Erland, you made great photo's! Did South Africa disappoint you?
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How much did you read up on before you went?
I read your explanation, but did not know the differences were so small!
South Africa is a beatiful country. I travelled 3200 km's in 16 days all by myself, having no problems at all, and only meeting friendly people everywhere. I visited an expert on dragonflies, and joined a family I met, staying with them for two days in a mountain lodge. I brought my own tent and tented in Kruger and a few other places.
I did not have a single day in SA where I did not add a new dragonfly species to my camera's memory. I have the guide books on damselflies and dragonflies, but only got the last at my arrivel to SA. Most species are easy to identify, especially with experience with these insects from other parts of the world. But some species in SA are so similar, that I may not be able to identify them from my photos.
I know that groups from USA and UK have visited, and in the future visit SA to see dragonflies. That is guided tours, but I like to do stuff on my own, and everyone without paranoia should consider to do the same
But I have studied where other people have photographed dragonflies in SA, and own Warwick Tarboton, an expert on dragonflies in SA, a big thanks for suggesting places to go. I used the internet heavily before going, and the forum here helped me understand how to get the most out of Kruger. I saw so many animals in the park, that I never dreamt of. The four days in Kruger was a big part of my trip. I may have visited other places like an Asian country, and see more dragonflies, but I would not have seen about 300 elephants in four days.
Pictures of Kruger mamals, people in SA, and some insects, can be seen on my profile at a Danish photo-sharing site.
The top pictures are from my visit to SA. Grashoppers in SA are amazing, and I photographed them as well.
Just to be able to watch elephants bath in Klopperfontein water hole, north of Punda Maria, alone was worth the long flight to SA.
As a last comment, I can only dream of being able to make study of the dragonflies in Kruger. This is a perfect habitate with lots of rivers and water holes, and species from more tropical Africa, may be discovered here in the future.