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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:05 PM

Not losing my enthusiasm for this trip report at all. Some very special and rare sightings indeed.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 02:36 AM

 It was not long before others stopped by to admire the flora of Namibia and so I bade farewell, took one last lingering look over my shoulder but she was gone. Was she real or had she been just some shimmering desert mirage in my memory?


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 06:07 AM

Brilliant report, Matt. Magnificent work!

 

But.....

 

In front of towering sand dunes and gushing waterfall was an oasis of calm and reclining at peace was this desert-rose with the classification of Leanne Gosford - an endemic flowering species from the Namibia Tourist Board - www.namibiatourism.com.naI contented myself with taking a photograph rather than picking this flower and placing it within the pages of book to dry - I'm sure I made the right decision.

 

This is both brilliant and decidely creepy! :P

 

(And yes, you better not let your wife see it...)


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 06:16 AM

It was not long before others stopped by to admire the flora of Namibia and so I bade farewell, took one last lingering look over my shoulder but she was gone. Was she real or had she been just some shimmering desert mirage in my memory

 

GW gone poetic. 

 

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 10:17 AM

When looking on the map, Namibia and Botswana, South Africa, they are all together in the triangle at the bottom of Africa, obviously vast in size and it's as they were at the WTM and one was able to stride across country borders without using up too much of the energy stored from the breakfast calorie intake.

 

And my journey through Bots was not only an adventure in wild spaces but through time as well when I met the wonderful Kate Holmes of Motswiri Camp, www.rawbotswana.com.

 

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Kate is from one of the pioneering Botswana safari families and of course with my penchant for all things historical when it comes to Africa she took me on an exciting and revealing guided tour of how tourism in Bots began with the story of legendary crocodile hunter, Bobby Wilmot, his son, Lloyd Wilmot and her husband, Grant Truthe. Oh how wonderful safaris were when they first started in Botswana, circling in an old propellor aircraft scanning for a level piece of ground just long enough to land upon. Setting up fly camp for a few days before packing everything away and taking off again. Kate's enthusiasm for her family's history and sharing mine for the authentic and original safari experience meant a long discourse punctured with laughter and many archive photos. She made me teary eye nostalgic for the good old days, despite never personally experiencing those good old days, young but bearded whippersnapper that I am. Perching the pith atop her head was akin to intertwining various histories together...


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:47 AM

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 02:36 PM

Very clever.  I hope all of these "sightings" are sent a link so they can see themselves with pith.  I suppose asking the various vendors at the show to pose with a pith is a great ice breaker and conversation starter.  The pith could replace the pineapple as the international welcome symbol.  All thanks to Safaritalk's Game Warden.

 

You've taken the trip report to soaring new levels of brilliance, humor (and as @pault notes) creepiness Matt! 


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:36 PM

Not sure about the creepiness: it's just that I've pressed flowers with my kids and its something people think to do with flowers: pick them so no one else can enjoy them. (Hence I never pick wild flowers anymore just appreciate them in place and leave them for someone else to look at and enjoy. Should I take that particular post down? It'll be just great that they'll see the report and read your comments... thanks. There was no intention to be creepy, perhaps it's the fault of the reader...)


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:44 PM

I'd taken a long drifting mokoro trip during which I'd seen many different bird species, the gentle lapping of the water against the hull lulling me into a restful sleep from which I awoke bumping into the landing stage of Nxamaseri Island Lodge - www.nxamaseri.com. I spent a restful afternoon fly fishing for Tigers in the company of Sophie Maynard who has landed herself not only some great fish but a great job at the lodge. She certainly out-fished me and was better at spotting all kinds of birdlife than I. Not surprising when you realise I'd left my binoculars at home and am not the best twitcher on Safaritalk... although we did catch a fantastic Fish Eagle sighting to rival @Rainbirder's famous photographic series :)
 
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An hour or two of fishing was a different pace from the rest of my safari and it was exactly the break I needed. Great company, a chance to breathe and just appreciate my surroundings. It did not bother me I caught nothing other than a very nice smile from Sophie but I think she was laughing at the beard and pith. Well, I got my own back by placing it atop her head but as with everyone else on this trip, she looked so much better in it than I do...

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

Lol!!!

 

You certainly experienced some diverse wildlife Bro; but it would seem that it was "Botts" that really caught your eye!



