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Fred Miranda wrote:
I love that shot. I'm planning a trip to Africa next year. I'm still deciding which country is the best place to start...Either east (Kenya and Tanzania) or South Africa...This would be my first trip there. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I've only been to Tanzania, but it was pretty cool. Aside from the Serengeti you also have stuff like the Ngorongoro crater and Zanzibar (there is a forest on Zanzibar that has extremely endangered monkeys, but they are almost like some lost monkeys from New Guinea that had never seen man before in that they are not particularly scared off easily, I literally had them running in front of me and hanging two feet over my head, etc. see (and mind you many are shot at LESS than 200mm at merely 8-10MP on APS-C density):
that said, I hear that South Africa is pretty awesome too, apparently you often get closer and it has a lot more brush and stuff around and less open (more or less no going off road in the Serengeti and you must be back by sunset, they treat anything after sunset as a poacher to hunt down basically, and they say not to beg and whine the driver to stay just a little longer because he might get fired and lose an amazing job; Kenya I think you can go more off-road, they have had some more unrest there at times, we were supposed to meet the Leakeys but they got trapped in Nairobi due to unrest when we were there and couldn't make the trip down to where we were in Tanzania)
I believe Tanz/Ken are dry and dusty JJA but not so dusty Dec/Jan and maybe even wet in Mar/Apr or I think also Oct/early Nov I know at the height of wet season sometimes the road can become more like rivers supposedly and it can get 'interesting' I think Jan/Feb/Mar are calving times. But that info is all vague.