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Thinking About Africa...Again!

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After what was a glorious once-in-a-lifetime trip to Southern Africa - or so we thought! - here we are again, now at the early stages of planning of what we hope will be an equally-rewarding second visit. Thoughts of a return trip actually began forming in our minds while we were enjoying the riches of Botswana. Surely we had to come back...

Throughout our first trip we met with other travelers and we conversed about some of Africa's offerings with our rangers, guides, and lodge staff, so we returned home with some ideas of what a second visit would look like. Since our return, I've conducted some initial research online, browsed some guidebook materials, and read through some of the information here and on TA.

As with our first trip to Africa, wildlife viewing remains top on our list. We hope to see the Big Five again, although I really hope to see more leopard and rhino. Hippos, giraffes, and various types of antelope are high on the list. Oh, and the zebra, which we hadn't really seen on our first visit. We enjoyed both our stay at Kirkman's Kamp in Sabi Sand and at Chobe Under Canvas, and really liked the open vehicles and the 6-person limit on vehicles; if we can do it again this way, we would love to.

Other than wildlife, we are interested in different experiences including beautiful scenery. We thought Cape Town and Victoria Falls were good complements for our safari visits on this past trip.

Destinations under consideration -
- Namibia - Etosha, Damaraland, Sossusvlei
- Zambia and Malawi - South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, Lake Malawi
- Kenya and Tanzania, although I am concerned that this may be out of reach
- South Africa and Madagascar - game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, iSimangaliso, and in Madagascar, tsingys, baobabs, and lemurs

Time: sometime from mid-June to mid-July, up to 4 weeks, although probably only up to 10-12 nights on safari
Budget: US$400pppn for the safari option

Your thoughts would be most appreciated. Pros and cons of the different places... Your experiences... Other things I should know... Other suggestions...

Thank you.

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