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Zambia--Even more amazing than last year!

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Hi all,

Wow!! You've heard and read it before--words--and even pictures--cannot adequately describe our second trip to Africa. I thought last year was about as good as it can get, but it was even better this time around.

I'm seriously jet-lagged and in sleep deficit from returning last evening, but just had to pop in and say hi. Lusaka to London, overnight in London, on to SFO, then renting a car to get back to Sacramento. It took over 20 hours in the air each way, plus hours and nights more in layovers and xfers.

Was it worth it? Well, you all know the answer.

Our time in Zambia was amazing, even better than last year's experience, which as you've read was fantastic.

Just a couple of highlights out of so many: Being chased--and not just for a few steps--by a female elephant who apparently was haviing a bad day and serioiusly wanted to take it out on us. Spending hours with many leopards both in the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa, including one being harassed by baboons until she lost her patience. And, watching another grab a puku by the throat, then having its prize taken away by a lion. Watching two-month old lion cubs for hours on end doing what kittens do: playing, suckling on mom, teasing and being teased by baby baboons. And more, so much more.

But, for us, a big part of the trip was meeting wonderful people, including fellow travelers, local residents, and reuniting with others we are honored to call good friends.

That was especially true for the Cummings family who own Chiawa and share in Old Mondoro with the folks at Sausage Tree. And Helen and Roelof at Old Mondoro. Very special people.

Our experience base for Africa is admittedly still small, but it is growing, and I cannot imagine any camp anywhere in Africa where personal service, easing anxieties, and attention to detail could possibly be any better than provided by the Cummings--to all guests.

Dave, once again met us at the airport and whisked us through customs. Son Grant is on site at Chiawa most of the time, and Jenny, Dave's wife, keeps things running smoothly literally 24/7. She drove us to the airport from our hotel in Lusaka. They made us feel special, but then, they make all guests feel special.

I've gone on many trips to many places, but, once again, I've never stayed so long away from home, yet wanted to stay even longer.

I have thousands, yes thousands, of pictures to sort (first time I've gone all digital) and reduce down to a manageable number, and lots to catch up on here at home, but I'll try to get some posted soon (I'm really anxioius to see them on something larger than the back of a camera).

Jim

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