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I stayed in 2 camps, Matt : The Hide and Makalolo. Dave Christensen was in charge of Makalolo and Benson of Little Makalolo. Fausto Carbone was also in Makalolo.

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Here are some pictures taken in the Serengeti in 1996. I was at Migration Camp. The male and the female were together, they had killed an eland. The three young ones were on a rock along the main road at the level of the one that goes to Migration Camp.

 

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I've been hesitating whether to post or not on this thread. Decided to take the plunge and go ahead. I'm only posting under the archive pre 2000 auspices as I know the photos are of a poor standard.

However I looked out the few photos I took of my short safari in June 1973 to Amboseli, Lake Manyara and Ngorogoro Crater. I just had a Kodak Instamatic I think it was called - just a point and press job - no zoom or focussing.

Tried scanning some and I'm just posting a few - note the crater background. I had the crater virtually to myself - from memory there were one or two other vehicles in the distance at one stage that's all. gallery_6223_1158_213168.jpg

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Lake Manyara June 1973

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The Crater June 1973

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Having the crater all to yourselves - wow, unimaginable these days. must have been wonderful for you indeed. :)

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@@Caracal nothing wrong with those. 1973!!! incredible & as Michael has mentioned amazing to have the crater to yourself.

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@@Caracal

 

Ah, the good old days!!!

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First big hyaenas! :D
Awesome crater pics. Though, in my 2010 trip there, we were very lucky it seems. Other than our brief Cheetah sighting which was stereotypically crowded, we had good time with lion and hyaena with no one else there.

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'73. What great memories these images must have brought back for you@@Caracal - doesn't matter the quality of the pics, I appreciate you posting them. Can you recall what properties you stayed at and what would have been the cost?

 

Matt

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Thanks all for such positive responses.

 

@@Game Warden I stayed at:- Safariland Hotel Nairobi, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Lake Manyara Hotel and Amboseli Lodge.

I don't recall the cost but it would'nt have been a lot.

 

I think Safariland Hotel would have been long gone by now. Probably replaced by skyscrapers. It wasn't a grand old colonial hotel in the style of The Norfolk, Vic Falls or Meikles but it was redolent of earlier times and interesting characters from those days.

 

As you say great memories - not only the amazing wildlife but also the scenery. A few more photos.

 

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Looking down into the crater from front of Lodge

 

 

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Crater Lake Magadi Flamingos

 

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The view from Lake Manyara Hotel

 

 

 

 

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This thread had gone quiet so i scanned an eclectic selection of old 6"x 4" prints on my printer/fax/scanner/copier machine. Not the best quality but here goes...

 

Last day of my 1st walking safari, Vic Falls N.P,1993.

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Preparing for the afternoon paddle, Mana canoe safari, 1995.

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Remote spring oasis. Chizarira N.P. 1995. For the life of me I cannot remember the name of this place and I've been there numerous times.

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Chizarira Camp site 1995.

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Chobe river sunset, 1994.

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Remote Okavango campsite, 1994. i can remember poling across to Chief's island from there but that is about it.

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American lass and me having a dip in the channel near camp. Okavango Delta, 1994.

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Biggest croc I've seen from a canoe. About a minute after this image was taken i was on a hippos back in the canoe. Mana Pools, 1995.

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First time on foot with a grumpy buff. It really concentrates the mind. Busi river Chizaria, 1993.

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Rhinos in long grass. An all too rare sighting these days. Amboseli I think. 1986.

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Eliies coming to waterhole, Hwange, 1993.

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My 1st big male lion on a walking safari, he gave us one big long stare then kept on walking. Hwange 1993.

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I've found some old Kruger photos from my 1st visit to SA in 93, (I think)...

 

Just have to scan them now when I get time.

 

I know most people back in the day would not have wasted slides on photographing their camp/lodge, but I'd be interested to see comparison shots of "Then and Now", how the small camps looked back then. Was wooden decking all the rage in the early 90s or before? I guess the ethos of a classic fly camp/mobile camp won't have changed much and one now will still be more or less the same as from 30 odd years ago.

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@@Geoff - That crocodile is a dinosaur!
And looking forward to the Kruger slides GW! :D

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Love your evocative photos @@Geoff. They must trigger many great memories.

 

I'm not familiar with Chizarira NP. I guess I could look it up but can you enlighten me a little.

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@@Caracal Off Topic but here goes...

 

Chizarira is amongst Zimbabwe's more remote national parks. The terrain is rugged, with spectacular gorges and ephemeral rivers, streams & springs. The scenery is beautiful and the southern areas open up into flood plains with lovely sand rivers such as the Busi river. Unfortunately poaching has been rampant in the park and many areas are now devoid of game. It used to be a stronghold for Black Rhino but by the mid 1990's the animals that had not been poached were captured and relocated to other areas. There is only one lodge in the whole park ~ Chizarira Lodge that sits upon the Zambezi escarpment with spectacular views. All other camps are public campsites with only basic of amenities. The emphasis here is on walking safaris and I've spent many wonderful hours there tracking lion & rhino or sitting in a safe spot watching elephant.

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Thanks @@Geoff. Great description of a park I knew nothing about. Sounds truly wild and spectacular. I gather you've visited the park a number of times.

 

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying always be interested in seeing more photos of Chizarira if you get the time ( and of course more of any others).

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Most of these pictures were taken by either my Olympus OM-10 (I can't remember the lens that I had) or my brother's Cannon AE1 with 70-210 mm lens. Our best pictures were 'borrowed' by an acquaintance and never returned... Anyway these pics were converted to digital from slides.

Black rhinos, Ngorongoro Crater 1984, i have one with better framing but not in focus

 

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Serengeti near Lobo lodge 1986
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Camping near Western Serengeti 1986
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Brings back great memories! Ngorongoro Crater is an amazing place and we were one of only 6 vehicles in the crater that day. Serengeti was slightly more crowded around the Seronera lodge but still would rarely see another vehicle while on safari.

Thanks for posting the pictures. Trying to remember the exact years we visited these parks (84,85 and 86)?

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@@Ayacucho Have you written up a trip report for those 1984/6 safaris? :)

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@@Game Warden I would have to triangulate events with other family members to fill-in my memory gaps for a trip report randomly spanning over three summers (northern hemisphere summers). I may give it a try. :wacko:

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@Ayacucho In my opinion you can leave some gaps and even accidentally combine trips! I think it is conveying the spirit and the feeling that is important after all this time. And of course, a guy apparently going on walking safaris in his underwear (see third picture in 20 January 2014 post by @Geoff) or a deserted crater add to the interest. I guarantee whatever you post I will love it. I've loved every post so far.

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My 23 year safari drought broke in 1996 when I made my second safari.

 

Kenya (Aberdares, Shaba/Buffalo Springs, Nakuru, Amboseli)

Tanzania (Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti )

Vic Falls, Zimbabwe

Have scanned some photos such as they are – all July 1996.

 

Shaba

 

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Buffalo Springs

 

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Nakuru

 

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Serengeti

 

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Zambesi NP Vic Falls

 

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