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May 17th, 2012, 07:12 AM
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1st time in africa, Namibia or Botswana?? December 2012

I'm not sure which destination is better for that time of the year. Botswana or Namibia?

I'll be there Mid- December & 1st week of January.

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May 17th, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Get your act together. You have three different threads mentioning different countries...
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May 17th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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that's not true, but thanks for your kind reply
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May 17th, 2012, 02:47 PM
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If I were going to Africa for the first time, especially with game viewing in mind, I'd opt for Botswana over Namibia. Namibia, with its waterhole-type game viewing (i.e., in Etosha) is way different than the type of game viewing most people are accustomed to from watching TV shows and movies (i.e., bush- and plains-type game viewing). On the other hand, if you've got a thing for sand, the dunes at Namibia's Sossusvlei are world class and the dunes along the coast can be dramatic (and fun if you go for a tour and go up and down them). Both countries will be very warm with the rainy season beginning.
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May 17th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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Botswana! More options, more variety. ZZ
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May 18th, 2012, 06:44 AM
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For a first-timer, I would recommend a self-driving tour through Namibia. Namibia is very diverse - with game viewing at many places (not just Etosha), with spectacular scenery (Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Erongo Mountains, Namib Desert), with picturesque towns (Swakopmund), with welcoming people and with an excellent touristic infrastructure. It is safe and easy to travel Namibia.

I would leave Botswana for the second trip to Africa.
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May 18th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions!!

I think I'll go with Namibia, specially because I'm doing Kruger for 4 nights first, then going to another country.

I'll prepare an itinerary and then I'll ask you more questions for sure!!!

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May 18th, 2012, 11:08 AM
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Get your act together?! Who cares if somebody posts several questions?

In addition to getting your act together, eat your vegetables, floss daily, maintain good posture, and please get to bed at a decent hour.

When you've managed all of these, only then may you consider posting another question.
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May 23rd, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Luciana,

if you have more questions feel free to open a new thread. We will be happy to give you advice.

In Kruger, you will see abundant wildlife. So, in Namibia you can focus on scenery (you will see more wildlife anyway). Another reason for Namibia instead of Botswana (which is better in wildlife than Namibia, but Namibia is better in scenery).
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May 23rd, 2012, 12:31 PM
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Ok so having been to both Kenya and SA's Kruger next.... Namibia or Zambia?
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May 24th, 2012, 04:28 AM
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Thank you all for your replies!
Since we have 21 days in Africa, we decided to go both, Namibia & Botswana

I will share my itinerary later. Thanks!
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May 29th, 2012, 03:10 PM
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My husband & I did that trip 4 years ago & it was the best trip of our lives [so far!]. We stayed at Sossusvlei for 2 full days, then flew to Damaraland to see the desert elephants, then to Jack's Camp & finally to a wonderful camp in the Okovango Delta. We were away just under 3 weeks & it was just wonderful!!!!

Can't wait to hear about your itinerary - you've made a great choice & I envy you the experience.
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