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Jun 22nd, 2004, 02:17 PM
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Hi Rocco,

I have been following your travel adventures, but unable to link to your photos, would you please forward invite to: [email protected]

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Jun 22nd, 2004, 04:39 PM
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Rocco,
That new batch of photos is great. I really like the ellie & hippo ones.

Wouldn't ever want to be bitten w/ a hippo tooth. Yikes! And what a cool hippo hide! And cool lodge and cool landscape....and so on and so on.

Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.

By the way, glad to know I'm not the only one that takes photos of lion paw prints. I've got mine on my screensaver!
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Jun 22nd, 2004, 04:57 PM
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Not to pat myself on the back by any means, but I must say that I am a lot more pleased with my pics from my new photo album than I am with my photo album that consists of my 3 nights at Singita, 3 nights at Matetsi, 3 nights at Vuyatela, 3 nights at Kafunta River Lodge and 2 nights at Kafunta Island Bush Camp.

I don't know how much of it has to do with the fact that I finally know how to use my camera properly and how much of it is owed to the fact that I probably had better game viewing, or at least a more open mind about what to photograph, this year.

I will say that, BY FAR, the most productive part of my trip was my three nights at Chichele Presidential Lodge, although Kaingo was also pretty good, especially when you take their hippo and elephant hide into account.

For now, I can only imagine how great a photo safari that a 9 night safari at Kaingo/Puku Ridge/Chichele Presidential Lodge would prove to be. Plus, that is a great length of time, as it would allow four or five nights in Cape Town, for a nice and relaxing two week safari/beach holiday.

Still, I don't know what next year will hold. I kind of have my eye on a South American/Antarctic cruise aboard Crystal Cruises that www.vacationstogo.com has for nearly 50% off list price, next January. While it is still $280 pppns, for a 6* cruise line, that is a fabulous deal, although I don't know how I would hold up after the first week with a bunch of very rich, very old, very ________ (fill in the blank with whatever adjective you think would describe the crowd on a Crystal Cruise) people.

I am afraid that nothing will ever measure up to a quality safari spent at quality lodges, but I really feel like I owe it to myself to explore further, even if it is on a 6* crusie ship. Anyway, even the 3* cruise ships, such as Orient Lines, are not much cheaper to Antarctica.

Hopefully I will be able to afford such an endeavour next January or February, but if not, I will settle for Australia & New Zealand, and, if nothing else, take a quickie trip to South Africa for like two nights in Joburg, three nights at Simbambili to see those wonderful leopards featured on www.tagasafaris.co.za, and three nights at Mala Mala.

Honestly, after having the very best experience at Chichele Presidential Lodge, I am back to thinking that Singita is not worth it, but I would pay $500 pppns for a Mala Mala and a Simbambili which may offer similiar game viewing in very comfortable settings. However, while the Sabi Sand may offer plentiful leopards, lions, and even the opportunity for rhinos, I do think it lacks the overall diversity, especially in birding, that South Luangwa has to offer. But, the next time I am in South Luangwa, I definitely want to make my way northbound, tackling Selous in Tanzania and making my way to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. It is a mere 2 hour charter flight from South Luangwa to the Selous, and I doubt it would be much more than about $600 pps, and that would be more than worth it in my opinion.

Hope you have all enjoyed the pictures and I will be sending invites to the last couple people whom have not yet had a chance to see my album.

Cheers.
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Jun 22nd, 2004, 05:19 PM
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Roccco, I loved your photos. So many hippos! What a great trip you had.
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 04:16 AM
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Roccco - the hippos were the best, and, of course, the children. Thanks for sharing these.
 
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 05:24 PM
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Hello Roccco,

Glad you are back. Will you please send me an invite to your ofoto site? Cannot get to your pictures through the url on this message.

Sorry for the trouble.

Thanks
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 06:52 PM
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thanks Roccco, great photos!
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Jun 24th, 2004, 08:12 AM
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Susanita,

I will be glad to send you an invite to view my photo album but you need to provide your e-mail address in order for me to do so.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 09:18 AM
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Thanks Rocco for sending me the link to your album. You certainly are an ambassador for Zambia. Very nice place from what I can see in your album. Looks like you had a great safari.
As for Antarctica, does Crystal take you ashore there? I went on Orient Lines, the Marco Polo a few years ago, and we were Zodiaked in to three or four places on the peninsula. Not my favorite place or cruise, but I did like the Orient Line. Great food and shows and they only are allowed to go with 50% occupancy due to the environment. The penguins smelled to high heaven and were filthy, but it was an experience. I just glanced at Crystal's website and like Holland, they appear to only cruise around there. When I went, Orient was the only U.S. line allowed to go into the places. For a real experience the Russian trawlers were the ultimate. Even more expensive and I heard the wealthy went on them. They were docked at Ushaia as was our ship.
One more question, where in Tanzania do you plan to go? I think that Ruaha and Selous would be good. Ruaha is supposed to have wild dog. Enjoy your posts, keep it up. ila
 
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Jun 24th, 2004, 10:15 AM
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ila,

I haven't really checked into Crystal Cruises program too far yet. If they do not go on land, then I would not go, as I wouldn't really even be stepping foot on Antarctica.

For sure, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises goes on land, and from what I have heard from others, they spend a lot more time on land than Orient Lines. However, it is horribly expensive on RSSC to Antarctica, about $500 pppns for a two week cruise.

