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  1. He can import DONALD TUSK , the president of the European council. We don´t need him in Europe.
  2. And not only the Loita migration will be in Ol Kinyei in February. I am also doing my migration here in February This is way more cheapier option than Ndutu but also smaller number of Wildebeests.
  3. @xelas No idea yet. Besar seems to have best snorkeling from the beach but Kecil more "fun in the evening". We will see what I decide for when it comes to booking this.
  4. @xelas Hehe... no, just to relax some days in between mammalwatching in Sri Lanka and more mammalwatching in Borneo, Vietnam or Sulawesi @kittykat23uk and @serendipityntravel Thanx alot for suggestions. I do have my plan more or less sorted out in Sri Lanka and also the operator/guide
  5. My 2018 * Dec 26 2017 - January 1 (booked) Western Sahara. Target is to find the Sand cat. Also Dorca Gazelle, Fennec fox, Ruppells fox etc. etc. * Feb 24 - Mar 2 (booked) Once again back to Kenya and Mara and of course staying in Porini private concessions. Olare Motorogi and Ol Kinyei concervancies. * July - Aug (not yet booked) 10 days Sri Lanka. A quest for 3 small cats. Rusty spotted cat, Jungle cat and Fishing cat. plus alot of other species. Will looking for travel companion on this sometime next year so if you are into Sri Lanka and some hardcore mammalwatching. Drop me a note Then onto Borneo, Vietnam, Sulawesi, Perhentian island... <--- At least two of these places.
  6. This will be a fairytale. A story about two places. Far between. But connected in the way of wildlife and for some rare sightings. Part one will be a story about Marrick in South Africa and my search for the shy nocturnal animals who is roaming these lands. Was the reputation true? What did I find? Part two is a story about some characters in Okavango delta in the very high season when the flooding make the life easy for many animals. Not all, some of them will have a hard time. My story will tell... This part take place in Khwai Concession. In Marrick I stayed at Marrick lodge. Trevor Datnow and his crew make this to an exceptional place to stay. In Khwai I used WalkBotswanaSafaris and Gareth Flemix as a guide. Wild camping. Very luxury though with an attached toilet and shower built in the back of my tent. Even a proper bed and staff who make excellent food all the way. This was the real deal. I was there for wildlife, not sitting around in a lodge and spend most of the time to find a sunset point for a Gin/Tonic. Such a waste of time for the most perfect conditions for wildlife and photography. I can drink at home and I can hang around in a lodge at home. But I can definitely never ever photographing "African animals" in the sunset at home... WalkBotswanaSafaris fulfilled all my expectations. So let me introduce the stars of the show. These characters is where the most action were. But there will be others as well... First out, Marrick. My most sought after creature here was of course Black footed cat and Aardvark. We found alot of other things as well... African wildcat! I will tell you more day by day in my next posts. I had three nightdrives and one daytrip to Mokala NP. Oh hell... I almost forgot the Meerkats! There are alot of them around Marrick and also Mokala NP. Nice and cute family. Khwai Concession in Botswana is another story. About a Leopard family... The cub is around 3 month old. A Lion family... With cubs in most ranges... A Wild dog family. On the hunt... And 12 days old puppies who sees the sky for the first time in their life. Especially one of them who got lost and a very rough start (and maybe end) of his life... Here he is. A story about very rare sightings... ...and creatures who have some problem with all the water to collect food... ...while some others have more than enough and take full advantage of the pantry. African darter and Dwarf bittern. Now when the stars are introduced. We can start from the beginning in Marrick on day 1. To be continued...
  7. @KI-NRT Like @kittykat23uk says. It is fairly easy these days to see Snow Leopards in Mongolia. And you don´t need to go higher than 2000-2500 meters. I even Saw one from the backseat of my car... So it´s definitely not impossible for you.
  8. Please don´t say this was all... I want more!
  9. @Peter Connan Yes yes, no problem to camp here. https://biggameparks.wordpress.com/category/accommodation/campingcaravanning/
  10. I know. You never see any picture of them. Which is strange as they are quite widely distributed and also present in South Africa. For exampel in Kruger and Kwazulu-natal which is heavy visited. Well, I guess they are alot easier to see in Mlilwane.
