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11 hours ago, Emtbsam said:

DW. We did an overland to the Maasai Mara from Mombasa and found it to be wonderfully calm and refreshing.  We saw lots of wildlife in our all too brief visit but I will never forget just how peaceful it was.  The airport in Mombasa, however, is a nightmare.   We also went to Hluhluwe on a day trip from a Silversea cruise and saw an impressive number of animals.  Back in the 1960’s I went to Kruger, but that was well before the onslaught of tourists so the wildlife was abundant.  You really can't go wrong with any of those.

 

 

Wow Emtb, you were so lucky to see it back then. I Was looking at Kenya but think that will be for another trip. I Was drawn more to the SA side to tick several boxes such as Vic Falls, The blue train and the Zambezi Queen. There are lots of opportunities for game watching on the land based part of the trip and in different environments and every port (except Maputo which sadly is only a 6 hour call and would have been a great opportunity to visit the Kruger) has full day game drives available.

 

BTW, anyone else having trouble on the boards today? Logged in but not logged in.

 


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40 minutes ago, Daveywavey70 said:

 

Wow Emtb, you were so lucky to see it back then. I Was looking at Kenya but think that will be for another trip. I Was drawn more to the SA side to tick several boxes such as Vic Falls, The blue train and the Zambezi Queen. There are lots of opportunities for game watching on the land based part of the trip and in different environments and every port (except Maputo which sadly is only a 6 hour call and would have been a great opportunity to visit the Kruger) has full day game drives available.

 

BTW, anyone else having trouble on the boards today? Logged in but not logged in.

 

 

we did a bush plane safari of 3 different camps in Botswana several years back, ac in permanent tents.

overnited in j'burg, stayed in a place overlooking the zoo.

have also been having  trouble with log in - for quite awhile.

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Just my tuppence worth - South Africa has perhaps the most luxurious safari lodges (some call them spafaris) but the Kruger scenery is dull and it's all a bit like a private zoo, like Longleat with mosquitos.  Botswana is perhaps the best country for a genuine wildlife experience followed by Tanzania and Kenya.  Timing is all important - there are rainy seasons, dry seasons, times when wildlife is prolific and when it's hard to see, and then there's the great migration which is literally a movable feast, largely confined to Tan/Ken.  Personally, if you want to see African wildlife I wouldn't ever choose a cruise.  

 

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On 11/4/2021 at 1:18 AM, Daveywavey70 said:

 

Many thanks for the tips JP, it gives me a lot more to go on. The pics are fantastic. Looks like you had an amazing time.

After our Explorer West Africa cruise we spent some time in Botswana.Absolutely fabulous and thoroughly recommended.

(4) A Botswanan Adventure. | Australian Frequent Flyer

 

Then after our Cape to Cape cruise on the Explorer we spent some time in Uganda to see the gorillas.Loved it.After that spent some time in a South African camp near the Botswanan border.Preferred Botswana but it was still very enjoyable.

(4) Africa.Jungle and veldt by Caravan and Sedan chair. | Australian Frequent Flyer

 

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Just to be clear, the cruise isn’t supposed to be the highlight of my game experience in Africa. The cruise is there because I’m desperate to be bobbing about on a boat, possibly on a line new to me that I’d love to try. Yes there are many opportunities for game drives on the cruise but I believe that my best game experiences will be on the land based part of the tour around the Botswana/ Chobe / Vic falls area. DrRon, thank you for sharing, that looks like a life changing experience. 

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Happy Sunday Coolers.

The day has arrived and I took my first stab at making Jeff's baguettes. Perfectly crunchy outside and soft inside. However, I need to work on getting the shape correct. They are a bit uneven in size and missing that cute little point on the ends. A work in progress 🙂

 

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6 hours ago, TrulyBlonde said:

Happy Sunday Coolers.

The day has arrived and I took my first stab at making Jeff's baguettes. Perfectly crunchy outside and soft inside. However, I need to work on getting the shape correct. They are a bit uneven in size and missing that cute little point on the ends. A work in progress 🙂

 

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They look wonderful.

 

I beg you not to try and improve their shape.  They look so natural and home made and the less you handle them the better the taste and crumb texture. 

 

The two elements that improve taste and crumb texture is simply water and time.  Using those tins enable you to be really bold with hydration.  All of my current bread and pizza dough is at 80 - 85%  and risen over two or three days with a little less yeast. and it improves the textue and taste. 

 

Also if you use the simple scraper method of "kneading" in the bowl that I suggested with that level of hydration you will find the following morning that the dough would have really expanded and have a lovely silky wet sheen to it.  That combined with trying hard not handle it when placing it in a tin  and then placing it in a long heated  oven and then spraying the bread with a mist of water and adding a little water to the steak griddle - slammming the oven door - will add a lovely sheen and improve the crust bite. 

 

I loved seeing that bread.

 

This is some of mine over the last few days …. I “half bake” some for the cupboard if  we don’t need  it straight away.

 

I have found a wider tin that has been wonderful.  Highly hydrated bread but suitable for sandwiches.  The onion loaf at the bottom was made using the tin.. and the second piccy down with the stubbier loaves.

 

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11 hours ago, UKCruiseJeff said:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two elements that improve taste and crumb texture is simply water and time.  Using those tins enable you to be really bold with hydration.  All of my current bread and pizza dough is at 80 - 85%  and risen over two or three days with a little less yeast. and it improves the textue and taste. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff, thanks for the feedback. Colorado is a very dry climate, especially the high altitude where I live. I do think due to the dryness, I must add more water to my mixture. They are really quite easy to make, although time consuming due to the rest times, etc.

Next, week I may try to add some raisins and nuts to my mixture. Your baguettes are perfection and I am enjoying my new at home bakery, due to you. 

Much obliged :))

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