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:46 PM

Not sure about the creepiness: it's just that I've pressed flowers with my kids and its something people think to do with flowers: pick them so no one else can enjoy them. (Hence I never pick wild flowers anymore just appreciate them in place and leave them for someone else to look at and enjoy. Should I take that particular post down? It'll be just great that they'll see the report and read your comments... thanks. There was no intention to be creepy, perhaps it's the fault of the reader...)

 Leave that post, but remove any of my comments/posts that mention creepy if you wish.  Looking forward to your remaining adventures and pith shots.


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:50 PM

I had washed the tribal colour swatches from my cheek, those stripes that identified me as being a part of the We are Africa tribe: it had aroused some good humoured banter the previous day and just a few questions from people who weren't in the know. And so with those stripes not long gone and not forgotten with trusty machete in hand I hacked my way through the undergrowth to meet Kate Shepherd, head guide for the WTM Africa expedition - www.wtmafrica.com.

 

(This is a new show which will dovetail into the already established Africa Travel Week in Cape Town, www.africatravelweek.com thus you can understand the good natured banter the day before when I attended the press briefing with the stripes...)

 

There were of course a number of safaris already being prepared for this newly gazetted Cape Town reserve and it was not long before your's truly had old maps upon table and with Kate was plotting the most appropriate tracks to take. Of course I'd have to be relying upon the services of a bush pilot and plane with its limited baggage allowance but as long as there was room for the pith, a @tonypark novel and one of @Atravelynn's bug suits I'd be set to go. What was important is a focus upon sustainable and responsible tourism, conservation and round the WTM Africa campfire we discussed said issues whilst sipping upon Amarula over ice... and so with a promise of further trip planning and expedition logistics to come, I left her with the maps and compasses, some old Safaritalk memorabilia and bade her adieu until May...

 

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But by now the pith had become a talking point in the Africa hall and Kate was keen to be seen in it. My question is the same for Kate as it has been for everyone else: the old KAR pith suits them so much better than it does me. Why? I think @A&MA&M might have the answer...


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:28 PM

I think it looks great on the ladies ,all ladies ,but GW ,it is that  fluff around the kisser my china :D   


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:14 PM

No offence @Game Warden but the ladies look better than you do without the helmet too.  :P


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 07:25 PM

Great stuff GW, are you going to lead tours to this safari destination in future?

 

Really enjoying the look on everyones face when the pith goes on! As well as the Pith Helmet, I hope you also took along plenty of 'Enos Fruit Salts' on this safari to preserve your constitution... !!!


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:16 PM

Wednesday proved to be the day of awards at the WTM. Was it to be third time lucky in the afternoon, or was I to jinx any hopes of those I accompanied winning anything? 

 

Prior to the event I had received an invite to attend the Amadeus and WTM Travel Experience Awards and thus sat with Grant Woodrow and Caroline Palazzo from Wilderness Safaris, www.wilderness-safaris.com and perhaps each of us felt out of place, removed from the wilds of Africa and placed into a corporate environment where everyone was sharp suited and camera's flashed and loud music played. It wasn't the ambient sound that I was used too. I don't think anyone expected a pith topped bearded adventurer to gatecrash their party. Wilderness had been nominated for two awards, Room With A View and Authentic Travel. I believe that the winner of the first award was a worthy nominee, it wasn't Wilderness but a hotel in which guests stay in a glass bubbled bedroom with an amazing view of the Aurora Borealis - www.theaurorazone.com. One thing that was obvious to me, not being a judge was that there was no consistency in the photographs used. Each nominee's property had one promotional image, some showed the view from the room itself, some showed an image not taken from the room. IMO this was a bit of a fluff award but even so there should have been a more consistent series of photos. However, Wilderness did win Authentic travel for their work at Desert Rhino Camp in Namibia, working with the community and conservation organisations. Here's a picture I took then of Grant with the award. Despite my urging he didn't wear the pith when accepting the prize...

 

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 05:40 AM

That pith topped bearded gatecrashing adventurer is probably still the talk of the convention.


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:48 AM

From awards to networking: the start of my evening began with The Responsible Travel Networking event at which I got to meet some of the award winners, talk responsible safari tourism and say hello to a few people, a couple of whom already knew me and Safaritalk. 

 

From here, it was a short trip across London to Waterloo were alas I'd missed out on...

