Sabi Sand To Victoria Falls Air Transfers?

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Feb 6th, 2006, 06:10 AM
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Feb 6th, 2006, 06:59 AM
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Rocco just thanks so much I am more and more convinced about Simbambili; I also heard they have very interesting 4N for 3 winterspecials (we hope to go there end of august) We have contacted an agency in Capetown but if you have a better suggestion at (Simbabili) I would be very much interested of course.
Anyway thank you again and ariverderci!
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Feb 6th, 2006, 08:26 AM
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Rocco, great job editing your photos down to highlights -- hopefully, you've been able to blow some of these up for wall shots. Lots of winners.

I think I'm losing my battle to be the last holdout for print film. Nikon has announced plans to downsize their line of print cameras. I'm likely going to get into the digital market, and I may stay with Nikon. I have until May to think about this if I want to purchase in time for my July safari, so I'll likely do some research this month and post some questions next month. Were all your photos taken with digital camera?
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Feb 6th, 2006, 09:09 AM
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The quote from Moremi air for the charter transfer from Gabarone-Mpacha-Immelman airstrip = US$ 1960.00 for the charter transfer one way Nett, meaning that a tour operator would need to mark it up a bit more to cover costs.

The full flying time in a Cessna 210 would be 2hours 50minutes, Gaborone to Mpacha and then 25minutes to Immelman after clearing customs.

Therefore, I think the transfer from Madikwe to Susuwe Island could take place in about 5.5 hours. However, I have made up my mind that I am going to go with the following itinerary and will be able to avoid this routing:

Ntwala Island Lodge (2)
Susuwe Island Lodge (3)
Kwando Lagoon/Lebala (4)
Kwando Kwara/Kwara Island (4)
Michelangelo Towers, Joburg (1)
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge (3)
Leopard Hills, Sabi Sand (2)
Madikwe Hills (2)
Mateya, Madikwe (2)

I am just awaiting one more confirmation and then I will lock this up 100%. I didn't know HOW I was going to top my upcoming Tanzania/Zanzibar/Amsterdam/Paris holiday, but I think the above itinerary accomplishes this task!
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Feb 6th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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Michael (Thit Cho),

Yes, all of my photos were taken with my Canon 20d.

Nikon currently has a great looking camera that is under $2,000 and is over 10 Megapixel, with a 1.5x magnifying factor due to the reduced CMOS sensor, as well as firing off a very fast 5 frames per second. It is called the Nikon D200. Just think...you would get an extra 50% magnification on all your lenses! Other than, perhaps, having to be an extrawide lens, this would be good news.

Take a look at this camera and the different prices offered by various suppliers, courtesy of www.nextag.com

http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buye...on_D200_10_2MP
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Feb 6th, 2006, 09:25 AM
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I'm leaning towards the camera in your link, but I think they have one that's even more advanced (around $4,000 or so), and I need to find out what that does. Price isn't much of an issue since it should last a lifetime (then again, I said that about my F-100 which I bought in 1999 and is now obsolete, that after having upgraded from the Nikon 6006 I bought in 1993).
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Feb 6th, 2006, 10:48 AM
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Michael,

The next level up is the Nikon D2X which looks fabulous. Here is a link on Nextag with pricing from various suppliers:

http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buye...kon_D2X_12_4MP
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Feb 6th, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Looks like I need to properly time my purchase -- its been as high as $5,000 and as low as $1,000. Its now around $4,000. Thanks for the link.
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Feb 6th, 2006, 11:30 AM
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Michael-
I purchased my D2X in Oct. of '05 for a little over $4K but there are better deals to be had now that everyone is scurrying to get the new D200.

I've only done a few practice shots with my mine and so far I love it. I will be putting it to the test in Rwanda and the DRC at the end of the month.
I do plan on getting the D200 sometime soon as my second body back-up but will hold off until the frenzy dies down.
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Feb 6th, 2006, 11:44 AM
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divewop - I've been wondering where you were. Congrats on your new camera. I would hold up on the D200 until they get all the "kinks" worked out. I've read they have some issues with the some of the cameras (one example: http://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=60059 ).

