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  1. My OH has been shortlisted for the third consecutive year in this competiton (DSLR fauna). I have never been shortlisted. What am I doing wrong???!! https://www.sanparks.org/about/photo_competition/voting/default.php I actually take a lot of credit for this shot. I was driving and couldn't get an angle from my side of the car and so I positioned it for him. I saw the second kite appear and told him when to press the shutter. It was his first photo of our 2016 KTP trip! It is the first photo in my TR (can't seem to work out how to put photos in from gallery directly on the iPad) http://safaritalk.net/topic/16868-kgalagadi-september-2016-raptor-kills-and-roadside-rescue/
  2. What a change our 2017 trip would turn out be, when compared to the parched, drought-affected trip of last year http://safaritalk.net/topic/16169-kruger-jan-2016-drought-duiker-and-dead-hippos/ We were too late to arrange a GTG in 2016, when several of us Safaritalkers were in RSA at the same time. So as soon as we were back and the flights were booked, I arranged to meet @@Peter Connan who offered to drive us around Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve to try and get some shots of widowbirds in flight. I think he would have preferred to take us to Marievale, but given that it was in the opposite direction to where we would be going later in the day, we opted for Rietvlei instead. As we like to spend a few days with friends at their country place, I couldn't squeeze in any extra nights in KNP, but I think 10 is a good total. We tried a different wilderness camp as we had liked them last year, but also as Skukuza was booked out, presumably for a conference and by the time I booked, Lower Sabie only had very basic accommodation available. Itinterary 13/1 Friday the 13th! Arrive Johannesburg 14/1 Rietvlei day trip and then drive to Ditholo 3 nights 17/1 Drive to KNP via Phaloborwa gate, Letaba 2 nights 19/1 Satara 3 nights 22/1 Biyamiti 3 nights 25/1 Berg-en-Dal 2 nights 27/1 Drive back to Johannesburg 28/1 Return to UK We had upgraded with miles, so the journey was fine. Arrivals into OR Tambo was slightly better than last time and we were in our rental car and off by an hour or so after we landed. The downside of landing on Friday rather than Saturday, is that the traffic is busier, especially with the roadworks, but it still better to get an extra day in Africa!
  3. Just got a reminder email from SANParks reservations as to why I had not paid the outstanding balance on 13th July. Because I had it in my diary as 30th July All of the planning and successfully obtaining accommodation for the dates we needed in September and now I was going to lose it? I phoned immediately but didn't have my passport number to hand (required to process card payments) and the reservation is in the OHs name (could he please email with authorisation?). After lots of time on hold and my desperate explanations, the lady who I originally paid the deposit with was eventually able to charge my card and the rooms are secure. Phew. Not what I wanted to hear on a Friday morning. I'm not sure what we would have done if they had given away the reservations as the park is booked up. So what have I learnt? A) 13 and 30 sound the same, so check the paperwork they give you an overdue reminder C) they do not automatically cancel your reservations Now I need to go and lie down!
  4. Reports www.sanparks.org in a press release dated 2015-07-03 To read the full press release click here.
  5. Reports www.sanparks.org To read the full article click here.

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