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May 3rd, 2005, 05:13 AM
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I just want to thank you Sandi. Not only was your reply instant but it sounds totally sensible to both me and my husband. My heart rate actually started slowing down. Thank you. Judy
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May 3rd, 2005, 05:16 AM
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To further slow down your beating heart, I am sure our guides told us it's the mid and pale blues that attract the tsetse flies, not dark blues such as navy...
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May 3rd, 2005, 06:40 AM
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I had e-mailed our travel agent about this issue also and she just responded that it is her understanding that black and ROYAL blue (which I would take to be a medium type blue) were the colors that would attract the tsetse flies. That said, she also recommended trying to stick with neutral colors as much as possible and stay away from bright colors, especially red. Too bad, that's "my" color! But for a safari, I plan to not only wear neutral colors (which I am finding I like better than I thought I would) AND I plan to take a hat - and I HATE hats!
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May 3rd, 2005, 07:51 AM
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I would strongly recommend a hat or two.

For the winter season trips to Botswana I found use for both a warm winter woolly to keep my head warm during colder early mornings and late afternoons and a wide brimmed summer hat to keep the sun out of my eyes and protect me from the heat of the sun during the daytimes. My hair is black so it absorbs the heat rather well and my head sometimes gets so hot I get heatstroke.

For the wide brimmed hat, you'll probably need one that can be tied under your chin with a scarf or integral strap as the wind catches the brim and tries to pull it off when you're driving at any speed.
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May 3rd, 2005, 08:08 AM
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Clematis, trust me, I will NOT like myself in tan! I also look terrible in hats but will wear one -- at least it will hide the bad hair I will have everyday since there's no electricty for blow drier.

But it really doesn't matter since no one will recognize me anyways -- I don't think I've ever been seen in public dressed in these colors and wearing a hat. Umm, there's a thought --maybe I'll cut off my hair and make it a full disguise

Anyways, less than 3 weeks and counting. Getting very excited! I even did a "practice" packing session over the weekend. My husband laughed at all my normal bright beautiful clothes (for Cape Town, Wine Country and Garden Route) laid next to the dirt-colored pile for Botswana. He's already started to make fun of me.
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May 3rd, 2005, 08:33 AM
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linjudy, I understand. I am not a fashion plate in my khaki pants either. But you brought up another good point - the tan hides the dirt and dust better than other colors and boy, does that dust kick up. We packed two duffle bags each and left one at the hotel in Jo'berg for our trip down to South Africa (which had more weight allowance) at the end. You will love Cape Town and the rest.
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May 3rd, 2005, 10:01 AM
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Hey Judy,
Cheer up.. you can always pack a colorful outfit for lounging in at camp. That way you can get your "winter" color fix and not be stampeded by ellies.
Plus, you'll have snappy, fashionable attire for those gourmet evening meals at Mombo! Just forget the hat at dinner...

11 days and counting!
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May 3rd, 2005, 10:19 AM
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Thanks, Brenda, for the encouragement. actually I'm finding this whole thing rather hilarious. Geez I've never spent so much time worried about what to wear only to look terrible. We'll have some cool photos of us looking ugly in the bush. Well, mostly just me. he'll look the same

I do think I will bring one thing nice. Our last day/night at Mombo will be my 40th birthday. And I refuse to turn 40 in khaki!
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May 5th, 2005, 09:37 AM
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Linjudy, be sure to tell your travel agent about that birthday. Have a great trip!
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May 6th, 2005, 07:09 AM
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Thanks, Kavey, for the reminder about the wooly hat. I have both that and the wide-brimmed hat with a chin strap to keep it from flying off. I tried it on the other day and it actually doen't look too awful !

42 days and counting! Maybe I'll so my trial packing this weekend! Can you tell I'm excited?
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May 6th, 2005, 07:16 AM
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Can tell, yes!
But I recognise all the symptoms as I had them myself before our mammoth 9 week trip last year!
To be honest, on the first trip in 2001 we just didn't appreciate how cold it could be at night and in early morning/ late evening given the daytime temperatures the guide books were listing so we ignored the advice in our travel agent's pack list and didn't include scarf or gloves. We quickly realised our error and bought some from one of the camp shops but of course were limited in choice and price range. I was actually lucky to find a lovely purple fleece set which I probably would have chosen even given a huge selection and I still use them now. On the second trip, the long one, we were much wiser!
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May 6th, 2005, 05:49 PM
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9 weeks! WOW,that was definitely a trip of a lifetime! Since I tend to get cold easily, I will take everyone at their word when they say it'll be cold, especially in the mornings. Long johns to sleep in (and maybe wear under clothes if necessary) chamois shirts and fleece and a great polyfill jacket that's light but warm. I'm considering skipping the Tevas in favor of a pair of fake Birkentocks that will just slip on and be used more as something to slip on if I need to go outside at night or to wear on the plane. Any thoughts from anyone? It seems like I will probably mostly wear my gym shoes (bringing the older ones so I don't care if they get all grungy and I throw them out before returning).
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May 7th, 2005, 07:01 AM
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I took a slim pair of sandals with me but (ignoring the S Africa self drive and commenting only on the safari camp experiences) I only tended to wear them IN camp really.

On any drives and walks I wore my walking shoes which also give a little ankle support - sort of shoes/ boots.

I didn't take any smarter shoes - didn't need em!
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May 7th, 2005, 10:03 AM
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Thanks for your advice (and everyone else's that I have taken advantage of for thepast couple of months). I don't plan on bringing any "smart" clothes, period! My family loves me anyway and everyone else will just have to put up with my safari clothes everywhere !
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