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  1. 1.... 0 And it's time for "Bibi vs the Invaders - That's Not a Gun Mum, He's Just Happy to See You" Well, still today's work to go but as good as zero I think.
  2. Not sure if that shows how bad poaching is or how li frequently desnaring is done. Either way it's not good. In response to your question, realise that visiting Meru is important? It is a place that really needs visitors and camps or small lodges to keep it viable. It is very much like a piece of land reclaimed from the desert - any neglect and to the desert it will return in a flash. However, since the snares were mainly at the park borders and the area is well populated, community outreach and desnaring are probably all anyone can do.
  3. @Zoooom. You are welcome and sorry for the typos.
  4. For first time and if you want to do it fairly independently, the two best choices are probably South Africa and Kenya, because they have very well developed industries, both have some kind of domestic market and both have convenient and comprehensive transportation options (especially South Africa). This gives you a wide range of options. However, other countries are barely more difficult so once you decide what you want and how to do it, do compare e.g. Kenya with Tanzania or Uganda or South Africa with Namibia, Botswana, Xambia or Zimbabwe. AS for time of year, that really depends on what you want to do, what your budget is and where exactly you are going. However, generally speaking June to October is going to be good for wildlife and travale won't be made difficult by heavy rains. Can't stress enough though that you can't really decide on this until you decide where you want to go and what you want to do. However, if you find what you want to do and see is outside your budget, traveeling in the "green season" can be a lot cheaper and still very good. I'd recommend the green season option more for small camps in remote locations, flying in though. If the East African wildebeest/ zebra migration is a must (and it is only one of the wildlife spectacles) then Kenya and Tanzania are your only options. Questions to ask yourself. Do you want to do other things? Hiking, mountain climbing, climb a volcano, fishing, tropical hideaway, water sports, diving, birding, cultural experiences, selfies on the equator, see spectaular arid scenery, esperience tsome of the driest places on earth, etc. These can all be done much more cheaply than safari and so can make a 2-3 week trip more affordablle -provided they are of real, genuine interest. Would you do self-catering, camping in small tents, drive yourselves? Sleep in hotels that smell fiunny? What would your limit be? Get some guidebooks to start with. Both Rough Guide and Bradt do East Africa well. Bradt seem significantly better for Souhern Africa but I haven't read them all and don;t use them a lot now. Really that is where to start. Kenya and South Africa. You'll have a much clearer idea after that and people will be able to help you fine tune (even if fine tune includes movung country!)
  5. Almost caught up. Not sure if I'll have time to finish before I go but it's already more than enough you've seen and done. If I wasn't already sold I'd be sold now,
  6. Either your math is worse than mine or you are starting from the wrong date!. Unfortunately I won't be there until 26th or I would be glad to. And you've clearly forgotten that your job is to survey for me. Focus, please.
  7. Edit: The III (3) version of the teleconvertor is what works very well. Oops (again).
  8. I just realised I forgot to add the last part of this (and to say thank you!). Since this was kind of a trip to try out the new lens, I meant to finish with a quick summary of final impressions. Not a review - just things I noted and others might find interseting or useful. The 400/4 is great for this kind of walk-some/drive-some photography and is definitely light enough to take on long and diffciult hikes too, although it sin't featherweight together with a camer body. The picture quality seems almost on/ on a par with the other big white Canon primes (that's lens trests talking but I was also impressed, without being able to offer comparisons Canon shooters would accept) and it is a fast, smooth, silent operator with all the bells and whistles you would expect for the money. In addition to the weight thing, it is really well balanced for hand-holding, since much of the heavy glass is not right at the froint. On a body it is still front heavu but less than I would expect. This means there is proportinately less strain on your left arm and wrist. I'd stress it is not so light that it can be handheld in all cirdcumsances - unless you have strong arms and very steady hands. As mnetioned minimum focus distance is an issue given it is only 400mm, but you can get around that to some extent by using a teleconvertor. (the II version works great on this with only a slight deterioration in performance). I haven't had any problems with the bokeh yet. There is weirdness in the bokeh balls if you look closely enough, but not enough to notice in most shots you would take.I should do more long grass shots to check though. Bird photographers might want to have a look at that more closely and make theror own judgment,since it can create a kind of ghosting of OOF branches, but for me it's fine.. Anyway, it is just what I wanted and I am very happy I decided to buy it rather than the 500/4.
  9. Ohhh, I mean Saruni in Kalama Conservancy!
  10. Thanks Michael. Yes, I think it is the same, but too lazy to try to find my posting in the other thread, so..... 3 nights at Fishing Lodge in Aberdares National Park 3 nights at Sabache Camp in Namunyak Conservancy 4 nights at Serian in Kalama Concervancy 5 nights at Kicheche Bush Camp in Olare Motorogi Conservancy
  11. Very nice! And now the whole site is fully compatible with my phone - yeh! And fully compatible with my work computer too. Works better than most apps actually - a giant stride.
  12. 10.....9...... That's days, not weeks I've been so patient.
  13. I think it is too cruel to blame them for this. I mean like crueler than we can probably imagine... Still it is hard not to wonder!
  14. You are following them Hari? Oh the things we do for love!
  15. This isounds like good news!

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