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TECHNOLOGY:

Here I am relatively challenged, but I manage and the younger fellow travelers will always ready to help an oldie with functions which they seem to be born knowing. We took along a smart phone each, our Zippisat satellite phone, Garmin Montana GPS, a laptop with an unlocked dongle and an external hard drive.

On the laptop I had loaded the Lightroom photography filing and editing program I use. I regularly download photos to the external hard drive as we did not want to risk losing them with a computer crash. Also loaded is the Tracks4Africa GPS program already mentioned with its Basecamp system for plotting routes, waypoints and points of interest. For music we have an Ipod Nano loaded with all our favourite music albums including a large collection of oldies from the sixties, seventies and eighties. Our external hard drive was loaded with some of the vast number of movies from our son’s collection. For the road we had the fantastic Audio books. These we have down loaded from the Amazon offshoot www.audible.com. These books are not cheap but provide great entertainment when the road becomes tiresome. For reading material on the road we both have Amazon Kindles loaded with a variety of books as this takes up far less space than books. It is important to have an E-reader with its own lighting so that you can read at night in the tent without waking your partner. We will not use the 3G application and a wifi only e-reader will be adequate. I have the Kindle Paperwhite model.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT:

All Canon. Two bodies, the new 7D Mk ll, 5D Mklll.

Lenses; my pride is the new EF 600mm 1:4L IS II USM telephoto lens; EF 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 zoom lens; EF 24-105mm 1:4L IS USM zoom; Macro lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 L IS USM with an accompanying Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash.

Also of course plenty of memory cards and batteries and battery charger. I will also carry a suitable Manfrotto tripod and monopod and for the vehicle have the large, strong and heavy Apex beanbag on which I mount a Gimpro camera mount. This is stable enough to go on a game viewing drive with it resting on the window sill. There may be some fun in tsetse fly country with an open window.

I am very grateful for the digital age and no need to carry film. I am fully aware that my equipment specs exceed my photographic skills.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Odd items we carry include some that from my reading and previous trips we felt would be handy. A small hand operated mincer to be able to render edible some of the tough meat we anticipate having to buy. A multi-fuel stove; we have the MSR Dragonfly model with spares and service kit purchased from Camp and Climb in Cape Town (cost with fuel bottle R2985, US$ 320). We have a gas cooker but were anticipating possible problems in refilling the cylinder. After excellent advice I have purchased some adaptors for the various piping sizes which should suffice for refilling. These are available from most gas equipment outlets. As I understand it the only piping size used is the wide diameter pipe used in South Africa to fill the large commercial size cylinders. The adaptor has the large diameter pipe size on the male side and the smaller size on the female side which will connect to the smaller Cadac type cylinders. In addition we carried a Cob, a small, mobile, kettle-drum type cooker which operates with the charcoal that is widely available in most of Africa. As Africans we are skilled at cooking on a fire and will even be baking bread. Binoculars, one pair each, an international electrical plug adapter and also torches, headlamps and extra batteries