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Jan in Botswana - March 2010


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I met some very interesting people, including old rock star

 

[ younger than me!] John Kay of Steppenwolf and his wife Jutta.

 

Did he "get your motor runnin"?

Or take you on a "magic carpet ride"?

 

We are after all, born to be wild!

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I met some very interesting people, including old rock star

 

[ younger than me!] John Kay of Steppenwolf and his wife Jutta.

 

Did he "get your motor runnin"?

Or take you on a "magic carpet ride"?

 

We are after all, born to be wild!

 

 

Oh, you old rocker! That would be telling, but remember, he was there with his wife.

 

 

Jan

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This is great, Jan... and I'm really glad you posted pictures - it makes all the difference. I can't decide what I am most envious of, as you seem to have seen so much... even the "coping with children on safaris" would have been interesting to see (for 10 minutes!). Better I not be envious, I suppose.

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Sounds like a lovely trip indeed...

:rolleyes:

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Caracal

Thanks Jan enjoyed your report and the photos including your Close Encounters with Your Avatars.

I see you're a frequent visitor to Jacks so I imagine it was a renewing of acquaintance.

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Thankyou, Caracal. Yes, I 'm very attatched to the meerkats, and have spent many hours with them. I go a long

 

way back with Jack's Camp, and do regard it as my 'home from home' in Africa.

 

 

Jan

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Atravelynn

The zebra in the pans is a haunting image. Hopefully the end came soon without too much suffering.

 

You mention the folks with the long lenses scaring off the cheetah. Those long lenses should make encroaching unnecessary. Probably trying for whisker shots or something foolish.

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The zebra in the pans is a haunting image. Hopefully the end came soon without too much suffering.

 

You mention the folks with the long lenses scaring off the cheetah. Those long lenses should make encroaching unnecessary. Probably trying for whisker shots or something foolish.

 

 

Lynn, it was a hard thing to see the young zebra in pain. The vultures were closing in, and we didn't stay to see

 

the inevitable. We think that we want to see a kill, but I'd rather arrive when the deed has been done. We

 

certainly saw quite a few young dead zebras.

 

Some people just want to be at the front of the action. Spencer and our tracker had spent all morning tracking

 

the shy female, and at times like that I don't always want to call other people in. Some young guides listen too

 

much to what the guest wants. The guide knew that it was a shy female cheetah.

 

 

Jan

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madaboutcheetah

Jan, I bet the young/newbie guide (whoever he is) got a earful from Spencer in private later in the day for that shocking episode!!!

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Jan, I bet the young/newbie guide (whoever he is) got a earful from Spencer in private later in the day for that shocking episode!!!

 

 

Hari, I hope that you are right. I did voice my opinion to Spencer at the time. The guest was of the type who

 

tells the guide what he wants to do, and expects to get exactly what he requires. He was sitting there smugly

 

with an ' I'm the closest ' look on his face. The tracker spent all morning on foot and was rewarded, I was very

 

impressed with his skill. At times like that I regret calling in other vehicles! I made sure that I was sitting at the

 

other end of the table at dinner.

 

 

Jan

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Jan, I bet the young/newbie guide (whoever he is) got a earful from Spencer in private later in the day for that shocking episode!!!

 

 

Hari, I hope that you are right. I did voice my opinion to Spencer at the time. The guest was of the type who

 

tells the guide what he wants to do, and expects to get exactly what he requires. He was sitting there smugly

 

with an ' I'm the closest ' look on his face. The tracker spent all morning on foot and was rewarded, I was very

 

impressed with his skill. At times like that I regret calling in other vehicles! I made sure that I was sitting at the

 

other end of the table at dinner.

 

 

Jan

 

Hi jan,

 

Last time we were at LK. We found these 3 cheetah - the mother was very very skittish. The 2 sub-adults were not too bad (they were all feeding, so we kept our distance too). Hobbs was very good to get them to relax around one vehicle. But, the moment the second vehicle came around they just left the spot (Thankfully, they had already cleaned up the carcass pretty much). They were gone in a flash ........

 

A day or so prior, we had found the 3 on the edge of the woodlands and they bolted the moment we wanted to have a look! So given the circumstances, there is no way that they relax around a vehicle with idiots wanting to get the "I'm the closest" sort of situation into gear. Now, what's worse ........ we may never ever see them again.

 

 

Hari

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Now, what's worse ........ we may never ever see them again.

 

 

Hari

 

Oh, Hari, I hope not.

 

 

Jan

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