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toine
18 hours ago, The_Norwegian said:

What an absolutely joy to read and look through this journey :-) I had a cold beer while looking through this one, and that is not very often you see me do ;-) 

@The_Norwegian thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've certainly also enjoyed your reports during my planning, and more recently some of your spectacular leopard photos from your SA trip. I'm also quite obsessed with leopards and they're one of the reasons of my next trip coming October to Zambia. Cheers!

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Atravelynn
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Very clever linking of reports with a "cover sheet" but all within safaritalk.  You have made footprints in the sand into art!  The flamingos are art all by themselves--great shots.  I ended up in a sandstorm at Sossusveli too and it lasted for days.  Love the little desert creatures. p1.

 

How nice you had a cultural aspect to the trip too.  Good use of the rear view mirror. p2.

 

Tremendous waterhole action.  Frisky zebras abound.  I agree with you on those giraffes in lovely light as a fav.  The quality of light was present for your ele herds too.  Lion cubs at a waterhole are exciting but bat eared foxes are amazing. p3

 

You are really pick up steam on page 4 with such variety day and night.  Love that honey badger.  Aardwolf and sable!  Wish for cheetah and get 3!  Your backlit shots are dreamy.

 

Leopard and dogs on page 5!  You captured the delta really well.  I love the 4 squirrels in the tree.

 

Fantastic trip!

 

 

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DanielBme
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Not sure how I missed this but just finally read your trip report.

 

I'm really floored!  I can't believe the amount of sightings you had!  Great trip report and really fantastic photos!  I'm returning to Namibia in less than 3 months time and  after seeing your photos I wish I had more time to spend in Etosha.  My luck was nowhere as good as yours in Etosha last time I was there.   

 

I'm wondering which you preferred, Botswana or Namibia?  Tough to answer isn't it?  I think I still preferred Botswana.  I'm now planning a return trip for about 25 days just in Botswana.  But it won't be for at least 2-3yrs from now.  Hopefully after this trip review I can talk Xelas into it :)

 

BTW I think that was the same Honey Badger I saw in Etosha...I too only got his butt lol

 

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toine
On 4/2/2019 at 10:15 AM, Atravelynn said:

Very clever linking of reports with a "cover sheet" but all within safaritalk.  You have made footprints in the sand into art!  The flamingos are art all by themselves--great shots.  I ended up in a sandstorm at Sossusveli too and it lasted for days.  Love the little desert creatures. p1.

 

How nice you had a cultural aspect to the trip too.  Good use of the rear view mirror. p2.

 

Tremendous waterhole action.  Frisky zebras abound.  I agree with you on those giraffes in lovely light as a fav.  The quality of light was present for your ele herds too.  Lion cubs at a waterhole are exciting but bat eared foxes are amazing. p3

 

You are really pick up steam on page 4 with such variety day and night.  Love that honey badger.  Aardwolf and sable!  Wish for cheetah and get 3!  Your backlit shots are dreamy.

 

Leopard and dogs on page 5!  You captured the delta really well.  I love the 4 squirrels in the tree.

 

Fantastic trip!

 

 

Thank you so much for your comments, @Atravelynn; it's great to hear what others consider as favourites or standing out. Sometimes when you look too often and too long to your own photos it becomes harder and harder to pick...   

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toine
16 hours ago, DanielBme said:

Not sure how I missed this but just finally read your trip report.

 

I'm really floored!  I can't believe the amount of sightings you had!  Great trip report and really fantastic photos!  I'm returning to Namibia in less than 3 months time and  after seeing your photos I wish I had more time to spend in Etosha.  My luck was nowhere as good as yours in Etosha last time I was there.   

 

I'm wondering which you preferred, Botswana or Namibia?  Tough to answer isn't it?  I think I still preferred Botswana.  I'm now planning a return trip for about 25 days just in Botswana.  But it won't be for at least 2-3yrs from now.  Hopefully after this trip review I can talk Xelas into it :)

 

BTW I think that was the same Honey Badger I saw in Etosha...I too only got his butt lol

 

Hi @DanielBme, thanks for your feedback! As you probably noticed I put quite a bit of preparation into the trip, particularly as I really wanted to see cheetah and wild dogs, but also have a good spread of other wildlife. Trip reports from @xelas and a few others have been really helpful in my planning, pretty much to the daily routes and timing in for instance Etosha. Likewise in Botswana, where our route evolved very much around wild dogs, leopards and large herds of elephants. Lions you'll see anyway. 

Namibia or Botswana... Hmm... Indeed tough to answer. I am a biologist, specialised in ethology - animal behaviour. So for me wildlife really comes first and put me anywhere in Savuti, Khwai or Moremi for a month (or 3) and you won't hear me complain. A safari trip for me is also very much about sharing with others though and for my son and best mate I really wanted to bring a lot more diversity into the trip, hence the route we took. And they did enjoy..!

So I guess there you have my answer; it depends with whom I go. If I'd go alone or with like minded people I'd go to Botswana. I also love the basics of camping there and would love go even more wild / basic. Namibia's landscapes are something though...!  So, keep me in mind, as I'd be very interested joining for a 25 day trip to Botswana as well...!

I wish you good fun and a successful safari soon, back in Namibia. I'm going to Zambia in October, I simply somehow felt I had to. Kafue, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa... Cheers!

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zimreef

Just read this from start to finish - one of the best I’ve read without doubt. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences and super photos with the rest of us. Whets the appetite hugely.

 

 

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