Where did your African travels take you?

Dec 21st, 2005, 05:56 PM
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The Antartica/African thing could almost be enticing, as it would solve my S.Hemisphere and safari urges all in one before becoming feeble/r.

I imagine that would be some serious bucks.

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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:12 PM
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Anybody for some open air game drives in Antarctica? Probably would not be any colder than the Sabi Sand in June!
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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:18 PM
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october 2005-Zambia
march 2005-New Zealand
june 2004- Rarotonga/Aitutaki

march 2006-Zambia
october/november 2006-???

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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:19 PM
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Wow, what a terrific link to the Luminous Landscape site. I would LOVE such a trip. My wife would HATE such a trip! Maybe I can drop her off in Buenos Aires...hopefully she does not run off with some Tango dancer!

Here is a direct link to the February 2007 trip:


I will take a look at your photos from Antarctica later tonight. I am sure they are fabulous but I gotta run.

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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:20 PM
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Your Kwando brochure will be mailed out along with a nice present from Zambia to help you drink in the New Year!

Nov 2006 - Kwando!
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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:30 PM
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No to open air polar safaris. My yacht chartering friend has been trying to get me to book a smallish cabin charter around the Ant. areas. The thoughts of coldness have kept me away.

After checking Phils' Ant. photos I may reneg. though. Stunning work Phil. Did you alter the colors in the Deception City (hope I got the name right)?

Perhaps, the trip could start in Ant. and then Africa 2nd to thaw.

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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:43 PM
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Rocco-I was seriously thinking that!
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Dec 21st, 2005, 07:11 PM
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Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ.

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 03:37 AM
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Sherry - you said keep it coming so here is my contribution. I think I may spend my hard-earned in a different way, but here goes ..

I first went to "Africa" in 1972 - to Uganda - the plan was to teach in primary school but soon after our arrival Idi Amin staged his africanisation coup - and so the teaching didn't work out. Spent some time in Kenya and fell in love with the continent. Years went by.

Since then I have crossed the continent overland from east to west and north to south.

Some of the journey each time was with an organised group (budget camping). Morocco to Nairobi (1990) 20 weeks, and Cairo to Nairobi (1996) 6 weeks. I won't list all the countries visited. I will say that I had the most amazing time and was lucky enough to see some areas of the continent that are now out of bounds - Algeria, Zaire, Burundi and Eritrea, for instance.

After each trip I have headed south and have travelled independently by various routes by bus, train and ferry through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland.

Botswana and Namibia too on a tour.

I make the distinction between travelling as part of a group (or travelling independently but with everything pre-arranged) and doing your own thing, because I know from having done both that being totally responsible for yourself is a whole new world.

I couldn't possibly name a favourite place - much too hard - how can I chose between somewhere that would never count as a must see place, but which is etched in my memory because of what happened to me, and a place that would be on the list of all for its natural beauty?

But I will try - in the latter category - Mana Pools, the Simien Mts, Lamu, Mopti, a beach with red sand in the Cameroon I don't even know the name of - oh, and the campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Happy travels.

PS Enjoyed Tallin, but was unexpectedly besotted by the Church in the Rock in Helsinki. Wish list - St Peterburg and getting there on the Trsns Siberian; South America, and, one day, revisiting West Africa.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:25 AM
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Yes, Please continue with your responses. I know we got side tracked off the African theme - myself included - it's all good info.

What an amazing and diverse group you all are.

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 07:19 AM
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The ship we did our Antarctic trip on last year was designed to be more stable than most ships it's size since it was apparently intended to be used for marine research including sonar studies below the water - I read that to mean submarine hunting but maybe my imagination is too strong.

Whilst the force 10 gale we travelled through on the way from Ushuaia to the Falklands didn't go down well with some of the passengers it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be...

Because we had 100 passengers we were all able to be on shore at the same time and hence spend a lot longer on shore.

