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  1. Thanks @Kitsafari once again for delivering such a superlative account of our time in Zakouma, bringing back the memories yet again. @Safaridude's additional photos and comments were perfect. Zakouma's generosity in both quality and quantity of wildlife is what safari dreams are made of. I really doubt that I have any photos that would add to what Kit and the 'dude have shared.
  2. @@Kitsafari you write with such poetry about Zakouma, I've never read such a lyrical trip report about the place. Definitely one to treasure and reread in the future.
  3. Kit, you and your photos are really doing our safari proud. I'm still reliving it through your words and images and it is bringing back wonderful memories. Can't wait until our little group gets back together for the next one, it will be spectacular.
  4. Beautiful photos and excellent post production. Really enjoyable report.
  5. Thank you Kit for your fabulous writing and photos that are bringing back such wonderful memories. I agree, some of the sentiments expressed recently about the future plans of AP in Zakouma are not designed to leave a positive impression but then we are reading a lot of supposition and opinion.
  6. If anyone is considering this trip and are wondering about some of the negative comments being posted elsewhere, I'd just like to say that I'd go on this trip if I was free. During our recent safari to Zakouma we had excellent sightings around Tinga despite staying at Camp Nomade. The waterhole was worth visiting in its own right. We saw a roan with what is believed to be a record set of horns (according to the Rowland Ward records). If you can't access Reguiek there are many other pans with amazing congregations of birds. Our best lion sightings were down along the Salamat where we also had wonderful elephant sightings. This is far from CN and Reguiek. Maybe Tinga isn't as picturesque as a tented camp but hey, if it means you can get to Zakouma and with a guide of Doug's calibre, I wouldn't hesitate. As far as fly camping is concerned, if the operators are prepared to offer it then who are we to complain. As they say, go whilst the going is good.
  7. You caught the essence of that morning perfectly. Those cameras are very loud, I hope the noise wasn't too intrusive although we did have moments of just sitting quietly and observing. Such memories.
  8. I'm enjoying your writing and photos very much @@Kitsafari, thanks again for sharing your memories. Interlude - N'Djamena Races With a day to spare in the capital of Chad, Sangeeta, Mr T and I decided to book a taxi and head out to explore a little. The races are held on Sundays and as horse racing photographers, my husband and I were quite keen to see what they were like. We entered the race course and headed towards the carpark bumping our way across the dusty ground towards quite a large crowd. On one side there were horses tethered and either standing quietly or picking at some sort of food. The horses looked well nourished with shiny, healthy coats. Not smart like you'd expect to see on a metropolitan racecourse at a major city, but in contrast to that later expectation, the crowds were certainly better than most you'd see on a normal race day. Once we'd arrived we headed towards the track itself, weaving our way through the throngs of people who looked at us in some surprise. Sangeeta noticed that women didn't appear to be present at all, although we couldn't see beyond the first couple of rows on the other side of the track. In contrast to most racetracks, there wasn't a running rail. The viewing public constituted the barrier to the horses and security men dressed in blue overalls walked along moving people back. The jockeys wore colourful silks but they weren't tucked in so looked a little casual, but they were wearing hard hats in a nod to safety. Most wore gum boots as I suppose leather riding boots would be beyond the means of most of them. I only managed one photo of the horses before we were accosted rather fiercely by one of the security personnel … "do you have a permit?", "photography is not allowed", yada yada yada. I knew that it would be difficult getting away with taking photos, and by using a large DSLR I was always going to draw more attention to our little group but what the heck, it was worth trying. Everyone started to stare and we decided that watching one race was probably enough so decided to head off on our shopping trip. As we left I managed a snap shot of the makeshift motorbike grandstand which turned out better than I thought it would. Funnily enough, our driver noted a number of people taking photos of us with their phone cameras. I hoped they turned out well! Having Sangeeta with us was a real boon. Her fluent French came in handy more than once, especially arguing with a number of officious officials and negotiating with local craft shop owners. Now that was a real experience. With agreed that we could easily have spent another day in N'djamena. The evening finished off with a surprise eclipse of the sun. We celebrated finally getting to Chad after what had been a very long planning stage with a delightful dinner at the very good Hilton Hotel. Our group was more than just people travelling together, we felt like kindred spirits heading on an adventure of epic proportions.
  9. Quite a surprise to see this thread resurface. Thanks Hannahcat and elefromoz for finding it after all this time and glad you enjoyed it.
  10. @@pault if anyone were to wait for me to do a trip report it would be a long wait and Kit will do such a wonderful job. My time is so limited these days I hardly have time to read any of the fabulous TRS that are piling up.
  11. Such wonderful recollections Kit, thank you for undertaking the TR duties.
  12. @@Kitsafari and @@Sangeeta although I had already heard quite a bit about your wonderful Guassa trip, it's really nice to see it along with the photos.
  13. What an amazing experience it must have been to observe and assist in the lioness de-snaring. One day I really must get to Zambia.
  14. @@PeterHG I'm very sorry to hear about the death of your mother, especially being away at the time. I'm glad that you were able to continue your journey and seeing some of the bird photos that you've already posted I can't help but feel that it would provide much solace for you. The turaco, oh my goodness how beautiful.
  15. @@madaboutcheetah stunning photos, as we've come to expect. I love all the scenery shots as it gives a wonderful overview of the area. Sounds like you had a fantastic time with Big Life as well.

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