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Re: Photography around Mata Mata

Unread postby Red Dune » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:14 am

Hi there JimS,

I totally agree with your view point on Cubitji Cap as a possible photographers favorite.

You must however make use of that little track about 10 meters to the north of the waterhole, which will allow you to get in the late-afternoon-shade of those young Camel Thorn trees. From that vantage point . . . and the sun right behind you, can get up 5 meters away from the water.

There, you and your camera are out of the way of the ‘driving public ‘ . . . and avoiding that continuous questions of “what do you see . . . what do you see “

During June we spent a lot of time at that vantage point waiting for ‘our’ lioness (with the chipped left ear) to come to the water . . . from her den where she was hiding her 3 minute cubs close to the vantage point some 3 kms to the south. She however never came . . . and we were only rewarded with a very close-up sighting of a Brown Hyena, Jackal at the water, amidst the thousands of pigeons that was persistantly trying to get a quick drink in the late afternoon, while being hunted various raptors. The latter being a spectacle in itself.

Some nice pics of ‘our’ lioness on my website below . . . taken a year or three ago.
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Re: Kgalagadi: Photography advice

Unread postby Dotty » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:09 pm

Kgalagadi Guru wrote:
Photographic Safari

This is a very exciting new product; this activity will operate from a camp well in the dunes called Gemsbok Plein, from where guests will be taken out purely for photography. Walks and drives will be included in the price of R 625,00 p.p. Gemsbok Plein is situated close to Auchterlonie in prime game viewing area.
For more detail feel free to contact me.
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Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby Bushdancer » Mon May 20, 2013 10:34 am

We will be travelling to the Kgalagadi in June 2013 for the first time. :D We will be flying to Upington and hiring a car at the airport. Our camera equipment fits into a large backpack (a bit smaller than "carry on" luggage size). As the aircraft is quite small, will they allow us to take the bag onboard as hand luggage?

If anyone who has flown in a "small" aircraft with camera equipment could give us any advice, it would be much appreciated! Thanks.

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Re: Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby bert » Mon May 20, 2013 1:24 pm

done so to Upington years ago
And 2 yrs ago to Nelspruit
No problem

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Re: Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby john n poppy » Mon May 20, 2013 5:42 pm

I just tell the small airlines how much its worth.........Once they hear that they usually agree to let you carry it on. :lol:
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Re: Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby Russ » Mon May 20, 2013 5:55 pm

Hi Bushdancer

we have had no problems carrying on a 'large' camera bag each, when my wife and myself have flown to Upington.

sometimes if the plane is full (thats only +/- 30 people) they will ask you to put it in the Hold but not until you arrive at the plane door and then they will give back as you leave the plane on arrival at either Joburg or Upington, but if you state it is your camera equipment then they normaly let you on with it as they know how important it is to you.

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Re: Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby Jo » Mon May 20, 2013 8:43 pm


I have travelled a few times with camera equipment in a "backpack" carrier that doesnt fit into the overhead bin on the smaller Upington route plane - the air hostess then puts it in an extra locker at the front of the plane.

Enjoy your trip .....and please post some pictures when you get back!

PS....we will also be there - 14-22 June

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Re: Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby Luca » Mon May 20, 2013 10:17 pm

Johannesburg-Upington: done it two times, last at January 2013. No problem with your camera bag. I always done it with two cameras, two long lenses, many batteries, small computer, empty bean bag, etcetera.
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Re: Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby Tobieo » Tue May 21, 2013 9:59 pm

+1 no problem but if you do the return leg to Jhb be extra vigilant (insistent)
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Re: Travelling with camera equipment - Advice needed

Unread postby Chickadee » Wed May 22, 2013 1:47 am

I return to the U.S. usually coming directly from Upington or Nelspruit and then with a layover and through J-burg. I always get my bags "wrapped" at the airports at UPN or MPN. I have never had problems doing that and I typically place expensive equipment in the wrapped bags so as to allow for souvenirs etc. and not have to carry heavy lenses et al as carry on.

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