Kaye's Photos from MalaMala 9 March to 3 April 2007

Apr 13th, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Kaye, Thanks for your vivid pics - what a way to enjoy morning coffee, with cheetahs galore and cats of all sizes. What circle of life catches - the buffalo birth, the rhino baby, the ellie toddler tantrum, kudu babies, zebra baby. I can't wait to read the report, so far, so great. Deb
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Apr 13th, 2007, 07:55 AM
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Kaye,

Thank you. I've never been disappointed to date, but it is very easy to take fantastic game viewing for granted there!

I too hope that the Eyrefield cubs make an appearance soon - fingers crossed that they are still around somewhere.

Kind Regards,

Carol

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Apr 13th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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Mala Mala is wonderful. It is magical. You do not know what is waiting at the next turn. I hope to go back there one day...

Cheers,

JP
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Apr 14th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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Michael, thanks - I also have not seen hyena pups before and it was one of my highlights - always something new to see no matter how often I am there!

Deb, thanks for your kind words - I probably will not do a report as for me the gameviewing is my report. I do not know how some people keep all those trip memories in such detail and there is really no need for me to share a minute by minute account of people with me- like most gameviewers I really like some fellow guests and I really dislike others! Please ask anything that you feel I may be able to answer otherwise my photos must tell you that I had a terrific trip with fantastic gameviewing and I shall do it all over again in December!

Carol, it really is easy to take it for granted, but I do know how incredibly lucky I have been since I started gameviewing.

Yes JP, that is part of the magic of any gameviewing, what will be around a corner? I thought you were going to MM in July for work experience?

Kind regards

Kaye
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Apr 14th, 2007, 08:09 AM
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Kaye,

Thanks for your great photos. Such a wide array of subjects. Loved the hyena pups - I've seen pups before but not that young. I think my favorite though was the kudu's neck - how did you get that one?

I loved the birds especially the kingfishers with the full tummies. Wow! If I could get pics like that I would be thrilled!

Thanks for sharing.

How long did you stay at each location? I've been wanting to go back to Africa for quite some time. Are you going to do a trip report eventually? Can hardly wait.

Deb (another one)
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Apr 14th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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Kaye,

Not going anymore. It's a long story. I am so jealous that you are able to visit MM twice a year.

Cheers,

JP
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Apr 14th, 2007, 12:22 PM
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Wowww! what great photos! NOw I must get to go to MM. What are the best times? I would love to be able to do a green safari but work ususally has me needing to travel in late Aug or Dec/ Jan. What other times do yu think it good to go there? Also, having the reach to +400 sure lets you get great bird shots, doesn't it? I must see what I can do before I h ead off this summer. I have a Canon 30D with 70 -200 zoom but found it , even with an extender, a tad short. Do you find the reaction time on the Panasonice quick enough? And what about the smaller cameras?
Again, thaks for the photos. I so would love to see a leopard!!!!
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:50 AM
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Yes, and we, too, want to plan a safari. We have late December available with 4 teens - they have to go on their winter breaks. It's the last chance our family can be together, we think, and we've been wanting to do a safari at one of the BEST places.. we've heard Mala Mala and Singita are the most luxurious and best for wildlife viewing... so, any suggestions as to how many days to allow? Flying from the Eastern US.. how many days to allow for travel back and forth and how many days at the lodge? I think I may be a tad late in checking into accommodations, but I want to try!
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Apr 15th, 2007, 01:09 PM
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Teadrinker

You can fly Dulles to Joberg overnight. Then spend a night in Joberg before transferring to Sabi Sands, December, particularly Christmas can be busy so check now for availability. Mala Mala is not as luxurious as Singita (much cheaper) but Rattrays is very lux. Mala Mala rooms are still more luxurious than most hotel rooms in the world, so everything is relative, plus the game viewing and guiding is excellent.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 06:06 PM
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Hi

Deb, the other one - I love seeing all creatures, great and small and certainly not racing after the big 5 (my worst nightmare)! Kudu Bulls often walk from you once the vehicle stops, so it was pure luck the decided to stop and snack up high with his horns parallel to the ground - an enormous neck, isn't it? I was only at MalaMala - but I did have a 3 night stint at the luxurious Rattray's and the rest of the time at Main Camp. No probably not a trip report as I am really hoping my photos say what a fantastic trip I had and I would rather not dwell on the fact that I shared vehicles with some of the fellow guests from hell!

Rhoda, thank-you - I have now been to MM in the following months - Nov, Dec, Jan, March, May, June, July and Sept and I love gameviewing at all of those times. This trip in March had super rains about 2 weeks before I was there and the grass was dreadfully high but gameviewing in the hotter months is shorter as it is difficult to get fellow guests to be out in the heat! I prefer the heat to the cold, although if warm enough it is OK! Dec-Jan is the time frame I have also been using since 2003 and I have had some great gameviewing in that time, winter gameviewing always seems better because you are out for longer times, you stay out later in the morning and go out earlier in the afternoon. I am happy with the Panasonic and the reaction time is good - more likely to be me with the slow reaction time not the camera! Never had a small camera as zoom not enough, as you say, for the smaller things. The birds do need to be fairly close, if too far I am wasting my time. In the 25 days I had at MM, I saw 20 different leopards and most of those I saw more than once, so I have always had great leopard sightings at MM.

Teadrinker - I take nieces aged between 15 and 24 with me on most trips. Booking for late December 2007, and it being their high season it is a good chance that accomodation for 6 would be very difficult to get now. I booked Dec 2007/Jan 2008 in October 2006 and am about to begin booking for Dec 2008.
I am a huge fan of MalaMala and it is my only destination at this time. I have been to Singita in 2003/4 and 5 and because of the price I would not go back. For luxury accomodation I much prefer Rattray's, a second camp at MalaMala and I usually do 3 or 4 nights there to break up the time at Main Camp. I am a gameviewing addict and that is the reason why I return to MalaMala time and time again! Good luck with booking!

Kind regards

Kaye
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Apr 15th, 2007, 06:17 PM
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Ah, come on Kaye, just one little story about the fellow guests from hell. It'll do you good to talk about it, pretty please.
regards - tom
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Apr 15th, 2007, 08:31 PM
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Hi Tom

Sure - they were all american!

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Apr 15th, 2007, 09:36 PM
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Kaye - America is capitalized.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 09:37 PM
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and so is American
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Apr 16th, 2007, 03:27 AM
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Hi Kaye

From one fellow Australian to another........."Love your work!" ;-)

Cheers
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Apr 16th, 2007, 05:30 AM
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Hi Marc

Thank you for your kind comment.

Kind regards,

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Apr 19th, 2007, 05:02 AM
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topping for a friend.

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Apr 19th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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Your pictures are INCREDIBLE. I am just starting my search for our first trip to Africa...your pics have convinced my hubby it's time to book!
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Apr 20th, 2007, 05:00 AM
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Hi JennaJ

You are welcome. I am pleased your husband was so easily convinced and good luck with your planning!

Kind regards,

Kaye
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Apr 21st, 2007, 04:05 AM
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After you read this, D S & C - I rest my case!!!

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