Monthly Archives: February 2010

Avoiding Overcrowding – A Small Tempest Brewing Around Safari Options

February 28, 2010
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Avoiding Overcrowding – A Small Tempest Brewing Around Safari Options

On my last trip to Chobe National Park, I heard comments from locals related to new controls on tour groups entering the reserves.  For us, the question was whether we were considered an official ‘tour group’.  More importantly, it was hinted that our methods for safari are in some jeopardy going forward. A little...

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The majestic Baobab – a legend in its time

February 26, 2010
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The majestic Baobab – a legend in its time

Chobe and the Kasane area has some marvelous Baobab trees.  I guess I learned about the Baobab from the old TV show, “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” which often had nature shows, but for me … seeing a majestic Baobab for the first time was and is quintessential Africa.  Below is a shot...

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Photo Tip: Planning …. So what is your Safari ‘Bucket List’?

February 24, 2010
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Photo Tip: Planning …. So what is your Safari ‘Bucket List’?

A popular US movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman was ‘The Bucket List’.  The premise was pretty straight forward.  If you have a terminal problem, what are the ‘must’ activities you need to achieve so you have no regrets.  Obviously, such a list could gravitate to family, but my question is specific to...

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Elephants – Minimizing the chance of a charge .. and How To handle a charge

February 18, 2010
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Elephants – Minimizing the chance of a charge .. and How To handle a charge

We certainly don’t want to say that Chobe National Park is just about elephants, but they will be one of your most common sightings.  If you look through the articles at ChobeSafari.com, you may have already guessed this.  When in the park, (or even on the roads around the park) you will see elephants...

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2009 Aerial Surveys: Counts to deternime abundance, distribution and trends

February 12, 2010
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2009 Aerial Surveys: Counts to deternime abundance, distribution and trends

While in Chobe, you will not see many rangers other than the occasional ‘poacher patrol’, so you may wonder if anyone is keeping tabs on the trends within the park.  The answer is ‘yes they are’.  Many of the surveys are conducted from the air.  One of the teams that help with this is...

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Cover to Cover: 5 favourite African reads

February 10, 2010
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Cover to Cover: 5 favourite African reads

I found this blog by thefynbosguy in South Africa at mySafari (one of our recommended blog links) while surfing the web.  We’ve recommended books on southern Africa in the past, but never commented on these five.  Of the group, the only one I have personaly read is Michener’s “The Covenant”.  It was a great...

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Elephant Odyssey by San Diego Zoo

February 8, 2010
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Elephant Odyssey by San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo’s new promotion to help raise funds for their collaboration with Elephants Without Borders, to help support work to save elephants. You’ve probably heard the expression “the elephant in the room,” but how about the elephant in the iPhone? Now you can carry elephants with you, courtesy of our brand-new iPhone...

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Livingstone – The Zambian Side of Victoria Falls

February 5, 2010
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Livingstone – The Zambian Side of Victoria Falls

A ‘must see’ near to Chobe is Victoria Falls.  While the view is grand, some are not so comfortable in Zimbabwe due to political and/or economic concerns.  Since the falls are on the Zambia/Zim border, an alternative is to stay and view from Livingston, Zambia.   We have written about the Falls previously, but didn’t...

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The Debate: What is most important on Safari

February 4, 2010
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The Debate: What is most important on Safari

Johan Knols at PlanYourSafari recently suggested that the most important item for a safari is a proper bed. His argument: Waking up rested is the most important thing during your safari, even if all the next points fail. If you have to sleep on a mattress that makes your back arch like a hammock,...

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Harry Behret’s Wildlife Photography Tips

February 2, 2010
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Harry Behret’s Wildlife Photography Tips

The following shooting tips and techniques article was written by Harry Behret. Mr. Behret reserves all rights for the text and images within the article.  From our experience, general wildlife shooting and safari wildlife shooting have many things in common, but some exceptions. Since Harry has written this article as a general tutorial on...

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