Friday, October 19, 2018

The SR52UT OLIGHT INTIMIDATOR. Let there be light.

Intimidator by name...
and intimidating by nature?
When last, if every, did you get a torch that can with an owners manual?
I knew that this would be more than the usual
"insert-batteries-and-switch-on" type product...
and I was right.

Marketed locally by https://torchsa.com/
this is much more that any other torch I have every owned.
Firstly, it came in this hard-shell case, which included:
The torch as well as a holster.
A car charger and USB cable.
The empty holes are where the rechargeable batteries can be found!

This is a solid piece of kit.
Although it is not much bigger that a soft drink can,
it is manufactured to the highest specifications.
And at a "weighty" 405gms, it is comfortable to hold
and the holster can be clipped or
 threaded onto a belt. 
It will fit the torch with a filter attached.

Lit by the 1100 lumins of this extremely powerful Intimidator
this night time bush braai was almost turned into daylight.

Another image, this time using the opaque filter,
 which softens the edges of the beam and removes the centre hot spot.

This is what I could see without the torch...

And this is what was hidden in the darkness...
Because I was testing to see if could live up to its 
promise of an 800m throw, I had removed the filter,
hence the hot spot on the tree.

Lit without the filter...

And without the torch light,
only in interior detail is visible...

I found this Red Toad outside my accommodation at a game reserve
and decided to utilize it as a model.
Light, no action, camera...

Without the Intimidator...

The opaque filter softens the throw of the beam.
They are available( purchased separately) in blue, green and red.
If, like me, you are going to be using this on a game drive,
then check with the field guide about colour preference.
Many reserves now use red filters on night drives, 
so that the prey species are not blinded by a bright white light.

Another close up of the Red Toad.
The detail under this clean white LED light is impressive.

The only issue I had is that in the dark,
 I battled to find the on/off switch.
That is mainly because it is so well manufactured that it sits flush.
It would have been great had there been a luminescent ring
around the circumference of the switch,
making it easier to find.

A tree appears out of the pitch darkness...

The Intimidator can be recharged via this mini-USB port.
Either off a laptop or via the car charger that is supplied.

Looking into the branches for predators/birds/ intruders
is a piece of cake with the incredibly powerful beam,
capable of reaching up to 800m!

The front of the hard shell case...
And the rear, with all the information you might require at your fingertips.
For more information
and to find out current pricing,
please visit these Facebook pages:


You can also find them on:
olightsa.com / torchsa.com


My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
Photo:

Photo:
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

A new clothing sponsor has come on board...
Welcome to Kallie Khaki.
Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

Photo:
When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

Photo:
This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:





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and may not be used without permission


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mziki Safari Lodge.North West Province

Guests are warmly greeted when they arrive at Mziki Safari Lodge.
Most of the drive is on a toll free highway, the lodge is an easy 2 hour drive
 from either Johannesburg or Pretoria.
The final part of your journey is on a gravel road that leads to their main entrance.

Welcoming drinks and paperwork!
The two items that new arrivals will receive at any lodge.
Expertly handled by the staff, this is done quickly
so that visitors can be taken to their accommodation.

This large airy room was to be my home for the duration of my stay.
It is one of four rooms attached to the main lodge building
and the views are of the swimming pool and the waterhole
that is not too far from the boundary fence.

The other accommodation offered is in the form of these thatched chalets.
Also they are found on one section of the property,
they are spaced far enough apart of offer the occupants a level of privacy.

A male Ostrich struts his stuff...if somewhat disdainful of the camera.
This reserve is home to both male and females,
a species not seen in many other reserves in the area.

An African Spoonbill wades in the water
while a Water Monitor basks in the morning sunshine.

Even though the area is awaiting the big summer rains,
there is still water in the river.
These guests seemed to enjoy their trip across this weir.

A majestic male Kudu, posing in the open.
An unusual occurrence
as these antelope much prefer thickets 
were they are less vulnerable to predators.

Not too far away from the sighting, our guide, Geyser, found an old Kudu horn.
He took time to inform, educate and entertain the guests
with facts about both the animal and the remnants of the horn.

An interesting discovery inside a pile of Wildebeest dung.
This iridescent green beauty is a Dung Beetle.

The oldest joke in the field guide handbook...
"What is that ahead"?
"Its a Zebra crossing"...
And sometimes the guests will laugh.

A Hamerkop takes flight...
This large and somewhat ungainly bird gets its name from the shape of its head.
It can usually be found along the river banks, searching for fish or frogs.

There is nothing better that the aroma of meat cooking over an open fire.
Dinner, African style.

From L to R:
Byron, Executive Chef Kego and Geyser.
 The lodge team that have the comfort and enjoyment of their guests as a priority.
Be it on a drive with either Byron or Geyser,
or sitting down to a meal lovingly prepared by Kego and her staff.

And what better way to end off an exciting day in the African bush.
A spectacular sunset...never the same twice.

To find out more about the lodge and what it offers,
visit their website:



 

The latest addition to my sponsors list...
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
For more information
and to find out current pricing,
please visit these Facebook pages:


You can also find them on:
olightsa.com / torchsa.com

My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
Photo:

Photo:
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

A new clothing sponsor has come on board...
Welcome to Kallie Khaki.
Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

Photo:
When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

Photo:
This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:





All images are the copyright property of
  
and may not be used without permission