekar - beautiful images all of them! My absolute fav is the buffalo from the helicopter ...... Awesome!
  4. Yes indeed this isn't the place for it @janzin and that's why I termed it unfair and condescending ......
  5. @Kitsafari - Just catching up with this report ...... The Mara never disappoints for sure! Looks like another fabulous trip!
  6. Just catching up with the report again ....... @janzin some wonderful photographs as always ...... Especially loved the Carmines. You certainly had a great safari where you were also very lucky to find the dogs ...... I just about caught these baffling comments by @ice - I think these are very condescending comments and unfair to both Doug and the readers of Safari talk.
  7. DAR had a nightmare queue - not sure about Arusha ..... others might have more recent experience. Namiri will be brilliant! Go for it!!!!
  8. FYI - Brand new camp in the Awesome Kwara concession ............ Can hardly wait!
  9. Ah - Thanks for that @Swazicar - I suppose a little more detail there!
  10. Hi Tom @Swazicar - It's very much a Kwando camp. They've been working on Splash for quite a while now (but paper work and all pending approvals) in Botswana takes it's own course of time .......... So, finally they are onto it. It's been long over due. The link is just a blurb from the Travel Agent "Expert Africa" who have this info on their website. I suppose they won't have full details until the camp is actually ready (including photos for their website). Whilst they are never going to want to be a Singita or a Mombo ( I think they are very much considered the luxury market, as like many/most of the camps in Botswana). I have no idea what the plans are for the build - but, I suppose they are going to be similar to Lagoon standard (which i consider quite luxurious). Luxury is a relative term though? and what one considers luxury?
  11. It's very much a Kwando camp - What else would it be? @Swazicar ?
  12. Yes, you should and I remember your story of the lions passing by your room at night
  13. Yes, Michael I think the build is on .... they've announced the approx opening date - I suppose exact date will depend on the weather through the next couple of months?
  14. @Raelond I loved Sanctuary Kusini (albeit i went during the off-season) - they also have a semi-mobile camp around the area of one of the Asilia campsites (possibly Ubuntu) .......... This area will be less crowded with vehicles compared to the main Ndutu area. Still phenomenal viewing ...... I would highly recommend Namiri Plains ........
  15. A few years ago you could go into the park in Tadoba/ Pench in your own vehicle - but, of course will have needed a parks guide from the gate ......... Not sure this is still possible today.
  16. RIP ........
  17. Ruaha is a fabulous park ....... Spectacular scenery. Not sure about viewing in the green season.
  18. Before I get to the photo editing over the weekend and later ..... many many Thanks to Sangeeta, Smita and the Chalo Africa team for putting together a trip for us chasing the migration up north in Kogatende. Not only did they ensure we had a smooth trip, but, also ensured that Coastal got us checked in for our international flights on time by using their fast track service in DAR. Must say very impressed by the crew at the camps at both Asilia and Sanctuary lodges ......... Simply brilliant!!!! Thanks to our guides; Ellisante and Kivoyo from Asilia and Emmanuel from Kusini Lodge (he knows the Kusini area at the back of his fingertips - amazing!!!) Camp Management was brilliant too - Thanks to Michael and Abu at Olakira; Julie at Sayari Camp and Van / Es at Kusini camp. Top notch service and warm Tanzanian hospitality at it's best!!! Here's the first batch of photos....
  20. Dear All, Happy Diwali ........ First of all, back home after another amazing trip to the Kwando concession. A million laughs, the joys of cheetah tracking through the heat of suicide month, what more can one ask for ....... Many many Thanks to Spencer and Mr.Moe for another magical safari up and down the Kwando Concession. Many highlights which include the new very young Cheetah coalition trying to take a strangle hold of the neighbourhood, the dominant Lagoon Super Pride, Incredible Carmine colony, Bumping into a Cheetah mum and cubs who had never been seen before or who in turn had possibly never seen a vehicle before , stumbling into random Lions trying to make their way from the migratory corridor from Namibia, not to forget bumping into a curious Aardwolf while cheetah tracking, massive Elephant herds........ but, start with the first few photos from my final morning
  21. Thanks @Atravelynn - Happy Holidays, everyone ......... Will be back to complete the report soon. Been away travelling .....
  22. Don't remember anything unique .......... Especially, on the return leg (it's night flight back to Dubai) The flight goes onwards to Harare - so, I imagine the flight will be full.
  23. Thanks, Mike!
  24. Hi Mike, Thanks for another lovely report as always with excellent images ....... I hope to visit Hwange one day! with all the new flights that make for better logistics into VFA. Cheers Hari
  25. Namiri hands down for my vote!

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