 

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But London at night in the winter, everybody wrapped up warm: there's a buzz about it. Oh how I'd love to see roasted chestnut sellers on street corners, a Dickensian throwback. But I slpped into the bar and was greeted with recognition, this was the annual ATTA evening and it was obvious to those on the door that I was part of it. Of course it grouped together a number of players in the tourism industry, some of whom I knew personally, some I didn't but by the end of the night did. Mohanjeet Brar from Gamwatchers Safaris, partner of Jake Grieves-Cook last year made me feel very welcome and this year too: Mohanjeet is ATTA's East Africa director - the beard is always a talking point :)

 

A most informal evening, with much beer and laid back chat, I was joined by @PersonalPangea, who, for those who had attended the last London GTG will know is fine company with a beer or three and some food, (tonight consisting of all manner of dishes, Mexican, Italian, American all provided care of ATTA - www.atta.travel), and in fact it was Nigel Vere Nicoll, Chief Executive who was keeping plates refreshed with food. The pith of course always draws comment and many people want to try it on, know it's history. Well, of course as you know, it belonged to an officer in the King's African Rifles based in Kenya during WWII: however that history pales against the family history of @Rupert Finch Hatton who joined Alex and myself for dinner. I had never met Rupert but he knew of me and ST - it was obvious the first question I would ask him related to Denys who was his great great uncle. (So, from seeing the Karen Blixen named plane upon my arrival in Gatwick, here was I held rapt with stories and personal recollections of the Out of Africa story and Rupert proves to be a good story teller recalling his family's long distant communications with Karen Blixen herself. You know what a sucker I am for anything connected to the history of Safari...) Rupert told me of Denys's work to have the Serengeti gazetted and I persuaded him to jump onboard ST and open up his photo archives for us to see so you'll have to be patient on that for a while but fingers crossed it's coming...

 

It so happened whilst drinking and eating that I plain forgot any thoughts of taking photos despite the fact there being a whole herd of interesting grazing species at this specific water whole. In fact, one of the local park rangers was so impressed at my bearded and bepithed, (and after a few drinks bedraggled), appearance that he said I should be in films. @tonypark therefore please bear me in mind when Hollywood options and starts filming your books...

 

I know we've had the discussion here on ST on whether guides should interact with wildlifeethics in safari photography and even if we are getting too close to wildlife, but this next particular nocturnal creature had obviouly been habituated to humans from an early age, I'd even go as far as speculating, hand reared so I had no compunction in making close contact and attempting some form of communication. This resulted in the following encounter which was photographed for posterity...

 

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Despite a quick flick through my well thumbed copy of Este's The Safari Companion I couldn't identify the species and had to rely upon the experienced eye of Finch Hatton - it turned out to be a rare example of an Emliy Cottingham from www.langadventuresandtravel.com. I don't think the flash dazzled her, but I was on hand in case of predators: I think I'm more comfortable holding the camera, my arm isn't that long so it's not a Safaritalk selfie, not that I want to take any selfies to be honest. I may not have led the adventurous life that some of you have, alas my face says different... I wish it didn't.

 

But the night was cut short by the Cinderellaesque train timetable and the fact that if I didn't return to the lodge by midnight my transport would turn into a pumpkin and my clothes revert to rags so I bade my farewells and shook Nigel's hand leaving him obviously bewildered for he had no idea of who I was and probably nor why I was present at the ATTA event...


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:10 PM

My last day on a London safari - and so I'll wrap up my visit to the World Travel Market by making mention of the plethora of sightings I'd had before bidding farewell to the show for another year.

 

I was keen to talk with Bruce Fox of Foxes Safari Camps, (www.tanzaniasafaris.info), who I met last year at the same event: extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife situation in Tanzania as can be seen from his topic here, but always with a constant stream of visitors, I managed some time with him on Thursday during which we talked about the recent visit of @africapurohit and Niyam as well as conservation issues affecting the country. I nagged him about writing for Safaritalk and he couldn't escape the Safaritalk Pith...

 

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:31 PM

Close by, another Bruce, this time, Bruce Simpson from Wilderness Safaris. (www.wilderness-safaris.com) Yesterday I'd been at the Amadeus Awards with Wilderness, (Thanks to Jo Bestic who is the WS social media Guru), and today I dropped by their stand. Not surprisingly their stand is one of the busiest in the show but I managed to squeeze in a couple of minutes with Jens Kozany from Segera Retreat in Kenya. www.segera.com. (In the New Year I hope to be speaking more with him about it.) I've met Bruce previously at last year's event and like then, he probably has no idea who I am or what Safaritalk is, but sportingly donned the ST Pith anyway...

 

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