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Chapter 2: Samburu & Chizarira


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John M.

Most safaris have memorable moments, some especially so. After my first one, I quickly organised the second, taking the advice of my travel agent to try Kenya. So, in 1997, I enjoyed the wonders of Samburu National Reserve, the Aberdares, Lakes Elmenteita and Nakuru, and-- of course-- the Mara. Lots of experiences stand out, but I'll confine this to just one, for the thrill and in hindsight, the humour.  In Samburu, our guide decided we would have breakfast on the bank of the Ewaso Ng'iro and watch the elephants come to drink. My photos tell the story:

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Oops! We're blocking the way.

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Quick, get in the car. I'll see if they'd like some toast.

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It's OK, they're going around...

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...with annoyance.

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But we got what we came to see, a tranquil and quite beautiful scene.

 

Browsing last night, I came across the old thread about archival photos, containing Geoff's description of Zimbabwe's rugged Chizarira National Park and photos he took on his walks there. More memories! I found it difficult to get to sleep. Harare is where I met Geoff, on our way to my first and only walking safari in "Chiz", on my third trip to Africa in 1998. I found walking in tough country presented few photographic opportunities, even with my camera, a Minolta Dynax 7000i and Tokina 80-200/2.8 lens (heavy) on a monopod. Here are a few pics:

 

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Looking over Mucheni Gorge towards the peak Tundazi, dominating the Chizarira Hills.

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Sand river, the Chimbova, a tributary of the Busi.

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Annoyed bull elephant

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Puff adder, on the road out of Chizarira

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Probably my favourite Africa photo, taken on the Zambezi just upstream from Victoria Falls, at the end of our Chizarira-Hwange safari. Print film was saturated Agfa Ultra 50 ASA, back when choice of film preceded what could be done in Photoshop :)

 

 

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John M.

I accidentally duplicated the last photo in this post, and trying to delete the duplication, I repeated the post!  Can somebody tell me how to fix that?

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Treepol

@John M.beautiful photos and memories. You inspired me to go back to my own photos of elephants in the Ewaso Ng'iro at sunset. Thanks for sharing.

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John M.

Thanks Treepol. It's a pleasure. 

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Tdgraves
7 hours ago, John M. said:

I accidentally duplicated the last photo in this post, and trying to delete the duplication, I repeated the post!  Can somebody tell me how to fix that?

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John M.
1 hour ago, Tdgraves said:

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Many thanks. It was quite embarrassing to find how rusty I was... something like getting in a manual car and finding I had forgotten how to change gears :)

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Game Warden

Thank you @Tdgraves 

 

@John M.thanks for sharing.

 

Matt

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really nice pictures and stories, @John M.

Looking forward to follow-up!!

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