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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:42 PM
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Hi everyone,,,
Yes Rocco, I think it is still Boxer and Feinstein!!! I read Noltings book, and booked my first safari with them. I am quite sure that I am paying "Top Dollar", but it was prior to my finding this wonderful resource, and I must admit that I am quite happy with their service and assistance. There was no planning fee, they have been quite helpful with all of my "little questions", my trip mate accidentally giving them the wrong departure city, and my requested itinerary changes. I must say that I don't think that I would have been comfortable planning this trip myself, and am quite comfortable with their planning, and making sure that I will be well cared for while I am there. I am doing a mobile camping (luxury) safari, Bots & Zim, then a week Scuba Diving in Richards Bay SA. It has been worth every penny I have spent, knowing that I "should" have no stress on transfers, flight times, or anything else. Well worth the $$$ for me! Most likely for my next trip, I will be pestering you all for information in my self planning- but for a first trip- I am glad that I don't have to worry about it at all!!! (Yes I know the possibility still exists, but the responsibility won't be mine!!) Suzi (42days from departure_ not that I am counting!!!)
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Aug 9th, 2005, 08:04 PM
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Suzi,

Uhhhh...first you have to buy my book and then be prepared to pay 25% more than from another operator!

Seriously, I would be happy to help anyone find the very best deals available in Zambia. It is an amazing country and the time to get there is sooner rather than later. Botswana was not always $625 per person per night in high season...likewise, Zambia will not stay at $375 per person per night in high season for much longer.
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Aug 12th, 2005, 11:44 AM
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We just returned from a trip organized by Africa Adventure and Alison Nolting -- I will tell you that even IF they charged us more than if we had done it ourselves, the EXCELLENT guide we had for our 3+ week safari, Nic Polenakis (THE BEST), the wonderful assistance when we had luggage stolen and when SAA went on strike was worth it! We had an AMAZING trip to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa -- and, while we did our research, we are EXTREMELY happy we had their expertise to help us and to smooth over the issues!
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Aug 12th, 2005, 04:47 PM
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glovely,

Wow...you had Nic Polenakis as your private guide for the entire safari. I met Nic last year while I visited Chichele and he is the finest guide I have met.

I would love to hear more about your safari. Was it entirely overland? Open or closed vehicle? Cost?
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Aug 12th, 2005, 06:25 PM
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I was told that Nic Polonokis would be our guide for 1/2 of our trip next month- alas it was not to be! After Roccos' wonderful reports about him, I was SOOoo happy to be going with him (Botswana). I am now told it will be Dave Carson- who also comes highly reccomended, and has guided with Nic- but I dont have Roccos experiences to judge by!!! So I'll let you all know when I return!! I am hoping that all of the airline strikes will be over by the time you/ and I depart Rocco!! Suzi
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Aug 12th, 2005, 06:26 PM
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Oh yes, I forgot- Rocco, I will be anxiously awaiting that book!!!
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Aug 12th, 2005, 06:50 PM
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We, my husband, two sons 13 and 16, and I, travelled from Vic Falls to Mana Pools, 5 days in Mana Pools, then off to Botswana (Moremi, Khai) and then to Xigera. We canoed the Zambezi, walked up to elephants, sat with wild dogs and had lions roar AT US from 2 feet away. We traveled by Cessna, canoe, open vehicles, foot. It was a nearly perfect trip! Nic was knowledgeable, an excellent tracker, fun, easy to get along with and just generally THE BEST! It was almost entirely mobile tented safari - private, just us, Nic and the camp staff. Far more luxurious than I thought it would be with excellent food and excellent tents, etc. Costs are difficult to share, but for us, the experiences we had (which even Nic said were amazing and once in a lifetime) were truely priceless! We ended our trip with a couple of days in Cape Town too, but clearly it was the mobile tented private safari which will be remembered and talked about FOREVER.
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