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A Thousand Hills, A Million Smiles & Gentle Giants - a Rwanda and Kenya Safari

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michael-ibk

@@Marks !!!!

 

 

Good to see you here again, you have been absent for far too long. Welcome back, and thanks for the nice comments.

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Marks

@@Marks !!!!

 

 

Good to see you here again, you have been absent for far too long. Welcome back, and thanks for the nice comments.

 

Thank you! The pleasure is all mine; it has definitely been a while, but I couldn't ask for a more pleasant way to reacquaint myself.

 

Now that I'm all caught up, I see that I don't have too much to say that hasn't been said - but many things deserve repetition: your silhouetted giraffes upon arriving in the Mara, wet hyenas (even if you rarely stopped for them!), nose-horned viper, a fantastic fish eagle series, a very nice leopard, the forest hogs, and many birds that are new to me.

 

Being situated just outside the reserve, how was the in-camp experience at Aruba Mara?

 

Very glad your airport incident was resolved quickly.

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Tulips

@michael-ibk, Just getting around to reading a whole bunch of Rwanda trip reports now that my trip is less than 3 weeks away. 

 

I really enjoyed your report and photos.

 

i had a question about the lens.  You mentioned you used a 400 lens.  Mine is a 100 to 400 and I find at 100 you have to be a reasonable distance away to get anything.  Did you find it absolutely necessary to use this?

 

Also you mentioned a 2.8 lens.  I have a wide-angle 12-40 2.8.  Would this be enough reach?

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xelas
20 hours ago, Tulips said:

i had a question about the lens.  You mentioned you used a 400 lens.  Mine is a 100 to 400 and I find at 100 you have to be a reasonable distance away to get anything.  Did you find it absolutely necessary to use this?

 

Also you mentioned a 2.8 lens.  I have a wide-angle 12-40 2.8.  Would this be enough reach?

 @Tulips

Just in case that Michael is away:

- his is 100-400 zoom like yours. Used on a crop body (7D). 

- your 12-40 f/2.8 is wide enough even on crop body for anything landscape related. Of course, there will not be enough reach if not a close-up portrait :D.

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michael-ibk

Thanks, @Tulips, I´m sure you will have a fantastic time, Gorilla trekking is about as magical as wildlife can get.

 

And what Alex said, I used a 100-400 mm mainly. Check out post #104 in this report, there I described the focal length used of most shots of the first trek. A 2.8 lens will be very useful when it´s terrain with little light, but if you want to go for portrait shots 40 will be too short. You could go through the pictures in my album, if you click on them you see the focal length used for each.

 

And thank you and very sorry, @Marks, I somehow totally overlooked your post. In-camp experience at Aruba was good, especially since we were almost the only guests. I think it could be very crowded in high season. The location was very good, it´s basically one minute into the reserve, that´s not an issue.  A minor issue, however, is the proximity to Tala village, because one night they had some party over there, and that was pretty audible.

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gatoratlarge

WOW!  What an epic trip---one of those "if you never visit Africa again" trips where you've seen a bit of everything...the Big Five, the Great Apes, creatures great and small, plus one of the underestimated parts of any trip to Africa, quality time with Africans, the people themselves...I know this was several years ago but if you never saw it before, it was like the first time for me! :D

 

 

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michael-ibk

@gatoratlarge

 

Joel, I have a feeling you must be missing me if you feel the need to dig out ancient reports. :P

 

But seriously, thanks, this was a see "everything" trip by design, and we were lucky that it pretty much achieved that. One of my reports I quite enjoy to flick through from time to time to enjoy those memories again, thanks for nudging me towards it again.

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gatoratlarge

It's a keeper!  I love TR's.  Especially to places I've not been--Akagera is really interesting to me.  Solio I had never heard of and rhinos are my favorite!  Plus as usual you had exceptionally good safari karma -- I have no idea why---it must be @AndMic  !!! :D

 

Very interesting you love the Aberdares so---on my first trip to Africa, me and my dad stayed at The Ark :D  This was in 1992 and then it was known for an abundance of rhinos.  Most of the action came at night so I really have no pictures...we had five or so black rhinos visit the waterhole during the night including one with no ears (hyenas got em when it was a baby) and an extremely long horn.  A couple rhinos skirmished with some slow moving buffaloes.  We saw a couple lions, a hyena...some elephants in the morning.  And the best view of a greater bushbaby I've ever had--it was practically tame :D  and yes there were peacocks at the country club 25 years ago too...

 

If I was missing you guys I'm sure I will get my fill in six weeks :D I've been told a little bit of me goes a looong way! :D Looking forward to it!

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