  11. As I told you, this trip report is not really finished yet. After my time in South africa and Botswana I ended up in Swaziland. Main reason just to see another country. But I spent one night in Mlilwane for some small Antelopes who is seldom seen. Mlilwane is Swazilands oldest protected area and is the most frequently visited reserve in this tiny country. The reserve is quite hilly. If you look close, there is some Red hartebeest at the bottom And it´s no surprise that there is some climbing experts here... Klipspringers! Always on the watch. I stayed at Reilly´s Rock Hilltop Lodge inside the reserve. This is a particularly good place to stay if you want to see some of the small Antelopes around as they like to come out in open space in the evening. Like the Suni Antelope. Sometimes a bit shy for the photographer... Blue duiker. The smallest duiker of them all. Red forest duiker. The crested guineafowl is also abundant here in Mlilwane. A Leopard tortoise also use to come and stay in the lodge. Still very unclear if he pays for all inclusive or not... Beautifully colored Southern rock agama basking in the morning sun. With this little detour this trip report is now officially over! THE END! See you soon in another report...
  12. Thanx. Sorry to hear about the Black footed cat and White Rhino. I paid 1000 Rand for my daytrip to Mokala. We were there very early when the park opened and then the whole day. We had lunch inside the park. I paid nothing for airport transfer. It was included in accommodation cost.
  13. @iceThen you have to get on with your trip report immediately!
  14. DAY 6 This was the day to leave Khwai for the 4-5 hour drive back to Maun. Therefore it was only time for a short morning drive before leaving. As the Wild dog den was close to my campsite and we were short of time, then this was a nice ending to finish here. It was empty... But when the first rays of the sun hit the ground they came back from an obviously very succesful hunt. Have never seen such a fat dog as this Alpha male with blood on his face. He searched for the sun to warm up in the chilly morning. Then it was time for all of the puppys to come out and feed. Yesterday only a single brave one came out but this morning, for the first time, the whole den went out. I counted them to at least seven puppys. The Alpha male regurgitate some food for his offsprings... First taste of meat? Our patience gave results in the end and we got some amazing Wild dog interaction. One of the goals of why I choosed Khwai at all. End of time and it was time for us to go back. Very surprisingly I got a quick look at some Sable Antelopes crossing the road on the way back to camp. We hadn´t seen them or the Roan´s for the whole time even though we searched for them. No wonder why they are called "Ghost antelope". They totally disappeared even though we went of in the bush to search for this guys, and I managed to only get a "proof picture"... Just before camp, a Dwarf Bittern had fished with great success. To summarize khwai, the following can be said: + If you love Botswana like I do and want to see Okavango in the very high season there is not much options if you are not willing to spend a fortune on it. Khwai is one of those places were you can go and not being ruined. You don´t need the cost of flights for example. + Very good and reliable Wild dog area. If you are into dogs, this is prime area. + Beautiful. Khwai is as beautiful as the rest of the Okavango. There is something special with the water, all the dead trees and the combination of dry and wet. This is true wilderness. + Beautiful campsites. Both community and private. - Can be crowded with self drives and other vehicles during certain sightings in the very high season. On the other hand you can also spend your own time the whole morning with Leopards. - If you want big herds of animals this is not the place to go. Instead you get a great biodiversity in a smaller scale. With better predator sightings than general game sightings. Oh yes... this trip report is not finished yet... I have one more place to go...
  15. @wilddog Yes, she was obviously unaware what was going on. Maybe some inexperience as well, as it took so long for her to notice all the noise outside the den. @iceI was there between 15-20 July. I stayed in a private un-named campsite totally alone so I didn´t stayed in one of the community campsites. Did you liked Khwai?