I have sailed Orient Lines, when they still had the Crown Odyssey, for my honeymoon cruise from Istanbul to Rome. I enjoyed it well enough but I don't know how I would like the Marco Polo. I may be better off waiting until I can afford RSSC.

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Jun 24th, 2004, 02:10 PM
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Roccco,

Thanks for the e-mail with the photo's. I am very envious of your Hippo's - apart from one lone Hippo wandering around on his own, all we seemed to see were eyes and ears - not great photo opportunities. Your timing on your photos was impeccable.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 02:11 PM
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Forgot to ask - with all this talk of your next holiday already, I just wondered if your ideas have been approved by management (STD) yet?
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Jun 24th, 2004, 02:47 PM
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RuthieC,

If you want good hippo shots, the best place is Kaingo at its hippo hide. Every single day there, guests have the option of going to either the hippo hide or the elephant hide. All my photos were taken over two trips to the hippo hide (1 hour each visit).

Although I was able to get a lot of good shots, I missed at least twice as many opportunities since one never really knows when a hippo is about to yawn. One strategy that worked for me was to actually concentrate on hippos that had just yawned, as once a hippo starts yawning, much like a human, they continue yawning. There were probably about 150 hippos in front of the hippo hide, and probably 50 of them were within good photo range.

About that next trip, well, that is an unresolved issue that I need to persuade "managment" to consider.

The one positive thing about Australia/New Zealand, is that even a 20 night trip (2 pre-cruise nights in Auckland, 12 night cruise, 4 nights Sydney, 2 nights Blue Mountains near Sydney) would be about half the price of our Italy / Zambia holiday and with only a direct flight from LAX - Auckland and a direct flight from Sydney - LAX. Altogether, it would be three nights shorter when you consider reduced travel time, yet only one night shorter of actual lodging, and, as I mentioned, about half the price (if I went on the Princess Saphire and kept my lodging at Auckland/Sydney/Blue Mountain hotels to under $300 USD per night).

Hey, if nothing else, a little one week trip to Costa Rica early in the year, followed later in the year with two weeks (late September/early October) to Joburg/Sabi Sand/Cape Town would be nothing to complain about. I will not deny that this last trip was difficult due to the length (about 25 days including travel), the amount of time travelling and the expense, not to mention the theft of our satellite phone and DVD player.

It will work itself out and wherever I go, I will be thankful.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 02:49 PM
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Just as a point of clarification, the hippo/elephant hide visits are mid-day and are not in place of either the morning or evening game drives. Kaingo really offers a lot of bang for the buck.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 07:38 PM
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I haven't been able to access these photos yet, but I will keep trying. My question is what kind of equipment do you use? Someone suggested that I not use an APS camera but I don't know why. I have a Nikon APS. This is our first safari and the photos are important to me. I would appreciate any suggestions.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 08:07 PM
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I do not even know what an APS is, so I am not much help.

I have a Sony Cybershot F-707, a camera that was top of the line 2.5 years ago but that is a dinosaur now. It is fine for shots within a reasonable distance, but for my next visit to Southern Africa (or who knows...Tanzania?), I will definitely be upgrading to a newer and better digital camera.

I would never go on safari without a digital camera. There is plenty of "down time" on game drives, and it is the perfect opportunity to erase or edit the photos that were just taken.

If you provide me with your e-mail address, I will send you a link from Ofoto to view my photo album.
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Jun 25th, 2004, 04:27 AM
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The APS in Nikon APS stands for Automatic point and shoot just like your typical point and shoot cameras.

Sandy17,
is your camera a digital or film camera? And does it have any zoom capability?

That is one drawback of using an APS. You have no control over your shots and sometimes the subject is too far away if you can't adjust the lens to zoom closer in.

Let me know what type camera you have and I'll try to answer any questions or concerns you have in using it.
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Jun 25th, 2004, 05:00 AM
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sandy17 - If I remember correctly, the APS of your camera is Advanced Photo System. The biggest difference to me between and APS and 35mm is the negative size. The negative is smaller (almost half the size) of a 35mm which means if you take the same picture with both types of camera, the APS won't enlarge as well as the 35mm. I think I've read the APS will enlarge to an 8x10 and the 35mm can go to 16x20.

I have used an APS for years for "around the house" photos but I did get a different camera for my first safari.
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Jun 25th, 2004, 05:35 AM
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Roccco - I too would like to see your pictures. The link doesn't work for me. Please send an invite to [email protected] - Thanks
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Jun 25th, 2004, 05:55 AM
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Sundowner,
You are correct in what the APS stands for.

Knowing they are also point & shoot is where the differences are in regular 35mm point & shoot and having the Advanced Photo System point & shoot

sandy17:
Here are some of the pros & cons of having an APS camera

APS Cameras (Advanced Photo System)
- Uses only 24 mm film cassette (which protects negatives)
- Only available film speeds: 100, 200, and 400
- Can change film mid roll
- Print quality won't be a good as with a 35mm camera. (Film not as large so sacrifice quality)

Another thing to consider is where you are going. If you are going to private reserves, you have the ability to drive off-road and get close enough to capture good shots.

In the public game reserves, you cannot drive off road so you are going to need some telephoto capability to get the close-ups.
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