We did Peregrine's three week trip taking in the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Just magical and I'm pleased to say that photos will finally be online next month!
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 08:36 AM
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Feb 1994 - South Africa (Mala Mala)
Feb 1999 - South Africa (Mala Mala)
Jun 2002 - South Africa (Mala Mala)
Oct 2003 - SA and Botswana (Mala Mala, Chiefs and Mashatu)
Mar 2004 - SA (Mala Mala)
Sep 2004 - SA and Bots (Mala Mala, Savuti, Kwando Lagoon, Sandibe)
Feb 2005 - SA (Mala Mala, Makanyane)
Jul 2005 - SA and Bots (Mala Mala, Kings Pool, Mombo)
Jan 2006 - SA (Mala Mala)
Jun 2006 - Botswana (Mombo, Vumbura, Duma Tau)
Jan 2007 - SA (Mala Mala)
Sep 2007 - SA and Bots (Mala Mala, Little Mombo, Kings Pool)
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 08:59 AM
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Well, since my first trip to Africa was last year, I'll definitely have to add my other traveling experiences Oh, and just as a point of reference, I was born, raised and still currently live in Toronto, Canada...

1992 - school exchange in Geneva, Switzerland

1992-1999 - 9 different trips to Switzerland (and much of Western Europe) to see the country and visit friends and my "family"; side trips including to France, Italy and Germany

1999 - 3 week trip to Israel (stayed with a friend in Jerusalem, traveled around the country as much as possible)

2000 - 4 week trip to Thailand - travelled throughout the country - north, south, northeast. We absolutely loved Thailand and hope to go back one day.

2000 - spent several days in Seoul, Korea on the way to and from Thailand

2001 - 2-week trip to Newfoundland, Canada

2001 - beach trip to Dominican Republic

2002 - my husband and I (well, he was only my boyfriend at the time...) spent 3 1/2 months driving across all of Canada - we went west first across the Prairies into the Rockies, Alberta and British Columbia (we got engaged at Moraine Lake, so it's definitely amongst my favourite places in the world . Then we headed north through the Yukon and up the Dempster Highway into the Northwest Territories and into the Arctic Circle. It truly was amazing - made it all the way to Innuvik - I can't describe the beauty of the Arctic - this makes me realize that perhaps I should do a trip report some day... I kept a journal, so maybe that will be my next project (although I guess I should finish my Tanzania trip report first - eh Kavey?? After the Arctic, we came all the way back down, headed back east to home (Toronto) and continued on to the east through the Atlantic provinces, which we loved too. As much as we've traveled, it's amazing how some of the most amazing scenery, wildlife and culture is right in our own backyard!

2003 - 2-week honeymoon in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico - relaxing at AI... stayed at the Aventura Spa Palace and loved every minute!

2004 - Fort Lauderdale by the sea for our one year wedding anniversary

2004/2005 - 1 month in Tanzania - loved every minute (for more details, my trip report is called "26 glorious days in Tanzania" - sorry, I'm so bad! I still don't know how to add a link!)

2005 - this past October, we spent a couple of weeks in Panama - spent time at the beach, hiking and birdwatching and wildlife viewing in the rainforest, and sailing on a monohull through the San Blas islands and getting to know the self-governing Kuna Indians...

I think that's it (aside from little trips that I've left off...). I am absolutely LOVING this thread - I've always been curious to know how many times and where all of you have travelled... let's keep it going!

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:21 AM
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We both have a trip report or two to finish! =D>
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:50 AM
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Hi, Roccco and Sherry:

I have been touch with Luminous Landscape for details on the 07 Antarctic expedition. It uses a small Russian expedition ship -- holding about 50 pp. It looks like a fantastic trip for intensive round the clock photography. That's the good news. The bad news is the cost -- a place in one of the ships two triples (sharing bathroom facilities with other cabins) will cost $12,700 pp including air to Buenos Aires, for the 20 day trip. And that is in the least expensive bunk on board. It goes up from there. Doubles with shared facilities are $15,700 pp, including air. However the level of photographic opportunities, as well as photographic instruction, is world class.

I will have to give this some serious thought.


P.S. Sherry -- thanks for the kind words on the Antarctica images. To answer your question about the Deception Island image, no, I did not alter the colors. That is what I saw, and what the camera saw.

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:59 AM
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Phil, that sounds like a great trip!
We went with Peregrine, ships hold more passengers (but still low enough numbers to allow the longer landings and it's amazing how fast they can get everyone ashore) and perhaps the price might be lower - I can't recall and it no doubt depends on exchange rates.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:27 AM
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Hi, Kavey,
I agree. It does sound like a great trip. So does the trip you took down there.

