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Offline BrianK

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2018, 02:20:47 AM »
I have just been bitten by a mozzie (mosquito) & reaching for the Zambuk right now :biglaugh:

We also have Smarties and many words that are different to yours.

Gasoline = Petrol
Kerosene = Paraffin
Traffic Lights = Robots
Elevator = Lift
Apartment = Flat
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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2018, 04:00:14 AM »
Something else to bear in mind, our winters are dry (and dusty depending on area/ location)  you could find your nasal passages and or mucus  drying up and breathing gets very uncomfortable. You may want a good nasal spray to ease things.

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2018, 09:44:13 PM »
Books for reading and passing the time: there is a lot of down time.
Temperatures can be hot, cold, or just right. Daytimes usually warm but can go either way. Early mornings and evenings can be downright cold. If you are traveling in an open vehicle when it is cold, you will know it.  I stocking cap and some gloves will be a life saver in addition to a light wind breaker over fleece. Various thickness of wool, cotton, or fleece during the day are very adjustable and let you tolerate a range of temps.  Vests are very useful for this very purpose and can be any of the above materials and even a light very compressible down vest with plenty of comfort for little space or weight.
Cushion, journal, camera.  Realize that while everything is new, that if you are blind hunting there really is a finite number of pictures worth taking.  After awhile there REALLY ARE only so many warthog pictures that you need to take.
I always take a few of those red (or any color) bandannas with me.  They work for everything from cleaning surfaces, holding a collection of something that you find, to providing an extra layer of warmth wrapped around your next, used as a napkin, or a cushion to lean you bow up against so that it doesn't get dirt, gravel or mud on the tip or in the string
A camera tripod.  Seems like a luxury, but I usually take a point and shoot camera and then an SLR with lenses (maybe archaic at this point.  There  are many that are very light and can be packed easily.  I set up the Nikon with the big lens out of the way and it cut down on a lot of movement while giving you much more stable pictures at a distance (this stability is even more an issue with small point and shoots that have tremendous magnification potential as any shake will blur the pictures.
Seems a little vain, but remember that you will be taking pictures of a life time, and that if you do take "hero pics " with game that has been taken you might want to look presentable and in some outfit that is not embarrassing. As important, is that many of those pictures that you take in Africa will be during the day and in bright sun.  TAKE YOUR HAT OFF
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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2018, 10:06:56 PM »
Thanks so much for all the great info you guys have given. I'm 11 days from my trip!
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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2018, 12:45:46 PM »
I second the nasal spray and bandanas.  I get normail saline at the dollar store, and I usually buy 6 at a time.  I use bandanas all the time.  Very handy to have around.  A jacket and light gloves will be welcome.  Actually, leather gloves would be nice at times. I carried 3 changes of clothes.  Two would do, but I wanted to be prepared in case I ruined a pair of pants or something.  I grew up on a farm, and I'm a realist.

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2018, 01:52:32 PM »
These are all great tips.  I am watching this site as well, as I will be going in Aug to Namibia.  Keep the tips coming!

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2018, 08:03:57 PM »
Gene,
I left my tripod with Antonie.  Check to see that it is still in good shape, which it should be.
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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2018, 01:39:40 PM »
I will do that.  Actually I might use it.  I asked him about taking one along and he said that he had a couple of them that I could use.

Now I need to figure out how to remove the clicking sound from the camera when taking a picture to now spook the game.  Wife bought one of those fancy 35 mm cameras, but there is so much to learn about them.  At my age, I just want to leave it on "Auto" and hope for the best. I see that it has 2 chips in it for taking more photos.  Also need to figure out how to take video with it, although I have a small video camera to use as well.  It will also take just photos.  Think I will get 64GB chips for all the cameras.  Also going to take a large storage thumb drive.  Outfitter said that if a chip is full, he can download it onto a thumb drive then I can use the chip again.
Going on a safari with them for a few days before I begin hunting.  That should be fun as well as getting to know everyone.

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2018, 08:08:17 PM »
As far as the click of the shutter goes, I can only say that the Nikon D60 was not heard at all from within the blind and I shot hundreds of pictures.  I don't really know, but you may be able to silence the action on the digital point and shoots.
Video is fun to see, and I barely ever do it although in fact my small point and shoot has the capacity.  I did however take several videos with my Iphone and they are fun to see although with relatively little magnification.

The traveling with them should be fun.  They are very nice people and easy to be with. They are also lifelong natives of Namibia and know quite a lot about things.  They are both former school teachers. 

