Edit: meant 5000 shots...
Much thanks for the writing of Madagascar. Sounds like really nice place for travels and photo .
My own experience has been that when upgrading to DSLR from SLR I was snapping too much, and yielding lower success ratio than slides in SLR (although DSLR made me learn more of imaging due processing in computer). Being new to medium format this year (Mamiya 7II and ZD) I find myself plan my shots more and get higher success ratio than 35mm slides. This makes me feel I have improved my shooting, and likewise it has resulted in less time in computer for processing. These are some of reasons why I enjoy medium format. I guess it has made me see better.
You have substantial experience of both DSLRs and DMFBs. With that I note your shooting of 5000 photos in just two weeks. What is your experience as far as success ratio between DSLRs and DMFBs? Would you have likewise been happy to have made that trip with a DMFB, or something like the Mamiya ZD camera? How about slide film in a medium format camera, either AF645 or 6x7 rangefinder? In what ways would your images have differed?
I enjoy photography on travels and when living in different countries, both landscape and people living traditional lives (e.g. China, Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia), so it is much interesting to hear your view.