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  1. Hello I am just in the process of putting together a report on my recent trip to Botswana. It was mobile camping trip. I was part of a group lead by wildlife and nature photographer Theo Allofs and his wife Jami Tarris. They had organised this trip in association Brian Gibson of Capture Africa based in Maun. It was my first mobile camping experience and it was absolutely fantastic. The trip's itinerary was as follows: 23rd September to 3rd October 2017 Day 1 Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun Day 2,3,4: Moremi Game Reserve Day 5,6,7: Khwai Community Concession Day 8,9,10: Savuti, Chobe National Park Day 11: Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun Day 12: Helicopter flight over Okavango Delta with Helicopter Horizons in the morning. Fly to Jo'burg in the afternoon Will post day by day account soon. I need to figure out how to add videos and shots from my mobile phone to the report. Cheers Vikram
  2. In Mana on one night I tried to get a few shots but without a tripod (had the skimmer pod on a table) it was very challenging. Yesterday while going through the photos I saw that I had left one undeleted ( possibly because it wasnt blurred). I have a huge fascination for night sky and star trails pics. So if you have one to share here....you know what you have to do This one is pretty ordinary but caused a deep longing pang to be back...
  3. Sorry- can't seem to cut and paste, but an interesting article popped up on CNN Money today- starting tomorrow, certain direct flights to the US from some Middle Eastern countries and certain African countries will not allow any electronics on the planes (in the cabin- they must be in checked baggage) other than a phone. No tablets, e-reader, DVD players, etc are allowed in the cabin. Didn't list which countries. Just wanted to give a heads up. Supposedly this is for a short duration, but who the heck knows as it's officially the loony toons here in the US. And all I kept thinking was that airlines who do long hauls are starting to do away with the back-of-seat screen since everyone brings their own electronics. Ugh- can you imagine a long flight with no distractions?
  4. http://thenerveafrica.com/11955/alien-animals-plants-rise-africa-exacting-growing-toll/ ~ This June, 2017 article published in The Nerve: Africa explains how the increase of invasive species in Africa have a negative impact on food security and livelihoods. Because border checks throughout Africa tend to be weak, plants, microorganisms, insects and small animals spread with resulting unfavorable consequences.
  5. Here is the link of a very complete study about lions, focusing on performance of protected areas. The study aims in comparing all the large protected areas of Africa performance, depending on diferent parameters. It appears that if correctly financed and managed, these protected areas has the potencial to host a population of lions 4 times higher than the current population. So my conclusion is simple: To save the lion, we should focus on these PAs, identify those with the higher potential of recovery, don't waste time and money with other areas (even if they can be considered very valuable or worth). https://www.panthera.org/cms/sites/default/files/Lindsey_2017_performance_lions_biol_cons_0.pdf
  6. http://www.scout.com/outdoors/hunting/story/1783110-africa-vs-texas ~ This article from Scout compares the relative advantage of game hunting in Texas and Africa, with special reference to accommodations, range of species, landscape and overall conditions. The case for Texas centers on comfort and convenience, as well as the availability of what are described as “Africa extinct species”. Africa is touted as being the sole location for hunting dangerous game.
  7. I've recently decided to become a more productive contributor to this wonderful forum so I've already introduced myself on the dedicated section of this forum and now I want to start my first ever trip report! I've been reading a lot of them in recent years so I think it's only fair to share my story of a 4-week trip my girlfriend and I made in August/September 2012 to South Africa and Botswana. As I already mentioned in my introduction I've always wanted to come to Africa ever since I was a little boy and in 2010 me and my girlfriend spend 4 amazing weeks in South Africa. To cut a long story short, it was everything we had hoped for and more... We visited Cape Town, Giant's Castle in the Drakensbergen, St. Lucia, Imfolozi, Mhkuze, Swaziland and Kruger National Park and we loved every minute of it. When we were sitting in the plane on our way back to The Netherlands we were already planning our next trip to the continent! At some later stage I will probably post a trip report of that trip also but since than I have developed my photography and Lightroom skills so I think I will revisit my images before I write a trip report about it... After our first trip we wanted to come back to Southern Africa but first we had to decide which countries we would like to visit. We were ready for a more adventurous trip so we thought about combining South Africa with Namibia or Botswana and after much debate we picked Botswana over Namibia because we then thought that Namibia was more about landscapes and Botswana was more about wildlife and we just wanted to see more wildlife. The people who have read my introduction already know we did the Namibia trip last June and we loved it! But also that trip report will have to wait because I want to focus on the South Africa & Botswana trip for now... In my next post, I will explain the exact itinerary, I hope I got you all interested... Cheers, Michel
  8. Any chance that TO / Camp owners, on their website, when promoting camps, lodges etc, actually concentrate on giving details and using photo's of the actual camp / lodges rather than dozens of photo's of lions, buffalo's, wildebeest etc.? I get the fact that most, if not all of us, are there for the wildlife, but there are thousands, if not millions of photo's of Wildlife on the internet, but not necessarily so of the camps, which I believe is important to actually help the traveler on where to stay. Not sure if it is just me or not, but i always feel that if you cannot "show off" or explain / promote your camp / lodges correctly then there is something to hide, which of course, I appreciate, may not be the case.
  9. Hi Everyone! I'm going with a friend (and maybe 2 more) to Dzangha Sangha National Park for 9 nights, staying at least 8 in the famous Sangha Lodge! I'm very excited of course, as the wildlife possibilities there for gorillas, forest elephants, bongons, 2 species of pangolin, several duikers, monkeys, forest and river hogs etc. are endless! But since we will most likely be arriving a day early, I wanted to inquire about booking a single night at Doli Lodge, because Sangha may not have a room for that extra night. The only problem is - the only contact info I found for Doli is info@dolilodge.com and reservations@dolilodge.com but the email to both addresses came back as "failed". Does anyone have a phone number or an updated email address to Doli Lodge? Thanks in advance!!! ~Tomes
  10. Know these cats are very elusive, but where is the best place to see them? Any replies are greatly appreciated!
  11. I have an upcoming trip to northern Namibia. It will be four of us, all serious photographers. It is a short trip. I originally planned 1 night Windhoek, 2 nights in Erindi and then 2 nights Halali and 2 nights in Okaukuejo I added time 3 nights in Kunene (1 night Grootberg and 2 nights in Khowarib) and in doing so I'v eaccientally decreased my stay in Okaukuejo to one night. Flights are booked so we can't change duration. My question: - should I keep my two nights at Erindi and accept I lost one night at Okaukuejo? - should I adjust reservations to one night at Erinidi and reschedule to 2 nights Halali and 2 nights Okaukuejo? Remember photography (and waterhole night photography as well) is the purpose of this short trip. Thanks for the advice.
  12. The design and implementation of effective conservation measures for primates, warthogs and hyraxes requires an efficient, low cost, and accessible resource for the identification of species and subspecies. Although photographs cannot replace an adequate museum collection as a resource for assessing species variation, geotagged photographs are a relatively fast, inexpensive, convenient, and unobtrusive means for detecting and assessing phenotypic variation within a species/subspecies over large areas. The use of photographs to document phenotypic characters will become increasingly important as the collection of specimens for hands-on assessments becomes ever more difficult. Adult male eastern patas monkey Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus, Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda. Photograph by Yvonne A. de Jong & Thomas M. Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program, wildsolutions.nl Our 14 newly up-graded on-line photographic maps (or ‘PhotoMaps’; www.wildsolutions.nl), with over 2400 images (September 2016) of African primates, warthogs and hyraxes, together with the latest distribution maps, provide insight into each taxon’s phenotypic characters, diversity and biogeography. These ‘living’ collections of geotagged images are a practical tool for documenting and discussing diversity, taxonomy, biogeography, distribution and conservation status and, therefore, for planning actions for conservation. Adult Somali lesser galago Galago gallarum, Meru National Park, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne A. de Jong & Thomas M. Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program, wildsolutions.nl PhotoMaps are useful to those who want to: identify species/subspecies know which species/subspecies occur in which areas; obtain species/subspecies photographs confirm species distribution describe variation within a species/subspecies, especially as it relates to geographic distribution​· If you have photographs of African primates, warthogs or hyraxes from the less documented areas of Africa (i.e., gaps on the PhotoMaps), please consider contributing them to the PhotoMaps. The photographers name is attached to each photograph. Anyone wishing to use a PhotoMap photograph must obtain both permission and the photograph from the photographer. Send your photographs, and the coordinates and/or place name of the site where the photographs were obtained, to yvonne@wildsolutions.nl We thank Arnoud de Jong for his technical expertise and great help with the PhotoMaps. http://www.wildsolutions.nl/photography/photomap/ Adult male desert warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus, Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne A. de Jong & Thomas M. Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program, wildsolutions.nl
  13. Here is the report of the Great Elephant Census. There is a 30% collapse in the last 7 years, principally in Southern Tanzania, Northern Mozambique, Zambezi region and South-Eastern Angola. Northern Botswana, which is the main stronghold hosts a stable populations. There are remarkable results in Kenya. http://www.greatelephantcensus.com/final-report/ Numbers are on the table, it is now time to make decisions for politics in order to invert this trend.
  14. Travelling to Zimbabwe/Botswana What better way to get to know you than to spend some time together at our camps? We want to make sure you get the most of your stay. We have plenty of camps to experience, but we want to help you find which one best suits you. You might want to look at our Seasonal Calendar in regards to finding the best time of year for you to visit one of our camps! This is a helpful tool provided by us to make your stay personal and unique. http://www.africanbushcamps.com/seasonal-information/ There are plenty of specials being offered right now that could be specific to you and your stay depending on who you are going with and when you would like to safari. http://www.africanbushcamps.com/safari-specials/ safari× specials× African Bush Camps× Africa× Zimbabwe× Botswana× season× travel×
  15. ......something catches your attention out the corner of your eye. Your brain goes into automatic mode and spits out a warning 'Birds circling, slowly. Has to be a kill. Go and see what is there' It takes a few seconds for you to realise: a) you are in Europe b ) you are sat at your desk c) you are located in the outskirts of a major city and finally d) they are in fact seagulls Please tell me I am not the only one who goes into automatic safari mode at odd moments. If you are also so afflicted, please feel free to share your experiences
  16. MARA NABOISHO CONSERVANCY - AFRICAN RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARD WINNER 2016 The African Responsible Tourism Awards, part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards, recognizes the best in responsible tourism in Africa. We are delighted to announce that the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in southern Kenya won the overall award for 2016 announced at the World Travel Market Africa on 7th April 2016. Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a partnership between more than five hundred Maasai households and five ecotourism operators, including Asilia Africa. Together, the partners formed a community wildlife conservancy in 2010 which protects over 20,000 hectares of critical wildlife habitat, and is home to our award winning Naboisho and Encounter Mara camps. Gerard Beaton, General Manager at Asilia Africa, was at the forefront of the conservancy’s formation and is a sitting board member. “Mara Naboisho Conservancy’s unique model of partnership and joint decision making is innovative and effective. This recognition by African Responsible Tourism Awards comes as we complete our first five year development phase and all partners involved should be applauded! A lot has been achieved: over 300 new jobs, incomes to over 500 Maasai families and further indirect benefits to approximately 10,000 people,” he said. Out of 25 finalists in a number of categories Mara Naboisho Conservancy was a joint winner with Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Best for Wildlife Conservation category. “The competition was stiff and we applaud all the organizations that made it to the shortlist,” said Beaton. “For wildlife conservation and human development this is important recognition that will stimulate interest in this model and help move the agenda in Africa forward.” Naboisho Conservancy is indicative of Asilia’s belief that by collaborating with partners and local communities we can conserve Africa’s great wilderness areas for generations to come. For more information please visit: www.asiliaafrica.com or contact media@asiliaafrica.com. About Asilia Africa: Founded in 2004, Asilia Africa has a leading presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya as well as a driving role in a number of pioneering projects. Asilia operates Naboisho Camp in the Naboisho Conservancy and is a partner with Ol Pejeta Bush Camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Asilia is the first Sustainable Safari / Lodge Company in Africa to receive a 5 Star rating for Sustainability from GIIRS, was recognized as one of the “Best Companies for the World” in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Business Award. Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes: In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp, Kimondo Camp, Kwihala Camp, Namiri Plains, Oliver’s Camp, Little Oliver’s, Ubuntu Camp, The Highlands and Rubondo Island Camp. On Zanzibar: Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House. In Kenya: Mara Bush Houses, Rekero Camp, Nomadic Camp, Encounter Mara, Naboisho Camp and Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. Read more here > And here> Have a look at our Blog Articles that feature the Mara Naboisho Conservancy & Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Conservation’s Future – The Naboisho Story 10 Reasons to visit the Naboisho Conservancy A walking safari with Naboisho Camp manager Roelof Schutte 10 Reasons to Visit Kenya Right Now Celebrating 5 Years of Developing the Mara Naboisho Conservancy 10 Reasons to visit the Naboisho Conservancy #KenyaLive: Lions on the Hunt at Encounter Mara The lions of Naboisho Come and join us at Ol Pejeta What’s the difference between northern and southern white rhino? Reversing extinction – The northern white rhino test case Ol Pejeta: Champions of Conservation
  17. Good morning! Feeling those Tuesday blues #BackToWork? Have no fear! Travel with us in and feel good; 10% sales goes straight to Tusk Trust to help preserve the wildlife and landscape for your family to see for generations to come. ORYX offer first class birding & wildlife holidays to East and Southern Africa. Run by former producer of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC series, we have great conservation partnerships and offer the most immersive wildlife experience possible. Travel to the stunning destinations the BBC The Hunt crew film their epic wildlife documentaries- Kruger is one of the largest national parks in Africa and probably the most famous. Making up the South African portion of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, that spans South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, it is a vitally important conservation area for the whole of southern Africa. Also visit the southernmost point of South Africa- Cape Town and go in search of the great animals of the ocean- cage dive with great Whites and spot humback whales breaching. Tours up now (limited spaces): Leave a legacy when you travel with us. http://www.oryxwildlifesafaris.com/ Images ©Tania Rose Esteban.
  18. I was talking to a young ranger recently and he said to me that the future of Africa's wildlife was now entirely dependent on private initiatives and private funding. This is a young guy; university educated, highly motivated and passionate about his country's wildlife, yet he could see no other way forward. Thinking about it, there is a certain indisputable logic to what he said. African governments face so many pressing problems; growing populations, unemployment, disease, education, inter tribal tensions, that put severe pressure on their finances that conserving wildlife is rarely high on their list of priorities. Their future in government lies in the hands of their citizens; it is not the wildlife that will keep them in power. The only way they can justify devoting funds to wildlife conservation is if it can be shown to bring in revenues that exceed the expenditure. There are very few countries where this is a possibility. In an ideal world all Africans would care about their continent's wildlife but the reality is that most of them have far more pressing issues to contend with. In the majority of cases the interest in Africa's wildlife comes from foreigners; tourists, conservationists and NGOs, rather than from the continents own citizens, so too the majority of the funds raised for conservation. Africa's parks and reserves are pretty much dependent on philanthropy for their survival. What do you think Safaritalkers?
  19. Hi Friends, I am doing my very first tour to Africa next month (March 2016). My tour will be 3 nights in Amboseli and 3 nights in Tsavo East In Amboseli I will be staying at Serena Lodge and in Tsavo East will be at Ashnil Aruba. I have so many questions, I hope you can help me with this regards 1 How are the places I am staying in? how about safety? 2 Has anyone been to the above two parks recently? how were the sightings and weather? 3 I am after some big bull tuskers, whom I have am very keen to photograph, has there been any recent sightings? 4 I am travelling with my 60 year old mom. Are there any toilets in the park in case she needs to go for an emergency. Appreciate your advise and assistance. Thanks Rajiv
  20. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160104-great-elephant-census-vulcan-paul-allen-elephants-conservation/?utm_source=Great+Elephant+Census&utm_campaign=9dafa69c4f-Nat_Geo_Article1_4_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f92f372849-9dafa69c4f-184844053 Further information about the results to see in the article...
  21. Elephants Alive has been a-buzz with activity as we have literally been as busy as bees. We had a very productive time making beehives for Robin’s MSc! In just two and a half days our inspired team made 79 beehives. Our only hold-up being a hiccup with the delivery of materials. We still have 40 to go but with our new skills, we are unstoppable. But bees and elephants....where is the link? Robin’s project will focus on using bees to deter elephants from impacting iconic Marula trees. His thesis will build on the wonderful work done by our colleague, Dr. Lucy King who used bees to protect crops from raiding elephants. We hope to protect individual Marula trees from elephant impact to ensure the aesthetics of certain landscape features, secure bees for the future, produce honey and in general to foster a peaceful co-existence between elephants and people. We will provide updates as the project develops and as beehives get hung in trees at the experimental site on Jejane Private Nature Reserve. Thank you to all who have sponsored a hive at $50 each. We will post pictures of your labelled hive as we go. Please use our website to donate via PayPal with the words ‘BEES’ if you wish to sponsor a hive (www.elephantsalive.org) or alternatively follow this link:http://www.gofundme.com/y7b2tc4 We would like to thank our bee expert, Johan Labuschagne for his design and wonderful guidance throughout the workshop. Gionni Gelletich is thanked for providing the ideal venue at Mica Village. Mica’s wonderful staff all lent a hand and we would like to thank Robert, Rector, Reggie, Mathieu and Given. Prince from Nourish was amazing and did everything in his stride and with the biggest smile. Winnie is thanked for helping with the catering. Michellene worked out all the meals. Lucia, our intern worked tirelessly wherever she was needed. BUCO is thanked for providing a good discount on the expensive materials. Woolworths is thanked for their support via their Wild About Elephants - Bags4Good campaign.
  22. Hi, I'm planning a trip to the DRC and Tanzania for late Dec / early Jan. This will be my second trip to Tanzania and my first to the DRC. I have some concerns about the weather in Tanzania (especially considering the predicted ENSO) in Jan and would love to hear from others who have traveled the regions below during this period. Also, I would really appreciate any thoughts you have on my travel plans below - Dec 26 - 29th Virunga (mikron lodge) Dec 29th- Dec 31st - Tanzania (Namiri Plains) Jan 1 - Jan 5th - Sayari Mara Jan 6th - Jan 9th Singita Faru Faru Jan 10th Fly home Thanks Much, Shannon
  23. I have the possibility to take a week/10 days off at the end of August or in September. Dates are not fixed. I am seriously considering an 'in between' trip before a trip to Zambia at the end of October. I am trying to avoid Kenya this year. Not because I don't like it anymore but I would like to visit another country. I have looked at Zimbabwe but I think that is going to be too expensive for a solo traveller on a trip with a smaller budget/duration. I started to look at South Africa but have no clue as to the best areas/areas to avoid! Self driving is not an option. I prefer smaller camps (preferably owner managed or part of a not too big chain/group) and private reserves/concessions (less vehicle traffic, more flexibility with activities.) Any ideas?? Many thanks!
  24. This via Space for Giants. A fascinating article in Science claims that most illegally poached African elephant ivory can be traced back to just 2 areas in Africa. Poaching of elephants across Africa is now occurring at rates that threaten the species with extinction. An estimated 100,000 elephants were slaughtered between 2010 and 2012. The authors of this paper used a genetic analysis approach to determine the origin of 28 large scale ivory seizures (amounts over 500kgs) between 1996 and 2014. Ivory seizures of this scale "reflect the involvement large transnational organised crime syndicates." - Dr. Wasser. If the illegal ivory network is to be disrupted it is in these countries where aggressive law enforcement initiatives must be aimed. Ivory across Africa has very specific 'fingerprints' - and by comparing these fingerprints to a known database it is possible to to pinpoint from which country, sometimes even which National Park the ivory was taken. After analyzing all the data there were 2 clear poaching hotspots - Africa's killing fields. The majority of forest elephant deaths had occurred in or close to the protected area known as the Tridom (Tri-national Dja-Odzala-Mikebe) one of Africa's biodiversity hotspots which encompasses parts of Gabon, the Republic of Congo and Cameroon. This result was not unexpected given that forest elephants have decreased by 61% between 2002 and 2011. The Tridom is the last stronghold for forest elephants in Africa - and slaughter continues unabated. The majority of Savannah elephants killed in Africa originated in Tanzania and northern Mozambique. This was the biggest poaching hotspot of all. This is directly in line with Tanzania's recent announcement that they had lost 60% of their elephants in the last 5 years. The hope is that the international community, the public, private donors and many more are outraged by these results and that governments are finally held accountable for what is happening under their watch. S. K. Wasser, L. Brown, C. Mailand, S. Mondol, W. Clark, C. Laurie, and B. S. Weir. Genetic assignment of large seizures of elephant ivory reveals Africa’s major poaching hotspots. Science, 18 June 2015 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa2457 Map: Mongabay.com
  25. a pretty doom laden article from David Smith in the Guardian click here to read it

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