Travel Thread


#2482

You need codecs for the mp4 files most likely.

https://codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

Basic should be all you need.


#2483

Blyde River Canyon & braai at Potluck Boskombuis nr Graskop


#2484

Kruger NP. A yawn, a stretch, a sniff & its on. He winked at me!


#2485

Yes, it will be Emirates aircraft with Emirates staff. Qantas don’t fly via Dubai anymore.
The quality of flight and service will be far better


#2486

LOL NSFW!


#2487

The cycle of life - sex & violence galore…


#2488

Table Mountain & our terrace house in De Waterkant Cape Town (turned out to be the gay nightclub zone).

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#2489

You should’ve eaten it back. They’re tasty.


#2490

In the scale of things Atm fees are a tiny tiny part of your holiday expense. So I wouldn’t worry too much.

That being said, despite terrible customer service. I think Citibank is great. Decent atm network, bugger all fees. But again. IMO It won’t be worth the hassle. Don’t waste your precious holiday time looking for a fee free atm.

Always get currency at the destination.

I’d only ever get a small amount of USD or EURO here. which will get you out of a pickle everywhere.

Take a Visa and a mastercard.


#2491

Land-based whale watching in Hermanus -


#2492

Klein Karoo & horse safari at Plettengerg Bay (no predators!).


#2493

Those are some ripper shots @Gnik. Makes my travel bug come roaring back…
EDIT: BTW, what lens are you using?


#2494

Ta BG.

I bought a used micro-four-thirds Panasonic G85 leading up to this trip. The animal shots are taken with a 100-300mm lens (200-600 full frame equivalent), but this was a bit too long at the short end for KNP - a 100-400 equiv might have been better. For landscapes & city I had a 14-140 (28-280 equiv) and 12-35 constant f2.8.

The horse-back shots are with an Olympus Tough TG3.


#2495

Wonderful pics, Gnik. I so much want to go back to Kruger, an extraordinary place.


#2496

And so accessible & easy.

We did a guided trip on an open safari vehicle in the NP itself, staying at the SANParks sites in self-contained bungalows. I hoped this would strike a balance between -

  1. The fully guided experience at the unnecessarily expensive private concessions around the park (as marketed by Australian travel agents).
  2. The self-drive experience staying within the NP (as done by South Africans - esp during school holidays).

And it was fantastic. Our guide had a seemingly supernatural ability to spot animals & predict behaviors that led to some amazing sightings including this where he spotted some Impala acting nervously & pulled over in the expectation we might see a big cat. Within a minute a Leopard stepped out of the bushes, circled our vehicle & lay on the verge purring & cleaning itself. We would have driven right by on a self-drive.

I’m definitely heading back that way.
Maybe the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda / Uganda?


#2497

For those who have travelled recently is alcohol worth buying when you return home or the prices at say a Dan Murphy better?


#2498

Sometimes, in countries with low alcohol taxes, the retail prices were often cheaper - and had a wider range- than the DF at airports here. That used to be the case with Switzerland. Could pack it with my consigned baggage and not have to queue up back here.


#2499

Japan is INSANELY cheap for most brands of spirits, even at local shops or 7/11.

We usually get whatever you’ll be hard pushed to find in Oz, like decent tequila if you’re in Mexico/US etc.)

Other than that, I always felt Dans has become pretty competitive with anything that’s mass produced and it’s less hassle.


#2500

It really depends on what type of grog you are referring to.

Spirits, especially Japanese whisky, can be bought at a song here - compared with back home. Saying that, the gap has been closing over the past decade - with the explosion of global interest in Japanese whisky. Still, significant savings to be had.

Standard bourbon is prolly 1/3 of the cost in Japan as in OZ.

If you enjoy nihonshu (sake), you will find it cheaper here as well. Same goes with umeshu (plum wine).


#2501

pricey, but was an amazing experience: