Preparing for the Journey Summer 2016

May 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Makuleke Village, South AfricaMakuleke Village, South AfricaPhotographer: Chell Roberts


This summer Chell and I are headed on several exciting trips that should produce some fun photos. In anticipation of the trips I have a new Nikon D750, my first full frame DSLR. I also added a new Tamron 150-600mm telephoto zoom to add to the old workhorse, my Nikor 200mm micro lens.

We are headed out in June to Lisbon then on to Africa and will return in mid July. In addition to Lisbon we will be visiting Fatima and Sintra in Portugal. However the big deal is Africa. We will land in Johannesburg and then Drive to the town of Makuleke. More about Makuleke when we get there, but while there we will be participating in some leadership training with local school children for 3 days. Chell has already been there and had an amazing experience. I am really looking forward to meeting the kids and visiting their village. The Village has a Safari Lodge called The Outpost Camp in the Northern most part of Kruger National Park. We will be there for 2 nights of Safari. From there we drive south most of the length of Kruger. We are spending one night in a Bush Lodge before moving on to Simbambili Lodge. Simbambili is a private game preserve that is part of Kruger and it should offer amazing photo opportunities.

Zebra, Kruger National ParkZebra, Kruger National ParkPhotographer: Chell Roberts In addition to my cameras and lenses I will be sporting a Mefoto Walkabout monopod and Roadtrip tripod, as well as a ThinkTank camera belt with bags and a Capture Pro camera clip from Peak Design, which is essential for lugging a heavy camera without killing your shoulder. I have downloaded the Kruger iPad app so I can identify all the animals I capture. I am also taking along a Bad Elf GPS for my iPad so we don't get lost in the park as we have a few dirt roads to traverse.

Photos take by Chell on his previous trip to Makulele.


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