If I can add anything don't hesitate to ask.
BTW, there is a Market town ( the name escapes me but Antonie will know in a second) that is about halfway between Windhoek and the farm.  It is a great  place for buying crafts/gifts/ and knickknacks.  People at home seemed to particularly like the small warthog tusk key chains but there are lots of wood carved items  very small to too big to carry. 
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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2018, 05:55:49 AM »
You must be almost ready to travel Elksong. Getting excited?
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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2018, 05:35:55 PM »
I am! I'm all packed up and ready! 3 days! I still can't believe I will be in Africa at the end of the week.....
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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2018, 04:06:40 PM »
I also am starting to get excited about going, but still have 2 months yet.  Thanks for the suggestions about the market.  Would like to stop and see some of the things there.  I heard to exchange some money as you need some change to use the restrooms.  Is this true, maybe only in the airports???  Where is the best place to exchange some money and how much do you suggest?  I am sure that Antonie will know and give me some advice, but just asking.  Wife will have a carry on bag, but thinking that I should also find a small back pack for a few things for a carry on luggage.  Have one large bag that we will put both of our things in, plus a gun case for bows and arrows, etc.  Going to mark it on the outside "Archery Equipment".  Inside I was thinking about posting my name, address, plus the outfitters name and address, just in case something gets lost.  Think all the luggage is booked straight through to Windhoek and will probably have to open things there for customs???

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2018, 09:40:50 AM »
There is every reason in the world to be getting excited: it is a great adventure.
Depending on how you are getting from Windhoek to Makalaan (Antonie himself or commercial hire)and at what time, it is a long drive. They do not really like to drive after dark because of the potential for wildlife/vehicle interactions so stopping to shop should be a prearranged discussion and might be better going out or coming back depending on the time of day and how much time is available to stop.
As far a luggage goes, when I went from the US to Johannesburg and then on to Windhoek all same day and all on SAA, then the luggage was shipped straight through to Windhoek where I picked it up.  It is a modest sized airport and I had no real problem at all collecting my bow.  I have gone each time with one piece longbows in a tube case strapped together with my matching arrow case (green canvas covered "plastic drain pipe" that I bought many years ago from 3 Rivers.  They have held up well although the end caps take a beating from conveyor belt abrasion.  Strapping them together  keeps them from rolling on the belt and they get counted as ONE item.  At any rate, the Namibians are pretty low key and there has never been any fuss, manipulation, or attitude like you read about when folks go to South Africa.
Taking a carry on is a good idea for a bunch of reasons, starting with the reality that your luggage might not show up on time or even at all.  Fortunately that has never happened to me in 4 trips.  The flight is a long one and you may want any number of small things from meds like Advil, Tums, or sleeping pill to a tooth brush (small toilet kit).  EVERYONE says to carry valuable electronics and optics so just counting a telephone, IPad if you care, camera(s), and binoculars, book, and change of clothing, hat and sunglasses...  this is way past what your pockets will hold even with cargo pants.  As far as irreplaceable items that travel, I have always felt that I could find a bow and arrows but not likely a familiar shooting glove so I carry that. 
Even more to the point,  on the trip home you will probably have a number of "purchased items" that are too delicate for your suitcase and you will want to carry them on.  I have at least a couple of very light weight small back packs that literally fold up and tuck into themselves so available  as needed.  THERE IS an official weight limit on overseas carriers for carry on luggage.  Fortunately I have never been checked because mine has always been way overweight.  You just act like it is light as you walk up to the counter. 
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex Mahogany and bamboo 62" 53#@27.5"
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex curly maple, birdseye maple and Osage riser 53#@ 28"
Blacktail 62" longbow takedown 53#/57# B & W ebony
Blacktail Columbia 62" Rosewood and Myrtle 55#@ 28"

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2018, 02:37:10 PM »
Antione and his wife are going to meet us at the hotel in Windhoek on the morning after we arrive.  We will arrive around 10:00 pm and stay at the hotel.  For the next couple days, they are driving us around to see the country and some of the national parks (safari), then back to their place for 8 days of hunting.  I am taking two take down recurves.  One in a SKB gun case with a dozen arrows and extra archery items.  The second bow will be in another check in baggage with clothes and another dozen arrows, just in case one of the bags get lost.  Going to tape a sign on the gun case "Archery Equipment", so they know it is not a gun.  Shouldn't see the baggage until we reach Windhoek as it will be booked through to there. 
How about money exchange - where is the best to do that.  I heard that some money (coins) were needed to use the restrooms, maybe this is just in the airports???  I still need to get a backpack for a carry on.  Wife already has a roll around carry on bag.  Thought I could use the back pack to and from the blinds as well.  Just sent a note to Anthonie about my bow length, so he could check the blinds for bow length.  I shoot a 62" bow, but strung length is 58".

Thank for your information and suggestions,

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Re: Must haves for Africa?
« Reply #34 on: June 04, 2018, 07:47:35 PM »
I had forgotten about the money thing and sent you a PM.  I believe that the BR thing is correct, but only small change needed and it seems to me that Antonie fronted me the cash.  Exchange some at the airport and don't worry about it.  In two trips to Namibia I think that I needed a coin twice.

I shoot a 62" bow and never had any trouble with space: front to back OR side to side.   The blinds are plenty big enough, and you can even have your wife sit with you and have enough room to maneuver.  There are elevated blinds, pit blinds and one above ground but only a step up.

Your packing of two bows separately should cover all usual bases. 

You have this... relax and enjoy 
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex Mahogany and bamboo 62" 53#@27.5"
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex curly maple, birdseye maple and Osage riser 53#@ 28"
Blacktail 62" longbow takedown 53#/57# B & W ebony
Blacktail Columbia 62" Rosewood and Myrtle 55#@ 28"

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