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BOTSWANA / ZAMBIA / ZIMBABWE

Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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Robert Joyner Jul 24, 2015 at 09:40 AM

We are going on the Sept 11 safari. I wondered how close the animals normally are to the vehicles. I am trying to decide which telephoto lens to bring as they are heavy. Any input would be very appreciated.
John Lukasik Jul 24, 2015 at 11:06 AM

We had occasion to view animals from up to 300-400 yards, but that was not too often. Generally, we viewed animals like lions, leopards and monkeys from as near as 4 to 5 feet; elephants, hippos and Cape Buffalo from 20-50 feet. Antelope and giraffes were a bit more standoffish--like maybe a hundred feet. You will likely see most animals at short range, so I don't think a very strong telephoto lens is necessary. We hope that you enjoy your trip as much as we did! We had Andre Joubert for our main guide, and a number of fine local guides, like Lisa Reed in Botswana, and Patson in Lwanga. I do hope that, in Botswana, a tent chef named "Amazing Grace" prepares your meals. It's incredible what she can do with basic food in the middle of nowhere! We are sure you will get thousands of great pictures, including "rafts" of hippos, "dazzles" of zebras, and "towers" of giraffes! Jack & Gina Lukasik--August 2013.
Karen Petras Jul 24, 2015 at 01:39 PM

I agree with John. Almost all of the animal shots worth taking will be VERY close. On my last trip we encountered a pride of nine lions on two separate occasions. Some of them reclined against the wheel well of the vehicle we rode in and the rest were between there and twenty feet. I had such an exciting time when I went in 2012 that I went again this year and I really would love to return in a couple of years. All of the guides John mentioned I learned so much from and Grace is really amazing!
Dan Follmer Jul 24, 2015 at 01:40 PM

I brought a 24-105 and a 100-400 lens -- not too much to carry but covered all the bases. Don't forget a lot of extra cards and batteries - I shot over 6000 pictures in the two week trip. Plus don't forget some sort of back up camera just in case. Plus you will want a good pair of binocularss


Larry Marten Jul 20, 2015 at 05:36 PM

My wife and I are traveling on this safari Sept. 18. We notice in some of the pictures posted the groups are wearing shorts and short sleeved shirts. However, the suggested attire is long pants and long sleeved shirts to protect from bug bites. It seems like the temperatures could be warm so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Karen Petras Jul 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Fist of all I have not been to Africa in September (the beginning of their Spring). Here are my thoughts. Be sure to take a prophylaxis. Buy and use Repel 100, for sale on Amazon. You may wish to treat your clothing with Permethrin which can also be bought on Amazon.If you want to go another route you can buy "Insect Shield" treated clothing from Exofficio also on line. As far as shorts go, the guides all wear shorts and short sleeves during the day. I wore long pants and sleeves that could be rolled up or down. I hope this helps.
Dan Follmer Jul 24, 2015 at 01:35 PM

Look at the info Road Scholar gave you for the average temps at the time you are going -- We went in April/May and would start the day and end the day in long sleeves and pants with a light jacket. But during the day I always wore a light short sleeve shirt and shirts -- it was hot most of the day ans was in cooler clothes by 9 am


Mary Raynard May 16, 2015 at 12:42 PM

I'm wondering about treating clothing with permethrin. I have malaria prevention medication to take and DEET insect repellant. Is the additional protection of spraying clothes necessary? Does anyone have experience with this?
Maureen Hutchinson May 16, 2015 at 01:08 PM

I tried wearing a permethrin coated safari shirt and sensitivity t the substance made it impossible for me. I did fine with the malaria pills and the DEET repellant. Many of your beds will have mosquito nets on them. I think you will do fine with just the pills and the repellant.
Mary Raynard May 16, 2015 at 01:14 PM

Thanks so much, Maureen - very helpful!


Mary Raynard May 07, 2015 at 04:36 PM

Anyone going on the May 22 trip? I leave from Denver, fly through Dulles to Johannesburg. Looking forward to every minute!


peggy stolowitz Apr 27, 2015 at 02:58 PM

I am going on the July program leaving from Portland Or. Any one going on this program from the west coast? Peggy


Premium Email Subscriber Apr 21, 2015 at 08:13 AM

I am leaving 4/24 how much cash and in what denominations id recommended? Any last minute advice from others as need to bring and know?
Karen Petras Apr 21, 2015 at 12:18 PM

The amount of money you bring is, of course, individual. Do you want to buy things to bring back? There will be a few oportunities to do that. Do you want to buy drinks at the bar in the lodges (including the encampment)? Exact change is appreciated. In my experience in third world countries they like new and next to new bills. Do you plan on using a credit card for purchases? Having said this, I suggest 1's, 5's, and 10's and perhaps a few 20's. The problem is that cash becomes very bulky. There will be safes in our rooms at the lodges. Hope this helps. See you there!


Premium Email Subscriber Apr 21, 2015 at 08:13 AM

I am leaving 4/24 how much cash and in what denominations id recommended? Any last minute advice from others as need to bring and know?


Premium Email Subscriber Apr 21, 2015 at 08:13 AM

I am leaving 4/24 how much cash and in what denominations id recommended? Any last minute advice from others as need to bring and know?


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