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The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
Considering that all the photo equipment I have is a Canon SX40 bridge camera that has never been moved away from auto-mode (unless by mistake!), I feel quite pretentious starting this mainly photo thread. And even more pretentious because I've signed these photos (only done that to distinguish among the various people who took pics within our company on this trip - not because I think they're great, by any means!) With that little background, some thoughts. When I got back from Mana Pools last year (my first foray into photography because it was my first safari without my daughter, the family photographer), I remember Lynn & Pault mentioning that even non-photographers on this forum tend to get influenced by the quality and composition of the photos they see here on ST. That comment stayed with me. And although I am very much a binoculars person, on this trip (again without my daughter), I found myself thinking of this or that picture I had seen here as I tried (for the first time) to put some thought into framing my shots. Lake Manyara Ranch, Tz Breeding ground for yellow-billed storks The Ngorongoro Highlands Masai Mara giraffe Doum Palm sunset Skybed platform at Loisaba (Laikipia) Laikipian horizons Clouds on kopje Laikipia Sunrise Loisaba skies Loisaba horizons An Encounter Sundowner A Nomadic Sundowner Three guesses on who inspired these :D I am almost tempted to see what life would be like on P mode, but that is a slippery slope!
Due to some unavoidable circumstances at work, I have to postpone my mobile safari to Tanzania. The dates are 22nd March 2013 to 7th April 2013. The itinerary is as follows 22nd, 23rd, 24th March : 3 nights in Moru 5 Special Campsite, private mobile camping 25th,26th,27th,28th,29th,30th,31st March : 7 nights in Hugo Memorial special campsite in Ndutu, private mobile camping 1st, 2nd , 3rd April : 3 nights : 3 nights in Nasera Rocks special campsite in NCA, private mobile camping 4th,5th April : 2 nights in Natron Concession in Ngare Sero Lake Natron tented camp 6th April: 1 night in Ngorongoro crater Sopa Lodge. This trip was planned with another STer @@AKChui . We each had our own vehicle and guide. The 2 guides are Fadhil and Deo from The Wild Source. @@AKChui is a semi pro wildlife photographer and an old hand with Africa having been to several trips- camping, self drive, regular camps - last trip was last year in May to Serian for 12 nights in Mara. His Trip Report from that can be seen here It includes all park fees, camping fees, all lodging, all food and bottled water. Alcohol and Drinks are on pay what you consume. The mobile camp pictures are given below and is backed by a Chef and a Manager who doubles up as a driver to move the camp along with the chef and for anything related to the camp- So you have full flexibility. It also includes the last day (on 7th April) a trip into the crater on a shared basis with @@AKChui ( this was done to share the costs of crater entrance) . Apart from the 7th April trip to crater, all vehicle and guides are on a private basis. Crater entrance and park fees etc paid up. We had agreed for getting out as early as possible with Park rules, full flexibility in packed breakfast and packed lunches if you want that. All the mobile sites are private. Bean bags etc sorted for the car. It also includes 1.5 seats on Coastal air at 12:30 pm on 22nd March at JRO to Seronera where it lands at 2:20 pm. The return is from Sopa by road to JRO. So the safari is fully paid for JRO to JRO. This trip cost me USD 8585. However if I cancel and AKChui goes alone, I get back USD 5037 back which I can use for later on when things are clearer. Hence to ensure that AKChui has some company and if it can be of any value to any STer, am offering the full trip above at USD 5037 + USD 25 ( wire transfer charges at TWS's end, your wire transfer charges are at your own end and payable by you) =USD 5062. This offer is for a single person only and charges for 2 might differ. The idea to offer this trip is not to recoup any money for myself as USD 5037 is what I have in credit with TWS and I will still go in April. The above cost for 16 nights on safari works out to USD 316 PER NIGHT. This offer is for only a single person. If there is a couple who is interested, I am happy to help you work out the costs along with TWS and I still require the same amount as above to be able to send someone else in lieu of me. For guidance, for a couple the guiding fees will not be added to this amount, but park fees, camping fees, food and accomodation and flights will be. There is a USD 30-35 per person that needs to be paid at Natron to the villagers that is not part of the above amount as thats not strictly a legal fees but the villages had been imposing it. Pictures of the mobile camp: ( For a single person there will be just one bed to ensure more space) and links to the lodges _ Will post in 3-4 hours as have to rush right now. The amount is directly payable to TWS and not to me. Please PM me if you are interested.
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