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Aug 7th, 2005, 10:00 PM
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Lin,

I will take into consideration your suggestion for staying two nights at each camp.

Now, allow me to add to your jealousy.

I am not planning my next trip...that is already booked:

late February/March

Moivaro Coffee Lodge, Arusha (3) The three nights are to allow for the Kiliminjaro Marathon, or half marathon if I don't lose at least 30 pounds.

http://www.moivaro.com/info.html

http://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/

Manyara Tree Camp, Lake Manyara (2)

http://www.ccafrica.com/reserve-1-id-2-4

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater (2)

http://www.ccafrica.com/reserve-1-id-2-12

Olduvai Camp, Serengeti (1)

http://www.africatravelresource.com/...tl/03-TOLD.htm

Nomad Masek Camp, Serengeti (2) - There are only four luxury tents and this is the same company that operates Greystoke Mahale and Sand Rivers in Selous.

http://www.nomad-tanzania.com/our-camps-1.php

Nomad Piaya Camp, Serengeti (2)

Mbuzi Mawe Camp, Serengeti (2) - This is the Serena's newest entry in the Serengeti, located just north of the Seronera area. http://www.serenahotels.com/tanzania/mbuzi/photo.asp

Emerson & Green Hotel, Stone Town, Zanzibar (2)

Palms Zanzibar, Unguja Island (same island that Stone Town is located but on the opposite side of the island), Zanzibar (3) www.palms-zanzibar.com

So, I am being a total glutton for 2006 and somehow hope to pull of a 3 week East Africa safari and 3 week Zambia/Botswana safari.

I have booked the East Africa safari with Africa Travel Resource (www.africatravelresource.com).

I intend to get my next safari booked the moment I get home from Zambia, but I may just do it before I leave, as I don't want to chance that there will still be availability for Mombo/Kings Pool/Duba Plains seven weeks from now when I return.
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Aug 7th, 2005, 10:07 PM
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Rocco-what happened to your plan to go to Greystoke to see the chimps while in East Africa? That will be part of my next trip, that place looked so beautiful next to the lake. YIKES! I'm turning into a Rocco, before I've even been on my first safari, I'm planning the next!!
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Aug 7th, 2005, 10:32 PM
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matnikstym,

Unfortunately, Greystoke Mahale / Chada Katavi / Mwagusi Ruaha proved too expensive for my sister-in-law and her husband.

Instead, they will accompany my wife and I next August for four nights at Luangwa River Lodge (I will test it out next month to make sure it warrants a return visit), followed by four nights at Matetsi Water Lodge.

From there, they will return for a few nights in London, but my wife and I will continue to Botswana for 9 nights.

Greystoke Mahale will hopefully find its way onto calendar for August 2007. Hopefully I will be able to find another couple to do the same itinerary since the Mahale to Ruaha transfer is a very expensive charter flight of $3000. Not so bad if it is split, but kind of painful if I have to do it on my own.

Just so you have an idea on how much the cost is for Greystoke Mahale / Chada Katavi / Mwagusi Ruaha costs, for four people I was quoted about $26,000 ($13000 per couple) and that included one night at Moivaro Coffee Lodge upon arrival. However, for one couple, it would be closer to $16000 to account for the air charter from Mahale to Ruaha. I don't think that a safari of just Mahale & Katavi would be sufficient.
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Aug 7th, 2005, 11:07 PM
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Hi All,
I'd love to see your photos since I'm going to MalaMala in three weeks. But I WILL NOT register an email (even a fake one) just to see pictures. AND, I can't seem to get bugmenot to work. How does one use it? For future reference, if posters could please use a picture site that does not require this user name and pasword [email protected] I for one would appreciate it.
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Aug 8th, 2005, 05:46 AM
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Go to bugmenot.com

Enter www.snapfish.com as the URL

It will come up with a user name and password for snapfish.

BTW Snapfish is an on-line digital photo processor, we use them to make our prints, so it easy to share the photos. Without that service we would have to do what Kavey does, and I am not about to start creating web pages to host my wife's photos.

Give bugmenot a try.
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Aug 8th, 2005, 05:58 AM
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It didn't take me long to create the pages for my Southern Africa pics as I used a quick-and-dirty batch process within Photoshop to create the pages, edited them to a very limited extent in Dreamweaver and then slapped them up within a site that I already have up and running.

I agree it wouldn't necessarily be worthwhile creating one's own pages normally unless there's an intention to create an ongoing website for all one's trip reports and photos.

I use ofoto too (they have now been bought and rebranded into kodakgallery) and in the past have used other free image hosting services.

