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The duba files

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Calling her sisters.

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Nice johan. I would love to get a photo of a lion/ess doing that at dawn with steam breath visible... but the unco-operative brutes simply won't comply with my requests!

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Why the concern about Great Plains? It is owned by the Jouberts whose credentials speak for themselves. The only concern I have is the possibility of what I call the Momboization of some of their camps such as Zafara and Mara Plains, and if Duba Plains goes the same route making it unaffordable. On the other hand if the market will bear it what's wrong with that?

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I think GPC would prefer if you call it Zarafization :) - it is after all a more luxurious camp than Mombo. Infact I have read and been told Mombo is the least opulent of all their premier camps in Botswana.

 

There is nothing wrong with it from their point of view but try a jump of 30-35% in prices to start with versus 2011 (high season prices as low season is all over the place from whatever I hear) and then add some different client base to it from our point of view. It does make you wonder. But yup if I could go there for USD400-450 pppn in the green season, I would do it. When I dont know.

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Posted (edited)

Yes, it is the jump in luxury and price that concerns me. I quite liked the comfort level when I was there in March 2010. A little worn, but still quite nice, and perfectly comfortable.

 

"The" market being able to bear it is one thing. My personal market bearing it is another. I have no problem with a few overly opulent, over-priced camps strewn about here and there, but I don't think the delta needs any more.

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Shall we try and keep this on topic, ie photographic, as started by Johan, and keep pricing etc to another thread? Am enjoying very much everyone's images, and I don't want to see it deteriorate. Thanks, Matt.

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Okay. Sorry. Back on track.

 

The "Crossing" in March 2010-

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The lighter side of a kill at Duba (not so light if you are the buffalo, I suppose)-

 

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Zaminoz,

 

It's not like you are on a commercial photo shoot.

 

Pangolin,

 

Do you have some close ups of the young lion's face?

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Okay, by exception a second picture today ;)

 

My name is "big ears" and I wonder why.

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Lion paw, DP

 

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Tails up

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Hehe, excellent.

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What was the outcome of that encounter Johan?

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They didn't caught this one but half an hour later, the females grabbed a young one. Unfortunately for them, the Skimmer male stole their prey.

 

I have seen some intense battles and several times, the buffalo made it even if the odds were against them.

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Zaminoz,

 

It's not like you are on a commercial photo shoot.

 

 

Oh... :huh: I should pay them a commercial rate next time :(

 

B)

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Baboons are always a thankfull subject to photograph

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Look at me, DP

 

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Ma di Tau, Duba December 2011

 

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A young female who despite the odds became a subadult. Have seen a couple of attempts by the Skimmer male, when he took over the pride, to kill her. She also escaped being killed as a cub by the females of the Tsaro pride.

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Ma di Tau with other pride lionesses, Duba Plains, February 2012.

 

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Just a spur-winged goose - photographing birds was a thing I thoroughly enjoyed

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When I look back at pics from Duba, seems like every other one has a spur- winged goose somewhere.

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playful cubs at Duba, Dec 2011

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Another member of the plover family

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