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Trip In Progress Report - Joburg, Singita Game Reserve, Cape Town and Vic Falls (Matetsi)...

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I am writing this from the Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls. Vic Falls is a virtual ghosttown right now. Tourists are outnumbered by unemployed men and Zanu-PF youth militia by about 10 to 1, at least in the streets. You cannot step foot on the street without being surrounded by men either trying to sell you worthless items, offering to exchange your American dollars at triple the bank rate or simply following you and "guiding" you to where you already know where you are going in an effort to earn a tip.
I am staying at the Matetsi Game Lodge and the only highlight, much to my surprise, is the ranger. I cannot understand how Small Luxury Hotels continues to sponsor them. I didn't expect Singita, but I did expect a very nice experience in somewhat luxurious surroundings. The insects are absolutely everywhere and you just have to deal with them, whether it is a roach crawling up your wine glass or other insects flying into your food. The lodge is about 2/3 full but mostly by younger people (average age is about 30 years old which happens to be my age as well) who are not coming here from Singita, as I am. Consequently, they are quite pleased while my wife and I are quite disappointed.
This trip started very well with a very nice flight from LAX-JFK-Joburg. The plane was only about half full allowing the passengers to really spread out.
It was only a single overnight in Joburg at the Rosebank Hotel a four star hotel which I enjoyed. (Part II to follow)

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