  16. DAY 5 During the night, the resident Lion pack had crossed the creek and managed to kill a Wildebeest. Not much left of it when we arrived but cubs with different ages was still feasting. The Lionesses was already full and they seemed only interested in protecting the cubs. But why don´t have some dessert, Wildebeest stomach... The Lionesses, I think they were three, wanted to leave but the cubs was really into feeding. They always eats last and this is there time. Why leave when you finally got your own carcass? Okey, time to leave! For both the Lions and me. But remember to never ever leave a hoof behind... There were more kills from other creatures today. Tawny eagle with a Francolin breakfast. We decided to go to the Leopard area. No one had seen them for a while so we started tracking them. Listening to the Francolins calling, tracks in the sand etc. etc. A male Red lechwe watched us and probably wonder what in the world are they doing... Leopards should be avioded, not approached! It took around 45 minutes to track them down and then we had a fantastic morning together with this old female Leopard and her cub. They were suckling when we found them. We kept a good distance not to disturb their intimate time together and we could witness some fantastic interaction between this old female Leopard and her last cub in her existence. Lets hope he/she will make it to adulthood. The 3 months old cub is like all other youngsters, very curious about the surroundings and loved to explore the area. They had killed some kind of bird earlier and it's just a pile of feathers left. The cub directed his/her attention to a squirrel who jumped at some dead branches close by. The hunting instinct took over immediately. Hey, where is that Squirrel? The female noticed that something was going on and followed her cub and while the cub started to climb the dead trees and went off after the Squirrel, she laid down just under the tree. The Squirrel was att the end of the branch and cornered. He jumped... ...only to land right on the female Leopard under the tree. A quick move with the paw and the Squirrel was trapped and the cub got his first kill! He/she was so proud and ran away with it in the bushes and started to play with the poor Squirrel. Very cool hunt to witness and it´s not always about hunting big Antelopes. It was almost midday and we left them and started to go back to the camp. On the way back nothing spectacular happend. Nice male Reedbuck. Some birds as well. The ever present Great white pelican. Spur winged goose with a good view point. And the always beautiful and powerful Bateleur eagle. In the afternoon we went to the Wilddog den again. At first everything was as calm as always but then some movements inside the den made everyone very overexcited. Something was really going on... Could we be so lucky that for the first time ever the puppies would come out? The reason for the overexcited pack you can see if you look very close half a meter behind the dog. One brave guy saw the world for the first time. The Dogs went totally crazy. They were apparently as excited as me to see the puppies for the first time. Only 10-12 days old with barely open eyes and still wrinkled ears he got a rough start with all the attention from the rest of the pack. The strange thing is that he was alone. The Alpha female was unaware of what´s going on here and she were inside the den with the rest. He got some rest at last. Obviously very disorientated and unable to find his way back inside the den on his own. Say hello to your fellow pack member. You are going to spend alot of time together in the struggling to survive. Then it started to get out of control. The pack was so overexcited about this. Where is the Alpha female?? Everyone started to tear him, run over him, drag him... The puppy was now in big danger for his life. Everything was out of control and the puppy totally finished and exhausted. He hadn´t the strength to move anymore and the pack was still throwing him around... Very weird that the Alpha female didn´t react on this. She must have heard what was going on outside. After a very long time the Alpha female came out and barked out the members. Took the little guy in her mouth and brought him down inside the den again. At this point, he was not moving but I hope he will recover with some love from his mother. I do wonder what he really was thinking about the world he saw for the first time? Quite rough start in life... The calm again prevails around the den and we left for some nightdrive. Zebras in nice light. Big Kudu male in not such a good light Fishing Yellowbilled Storks. The nightdrive was pretty calm. We knew about an Elephant carcass and there were some Hyena action around it. Very cool and exciting day in Khwai Concession was over!
  17. First of all. When you hear an Agent saying that Tripadvisor should be taken with a "grain of salt" you know that THIS IS what you should do with this agent... As far as I know Porini camps gives lesser percent to agents than many other camps. Simply because they don´t need them. So of course they talking bullshit and want to send you somewhere else. Where they do more money. This is also why Porini can lower the price a bit I think. Porini support the private concessions around Mara instead of giving greedy agents alot of money. A reason as good as anything to choose Porini. Tripadvisor is by far the best source out there together with Safaritalk. Better than any agent in the world. Here, you got real reviews from real people. Porini camps is WAY OVER backpacking standard and believe me, I have backpacked alot This is once again a false statement from your agent. They have everything you can expect out in the bush. But what is more important than the camp is the overall value of the money you pay. If you consider camps, food, guiding, price, wildlife, private concessions, hospitality, nightdrives (real ones after dinner) etc etc. And I can´t see anything who beats Porini when it comes to this. You get ALOT for a fair amount of money. I also find Porini camps very relaxed with different kind of people. If you want luxury lodge and don´t care about the money then choose something else. If you want great value and wants to benefit the private concessions, choose Porini. Kicheche also have good reputation and support the private concessions which is good! By the way, I have never understood why so many choose safari depending on lodge instead of wildlife and guiding? Very weird to me... But then I remember this Indian gentlemen I met this summer in Khwai , Okavango. In a car next to me he told his guide: "Why are we looking at these dogs? I have millions of them at home..." When we were watching a Wild dog den. They leaved after one second... So I guess people are different
