1999 Eastern Africa
2000 Polar Bears
2006 Southern Africa
2007 Raptor Shoot
2008 Raptor Shoot
2013 Southern Africa
2015 Southern Africa
Southern Africa, 2015
"From Aardvark to Zebra"
Carol and I got the chance to return to South Africa and Botswana in February
Why do we keep going back?
Getting there and back
What camps did we visit?
What's a typical day like?
Any new photography gear this time?
[edit content below, change from 2013 to 2015]
travelled with Natural Habitat to Southern Africa during January/February
2013. We were in Botswana for nine nights, Zambia for two nights, and
South Africa for three nights. We stayed at the following camps:
- Kalahari Plains Camp (Kalahari
- Little Vumbura (Okavango
- Duma Tao (Linyanti concession)
- Toka Leya (Victoria Falls)
- South Africa
- Mala Mala (next to Krueger National Park)
All of the camps were excellent, as well as our two guides (one in
Botswana/Zambia, one in South Africa). The camps in Botswana are not fenced,
and animals regularly wander through the camp at night.
You must be escorted to/from your tent before sunrise or after sunset.
Visiting southern Africa during the wet season is a whole different trip than during the
Among the myriad species we saw were elephant, giraffe, hippo, rhino,
wildebeest, African buffalo, ostrich, zebra, baboon and
vervet monkey. We also
saw many cats, especially lion, but also cheetah and leopard. We saw various antelope species
including hartebeest, impala,
In Botswana alone, we counted over 150 bird species!
I'll be working on a slideshow in the coming weeks. I bought a new Canon
EOS-7D digital SLR for the trip. Using it with the Canon 100-400 mm super
telephoto lens was a deadly combination, and much lighter than with the Canon
EOS-1D. Plus the APS-C focal length multiplier of 1.6 (vs. APS-H multiplier of 1.3
1D) gave me a little more "reach", which really helps with the birds
(640 mm vs. 520 mm at the far end). At times
the wildlife was so close that it was just too much lens. There are worse problems to have.