March 9, 2010

South Africa - Day Two

On day two of our stay at Singita Game Reserves, we arose early and met Marlon, our guide and Themba, our tracker.  Once everyone was organized, we set out at 5:30 for our thrilling drive.  In preparation for these drives, it was suggested that we read 'Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa': Struik Publishers and we were very happy that we did.  It's very helpful to have some knowledge of what you might encounter out in the wilds.  People are always interested in what camera I shoot with and on this journey, I wielded a Canon EOS 5D body, equipped with a powerful 300mm lens.  Despite a sore arm and shoulder from the weight of the camera, I am happy that I had such a great tool as, I think, my photos turned out exceptionally well.  I must also say that the lodge was a most comfortable and attractive place to stay. Caroline Burke is the manager of Singita and she runs the lodge very, very well with every detail attended to.  It is impeccably clean, well illuminated, beautifully furnished and very nicely appointed.