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Guest Name:
Scott and Julia Moses (+friends)

Time of travel:
April 2017

Destinations and Safari Type:
South Africa (Rhino Conservation) & Zambia (Fly in Safari)


 

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3 words to describe your trip

Incredible, luxury, spectacular.

Name your favourite destination and why?

Norman Carr Chinzombo Camp (South Luangwa National Park). Breathtaking scenery, ultimate indulgence in a beautiful resort with superb game viewing. The early morning crossing of not one but 2 heard of elephants in the perfect light was just mind blowing and the encounter with a mother leopard and her 2 inquisitive cubs in 2 separate trees one with a kill was really special.

What was your best wildlife encounter?

Too many to count we saw everything and then some, the big 5 several times over sometimes in the one drive. Practically the chance to walk in on foot to a crash of Rhino was very, very special and of course to get hands on with a big male and work with the amazing professional team from the SAWC as part of the notching process was probably the ultimate highlight.

Would you recommend a rhino conservation safari to others? If so, why?

Absolutely. Yes... it is impossible not to be captured by the beauty and majesty of the rhino, if you want to get people involved in the conservation of these magnificent animals you have to get hands on, down and dirty. The world is a little dimmer each day as we loose another of these remarkable creatures.

What made Zambia special compared to other places you have been in Africa?

The wild and remote locations ... the water .. visually Lower Zambezi and Chongwe was the most spectacular scenery by a long way with such amazing diversity. Plus leopards ... I’m a huge Big Cat fan and leopard are my favourite we had some tremendous encounters in both South Luangwa and the lower Zambezi ..  probably not Lusaka airport !!!

How was your experience working with safariFRANK?

It was really great, they tailored a tour specifically to our needs and travelling with Frank for the first week in South Africa made everything that much easier and meant we didn’t need to think too much about where we needed to be and how to get there. Frank was able to just organise things and was a great second set of trained eyes in the vehicle particularly looking for birds and bugs and lizards !!!

Any wildlife photography tips for us?

Get the light right .... get the best lens you can .. I use a Canon 100-400mm L series sharp and versatile and perfect for the birds and wildlife ... learn how to use the camera .. don’t rely on auto settings you will get so much more out of your pictures if you use the camera on manual and make the most of the light and the opportunity.. don’t be afraid to experiment, the joy of digital is you can never take too many pictures ... try and process each night on Lightroom otherwise it’s easy to come home to 7,000 pictures and be overwhelmed ..

Where is next on your Africa bucketlist?

Zanzibar, Kenya and Tanzania .. we are going the Ngorongoro crater and the migration in the Masai Mara next year.