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Pictures & Trip Report - Self-drive: South Africa & Namibia 2008

Pictures & Trip Report - Self-drive: South Africa & Namibia 2008

Jan 29th, 2009, 03:35 PM
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Enjoying you report as always, cheetahs hunting now ... whatever next!! The female looks to be radio-collared, did you get to know anything about research there? Have you always been so lucky with wildlife spotting or is it an acquired skill? Do you live in a part of Canada with abundant wildlife? I also like the Smugmug format, will have to try it when time allows.

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If Robin doesn't mind a little hi-jack ... you said you visited Kgalagadi in 2006 - did you do a trip report? I had a search but couldn't find anything. Would be interesting to compare experiences.
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Jan 29th, 2009, 07:09 PM
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Tockoloshe - we did speak briefly to the cheetah team, but not long enough to learn much about their research. However, if I recall correctly, there is some information about the project on the sanparks website.

We have always been quite lucky with sightings. We've concluded that it is because we drive so slowly and take our time. As I said in my report, we take the recommended driving times and double them and then we're pretty much on schedule. Clearly, we drive much slower (1/2 the speed!) than most people. Either that or we are just incredibly lucky!

I should add that we are also slow hikers. We like to look at everything. We drove the Aussies crazy whenever they took us hiking! Robin
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Jan 29th, 2009, 09:29 PM
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Thank you for this fantastic trip report. I loved the format which made it easy to follow and the photos are really wonderful. This is a self drive trip even I could aspire to and I can't wait to hear about your East African drive when you have finished it.
One question, was it very hard to arrange and is it very expensive to hire a car. And how do you find another couple to travel with and not go crazy in their company for so long??
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Jan 30th, 2009, 05:43 AM
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Hi Twaffle!
The trip was very easy to arrange. We did it all online - cars (Avis), park reservations (sanparks.org), B&Bs....

The SANparks system is excellent - you can see what camps are available on which dates and then book online. We've always had a response from SANparks within 48 hours, confirming the reservation and indicating when our deposit and final payment are due. Highly organized!

The only reservation we couldn't make directly was Kulala Wilderness Camp - Wilderness Safaris doesn't accept direct bookings, so we had to use a travel agent. Wilderness actually gave us the name of two agents here in Canada that they work with. I emailed one of them (Reservations Africa in Victoria) and they made the reservation for us.

The cars certainly aren't cheap - our 4x4 cost R10,250 (for 11 days). We had to put down a 50% deposit to hold the vehicle.

You'd have to know Anne and Mark to understand why we could travel with them for that long and not get on each others nerves - wonderful people - very easy going and relaxed! Robin
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Jan 30th, 2009, 05:11 PM
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Thanks Robin, I have told my husband that he needs to read your trip report so that he can see why I would like to do a similar trip. Even with the price of the vehicle, it will work out cheaper than our trips to Kenya (which I don't plan to give up yet). Just another nice way to spend time on this planet.
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Jan 30th, 2009, 07:31 PM
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It was certainly cheaper than our trip to Kenya this summer will be, but not cheap! Robin
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Jan 31st, 2009, 06:00 AM
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robin,

i waited until this morning, saturday, to read your report when i'd have the time to (enviously) take it all in. to be able to travel anywhere for that length of time with great friends is a gift few people will ever know. thanks for letting me fantasize and share vicariously.
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Feb 4th, 2009, 12:03 PM
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I'm still following you! Particularly love the lioness number 196, maybe because you don't often get a background of blue sky like that - the sheep call did the trick!
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Feb 4th, 2009, 04:54 PM
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Glad you are still following along. Busy day at work today, so didn't get anything written - hopefully, I will be back at it tomorrow! Robin
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Feb 4th, 2009, 08:56 PM
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sorry for coming so late to the thread, but wanted to add that the only time I've seen an aardwolf was from a low-flying hot air balloon over Sossusvlei - a pair emerged from their dens at dawn quite oblivious to our presence about 20m above them.

I also saw my only aardvarks in Namibia, both during daylight in the bush at Okonjima during a leopard tracking excursion.

You'll just have to go back to Namibia to keep looking, Robin
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Feb 5th, 2009, 06:09 AM
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I guess so! How lucky you are! Robin
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Feb 13th, 2009, 03:45 PM
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Hi Robin, can you do a 'TTT' when you post your next bit of the report so I don't miss it? I keep checking back to smugmug but a reminder here would be nice.
kurt_a - we'd just about decided NOT to visit Okonjima on our trip to Namibia this year and then you throw in the aardvarks ... that might change things!
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Feb 13th, 2009, 06:22 PM
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Will do! Have been busy at work - hope to get back at it tomorrow! Robin
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Feb 16th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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Many more photos for you Tockoloshe!
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Feb 16th, 2009, 03:30 PM
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Sorry - I should have included the link again!
http://bert-and-bin.smugmug.com/gall...61053054_KcDbR
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Feb 19th, 2009, 08:03 AM
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Honey badger pictures have been added - see pages 30 and 31.
Just about finished Kgalagadi/SA - on to Namibia!

http://bert-and-bin.smugmug.com/gall...61053054_KcDbR

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Feb 19th, 2009, 09:51 AM
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Robin

What a wonderful trip report. I already want to visit that area, thanks for the time you've put into this and for sharing it.

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Feb 19th, 2009, 09:55 AM
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Have viewed the first 8 pages so far; what a beautifully presented report!
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Feb 19th, 2009, 08:29 PM
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Glad you enjoyed it, Matt!
Oh dear! Poor Kavey! You have a long way to go!
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Feb 24th, 2009, 04:36 PM
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Hi Robin
Finally caught up with you & the report - too many distractions this end at the moment. As usual superb photos & commentary, those honey badger photos and lion cubs ... priceless.
I like the idea of the game count, would pass the time when you're thinking 'Oh just another springbok'.
You've really got us thinking of going back to Kgalagadi, we did love the scenery but honestly were a bit disappointed with the game - no cats and you see 20 lions! Also I didn't know they did walks (or maybe they didn't a few years ago), we love to get out of the car for a good trek, particularly with a good guide. The camps look better too. And also maybe we were not so experienced back then, I'm sure your 'safari eyes' get better with experience - I even find myself spotting more wildlife when I'm out in the country here than I used to.
Please carry on, I'm sure more people are reading the report than are commenting. Looking forward to Namibia.
Just wondering ... can you print your Smugmug report as an album with comments? I've seen that they do photo books but that would seem to involve setting out the whole book again - it would be good if you could print a good quality A4-type book 'as is', especially when you've gone to so much time and trouble to do this (and Botswana)
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