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#21 Tom Kellie

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:37 PM

@Peter Connan. Missed that too. Tom can be useful! What amazing wedding photos. I thoughts mine were cool but they look very dull now!

 

~ @pault

 

Thank you so much!

 

It's a new concept to me — a safari wedding!

 

I like it!

 

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:40 PM

Thanks @Tom Kellie for flagging this thread up, I had missed it as a non-driver; you're doing a great job giving us a second chance to read fascinating stories we missed.

 

~ @JohnR

 

That's so kind of you to say that! Thank you.

 

@Peter Connan's safari wedding is so out-of-the-ordinary that it richly merits being seen by Safaritalk members and visitors.

 

The creativity which went into the wedding resulted in a truly lovely event.

 

I'm glad that you liked it, too.

 

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 05:26 PM

I have been with out internet service (holy cow how did i manage) and just now am back on....at least temporarily.

 

Thanks from Graceland as well, @Tom Kellie, for pulling up  this thread front and center. Since I began reading self drives this year, I have become fascinated. However, I realize it is not really for me, but I love reading everyone's adventures. I can't drive a lick here in the states without getting lost, I am not about to try the bush!

 

And @Peter Connan 's great adventurous wedding is a delight to share. Did all the guests continue on the drive, ie. the Honeymoon? Did the guests bring tents for the night? Where did the bride get dressed for this beautiful occasion. You see,  Tom has brought out the inquisitive nature of us ST'ers..

 

He wondered about the lights; I wonder about just about everything to pull off a wedding in the bush, self catered!  Delightful.


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

I have been with out internet service (holy cow how did i manage) and just now am back on....at least temporarily.

 

Thanks from Graceland as well, @Tom Kellie, for pulling up  this thread front and center. Since I began reading self drives this year, I have become fascinated.

 

And @Peter Connan 's great adventurous wedding is a delight to share. Did all the guests continue on the drive, ie. the Honeymoon? Did the guests bring tents for the night? Where did the bride get dressed for this beautiful occasion. You see,  Tom has brought out the inquisitive nature of us ST'ers..

 

He wondered about the lights; I wonder about just about everything to pull off a wedding in the bush, self catered!  Delightful.

 

~ @graceland

 

One of @Peter Connan's responses mentions the possibility of someday writing a trip report concerning his safari wedding on Kubu Island.

 

He noted that most images are on a damaged hard disk. 

 

My feeling is that most Safaritalk members would accept and be delighted with a words-only trip report answering the questions that you've raised.

 

While photos would be a joy, as @Peter Connan is an especially gifted bird and wildlife photographer in the tradition of his father, we would gladly live without them.

 

The logistics of such a complex event on Kubu Island — getting the kids there in nice dresses, providing for the clergyman, the meal — and then directly heading out on safari is almost beyond comprehension.

 

His wife is self-evidently a lady of multiple talents, not to mention flexible to a very high level.

 

I 100% agree with everything you've eloquently mentioned, hoping that this might encourage the writing of more details of a wonderful safari wedding.

 

It would be great fun to read without any kudu, leopards, rhinos or even zorillas involved!

 

Tom K.



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Posted 01 July 2015 - 07:10 AM

@Tom Kellie and @graceland, thank you for the encouragement.

 

The problem is that I need the photos in order to jog my memory a bit. But there is a TR somewhere on another forum, so I will go and read that upi again. Will get cracking on it later today, just need to go and see the quack first.

 

@graceland, if being worried about getting lost is your most serious concern, I have great news for you. It's called a GPS. The better ones log (and show) where you have been, so you never end up driving in circles!

 

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:47 AM

@Tom Kellie and @graceland, thank you for the encouragement.

 

The problem is that I need the photos in order to jog my memory a bit. But there is a TR somewhere on another forum, so I will go and read that upi again. Will get cracking on it later today, just need to go and see the quack first.

 

@graceland, if being worried about getting lost is your most serious concern, I have great news for you. It's called a GPS. The better ones log (and show) where you have been, so you never end up driving in circles!

 

:ph34r:

 

LOL @Peter Connan, We used one  in Greece (were trying to help the economy!) and even though it spoke English, we heard Greek and still managed to miss turns! I think we will stick to walking safaris with guides :D  (although we were with one who kept pulling his GPS out so I imagine we were lost.....thank goodness he had a satellite phone!)

 

I will leave self driving to the intrepid safari talk team members who are a bit more adventurous and self assured than I...

 

But I do encourage the posting of the report; it'd be fun to read!


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Posted 03 July 2015 - 03:12 AM

Your wedding picture is fit for an art gallery, @Peter Connan!


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Posted 03 July 2015 - 06:34 AM

Totally amazing Peter, I too would love to hear more about it!  

 

Best self driving... where to start.  We were lucky enough to take a year off from life and self drive around Namibia, Bots, Zam and a bit of SA.  In terms of the pure actual driving, well it has to be Namibia.  A couple of areas stand out.  Kaokoveld and the Namib desert.  Damaraland too - inland from the skeleton coast. Very, very isolated areas where one feels very small!  You don't want to go there without a GPS!!!!  The Namib we spent 6 days through the desert guided with a group of friends in 5 other vehicles.  Basically you have to be guided otherwise you get lost, stuck and dead.  So this selection are more scenery than wildlife - which pretty much summed up Namibia for us (with the exception of Etosha).  We ended up spending over 4 months in this fabulous country.  And we are lucky to have friends there in the desert so get back 'fairly' regularly.  

 

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And a random couple from the slightly wetter home (Zambia)! 

 

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Mali was pretty good too.  When we lived in Ghana we headed up there several times: 

 

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