  18. The hard thing with Caracal is that you don´t really have a certain place to look for them. There is a couple of places in South Africa with more or less regular sightings but not really reliable. They have a huge distribution but despite this, very hard to find. It took me 9 Safaris... Only 2 species of cats left in Africa now after this trip. Sand cat and African golden cat. Going for the Sand cat in December... I´m sure you will find a Caracal if your are like me and never stop going
  19. DAY 4 This morning we took a big drive to another part of Khwai. In alot drier area, far away from the water with the hope to see Roan or Sable Antelope. There were still water ponds from the heavy rains earlier this year so it would hopefully be animals around... But it was very slow. Great white Pelican waking up in the early sunbeams. We did see some creatures on this long drive in the dry area but unfortunateley no Roan and no Sable. I got another lifer, I do not know how I could have missed them before but I have managed to... Slender mongoose. Also a couple of Steenbok´s They love drier areas so no surprise they were here. The only Giraffe´s of the trip was also in this area. No pics of them as all of you have seen them before Very nice to explore the area and a new environment but slow in wildlife. When we turned around, then the animals started coming back as we approached the water again and we immediateley bumped into another pack of Wilddogs. Smaller pack with only males. They were shaking of the dirt, looking around, and did what Wilddogs use to do in the middle of the day...absolutely nothing. Wildebeest´s in typical Khwai habitat. These Zebra youngsters looked and learned... After some visit from a group of Banded mongoose´s outside my tent i fell asleep... Just to wake upp for another visit to the Wild dog den. They were at home. No signs of the puppies but we could hear them. They were just behind the sand wall. Probably not enough power in the legs to climb above it yet. But any day now... The problem is that I only got 1½ day left after this... The pack did the greeting ceremony and went out to hunt. We followed. The Zebras was safe and they knew it. We lost the dogs somewhere in the thick bush. Well, No Wild dogs eating Impalas but an Elephant eating a stick. You have to be happy even with the small things... The Pelicans in the morning were still around and took off for the nightly sleep... ...and so did we. But first a nightdrive which gave us a few Side striped jackals, Bushbaby and Springhare. For the second time we also saw the same three Honey badger´s as we saw a couple of nights ago. Once again they were too quick to disappear in the bush before I even thought of the word camera.
  20. I guess they also have acess to Ol kinyei concession right? Otherwise I would say its a couple of nights too long. I stayed 4 nights in Ol kinyei with also access to Naboisho and could easily stayed some more. If you have access to them both you are fine. Otherwise it´s going to be too much the same same... if you know what I mean
  21. I have waited long enough now More pics...
  22. Adorable Lion cubs and great sighting of Honey badger! And of course alot more! Great!
  23. DAY 3 Today we skipped the Wilddog den. We concluded that the wilddog puppies is still too small to come out. We drove to the Leopard territory instead. Halfway we noticed some vultures and yes, the wilddogs had make a kill in the very early morning. Nothing was left, only some blood on the ground. However, one of the Hooded vultures had a tag on him. Like all stars he had number 10... Does anyone know where I can send the picture to get some info? Obviously I am not the only one who like to watch Lilac breasted rollers... Red Lechwes also adore them. I didn´t know... Then we met the Female Leopard again. She was patrolling her territory and we followed her... She has a rather big area and it as fun to follow her. Amazing how they exactly know their borders. We left her when she stopped in the shadow under a bush. Nothing more would happend here for a while. We spent some time with a group of Chacma baboons when they took advantage of the extraordinary waterflow in Khwai this year. They are a bit anxious about the water but I guess the water lilies is so damn good that it´s worth getting soaking wet The big boy had a presence of mind to eat on dry land. Another guy who was soaking wet and drying up... African darter. While another fished... Grey heron. Then we ended up in a Hyena den. My guide knew the den from early years but was not sure if it was active or not. But it was. 4-5 Spotted hyenas spent their days here and we were welcomed with a cup of coffee... What more this day? Well, in the afternoon we came across another Leopard. This is a young male, offspring from the old Female Leopard. He still hang around quite close to his birth territory and the female is often forced to chase him away. Life is though when you are forced to move but don´t want to He stalked some geese in the water... Alot of vegetation around so it was hard to see it. Attack! He was sentenced to fail, as he did. He ended up soaking wet in a tree instead. When you are a cat then you have to clean yourself for half a day when you got wet so that what´s he did... Then went even higher... For a new lookout point. We left him as the sun went down and the light disappeared. The nighdrive was a success. First a quick glimpse of an African civet and then my first ever Caracal! My 11th cat species in the world. I couldn´t believe my eyes how relaxed she was. Yes, it´s a she which you can see on the size. In fact we almost drove over it... Such a beautiful cat! I have searched for them (if you can by any means search for Caracals...) for so long and finally, there it was. Just beside us. It was not that hard, right? My guide use to see them 1 or 2 times a year in different parks/concessions in Botswana. Most common in Central kalahari. So we were lucky, no doubt about it. I was the one who did the spotlighting so some cred to myself as well We spent maybe 5 minutes with her before she moved inside the bush. YES, don´t need to look for them anymore. Well, not that i don´t want to see another one but the first one is always the most important We were close to our camp and a great day was over.

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