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Trip report: Tanzania January 2007

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I went for 3 weeks to Tanzania with my girlfriend, her brother and her mother.
This trip report covers the 9 day safari we did.
We went with Green Footprint Adventures and had another marvellous experience (last year was great too!)

First the highlights and the photo’s for the people who don’t want to read the full report ;)

- birds in Tarangire
- Seeing a striped hyena and a honey badger within 10 minutes in Ndutu
- Watch thousands and thousands of European storks fly out of the woodlands into the plans at the same time at sunrise.
- Watch a young striped hyena or aardwolf in daylight (see also this thread on the question whether it was a hyena or aardwolf: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=4&tid=34944156
- Watch Leppet faced vultures eating on a dead hyena
- Watch a pack of wild dogs hunt and kill in the loliondo area
See also my extensive stories on this here:
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=4&tid=34943839
and here:
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=4&tid=34944176
- Have dinner on top of a hill near the camp of Suyan in the Gol Mountains.

My pictures of the trip can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikao/sets/72157594524618438/

and the photo’s of the dogs here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikao/sets/72157594525161323/

and here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikao/sets/72157594526094242/

note: all pictures are the originals. I’ll be editing and correcting them in the following weeks.

Photography:
I used my Nikon D70s with my Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8 with a Solligor 2x converter on it most of the time. The converter worked perfectly, and I was very happy to have it with me, as 200mm would definitely been to short.
Besides that I used a Nikkor AF-D 24-85MM/2.8-4.0 72S and I also brought my Nikkor AF-D 50MM/1.8 but didn’t use that one. I also borrowed a Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 which was very good for some landscape photography.
For storage I had 2x a 1 gig CF extreme III and one 2gig ExtremeII. Together with the Storvision 40Gig portable harddisk this worked perfectly!
I also brought a monopod, a tripod and a beanbag which I used most of the time. For people who are going to camps with a full game package (and therefor end up in an open vehicle) I highly recommend bringing a monopod.
My experiences with this gear setup, and plans for the next safari:
I’m definitely going to buy a 2nd body. I had to change lenses to frequently now, which not only lead to some stress or deciding not to take a certain picture, but also a dirty sensor.
As for the lenses; I was really happy with my current setup. The F2.8 was good enough to allow a 2x converter on it. If im adding anything to my lenses setup, I’ll think I’d go for a 500mm.
And now the trip report!

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