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  1. We recently returned from a 9 day/8 night trip to Tanzania in February 2017. We have had the pleasure and good fortune for this to be our 8th trip to the continent, starting with our honeymoon years ago. Our honeymoon was both a blessing and a curse. A curse in the sense that once we visited we found out we are like the many people who talked about how it gets into your blood, and how no trip will ever compare. When planning every subsequent vacation, we ask ourselves, will this live up to Africa?? In most cases we believe the answer is no, and we find ourselves facing the large expense to return. I can say, however, that we have never returned and thought that it wasn't worth every penny. Retirement is going to have to wait!! As many of you also know, the blessing of visiting Africa takes many forms. Starting with the obvious, the beautiful landscapes, the amazing wildlife that never fails to amazing and bewilder, exposure to new and wonderful foods. The understanding of new cultures, viewpoints, ways of life. Making new friends, experiencing the mishaps that inevitably occur and somehow surviving without your "stuff" for a few days. Learning to appreciate how lucky you are to have the things you have and how random life is that you were born where you were. Noticing the subtle and larger changes you make to your life after returning- maybe wasting less, helping more, just appreciating the natural world. But always returning home wondering how, when, and where we'll be able to get back!
  2. LOL!! Last night, after a long afternoon of reading trip reports, I dreamed I found a serval in the wild. But then, it was a serval with a hyena. You don't belong here, hyena! Then a wild dog popped in. Careful of the hyena! Cheetah... begone! Tiger. What? Tigers don't belong in this ecosystem! Leopards. So beautiful. What is my subconscious telling me? Time to return!
  3. http://ecologie.ma/premiere-nationale-un-serval-photographie-dans-le-moyen-atlas/ http://www.magornitho.org/2014/08/serval-photographed-middle-atlas/ ~ These articles, one in French from the Moroccan publication Ecologie and the other in English from Maghreb Ornitho, tell of a recent encounter with a serval by a hiker in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. A photograph was taken of the serval in daylight with typical mountain scenery in the setting. This suggests a remnant population which may survive in part through prudent secretiveness.
  4. Hi all, As I'm starting to plan my South African trip in more detail, I'm wondering what camps offer the most rewarding night drives, in terms of species "frequently" seen, that are not seen usually during the day. Specifically, I'm interested in: Serval, Civet, Honey Badger, Side-striped Jackal, Caracal, Aardvark, Pangolin (I know the last three are almost never seen). Basically, if I had to decide between night drives from Skukuza vs. Pretoriuskop, which would you recommend? What about Satara vs. Olifants vs. Mopani? Note that I'm a lot more interested in seeing nocturnal species that you don't see during the day, than I am in seeing leopards and lions... Any and all input is welcome. Thanks in advance!

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