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  1. A: Me, now. I'm not as clever with my words as @michael-ibkand @pault, but I have some surprises up my sleeve for my trip report. Most days held new treats; some of which I'm still trying to track down the answers. A little background information for new readers: I agonized for months about my first trip to Africa until finally surrendering to the fact that I would have to leave hubby Harry home in June 2017. A colleague and I, along with our teenage daughters, went to Kenya for two weeks. When I had to cancel my second, previously arranged safari to Zimbabwe scheduled for early November due to Harry's unforeseen foot surgery in late October, I hoped that we might get to travel to Africa while his foot healed before returning to work. All of the stars aligned, and we knocked out a trip in less than a week, and took off three or four weeks later. So... Will I finally see the migration after missing it in the Maasai Mara by two days? Any new species on the list? Which cats played a prominent role? Have I improved my photography skills? Any new friends made? My first question of this post: How old is the cub below and where is mama? Did she end up as a meal? Still no answers. Tarangire National Park. (Lion was tenderly grooming the cub; looked like he was tasting her.)
  2. I was very pleased to see a familiar face in one of this morning's papers amongst the winners of this year’s Tusk Conservation Awards, the winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2017 is Rian Labuschagne, a very worthy winner of this lifetime achievement award. For six years from 2010 he was the Director of Zakouma National Park in Chad. The security plan that he put in place completely transformed the situation for the park’s elephants from a point where their numbers had dropped to under 450 and herds were so stressed that they were no longer breeding, to the situation now where their population is rising and has passed 500. Were it not Rian and Lorna and African Parks, Zakouma’s elephants (and much of its other wildlife) could have been lost and with them one of Africa’s great national parks. Last year they left Zakouma and returned to work for the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the Serengeti in Tanzania, where they had been based before moving to Chad. While in Tanzania Rian helped to improve the protection one of the country’s last black rhino populations the Ngorongoro Crater and prior to that he was instrumental in seeing black rhinos reintroduced to Malawi, to the rhino sanctuary established in Liwonde NP. I’ve no doubt that he could not have done so much for the conservation of Africa’s wildlife without the help of his wife Lorna, what they have together achieved is just extraordinary. While not everyone here on ST will have the good fortune to visit Zakouma, many will be able to visit (or already have visited) Ngorongoro and the Serengeti and should you be fortunate enough to see a black rhino when you're there, it will in part be thanks to Rian’s hard work. Tusk Conservation Awards - Rian Labuschagne Rian giving a bull elephant a drink in Zakouma Here are a couple more Tusk videos and if you go to YouTube you can find more videos on the other winners and finalists at this year’s awards.
  3. 1) Name of property and country: Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 2) Website address if known: 3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known). January, 2014 4) Length of stay: 2 nights 5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what? I wanted to visit the crater and saw this property online when researching. Having stayed at andBeyond camps previously I was excited to stay at their flagship property and enjoy the amazing views. 6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently? I used Jacqui McNaughton from andBeyond. 7) How many times have you been on Safari? This was my second trip. 8) To which countries? South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia. 9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to? None, it was unique 10) Was the camp/lodge fenced? No 11) How many rooms/tents does it have? 3 camps of 10 rooms. Each camp has its own communal area for dining/relaxing. 12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private? Brilliant room and view. Very private. 13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent? Amazing furnishings, fireplace, decks, massive bathrooms. Extremely luxurious and comfortable. 14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why. Excellent food. 15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?) Great variety and multiple choices. All dietary requirements are catered for. 16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes? Single tables but guides/managers do host solo travellers during the evening. 17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives? Excellent food packs for breakfasts and snacks. 18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible. Enclosed landcruisers with open roof 19) How many guests per row? 2 rows of 2. Very comfortable. 20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken? Drives were between 3-7 hours depending on the time of departure. Morning drives were longer. The park opened at 6am but the drive from the lodge was about 45 minutes to get into the park. 21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you? I asked to leave early so we could be in the park first. This meant leaving around 5am. The guide was very happy to do this and we took a packed breakfast to spend the whole morning out in the crater. 22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like? 23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity? There are many cars in the crater and particularly if there is a good sighting close to the road. 24) Are you able to off-road? No off roading 25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting. No rotation policy from what I saw from afar with many cars just lining up for a sighting. We chose to stay away from these areas. 26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings? The crater is a self contained eco system with an amazing view from the Crater Lodge. 27) How was the standard of guiding? Great guiding, fun, informative, enthusiastic and happy. Great guiding. Very happy. 28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue? 29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why: happy, enthusiastic, informative and friendly. 30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs? Amazing, excellent staff and service. 31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known. Yes a strong community and conservation efforts. 32) Safaritalk trip report link: 33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add: Everything they say about this flagship property for andBeyond is true. Amazing views, food, people and rooms. As travel/food journalistAnthony Bourdain said "even the loo has a view!". The prices match the lofty standards of this property so be aware. Most people will stay 2 nights so they have one full day down in the caldera. I thoroughly recommend Crater Lodge but understand that it doesn't represent the true "African" experience. If you don't want to rough it in any way (apart from the drive to and from the caldera) then this place is for you. My preference is a tent and hanging out under the stars around a fire listening to the sounds of the bush. 34) Please add your photographs of the property below, with headings.
  4. Ngorongoro Crater Crater Live coverage on ABC TV - Good Morning America. USA TV more than 50 millions audiences saw live coverage of wildlife safaris 4 x 4 game drives for 3 hours in Ngorongoro Crater. Television crew from American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in its Good Morning America programme ignited the travel to Tanzania for wildlife safaris. ABC TV filming and airing live footages from Ngorongoro Crater to the US may have captured almost all types of wildlife found in Ngorongoro Conservation area, Africa Natural Wonder. On Tuesday 23 Febr, Tanzania went live across world, thanks to ABC TV. Next Expected Natural wonder to be seen can be Mount Kilimanjaro.
  5. A couple of months ago we decided somewhat spur of the moment to travel to Africa. Contrary to many of the members of this forum, it wasn't a long-planned bucket list trip, but an opportunistic chance at adventure that we seized. My husband loves photography, and particularly wildlife and birds. We traveled to the Pantanal in November 2013 and had a wonderful time and that made me think an African safari might also be a wonderful experience. I connected (after a not so great connection with a local Africa travel specialist) with Mary at Planet Africa Safari's in Cape Town. I was completely happy with her listening, suggestions and don't think I would have changed a think about where we went if I had it to do all over again (except maybe skip the Crater... but we'll get there). While most of the still photos are my husbands, and I will leave him to join in with posting some of them (or allow me to do so), I very much appreciate the help SafariTalk provided and I was inspired bySaminKaz to actually make videos each day. I will start of the trip with the first day's video (my apologies for the lack of a Steadi-Cam but it was a learning process...) Our trip was as follows: March 22, 2015 - Overnight at Onsea House Arusha March 23-26, 2015 - Namiri Plains Camp with Erasto (guide) and Shinoi (Spotter) March 27-30, 2016 - Sayari Camp with Calson (guide) March 30-31, 2015 - Ngorongoro Crater Lodge with Jackson (Planet Africa/Asilia Guide) Bear with me and here is the first video. More report to follow!
  6. Hi All, This is the first of 2 photo safaris we've put together this year with two of India's best known wildlife photographers. This one is being led by Kalyan Varma, a young photographer who works regularly for BBC, Nat Geo etc. Kalyan has a special love for Indian forests, frogs and insects and all things unknown; he loves to explore off-beat destinations but is excited about leading this teaching tour in the Serengeti in the off-season with few people & many animals for company. More about the safari here : Great price of $3450 on this rather long 10 day/9 night trip, but we were able to snag a good deal at Namiri Plains Feel free to PM me or contact me directly via our website if any questions. Kalyan is quite open to non-photographers also joining the group - so if you are a group of 6, you can avoid the photogs and their long lenses entirely, haha. But you will still enjoy his talks and tips in the evening. Thank you - Sangeeta

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