Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 『Yasomer.Net』수원 안마 수원 오피 수원 건마 수원 마사지 수원 안마 - 야써머
  2. 2 『Yasomer.Net』인천 안마 인천 오피 인천 건마 인천 마사지 인천 안마 - 야써머
  3. 3 『Yasomer.Net』부천 안마 부천 오피 부천 건마 부천 마사지 부천 안마 - 야써머
  4. 4 『Yasomer.Net』강서 안마 강서 오피 강서 건마 강서 마사지 강서 안마 - 야써머
  5. 5 『Yasomer.Net』신림 안마 신림 오피 신림 건마 신림 마사지 신림 안마 - 야써머
  6. 6 『Yasomer.Net』신촌 안마 신촌 오피 신촌 건마 신촌 마사지 신촌 안마 - 야써머
  7. 7 Egypt Trip Planning
  8. 8 Hiring Grand Taxi
  9. 9 Barcelona & Morocco (Oct 2017)
  10. 10 Trip Report Trip Report : Jordan and United Arab Emirates
  11. 11 Kenya and Tanzania Tour Companies
  12. 12 April Budget Safari - Tanzania
  13. 13 Help with Kenya Safari plans.
  14. 14 Safari In June
  15. 15 Business trip to Israel
  16. 16 Advice for 1st tip to Kenya
  17. 17 Help please! Trying to plan an African trip!
  18. 18 honeymoon place
  19. 19 Suggestions needed for 5 days in Tunisia
  20. 20 Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, hidden gems not on the normal tourist path?
  21. 21 Kenya Vs. tanzania
  22. 22 Hire a driver for a week in Morocco
  23. 23 Trip Report Trip Report : Mauritius and Rodrigues
  24. 24 First Trip to Africa, first safari...which itinerary should I go with?
  25. 25 South African Safari Company Recommendations
View next 25 » Back to the top

Safaridude's Trip Report - Tsetses and Camera Cleaning

Jump to last reply

I must digress here and talk about tsetses and cameras.

I have a huge problem with tsetse flies. I get very bad histamine reactions to their bites. I was armed with "Skeeter Beater" lotion through Meru (not many tsetses), the Western Corridor of Serengeti (many around Grumeti river) and Ugalla (teeming, swarming, and bloodthirsty). I can tell you that it works, but not 100%. It appeared that Skeeter Beater worked well for some and marginally for others. For me, it was, I would say 30% effective. I did see for the first time on a safari, flies land on me but not bite. What does work fabulously is a shirt and a pair of ankle gaitors I bought from bugshirt.com. I can't say enough about them. Their shirts are ingeniously designed and are 100% effective while keeping you cool. In certain areas, I had the hood on with the zipper slightly open -- and it was great.

In terms of camera cleaning, I purchased a "dry" cleaning device from visibledust.com. It is also an ingeniously designed device. It is a brush that you electrically charge, thereby removing the dust easily from the sensor screen. The downside is, however, if you get the brush dirty, you can actually get smears on the screen (so, you should bring at least a couple of brushes). This is the device Marjia talks about in her thread about my coming to rescue when I saw her at Campi ya Kanzi.

I think it's just best to not worry too much about it. I am a quasi-professional photographer. I never wet-clean my lenses on safari. If you use any lense longer than 100mm, the dust or smears on the outside of the lense never show up. I check once in awhile for the cleanliness of the sensor screen by shooting a picture of the sky (blue or clouded) and zooming in at the result. If there are some spots, I don't worry about it. It is very easy to fix them with your software later.

Advertisement