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Trip Report Long awaited Return to Southern Africa!

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Two more days and we leave on our second trip to Africa.

In 2009, we had planned to return with an OAT tour...but sometimes more important things happen and plans change. Our 32 year old daughter, living and working in NYC, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma, and we went up to stay with her as we all took off on an unscheduled medical journey. (What trip insurance is for, for sure.). she is doing VERY well now, apparently cancer free, and we have planned a totally different return trip, that actually fits our travel style better.

I worked with Chris Worden at Zambezi Travel for the safari portion of our trip, and our initial 11 days. We will fly in to JNB, on Delta (premium economy) and spend the night not far from the airport. The next AM We will fly BA to Victoria Falls, and spend two nights at Ilala Lodge. I had regretted not seeing Vic Falls on our previous trip, so this will take care of that. On Oct 5, we are scheduled to spend half a day with an Anti-poaching unit. (An intriguing alternative to bungee jumping or whitewater rafting.).

Our next stop will be 3 nights at Imbabala, which is in Zimbabwe, on the river, near Chobe and will include both land and river based safari activities. We then will transfer back to Vic Falls and on to Hwange for 4 nights at Davison's. Our last day there, we will take a short flight to Vic Falls, then fly to JNB.

We planned the next part of our trip to return to Cape Town...which we fell in love with on our first trip. We will fly to CPT and spend a couple days with friends Solvej & John, who live in Hout Bay. She and I have been internet friends for years, and last year she spent some time with us while she was doing an international program for librarians. Travel is really great when you can forge friendships with people all over the world!

We will pick up a rental car, and head off for Wilderness. for 2 nights (Shiningwaters B&B) then Addo for 2 nights (self-catering tented campsite) and Prince Albert near the Swartberg Pass for 2 nights. Out last night is left to serendipity...we may stay in Stellenbosch or go back to Solvej's, but we will turn in our car at CPT the next morning and fly to JNB to catch our return flight to the states.

Yes, it would have been good to fly home from CPT, but I had gotten an excellent deal on Delta way back when and it was RT between RDU and JNB. Our JNB/CPT RT flights will be on Mango, and they weren't terribly expensive.

I should be able to add to this whenever we have wifi...so I will call it a trip report and keep you updated when possible.

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