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  1. Hi, thanks. I prefer South Africa to Kenya if you talk about quality of food. lodges etc. Botswana is a great wilderness experience, so is Zambia or Namibia for example, but I think South Africa still offer the best: Most mammal species, greatest variety by far, best food and lodges - for all budgets. Cheers
  2. @@Duma Tau - Thanks Glen, appreciate the advice.
  3. It is not realistic to have a lodge in Sabi Sand at affordable prices - who is going to give you the land / concession ? In Botswana they work on a tender basis, so you might look for tenders for a completely new and undeveloped (but 2nd rate) area. Zimbabwe is only for those who do not mind bribery and corruption. Zambia is an option, but you need a link to someone, again with bribery / payback as a possibility. If you have no serious money, join a camp as a managing couple and then in time offer to take over one of their fringe camps and build that up.
  4. Or Ngala Tented camp (also Elephants !)
  5. Next to walkways, grazing, at Royal Malewane in Thorny Bush area.
  6. Swarovski Swarovision 10x32 EL absolutely awesome, especially on walking safaris and hikes.
  7. Mgadigadi pans - Botswana (near Jack's camp)
  8. Look all these wildlife places are great and each has its own appeal and I like to go to all of them. But if there is only one - and this is what this question is about - then I will take South Africa, more specifically Sabi Sand and greater Kruger area, hands down ! For a start the prices are in Rand and not Dollars. You get a very comfortable room / bed, top lodge and great food with the most diverse animals (biggest mammal variety of any park), exceptional and abundant leopard viewing, consistency (and excellence) in every department - the least negatives and the most positives - by far.
  9. Never a dull moment - by Paddy Haglethorn
  10. Sorry - above posted under wrong topic
  11. (sorry, previously posted on wrong forum topic) AARDVARK . . . One night I took some friends - all seasoned bush enthusiasts - on a night drive in the Timbavati (greater Kruger area). I was driving along looking for lions and my friend Ezanda was sitting on the tracker seat, handling the spotlight. Then, whilst criss-crossing the promising darkness, she lit up the creature of all envy - an Aardvark! As I pointed to it in excitement, I just could not get on the name. Neither could she, or my wife at the back. You wait so many drives for it to appear on the odd occasion that it does, it is overwhelming. But this sighting was special - the Aardvark stood there frozen, starring as if it had empty field myopia or stage fright. We enjoyed the few seconds that passed in slow motion until someone managed to shout Aardvark ! It was only then that the Aardvark did a quick about-turn and vanished in the empty darkness, never to be seen again . . . although we did cover the area up and down for another 15 minutes or so, ever the optimists.
  12. LBJ's etc. - let's learn southern Africa's lesser know birds ! It would be great if everyone interested could list a picture of a bird and where it occurs in southern Africa. If you know the name, even better, else other may have a go and help. These bird often do not sit still for a long period and knowing them before you travel may be the best way to spot them and identify them. I will start: Zitting Cisticola (images from internet) Call sounds like "zitting". Brown above with heavy black streaks, belly white, tail broad / fanning, flicking tail.
  13. Photo of Pel's Fishing Owl at Jacana camp in Okavango Delta . . . and how I got to it ! Photo of Ground Hornbill with catch that I took in Kruger.
  14. On one cold winter’s night in the bushveld, just as all our friends snuggled into their beds, I had one last peep at the burning embers of the dying fire in front of the cottage. There, chewing on some left-over bone or scraps was a fully grown civet. Then out of the dark edges came a side-striped jackal to join in the spoils. The civet did not take of that, arched his back, raised his hair and growled - softly but with intent. The slightly larger jackal was so intimidated that it scuffed back to the fringes, never to be seen again that night. I called those who cared to listen and with the help of a strong LED torch got few decent shots (unfortunately I don't know how to load the photos directly from my pictures directory into the post).
  15. AARDVARK . . . One night I took some friends - all seasoned bush enthusiasts - on a night drive in the Timbavati (greater Kruger area). I was driving along looking for lions and my friend Ezanda was sitting on the tracker seat, handling the spotlight. Then, whilst criss-crossing the promising darkness, she lit up the creature of all envy - an Aardvark! As I pointed to it in excitement, I just could not get on the name. Neither could she, or my wife at the back. You wait so many drives for it to appear on the odd occasion that it does, it is overwhelming. But this sighting was special - the Aardvark stood there frozen, starring as if it had empty field myopia or stage fright. We enjoyed the few seconds that passed in slow motion until someone managed to shout Aardvark ! It was only then that the Aardvark did a quick about-turn and vanished in the empty darkness, never to be seen again . . . although we did cover the area up and down for another 15 minutes or so, ever the optimists.

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