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Mala Mala - Sabi Sands - SouthAfrica - June 2021


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Hi All,

Leaving in 3 days, better start packing what's important.  Renting an extra lens this time, a 70-200mm f2.8 for dusk.  Last time, I had to rely on my 85mm f1.8 or fortunately, there was usually another vehicle to take turns side-lighting the sighting if it was dark enough.  I sort of wanted to rent the 135mm f1.8 for the extra stop, but I really lean towards "zoom" lenses. The 70 may come in handy as well. 

 

Getting a PCR test tomorrow.  

 

Am I excited?  Yep. B)

 

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Biko

Have a great trip!

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COSMIC RHINO

Enjoy your safari

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14 hours ago, COSMIC RHINO said:

Enjoy your safari

Thanks Cosmic Rhino.  

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Wildship

One of my favorite places. You will love it, have a good time.

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2 hours ago, Wildship said:

One of my favorite places. You will love it, have a good time.

THX! Have you heard about the Northern Avocas pushing the Gowrie (Birmingham) boys out?

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Tom Kellie

~ @TravelMore:

 

What a terrific plan!

 

Thank you so much for the image of your camera gear.

 

Sabi Sands is such a joy!

 

May your sightings exceed all of your expectations!

 

          Tom K.

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COSMIC RHINO

I am not sure if I mentioned this before 

 

it gets very cold early morning  and in the evening. 
 

open vehicles which basically have no metal above the height of the seat let all the cold air in

 

you  take a fleece jacket and there are blankets in the vehicle 

 

it would be a good idea to take thin gloves to  use with your camera so you can hold still

 

I  have used Thinsulate gloves which give warmth whilst still being able to use the camera controls

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Wildship

 I did hear that they are deeper in there territory, saw one of the males in 2016.

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14 hours ago, COSMIC RHINO said:

I am not sure if I mentioned this before 

 

it gets very cold early morning  and in the evening. 
 

open vehicles which basically have no metal above the height of the seat let all the cold air in

 

you  take a fleece jacket and there are blankets in the vehicle 

 

it would be a good idea to  thin gloves to  use with your camera so you can hold still

 

I  have used Thinsulate gloves which give warmth whilst still being able to use the camera controls

Yip, will have 4 layers on in the morning, 1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve Under Armour Cold Gear, 1 Heavy fleece hoodie, 1 windbreaker (I found the windbreaker is fantastic for breaking the wind if the driver needs to take off!  Winter hat, gloves, gaiter.  Gaiter can be used as a headband as well.  They gave us hot water bottles last time.  I took 2, one for each side of my lap :D   

 

The 70-200 came and I think it's all going to fit in the medium peak packing cube I love so much.  But the 24-70 f2.8 will have to stay behind.  

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LarsS

What a great prospect to travel again! Have a great time in Sabi Sands with lots of close encounters, I'm sure you will!

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Thanks @LarsSHoping this will be part of the welcome committee!

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TravelMore

Cheers!

 

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Long layover in Doha

 

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shazdwn

Have a great trip.  I'm so jealous, we are still locked up tight here in Australia with no signs we will be let out anytime soon.  Even my Jan 2023 booking is starting to look dubious :(

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Wildship

The best place for Leopard.

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7 hours ago, Wildship said:

The best place for Leopard.

For a leopard to live or for a tourist to see a leopard? :P

Certainly one of the places with a very high chance of seeing a leopard.

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