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Forum: Foto Fair 3 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger safari pix 6 and final

DAY 9

Oh dear, this is getting near the end of the holiday and weíre short of cat sightings, but matters were about to improve.

We took the road that follows the old Selati Railway. Itís long...
Forum: Tutorials, Informative & Classic threads 5 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,264
Posted By Melaka
Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

Cost can certainly be an issue if you go for one of the upmarket luxury options and I doubt you can go anywhere for less than we manage in the Kruger. You might save a little by using a tent but not...
Forum: Tutorials, Informative & Classic threads 6 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,264
Posted By Melaka
Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

You sound more interested in the LR than the safari! Having at various times visited Tsavo (E&W), Amboseli, Nairobi, Mara, Hell's Gate, Naivasha, Nakuru, Baringo and the other Rift Valley lakes I...
Forum: Tutorials, Informative & Classic threads 6 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,264
Posted By Melaka
Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

No apology needed! Of my five safaris in Kenya four were self drive in an LR - you need one for the roads there! The important thing is to go; you won't regret it.
Forum: Foto Fair 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By Melaka
Re: DIY Kruger safari pix 5

They seem pretty well habituated to vehicles. Most will get out of the way when they see you coming, but animals always have right of way whatever their size. Animals, notably the Big Five, which...
Forum: Foto Fair 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By Melaka
Re: DIY Kruger safari pix 5

Received wisdom is that if you drive at more than 8kph you risk 'washboarding' the surface. it seems to vary according to what the surface is.
Forum: Foto Fair 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger safari pix 5

DAY 8

There are endless varieties of weaver and I think this is the Lesser Masked Weaver. It was nesting in reeds close to the bridge over the Sabie river just outside Lower Sabie camp. The...
Forum: Tutorials, Informative & Classic threads 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,264
Posted By Melaka
Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

In the original post I quoted some of the costs we incurred. I now have the final tally. In addition to the costs initially listed we spent £926.18. This included the 207 litres of petrol already...
Forum: Foto Fair 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger safari pix 4

Just when you thought there were no more photos here comes another lot!

DAY 6

Some days thereís a lot to see and others not very much. Day 6 was one of the latter so hereís a bit of park...
Forum: Foto Fair 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 856
Posted By Melaka
Re: Hummingbirds

I've had some success in the past at Shirley Heights. I'm not sure from your description whether that is where you are or at Fort Berkley. There are some places up the west coast where you can get...
Forum: Foto Fair 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger safari pix 3

DAY 5

We had a lesson on right of way as we left Letaba for our early morning drive, heading for a full English at Mopani camp. This was one of a pair and we followed about one hundred yards...
Forum: Foto Fair 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 591
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger safari pix 2

DAY 3

This yielded some interesting encounters, but no photos, with jackal and lion on our pre breakfast drive and also the rear view of a rhino legging it away from the vehicle. Apparently the...
Forum: Foto Fair 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger safari pix 1

Forum members who have been on safari will know how addictive it can be. Itís more than just a matter of looking at the animals. The Kruger is about 380km long and averages 60km wide. It covers...
Forum: Tutorials, Informative & Classic threads 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,264
Posted By Melaka
Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

I don't think The Wife would approve of Lara being in the car with us!

Our visits have been in September, November and February/March. September is always dry because it's the end of winter but...
Forum: Tutorials, Informative & Classic threads 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 709
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger Safari - the kit

Africa is dusty and the dust penetrates everything. It can also be very wet. Both these issues point towards a pro body with a pro lens. Consumer grade kit will do but you will need to be very...
Forum: Tutorials, Informative & Classic threads 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,264
Posted By Melaka
DIY Kruger safari - admin

If youíre accustomed to turning left on boarding the aircraft and staying in five star hotels, please turn to the next thread. If youíve always fancied going on safari but are concerned about the...
Forum: Foto Fair 20th January 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By Melaka
Re: More from Botswana

Some lovely photos there! We're off next month for a ten day DIY safari in the Kruger. There's been plenty of rain so some of the animals and birds will be difficult to see amongst the vegetation.
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II 14th January 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By Melaka
Re: Lens recommendation

You might wish to consider FT macro lenses which you can use with an MMF converter. The Sigma 105 is good but the Sigma 150/2.8 is the bee's knees if you want a longer working distance than the...
Forum: Foto Fair 30th December 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By Melaka
Re: Flying Pig

The likelihood is that the bite occurred in Bucks but we were walking an area we've walked for thirty years and never seen a snake. A less likely explanation is that it happened a day earlier in...
Forum: Foto Fair 28th December 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By Melaka
Re: Flying Pig

I'm sorry to hear about the dog and the snake. My youngest Labrador was bitten by an adder (very much less venomous than most of yours) in the last week in November. The vet's bill was horrendous...
Forum: Foto Fair 24th December 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By Melaka
Re: White Rhino resting

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Q9190342a.JPG (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=101248)

Kruger September 2016. There was a severe drought and none of the animals...
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M5 12th December 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,495
Posted By Melaka
Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

It sounds as though you may have the 14-45EZ lens which will certainly be better than your 17.5-45 lens and considerably smaller and more convenient. If I recollect correctly the only other FT lens...
Forum: Foto Fair 5th November 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 922
Posted By Melaka
Re: An impala, a leopard and a patient hyena

Thank you - interesting and informative as always.

One reason - there are lots - for going to the Kruger is cost. We've booked for ten nights in the park; three each in Satara and Letaba and two...
Forum: Site news 25th July 2018
Replies: 212
Views: 20,942
Posted By Melaka
Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help

I have been away and only just read this lengthy series of posts. I have donated and found no problem.

I find the forum an invaluable way of keeping up to date with what is going on in the...
Forum: Foto Fair 12th June 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,031
Posted By Melaka
Re: Water Buck at sunset

I'm sorry to hear about the fire. It must have been a devastating experience.

Convenience wins! The Kenya safaris were either from ships visiting Mombasa or when I had a small fiefdom in...
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