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   -PHOTO SAFARIS - BIRDING, ANIMALS, TREES, & ROCKS...
   -PLUS:  SELECTING CLOTHING AND THINGS TO BRING... 

If you are not into hunting, are a "birder," or just want to view and photograph the wonders of Africa, Gajogo's Photo Safaris provide you that unique opportunity to get just the right shot.  Gajogo's "rustic luxury" thatched camps are reminescent of Africa's Golden Age of Safaris...uniquely inviting and charming; including personal involvement with Natives. Spend as much time as you want learning, photographing, and enjoying their local culture.  The photos you take are of a time that certainly is fleeting and will be lost forever.  Besides spending time with locals, each day will be filled with the thrills and adventure of stocking birds or animals with only your lens, which isn't as easy as you'd think.  (But, for your protection, an armed guide will always be present just in-case some animal gets offended by having to smile excessively for your camera).  This is wild Africa; virgin trees, awesome rocks, and more opportunity than is imaginable.      

Above:   Fish Eagle gives the photographer Hunter some scrutiny.  2012

Above:  Unique to this area of Mozambique is the "Paradise Fly Catcher" seen here by Hunter's sharp eye.  2012.

FOR BIRDERS:
Coutada 9 offers a few unique species found only within this small area such as the Silver Cheeked Hornbill and Paradise Fly Catcher, which are spotted routinely.  Of course, owls, eagles, vultures, hawks, parakeets, hornbills, songbirds, and birds of every description await to be discovered.  Five species of doves alone, inhabit the area.  The only restriction to what your lens can capture, is you.

Above:  Vultures pick over the remains of a Baboon that lions had killed the day prior.  2012.


WILDLIFE...

For those who prefer to photograph wildlife, in addition to what is evident in Gajogo's photo's, about 30 species of mammals exist, plus numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, and insects are present.  Uniquely interesting are the pangolins, porcupines, aardvarks, marching ants, and many interesting insects.  Of course there are also the creepy crallers which most people wish to bypass.  Be sure to bring a long lens for the big stuff, as well as a macro for the tiny creatures...many of which are awaiting their debeut.

Above:  Striped Mongoose...good to have around camp.  2012
Above:  A very unbrightly colored lizard.   Unbelievable Cammo.  Very harmless.                                                                             Photo by Trapper.  2009.
Above:  A vulture is flight.  2012
       
Above:  A Owl keeps watch as the Safari Cruiser heads home for the night.  2012.
                                             (photo's by Hunter)
Left:  A Fish Eagle nest which generally bears Fledglings each year.  2012
Above:  A Pangolin.   A prey for many, including the mongoose.  2012
Above:  Army Ants march off to battle Termites.  2012.

Lower Left:  A rather bright colored blue-tailed lizard...harmless.  2012
Above:  A Gaboon Viper.  Unbelievable Cammo.  Potentially very harmlful.  However, like most snakes, they are seldom seen.  They are good at avoiding people...for which we are greatfull.                                     Photo by Richard 2009.
Above:  A beautiful male lion is curious of what is going on in Coutada 9.

NOW A WORD ON WHAT TO WEAR...AND THINGS... 

So, whether you are hunting with a camera, or a rifle, what to wear is always a personal choice.  Chief among questions is whether to hunt in “shorts” or “long pants.”  Again it is personal, but here are a few thoughts.  Shorts of course are cooler, but if you wear them you can count on scratches and cuts daily.  To some this is worth the cost of cooling, to some it is not.  Zip-off pants offer a compromise, but generally pocket space becomes limited.  So with that in mind, we recommend 4 sets of rugged safari wear in earth tone colors, a comfortable hat to block out sun, great quality boots (we personally recommend Courteney’s) that are completely broken in (link to: <African Sporting> for Courteney boot info), gators to put over the top of your boots to keep the nasty little thorns from entering, sweat bands (if appropriate), cotton handkerchiefs, undergarments that do not chafe, high quality socks, and a quality jacket. We discourage using military apparel or camouflage, as this can be misunderstood within local cultures.


The “things” category is even more personal than clothing; but here are a few more thoughts. First and foremost, Gajogo suggests that you travel as lightly as possible. With that in mind, we recommend LED headlamps in lieu of large or even small bulky flashlights, light weight soft-sided bags, (that can be “stuffed” into unusual nooks and crannies such as a light airplane), include a light weight folded bag within your luggage for use to carry home goodies you purchase during your visit (nylon duffle bags are great), a “Leatherman” tool, 8-15 inch cable ties for numerous varieties of reasons, soft padded gun cases that zip completely open to lay your gun in during rides in the safari cruiser, a camera of your choice with a quality padded bag to protect it, and lastly, appropriate personal first aid items such as creams, sunscreen, aspirin, etc, to care for blisters, sore muscles, and wrinkles caused from the excessive smiles you will be wearing most of the day. 


Now "unthings."  We would like to add here that there is also a list of things you do not need to bring:  there is no need to bring water purification tablets or kits, a GPS, sleeping bags, work gloves, canteens, hunting knives, skinning knives, gun cleaning kits, rain gear, water proof boots, hard helmets, or candy for the staff.


And the last thing, a word about packing.  If possible, remove the bolt from your rifle and pack it in a completely different bag than your rifle...BUT NOT IN YOU CARRY-ON!  This makes your gun a lot less valuable asset to those seeking it as their own while it is in transit to your safari (airline theft).

Above:  Trapper likes long sleeved shirts that can be folded up and worn as short.  Hunter prefers a jacket with a short sleeve shirt as his option.                                    
Above:  Mornings are often brisk up through August.  Africans (as above) often wear clothes that Americans would find too warm.  A good jacket and long pants are a must if you have a tendency to be chilly.  Zip off pants are loved by some as an option.  It was probably about 50ºF for this morning's romp up a dry river bed.
      

Above and left:  Unusual Rocks and Magnificent Trees:  Gajogoland                       


--  Gajogo Safarilands:   "Unique in Mozambique"--
 
 



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