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Into Remote Africa - Early September in the Luangwa valley - A photographic report from Tafika and the wonderful Takwela in North Luangwa.


madaboutcheetah

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offshorebirder

Thanks for this trip report @madaboutcheetah - great photos as usual and it looks like you had good fortune and good guiding.

 

In-camp testing sounds very nice versus spending a night or two in Lusaka at the end of the safari.  That is definitely how I will roll next time in Zambia.

 

 

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks so much for all the kind comments and interest in this report ...... You guys are much too kind!! 

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madaboutcheetah

Next set of images: Cubs and Pups ......... 

 

 

 

 

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BRACQUENE

@madaboutcheetah

 

Fantastic leopard and dogs pictures but first price for me goes to the three Pied Kingfishers:)

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks @BRACQUENE- the Pied Kingfishers were at the Takwela crossing point that takes you back to camp.

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africapurohit

Hari, thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! I'm glad you found a way to get back out to Africa and get your safari-fix.

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gatoratlarge

Thanks for sharing -- any luck with rhinos in Northern Luangwa?  Was just watching a BBC special on the rhinos there --- your photos are amazing and the wild dogs look to be in excellent condition!

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madaboutcheetah

@africapurohit..... great to hear from you. Hope you keeping well.

@gatoratlarge.... thanks... no we didn’t see rhino although I think they are more towards Mwaleshi.

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Antee

Just homecoming from 15dgr Safari and travelling in Kenya... I see this and immediately want to go back to Africa... 
Ouch!

 

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Atravelynn

You specialized in young canines and felines this trip.

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Atravelynn

I count 8 pups.  Did they all make it into the shot or were there stragglers?

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madaboutcheetah

@Atravelynn- yes, indeed 8 puppies!!

 

@Antee- Look forward to hearing about your recent safari and I'm sure you are happy that travel is back ! :)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Were the leopard cubs by any chance Olimba's cubs? Saw her in Nsefu in August and both the Leopard Legacy filmmakers as well as my guide had seen the cubs earlier in the day. Went to the brush and tree where they were last spotted but we figured they were too well hidden. So no cub sighting. And appears to be the same pack of dogs I saw in virtually the same location close to the den. Amazing shots in an amazing place. Hoping to return. I had stayed at Nsefu and like the guides and staff. So probably would return.

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Africalover

As always- your photo skills are excellent.

You have for many years been an inspiration for me to improve my photo skills.

Thanks for sharing.

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madaboutcheetah

@Africalover- You are much too kind!!  Thanks a lot and I loved your recent images in the Tanzania TR very much!

@nsoltz- Yes, those are Olimba's cubs.  Unfortunately, she lost the male cub towards the end of the season.  She is now left with one.  True - look forward to Will and Leanne's next film of Olimba.  They were there in September plus the BBC crew with the wild dogs.

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pomkiwi

Beautiful photography.

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Treepol

Beautiful photos @madaboutcheetahMy favourite would be the Shoebill, although so many carmine bee eaters are hard to beat. Great lion photos as well.

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madaboutcheetah

Thank you so much for your kind words @pomkiwiand @Treepol..........  Here are the last set of images to round out this report.  Thank You all for your interest and kind words.....303393220_2021zambia98.jpg(1of1).jpg.93f404623e4743b6cae4bfa4880a40a3.jpg995481292_2021zambia112.jpg(1of1).jpg.2dc420296cf96409bd34d8175b3cbe21.jpg42988547_2021zambia111.jpg(1of1).jpg.8dd834836b422ff4afb58bbeac3e4d8a.jpg1689725462_2021zambia110.jpg(1of1).jpg.e569f11a4e2b11c788d1926bbcf9450a.jpg848505281_2021zambia109.jpg(1of1).jpg.6429fc8664ac4a4c905372f138cdb214.jpg360341862_2021zambia108.jpg(1of1).jpg.1e4d5c0fd67f2c9194a1b125ed449b80.jpg116599506_2021zambia107.jpg(1of1).jpg.5f9ff946d11816ee175f559879cdfb4e.jpg1322273845_2021zambia106.jpg(1of1).jpg.06f02d548a93db4b55c2a49314c31dbf.jpg1729528143_2021zambia105.jpg(1of1).jpg.87f9f32627b32f535132da7d3e4934d8.jpg429195509_2021zambia104.jpg(1of1).jpg.571294f502c5b530a5db891f7d20ed75.jpg66113438_2021zambia103.jpg(1of1).jpg.0061c329ab516c0a1a8522d84585bffc.jpg369940401_2021zambia102.jpg(1of1).jpg.d5f0f4972a7775dc809a10713331e0d4.jpg1526198477_2021zambia101.jpg(1of1).jpg.1c534cefb96be7f0c984bf10fd0e2b41.jpg34583321_2021zambia100.jpg(1of1).jpg.8d8e823284638157420ff25377728436.jpg1896085854_2021zambia99.jpg(1of1).jpg.7afed9565004bcac7fa4874fb34f6deb.jpg

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Kitsafari

beautiful images @madaboutcheetah. what a brilliant trip. thanks much for sharing.  

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LarsS
On 11/14/2021 at 2:25 PM, madaboutcheetah said:

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What an angle and timing for photographing the elephant's trunk! It made me look twice as at first sight it looks so much like a snout. Luckily the trunk is not missing.

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madaboutcheetah

@LarsS- you are right - that ele did have it's trunk missing ....... Possibly had an issue with a snare at some point? 

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2 hours ago, madaboutcheetah said:

@LarsS- you are right - that ele did have it's trunk missing ....... Possibly had an issue with a snare at some point? 

Oh it did? I just convinced (or maybe assured) myself it was an optical illusion. In that case it's a sad story behind the photograph, but also a good one to tell and share. Hopefully it doesn't bother the ellie too much

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11 hours ago, LarsS said:

I just convinced (or maybe assured) myself it was an optical illusion.

You and me both @LarsSAlfala the resident ele at Bua River Lodge in Nkhotakota NP Malawi, has also been the victim of a snare but in his case the damage was much closer to the tip.  He seemed to manage without too much difficulty. 

 

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