Lions, Giraffes and Gorillas Oh My

Discussion in 'Trip Reports and Trip Photos' started by Flying mermaid, Aug 5, 2018.

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  1. Flying mermaid

    Flying mermaid Established Member

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    I have been holding off on starting this, as I thought it was too soon, but no can't wait any longer. :) :)

    We are off on the 6th September and given most of this was booked early June 2017, its been a long long wait.

    Even booking that early, we struggled to get accommodation at the Giraffe Manor and ended up adding 3 nights in one of their camps in the Masai Mara in order to access some of the rooms reserved for their clients who booked other camps with them.

    So this is the plan

    CBR-SYD J Qantas
    Syd-DXB F Emirates
    quick sleep at the transit hotel in Dubai
    DXB-NBO F Emirates

    Giraffe Manor 2 nights

    Wilson Airport to Masai Mara Safarilink

    Sala's Camp 3 nights

    Masai Mara to Wilson Safarilink

    Wilson to Segera Retreat in the Laikipia Area Private plane

    Segera Retreat 4 nights

    Laikipia to Wilson Private plane

    Hemingways Nairobi 1 night

    NBO-KGL Y Kenyan Air

    Kigali to Bisate by road transport

    Bisate 6 nights

    2 Gorilla Treks
    1 Golden Monkey trek

    Bisate to Kigali by road

    Kigali Serena 1 night

    Kigali to Lamai Auric Air

    Singita Mara River Tented Camp 3 nights

    Lamai to Singita Grumeti Air

    Sabora Tented Camp 3 nights

    Sasakwa 3 nights

    Singita to NBO (JKIA) Coastal Air

    Hemingways Nairobi 2 nights

    NBO-DXB F Emirates
    DXB-MEL F Emirates

    Parkroyal Melbourne Airport 1 Night

    MEL-CBR J Qantas
     
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  2. Flying mermaid

    Flying mermaid Established Member

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    I know the fans of Mr FM's photos will want to know what he is using, so I pinned him down last night and made him tell me. I totally lost all credibility with him, when I said so these are Canons right? He doesn't seriously expect me to remember all his discourses on cameras! Its enough that I always say Yes when he asks if he can buy something new :)

    Anyway so this is all NIKON gear - wont forget that in a hurry :)

    Bodies

    D850
    D750

    Lenses

    80 to 400 F5.6
    300 F4
    24 to 120 F4
    and maybe

    35 F1.4

    Hopefully not as I am looking at this and wondering about clothes - we are restricted to 20Kg each on light planes - total including hand luggage.....
     
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  3. VPS

    VPS Established Member

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    I'm going to beat @JohnM to 1A for this
     
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  4. Pushka

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    I’m behind you in 2A. I can’t reach you to kick your seat and you won’t be reclining in to my space. We will be on a plane to DPS and UK at the same time so I am being my true Gemini for this.
     
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  5. tgh

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    I'm up the back near the toilets

    For our charter flight out of Nairobi there was great emphasis on 20kg max or else….
    I weighed by stuff endless times before flying
    As we were loading I had a look at the luggage… wow .. some folks had brought two large suitcases and some had massive backpacks plus cabin bags
    I decided that I was the only one who was under 20kg.
    Not a word was said and I resolved never to believe the packing rules ever again.
     
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  6. zig

    zig Established Member

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    Wow! Fantastic sounding trip, I understand your excitement and anticipation.
     
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  7. kermatu

    kermatu Established Member

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    I’ll stowaway in the hold again for this one. Except for MEL-CBR where I’ll have 1D. Don’t want to miss out on the salad offcuts on QF J.

    I am extremely jealous, but looking forward to the TR.
     
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  8. Denali

    Denali Established Member

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    Giraffe manor :D So excited for you!
     
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  9. drron

    drron Enthusiast

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    Now that is a safari.Colour me green.
     
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  10. love_the_life

    love_the_life Established Member

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    When we were flying into Timbavati on FedAir, only soft luggage was permitted and we saw more than one group repacking into some duffels supplied by the airline.

    And .... while Pushka is not using her seat, I'll have it. :p

    And you couldn't hold off any longer FM. :)
     
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  11. ALH

    ALH Active Member

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    I’ll be following closely. It’s going to be a fabulous trip
     
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  12. Flying mermaid

    Flying mermaid Established Member

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    yes we have seen the same, but I am one of these obsessive people who have to follow rules and some of the planes are really small, so it could be an issue. The plane to and from Segera is a 2 seater plus pilot, so I don’t think there will be much room.
     
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  13. Pushka

    Pushka Enthusiast

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    Watch out for JohnM then ;)
     
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  14. LadyC

    LadyC Established Member

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    Sounds like a fabulous trip! Look forward to reading all about it :)
     
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  15. Straubs

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    Bucket list-style trip for me ... living vicariously through you from here ... will be following closely. Have a great time
     
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  16. Straubs

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    Was thinking too ... must be good to have a partner who's into photography. Usually it's me lugging everything and looking at everything through a lens. No pressure on you to get the right pic, I assume?

    Or do you have to help lug everything? :D
     
  17. Flying mermaid

    Flying mermaid Established Member

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    its wonderful. :). Nope he carries everything, although occasionally I have carried his tripod when he takes one. I can just enjoy myself looking at things and I place orders - “can I have xyz for my trip report please”. He pretends that he doesn’t care about my trip reports, but he actually likes seeing his photos in them. :).
     
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  18. mrs.dr.ron

    mrs.dr.ron Established Member

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    Saw a fantastic doco on Giraffe Manor - have a wonderful time ! :)
     
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  19. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

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    On board; row 17 as usual.
     
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  20. Straubs

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    Good for you! And this is one trip where his skills will be especially appreciated ... by all of us!
     
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