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Rich Laburn

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Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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on The Top 5 Things to Bring on Safari

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Judy Guffey
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a sense of wonder

Geri Potter
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Patience…allow your guide, tracker and hosts to introduce you to the wonder of South Africa on ‘it’s’ time table, not yours. You cannot see or appreciate these animals in a moment or hear them in a soundbite…it must evolve over time and you MUST be willing to give yourself up to the entire experience: sights, sounds and smells! 🙂 Love it ALL!

Chuck
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There are torches (called flashlights in the U.S.) that you can wear on your head like a sweatband that would be great. Just make sure you buy the one with the ability to switch to a red light to spot animals at night.
You can never have enough pockets, so a ScotteVest Fleece 5.0 jacket worked great during our stay at Londolozi.
Definitely talk to the Guides about photography, their tips are really helpful (like using cloudy white balance for better color, even when it’s not cloudy, and when objects aren’t moving too fast shoot with aperture priority mode at the lowest aperture (widest opening) possible. Thanks to guide Mike Miller!!!!

Henry Smith
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If you arrive at Londolozi without a sense of wonder, you’ll have it by the time you leave!

Helder
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Hello Richard,
I am Helder and I am here talking to Dave at Caiman Ecological Refuge. We are about to go out in a tour with Dave and Shan. I showed to him some videos of jaguars quite relaxed and he was excited. He told me to talk to you i we can exchange some photos and videos, maybe share links to Caiman and Londolozi website. Hope we can talk.
Best regards.
Helder

Rich Laburn
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Thanks Helder, I have sent you a mail.

Matthew
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A Leica M9 is a common camera for wildlife shooting?

Rich Laburn
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Hi Matthew, the Leica M9 is most definitely not the optimum camera for photographing wildlife as a Canon or Nikon DSLR with a telephoto lens will give you much better results. Point and click pocket cameras, such as the Leica M9, are however great little cameras to bring on safari or travel with as they are lightweight, compact and take great holiday photos for travelers who do are not serious photographers.

cliff Rossenrode
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A bean-bag, or window support, for the longer lenses…Often a tripod/monopod is not practical in the confines of a motor vehicle.

Rich Laburn
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I will second the bean bag. Often it is easier to use and far more flexible than any tripod could be. A great option is to buy a cheap cushion cover and fill it with a bag of rice which moulds nicely to most shapes.

luxury safari holidays
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Thank you for sharing your safari tips; my wife and I are going on safari in a few months time for a luxury safari in Kenya. We have been wondering what things to pack and of course my wife wants to pack far more than what we actually need. At least with five essential things to pack it won’t be so bad, thanks for your help!

Sakina
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I’d say toilet paper is just as essential to carry.. 🙂 nice blog, very informative!

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