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FROM REMOTE SAVANNAH TO TROPICAL JUNGLE, GET CLOSE TO NATURE ON A SAFARI ADVENTURE

TSWALU KALAHARI, SOUTH AFRICA

Want a luxury safari but don’t fancy battling the tourist hordes at Kruger National Park? Then head to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, where you’ll find the stunning Tswalu, described by Forbes magazine as ‘the best safari lodge you’ve never heard of’. Even in a country famed for its super-luxe lodges, Tswalu is the swishest and sexiest. Stay in one of the eight striking suites at the main lodge, the Motse, all of which have an open fireplace, sumptuous bathroom with

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WI-FI COMPACTS

CANON POWERSHOT

SX280 HS £290

The PowerShot SX280 HS is ideal for travel and is Wi-fi-enabled — and connecting to Wi-fi is straightforward but very slow. While not perfect, the Wi-fi is great to use. You can quickly connect the camera to any Wi-fi network, create an ad-hoc Wi-fi network from within the camera, connect the camera to your smartphone and back up images to a PC. Battery usage is heavy with Wi-fi and GPS running so consider a spare battery.

2 FUJIFILM FINEPIX

F900EXR £259

The F900EXR includes a host of networking options. The wireless features allow you to

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Wild at Heart

A PASSIONATE GARDENER CREATES A PRIVATE PARADISE IN TANGIER.

As a boy in Milan, Pasti dreamed of someday becoming a florist or a writer; he grew up to be a gardener and an author, not only of several gardening books, but also of a translation of Proust’s letters to his mother, and an outstandingly original novel, The Age of Flowers, a maximalist fantasia about a young man’s botanical obsession.

The novel is an homage to Pasti’s private garden, itself a maximalist fantasia: 5,300 species of plants, flowers, and trees — plus whatever snakes, rats, birds, lizards, and frogs choose to

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Wide Star

Tokina fills out the focal length of a popular favorite.

Tokina has recently shown remarkable success in controlling distortion at ultra wide focal lengths, while keeping prices low. This new 12-28mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX wide-angle zoom for Canon and Nikon APS-C bodies ($599, street) continues that fine trend.

The successor to Tokina’s hard — to-keep-in-stock 12-24mm f/4 PRO DX II of 2003, the newcomer boosts the focal-length range— our Nikon-mount test lens is the full-frame equivalent of an 18-42mm; for Canon it would be about 19-45mm. It also has a new autofocus motor and sensor, plus two spheric elements

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Wide-angles and portraits

While a telephoto is the lens of choice for portraits, you shouldn’t dismiss wide-angles. Understand how they work, and you can use them to capture striking portraits.

THE THOUGHT OF sticking an ultra wide-angle zoom on a camera for shooting portraits will be an alien concept to many. However, it’s a technique that is popular with millions of DSLR photographers the world over, in particular with lifestyle, fashion and wedding photographers. The main reason being to make the most of the key characteristics of this type of lens, including lens distortion, extreme depth-of-field, warped perspective and converging verticals.

Although it’s

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Why was Pluto downgraded to a dwarf planet?

Matt Francis

Many people will remember the controversy generated back in 2006 when the reclassification of Pluto took place. Pluto’s place as a planet at this point had been questioned since the Seventies. Other objects had been found in the Solar System of a comparable size and these objects weren’t classified as planets.

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) met and redefined exactly what ‘planet’ meant. It was decided that Pluto did not fit within that definition and so it was added to the new classification of dwarf planet. To qualify as a planet an object must orbit

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