What makes this particular trip so different from other cruises to Antarctica is its heavy emphasis on both the technical and creative sides of photography. Luminous Landscape is one of the most respected photography sites on the net, and its expeditions and workshops always feature instruction and counsel of highly knowledgeable people. It may cost a thousand dollars more for such instruction, but for a serious photographer, that's about equal to the price of a very good lens. To learn from such people while at the same time experiencing an adventure unlike any other on earth, is a unique opportunity. The small size of the group and the number of instructors aboard is another benefit worth considering.

All in all, it is an exciting prospect. Whether or not I can do it remains to be seen. Looking forward to seeing you in London next week on my way to Zambia.

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 11:21 AM
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Yes I've long read the Luminous Landscape pages as they provide some great tutorials and knowledge.

Whilst our trip wasn't a photography based one, we did have several expedition crew who were professional photographers and were on hand to give tips and advice and help throughout - including Jonathan and Angela Scott, John Rodsted, Paul Goldstein and others... so there was certainly quite a strong photography focus!
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:25 PM
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Great idea of yours. It’ll give us all some ideas plus it’s nice to recall the memories.

With trip #1 to Tanzania and the Seychelles, you might want to try Southern Africa for #2. Starting in East Africa, then heading to Southern Africa for the next trip is common and what I did too.

After my first trip in 1994, I've been going back each year sometime between June and August because that's when I can travel, but it also is a good time for much of Africa.

No favorite place but I have some favorite memories of certain places.

Lewa Downs--watching a sitagunga from a hide and doing a great camel safari.
Masai Mara--I've never spent less than 6 nights in the Mara and have always wished for one more day when it was time to leave. Spending several days and nights in both 2000 and 2001 in a manyatta with a Masai family

Tarangire--beautiful landscape/wildlife combination
Ngorongoro--best hyena den I've seen and closest I've gotten to herds of wildebeest, in addition to spectacle of the crater.

Queen Elizabeth--my only tree climbing lion seen in the Isasha region, sitting with nursing warthogs at Mwyea Lodge, watching the Mwyea mongoose. Amazing Kazinga Channel with such an abundance of birds and other wildlife.

Kibale—watching chimps make their nests for the night and waking up the next morning. I think this activity is now done in the months of March and April only.

Bwindi—every moment with the gorillas is amazing.

Parc National des Volcans—like Bwindi, every moment with the gorillas is amazing. 7-week old twins with their mother and 4-year old sister were a gorilla highlight.

Lower Zambezi-Canoeing the beautiful wildlife-filled Chifungulu Channel between Sausage Tree and Old Mondoro. Walking with a pair of gregarious honey badgers.

South Luangwa—Tafika Camp, finding a giant pit of pythons, walking amongst a herd of buffalo, watching a relaxed mother and baby Thorncroft’s giraffe, seeing a leopard on a walk.

North Luangwa—Kutandala Camp, wading through the Mwaleshi River to get to and from camp and the many wonderful walks viewing a variety of wildlife including lions.

Kafue—Vast, remote with dinner interrupted by a lion kill made just outside camp made by the resident pride.

Mana Pools—Mobile walking safari with very close elephant interactions and a great view of a Pel’s Fishing Owl.

Matoba Hills—Spending two days tracking a black rhino on foot and eventually finding him.

Kalahari—The bushmen, the meerkats, the expansive salt pans at San Camp.

Okavango—Mombo (before it was 6-Paw) with mother lions, leopards, cheetahs and their cubs and encounters with five leopards and a hyena pack. A young leopard walking up to my zipped tent netting and peeking through. Spending over a week at Chitabe with a denning pack of wild dogs and 8 puppies

Chobe—The river cruise with crossing, mating elephants and wide mouthed hippos on shore.

For future Africa travel, I’d like to go to the Sabi Sands, Namibia, Southern Tanzania, Elephant Camp in Samburu, Gabon, and where you've just returned from--The Seychelles.

Please post what you decide for Trip #2.

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Dec 28th, 2005, 06:30 AM
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Thanks for indulging me with your wonderful replys.

It's fasinating to see who has gone where and why. I hope this will help others with their upcoming plans or decisions, as it helps me tremendously.

If anyone can add to the above it would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks;
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