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Feb 6th, 2006, 11:56 AM
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I've been lurking around, popping in and out from time to time. Been busy trying to start my own biz and handle all the fun stuff that comes with it(NOT!), and get over to Africa by end of Feb.
Thanks for the heads up on the D200 article. I'll take my D70 as my back up this time around.
I'll be returning in June so hopefully they'll have the kinks worked out by then.
But I, like Michael, will always have a soft spot for film cameras.

Rocco,
Didn't mean to hijack your thread and digress totally off topic. >-
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Feb 6th, 2006, 12:19 PM
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Divewop,

Well, as a frequent hijacker of threads, I probably deserve it...what goes around, comes around!
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Feb 6th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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Well, I'm going to look at the D200, too, if that's now top of the line. But I expect it will have too many features that I won't use -- I'm a point-and-shoot, albeit with the F-100 at this time. I didn't get the F5 since the principal upgrade from the F-100 was a larger battery, which didn't appeal to me.
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Feb 6th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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Top of the line in Nikon Digital is still the D2X. The D200 is just the newest arrival on the digital scene. It is much more affordable and doesn't quite have all the bells and whistles of the D2X but still delivers one heck of a punch for the $$.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 02:25 AM
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Hi Ivee,

Are you sure you stayed in Tree Camp, rather than Bateleur Camp? Bateleur was looking a bit tired (though it has undergone some recent refurbishment) but Tree Camp (at least when I visited in June 2005) looks great -- elegant and luxurious without being ridiculously OTT.

Since you're interested in Simbambili, you should send Rocco an email -- he now has his own tour operation, Destiny Africa, and he knows Simbambili very well. Even before he became a tour operator, Rocco helped a lot of people on this forum save money on their safaris without compromising the quality of their experience.

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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:54 PM
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I'm also eyeing the Nikon D200. It plus the new Nikon 18-200 VR zoom lense ($700?) would be a great/versatile combination. In 35mm film terms the 18-200 works out to be 24-300mm. Which is nice, 24mm good wide angle, but could be a little short at 300mm. But with 10mpixels to work with you could crop down the 300mm to look like 400mm or more. Which is probably good for me because I tend to crop too tight in the camera anyway. A left over habit from shooting 35mm slides where the shot you take is the one you get, period. Can't wait to get back to the optical mirror type viewfinder, EVFs su(k big time. Anyway, how many days until Sept 8th? That's when we arrive at Mala Mala. Uh oh, Mala Mala here we go again Our last camp will be Little Governors Camp Kenya, 5 nights, anyone been there?
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Feb 9th, 2006, 04:03 AM
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Tom-
Wow! 5 nights. How lucky! I can't get enough of the Mara. Spent 3 nights at Little Governors last February ('05).
It's a very nice camp with a great view. Has a resident family of wart hogs who hang around and also had the fortune of having a huge bull ele visit almost daily. Once right outside our tent. Made for a great photo op as long as we stayed inside.

Have also stayed at Il Moran which I do prefer over Little Governors because it's much smaller and intimate with only ten tents compared to seventeen.
Ask for Samuel, 'the elder', as your guide. He is superb with many years under his belt and can spot an animal a half mile away. He was on the anti-poaching unit at Tsavo for twenty years before coming to Governors.
Really lovely gentleman and he knows his stuff. I use him every time I'm there and have also recommended him to friends.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 05:58 AM
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Tom,

Mala Mala? You ENJOY roughing it?

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Feb 9th, 2006, 11:51 AM
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divewop - how were the game drives at Lil Govs?

Yeah Roccco, one more visit to Mala. Then maybe the year after we can break away from it and try another.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 02:08 PM
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Tom-
Is there anything specific you want to know about the game drives?

In short, they are great. Of course, having used Samuel before, he knows my likes and dislikes. We were usually the first ones to leave camp and one of the last back to camp on all drives.
There are three drives per day. One a.m., one after breakfast and one in the afternoon.
You can also pack a lunch and stay out all day if you prefer.
As far as animal sightings, as most people know, the Mara has an abundance of wildlife.
And since the hot air balloon departs from Lil Governors and you're staying five days, I would also take a morning to do one.
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