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@@Safaridude I know Andre passed away a few years ago.

 

I did hear that Kanawe had moved to Kwando. Do you know if that is so or where he is these days?

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@@Geoff - How did Devastation Ally get such a dramatic name?...

 

@@Big_Dog ~ One look at the place would tell you.

The trees had been absolutely smashed by elephant to the point where much of what was left was just greying stumps with old limbs littering the ground.

I think it was named Devastation Alley by Grant Nel.

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@@Geoff

 

I heard that Kanawe is close to retiring or has retired.

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Hari,

 

Windhoek, Castle,... was, I guess, the name given to them by the Kwando people, when they moved to the Lebala area. I saw them there in 2003.

 

In the Selinda they were known as Arnold, Brad & Dopie.

 

Here is the picture you are refering to: John & his wife escorted to the airstrip by Dopie.

 

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Some more pictures of the Selinda wildlife from the same period.

 

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Yes, Mike ..... Correct re the names. Great instalment .... Pure dry season Selinda!!!!

 

@@Geoff .... Kanawe wanted to stay close to Kasane .... Retired from Kwando earlier this year.

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Amboseli, Kenya 1986. An iPhone snapshot of a 36" x 24" enlargement of one of my 1st African wildlife images. Taken with ASA 100 print film.

 

My eldest sister secretly took the negative and presented the framed enlargement to me on my Birthday in 1987. For years the image hung above the open fireplace in my parent's home and later in my own home.

Though since moving into a beach house it now collects dust in a wardrobe.

 

Over the years I've seen similar images from the same (or nearby) location.

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This is a great thread and I'm loving everyone's contributions and photos.

@@Geoff you were taking great photos way back in '86 I see. I remember being awestruck by seeing Kilimanjaro above a very dry and dusty Amboseli in 1973. Didn't have all those magnificent elephants right in the foreground though to set it off so splendidly. Am particularly enjoying the Selinda posts. I stayed at Zib in August 1998 when Lloyd and Sue Camp were managing and remember seeing a cheetah with two cubs that were about 6 months old. A hyena was trailing around keeping an eye on them. - I hope they survived and thrived.

Looking forward to more posts.

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Ah right, thanks @@Geoff.
You're all direly making me want to visit Selinda now...

Also, forgive me for an enormously newbie-ish question, but what were good cameras like back in those days? Being born in the 90's I know of only either the early digital models you hook up to computers to download, like primitve verions of today's cameras, or the wind-and-click ones you then got the film developed in.

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Some more pictures (scans from slides) from the Selinda from the same period

 

The Zibalianja lagoon in 1998

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Ah right, thanks @@Geoff.

You're all direly making me want to visit Selinda now...

 

Also, forgive me for an enormously newbie-ish question, but what were good cameras like back in those days? Being born in the 90's I know of only either the early digital models you hook up to computers to download, like primitve verions of today's cameras, or the wind-and-click ones you then got the film developed in.

 

@@Big_Dog If I was visiting the Linyanti region of Botswana in the next year or two I would go to Kwando and not Selinda.

 

Your asking the wrong person about good cameras back in those days too. I have no idea. Other members on this site might know though.

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Thanks @@Geoff - Love Kwando from my trip there! How come though? Is Selinda just more expensive or has the game viewing dropped?

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Thanks @@Geoff - Love Kwando from my trip there! How come though? Is Selinda just more expensive or has the game viewing dropped?

 

 

My opinion of course and some (many) might disagree. I'm also ignoring the expense of the Selinda camps.

 

The images in this thread were taken whilst the Selinda was in a dry cycle. When I first visited Selinda (1996) the Savuti Channel still had water for a distance from the Zibalianja lagoon. By 2004 the lagoon had shrunk considerably and the spillway almost completely dry. Game viewing was brilliant (I consider my 3 weeks there in 2002 comparable to the Mara), and predators were easy to locate waiting at the available water points. But that all changed from 2005 with renewed waterflows into the spillway & lagoon. The amount of water in the system now makes traversing the area much more difficult and the game far more spread out.

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@@Bush dog Fabulous set of images Mike. I've got a suspicion we've met too. I think you were staying at Selinda camp when I was at Zib in 1998.

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I'm of the opinion that there has been a change in the tectonic plates again - For instance some parts of the Eastern section of Kwando that have been more and more submerged underwater over the past few years are getting dry again. It might still take 2-3 years though to be back in it's prime.

 

I may have mentioned elsewhere - October 2013, was largely disappointing at Kwando ...... While June/July 2014 was phenomenal .......... it's all a cycle, perhaps and the predator dynamics are constantly changing too - 2014 has suddenly seen Lions everywhere in the Kwando concession and I haven't had such good viewing since 2005. Okay - 2007/2008 was partially good when Milky Eye and his pride were more at Lebala - but, they too took off to Duma Tau/Savuti eventually and never came back.

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@@Geoff

 

Perhaps, Geoff. I was in Botswana from the 11 to the 27th of July.

Thanks a lot for your comments.

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@@Bush dog Yes, the timeframe fits. Do you remember this sighting July, 1998, both Selinda & Zib vehicles were there. This is when i think I met you. From memory you had a 300mm f/2.8 lens and I asked how you went handholding that lens (or something to that effect).

 

 

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@@Geoff

 

What a memory you have, Geoff, after 16 years! I'm sorry, but honestly, I do not remember.

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Interesting stuff @@Geoff ...Lebala is quite close to the spillway but seemingly not as affected. Interesting there is also a lion influx @@madaboutcheetah. I believe this may be as a result of the hunting ban (for lions, it was 2008 I believe?) if it takes 4 or 5 years for them to fully mature, we'll be seeing the effects now-ish then.
Hopefully Kwando will remain resilient with great dog and cheetah sightings, and not suffer the apparent drop in their numbers like @@Safaridude mentioned at Mombo.

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I don't think the Lion density is that high like mombo ....... IMHO there is always cheetah around. You just have to track and find them.

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Lion's mock charge (scans from slides) in Welgevonden some time ago.

 

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Some Savute archives (scan from slides)

 

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Very interesting discussion on the merits of Kwando vs Selinda @@Big_Dog @@Geoff - we flew into Lebala in Nov 2007 on the same plane as @@africawild but whilst we moved on to Lagoon and had great sightings including cheetah, leopard & wild dog, he went onto Zib. When our paths crossed again a few days later in Kwara, his words were along the lines of "we struggled to find a zebra", the wildlife was that scarce!

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Very interesting discussion on the merits of Kwando vs Selinda @@Big_Dog @@Geoff - we flew into Lebala in Nov 2007 on the same plane as @@africawild but whilst we moved on to Lagoon and had great sightings including cheetah, leopard & wild dog, he went onto Zib. When our paths crossed again a few days later in Kwara, his words were along the lines of "we struggled to find a zebra", the wildlife was that scarce!

 

Your memory is perfectly right Ian , I still remember the day we met again in Kwara and how i regretted having gone to Selinda where we barely saw 3 elephant, some buffalo and our only predator was a wild cat while you were telling me about the fantastic sightings that you had enjoyed at Lagoon !!!

 

Great photos from the archives by the way all of you ! . My time as slide photographer ended the year before i took my first safari in 2003 . It would be fantastic to sit with a cold Tusker and have a slide show with some of this photos , i still make some family slide shows with my slides from Thailand or Egypt , too bad no African slides !!!!

 

Keep them coming !

 

Paco

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@Africlan : Really interesting, such diversity and difference in such a small area (relativley)!
@@Bush dog - awesome Martial Eagle.

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