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    is it true that after going africa, you cant enter any other countries?

    i asked because if you guys remember, some countries that you go to, you'll need to fill in the visitor's form and they always ask if you've been to africa.
    Last edited by jeanie; 19th October 2007 at 08:18 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waileong View Post
    To Jeanie:

    I suggest you google. Luminous landscape is a good start. Photo.Net as well.
    i did.but all you get are tour agencies describing how wonderful their itinery is.

    i rather hear from the horse mouths.

    nothing beats hearing from someone who has been there, done that.

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    so what happened to wanting to go somewhere that isn't too hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    is it true that after going africa, you cant enter any other countries?

    i asked because if you guys remember, some countries that you go to, you'll need to fill in the visitor's form and they always ask if you've been to africa.
    That's just to make sure you've had all the necessary vaccinations. Make sure you bring the nice yellow vaccination booklet from then on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    antacid,

    yes i dive.but i only open water diver.and i havent been diving for the past 10 years..(i think).

    i'm more into photography trips.so i dont think i'll go diving.(though i know i can do underwater photography but it's another poison i dont want to venture into because of all the equipment and additional cost).
    what...10 years? don't you miss diving? i couldnt survive 3 months out of the water. haha.

    underwater photography is a totally different cup of tea...oh, did i mention that my friends have 3 sets of housings for the D200? it's poison time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    easier for you guys lah.want to pee, just pull out.

    gals really more troublesome.not to mention if time of the month, piang eh...jialatlat!

    i always wanted to do something like this, but only thing i cannot get over is accomodation.

    else, i would have done tibet.
    Tibet accomodation is not that bad actually, though still can't compare to most city standard.
    During the whole 9 days trip we only need to relief in the bushes or boulder around 3 times only while traveling, but that is better than visiting the actual public toilets, which is.....

    But overall Tibet is a good photographic experience.
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    I can only share my experience in Kenya in 2004.
    Went there for medical missions 10 days, but took a 3 day 2 night break for a Safari trip from Nairobi. Guide picked us up after the local pastor arranged the tour for us.
    Paid $300 USD per head for the trip which includes meals and accomodation. Our hotel was like a chalet concept, with central block which has restraunts and facilities. Surrounded by A frames huts with a balcony, king size bed and bathroom. Very spacious, don need air cond there as the weather is actually cooling.
    Unfortunately, we went just slightly before the migration period (Masai Mara desert) hence the bushes were very tall and we didn't get to see the types of pictures National Geography has. In short, it was a comfortable stay, you can even tell them if you would like to stay back in the hotel to relax and not go out for shoot for the day.
    I've seen a Japanese photgrapher booking a jeep solely for himself with the local guide.
    We could get as close as 8m from the Lions and happily snapping away the photos.

    As for my camera, i was still a film SLR user, with my canon eos 3000 kit lens and the free zoom lens that comes with the bundle. Brought along a teleconverter too so that i had 600m zoom if necessary. No issues with poor lighting condition as there was ample light to shoot even with the teleconverter on.
    Have not got to actually scanning all my films to digital format yet, otherwise can share with you online.

    Besides the masai mara, we also went to a lake / hotsprings withlots of flamingo!
    Just be prepared to clean your camera after your trip as it will be full of dust!!

    Will get you the name of the resort / agency that organise the trip.

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    thanks tong.

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    Hi Jeanie,

    I have done some search on such trip. I guess the most suitable for you is South Africa - the Kruger Reserve - the most "civilised" of the wild. They have lodging to suit each taste, from rudimentary camps to 5* lodging.

    One thing I guess no one mentioned so far - the ability of the photog to handle long lenses - like 400mm + 1.4xTC with or without monopod. You need some training and practice. No easy to be able to shoot with such long lenses. And the kind of setting for you camera like AF settings for those more sophisticated cam. And able to shoot from vehicle - no getting down from vehicle and set up tripod to shoot.

    BTW, I haven't been, but planning to go. Read up quite a bit la.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkw View Post
    jeanie,
    try this -->
    http://www.africageographic.com/expe....asp?showall=1

    More luxurious, but it'll cost ya.....
    this is excellent webbie to recommend but never quote estimated room prices leh.
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    i spent most part of 2006 in botswana n south africa.

    1 - do not put anything expensive in yor luggage, the airport staff can zero on them like a cruise missle.

    2 - asians stick out like a sore thumb and its not safe, all houses have electric fences.

    3 - u can call a taxi, turn out to b a civillian car with other passengers in it.

    4 - i actually went to the pilenisburg nature park, it is really huge and the animals are really far away

    5 - go to safari during the cooler hours, we went at 2pm, animals like human, all hide away in the shade, hard to find them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey4355 View Post
    i spent most part of 2006 in botswana n south africa.


    5 - go to safari during the cooler hours, we went at 2pm, animals like human, all hide away in the shade, hard to find them.
    Thing africa is that you have to be prepared to wake up very early to be able to get good animal shots....they're most active at predawn hours so don't expect to sleep in jeanie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey4355 View Post
    i spent most part of 2006 in botswana n south africa.

    1 - do not put anything expensive in yor luggage, the airport staff can zero on them like a cruise missle.

    2 - asians stick out like a sore thumb and its not safe, all houses have electric fences.

    3 - u can call a taxi, turn out to b a civillian car with other passengers in it.

    4 - i actually went to the pilenisburg nature park, it is really huge and the animals are really far away

    5 - go to safari during the cooler hours, we went at 2pm, animals like human, all hide away in the shade, hard to find them.

    woah...u're scaring me man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    woah...u're scaring me man...
    don't go if you're expecting fun and games. pure and simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    Thing africa is that you have to be prepared to wake up very early to be able to get good animal shots....they're most active at predawn hours so don't expect to sleep in jeanie.
    i'm a light sleeper.
    i only need about 5 hours of sleep per day.

    sigh...if i go on this trip, i guess i can forget bringing all my sk2 products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    i'm a light sleeper.
    i only need about 5 hours of sleep per day.

    sigh...if i go on this trip, i guess i can forget bringing all my sk2 products.
    pick somewhere else to vacation then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey4355 View Post
    i spent most part of 2006 in botswana n south africa.

    1 - do not put anything expensive in yor luggage, the airport staff can zero on them like a cruise missle.

    2 - asians stick out like a sore thumb and its not safe, all houses have electric fences.

    3 - u can call a taxi, turn out to b a civillian car with other passengers in it.

    4 - i actually went to the pilenisburg nature park, it is really huge and the animals are really far away

    5 - go to safari during the cooler hours, we went at 2pm, animals like human, all hide away in the shade, hard to find them.
    Almost everywhere, the theft rate at airport is high.

    Electric fences are really not for keeping uninvited humans out, but uninvited animal out.

    Taxi, happens in China too. These are not taxi as we know it. These are simply hired cars.

    Animal far away, that is why, all the tours tell you to bring a powerful binoculous.

    If you are really going on a safari, you start very early in the morning. If you go at 2pm, who is to blame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    i did.but all you get are tour agencies describing how wonderful their itinery is.

    i rather hear from the horse mouths.

    nothing beats hearing from someone who has been there, done that.
    Have you really been to those sites? Michael Reichmann leads safari trips regularly, for instance, and he posts articles on his trip. Philip Greenspun, after retiring a dot com millionaire, has devoted some of his site to African safari photography tips.
    Last edited by waileong; 22nd October 2007 at 08:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey4355 View Post

    5 - go to safari during the cooler hours, we went at 2pm, animals like human, all hide away in the shade, hard to find them.
    haha .... even at the singapore zoo, 2pm is afternoon nap la ....
    always the Light, .... always.

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