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Trip Report Southern Africa December 2009

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When my daughter was quite young, one day she asked “when I graduate from college will you take me on safari?” I replied “sure”, and our daily lives continued. Fast forward to 2009, the year of the long awaited college graduation, and one day she asked “Do we still get to go on safari? Once again, I replied “sure”, and wondered how my loveable, high-maintenance, girly-girl of a daughter whose idea of getting up early is 10am would fare “on safari”, but the thought of me being able to go back to Africa once again pushed aside any doubts and we began to plan.

I have traveled to Africa several times with friends and although I have always been the “arranger of travel”, everyone had input as to where, cost, etc. As my daughter would be a “newbie” and everything would be exciting and a new adventure for her, I thought about where I had been and what I would like to see. Not much to think about……leopards and meerkats. I really wanted to see a leopard in the wild, and, next to warthogs I have a serious fondness for meerkats. Knowing there are no guarantees about animal sightings, I chose camps that would hopefully give us an advantage on leopard sightings and a morning with the meerkats.

Our itinerary:
SFO –JNB overnight InterContinental
3 nts Mala Mala
Back to JNB overnight again at InterContinental
3nts. Camp Kalahari
2nts Little Vumbura
3 nts Mombo – private vehicle
2nts Vic Falls
JNB-SFO

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