Christopher Moran

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  1. A youngster using using a tree stump to break a branch over his leg... The stump had a large notch in it, worn down by many Ellie's doing the same thing over many years. Taken in the South Luwanga N.P., Zambia, 2012.
  2. I've flown Precision Air from Zanzibar to Arusha, connecting at Dar. The flight from Zanzibar was slightly late arriving, so we had to rush for our connecting plane, and the Precision staff were helpful navigating us through the terminals. So, a decent airline to fly with I thought.
  3. Woo hoo - just booked our 3rd trip back to Africa... 4 nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda 2 nights Kibale NP, Uganda 5 nights Kogatende/Lamai, Tanzania 4 nights Hwange NP and only 1 year to go...
  4. A big thanks Game Warden for your hard work on this!
  5. I'm having some travel finding a TO that I am comfortable with, for visiting this wonderful island. Before I give up on the idea, I thought I might ask and see if anyone can recommend an operator they have used to visit Madagascar. Thanks.
  6. Actually, I think that Rwanda will have no trouble selling permits at the new price - the demand is that strong. What _will_ change is the clientele - those folk that can afford to spend $3K USD, for a couple, for one trek, will for example have different expectations of their accomodation in the area.
  7. As others have replied, this is definitely not a myth - DEET will corrode plastic, and the higher the strength the more likely this will be. As well as damaging camera equipment, it will also corrode the plastic lenses in your specs and sunglasses. Picaridin is just as effective as DEET against mosquitoes, and will not corrode plastic.
  8. Thanks Optig. 54 days! I am salivating... :-) We shall be in Hwange, at Little Makalolo, in mid-Aug.
  9. @@optig - in which month do you plan on visiting Hwange next year?
  10. Probably the closest thing to a perfect photo of a Flamingo I have seen. Stunning.
  11. It's funny, but we prefer the QANTAS/SAA flight from SYD -> JNB precisely because we can rest up in Joburg overnight after the 14hr leg, do some sight-seeing the next day to get over the jetlag, then fly onwards to Dar or wherever... It costs a few hundred more this way, but we arrive in the bush rested and ready to go.
  12. And the general recommendation is to apply sunscreen _before_ applying your insect repellent..
  13. While I can't comment on which of your recommended camps would be better over another, I can certainly endorse ATR as a travel agent. We booked a 2012 trip through them, and all of the in-country arrangements happened without a hitch. There have been a few trips written up here on ST which were booked with ATR - a google search should bring them to the top.
  14. I haven't seen this posted elsewhere on ST.. the Safari Guide of the Year has just been named - Jaco Buys from SAN Parks. The other finalists were: Massimo Rebuzzi (Marataba) Pierre Mouton (Ulusaba) Noelle van Muiden (Madikwe) Jono Harper (Marataba) Luke Sutherland (Phinda) Game Warden - maybe an interview could be organised with Jaco? The only info I could find on this award is its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Safari-Guide-of-the-year-186390998080439/ It looks like it is open only to SA guides.
  15. +1 for Kaingo as well. Their hippo hide is terrific, and the best guiding I've experienced has been at Kaingo. Excellent food as well :-)

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