The main thing that I see a lot of people do on these sites is to load their images at LARGE resolution - which means ANYONE can order prints of those photos at pretty large sizes. It also makes it slow for those of us viewing them. I'd recommend sizing one's images down to 600 pixels on the longest side before uploading for trip report purposes.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:29 AM
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Hi All,
Thanks Matt, I got in like you said. How long were you at Mala? Are those the only lions you saw at Mala? On my computer most of the pictures appear underexposed, true?
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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:40 AM
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Matt, isn't bugmenot.com great?
The amount of times I used to just not bother when people would send me links to a news article or similar on a site that required registration.

Now I just use bugmenot.com for passwords and stuff all the time.

If I do come across a site I want to visit which isn't listed with them then I will return the favour by registering on that occasion and entering the username and password into bugmenot myself!
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Aug 9th, 2005, 07:54 AM
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Hi Matt,
Great photos..what a special treat to see that pack of wild dogs with the pups. Way too cute! You certainly had spectacular game viewing.
I wonder what became of that poor little Klipspringer...

I am curious about the flood water that come up around the Mombo camp. It looks like the water was receding in some of your pictures.

Do you always travel to Africa in our mid summer months? What were your average temps.

Your photos make me want to go back to Botswana, even though we are considering Zambia for our next trip.

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Aug 9th, 2005, 09:01 AM
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We were there 4 days.

No the pictures are not underexposed when printed.

We saw three prides of Lions
The Selati pride - 8
The Styx Pride plus 1 Split Rock Male
6 females and 2 cubs of the Eyrefield Pride - this last group was not a long look and so I took video, but there was not a good photo op.

There are some interesting things going on with Lion dynamics. If you visit the cyberdiary at malamala.tv you can see that the Styx pride is sepnding a lot of time north and east of Mala Mala, the Eyrefield Pride have started to spend a lot time further south, which is leaving the productive area near Main Camp a little under used by Lions. Also the situation re Male Lions is somewhat strange, there does not appear to be a really dominant coalition in the South and no one is challenging the aging Split Rock Males in the North. The Eyrefield Males have not really become a dominant coalition, preferring to hang out with some of their sisters, this is probably because they were not chased away by the fathers, the West Street Males. If you want some really good reading, read upon the last two years of the West Street Males, they were fabulous.

Enjoy your stay there. Most rangers will know me, and if you see Michael the barman tell him Mr.Wood says hi - he refuses to call me Matt.

Brenda

The beauty of the cyberdiary is that they posted the fate of the Klipspringer. It died later that day.

The water was receding at Mombo, particularly from the flood plain in front of camp. There was still plenty of water in the channels. We stopped at the same spot on the Simbira channel as when we are at Chiefs in October 2003 and the difference in water level is marked on the photos.

We have travelled to Africa in

Feb*3, Mar*1, Jun*1, Jul*1, Sep*1, Oct*1

Next year Jan and Jun.

Temperatures at Mala Mala where unusually warm, it was into the 80's during the day and not super cold on game drives. I had intended to buy a beanie and never remembered because it wasn't cold enough, except for our last evening drive.

Temps in Botswana were very similar, we had one very cold morning at Mombo, but otherwise it was very comfortable.

Savuti in September was far colder. We were both concerned about the temperature when getting out of bed, but it really wasn't too bad. Plus Mombo and Kings Pool have plenty of hot water which always helps.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 09:09 AM
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Kavey

Thanks for the tips. However we post the photos as a courtesy and Elke doesn't have time to mess around with them a whole lot. Also Snapfish are less than half the price of Kodak, thus our use of them.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 10:54 AM
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No no I wasn't suggesting you should do it any other way - just letting anyone who was interested know that it can be much less complicated than people assume to set up one's own site IF ONE PREFERS to do it that way...

I think sites like snapfish and ofoto/kodakgallery are fantastic for quick and easy use when one wants to share albums with friends in a nice and easy way.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Kavey

Didn;t mean too sound like I had a problem. Apologies.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 12:32 PM
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And I didn't mean to imply that you should have done anything differently. Apologies also...

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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:10 PM
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Maybe we could keep apologizing and get the post count up really high.
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Aug 12th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Matt,

When will you be at Mombo in June 2006? I'm planning a trip for June as well, so we might overlap!

Cheers,
Julian
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Aug 12th, 2005, 01:36 PM
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We are there 12-18th? How about you?
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Aug 26th, 2005, 12:20 PM
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Great photos. What a treat to see the wild dogs. The roan shots were amazing. Just to get a glimps of roan is special but yours were posing at the pond!
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