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Sep 25th, 2003, 06:58 AM
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Thanks, Sandi, for your note. Singita now has a 3-car maximum policy at a sighting at any one time. Most of the time it was only our car.
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Sep 25th, 2003, 08:43 AM
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I stand by my comments, sorry.

At Mombo, you never go out in two or three vehicles together - why would you want to? You don't actually need a tracker - the guests can learn about spoor and help the ranger - it's part of the fun and learning.

Yes, I know rangers radio back and forth about sightings. Alone it is better.

Again, each of us has different goals. My goal is to be there and see whatevber there is to see. I go with zero, and I do mean zero expectations as far as what I will see or want to see. I let the experience unfold around me and I try to learn, not prejudge. It's not about what I bring to the drive, but what I see and learn.

The rangers are always good to excellent. Perhaps some mught think we've been lucky. I don't agree. I think what has happened is that I've found a way to be there and see and not be disappointed, ever. In fact, it is exhilirating, always.

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Sep 25th, 2003, 08:55 AM
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Perhaps I ought to explain a bit about my own perspective and emotionality about seeing game. For some unknown reason, when I hear people comment about what they didn't get to see, and make an evaluative judgment based on it, I feel a bit queasy. I don't question your right to say and report whatever you wish. Your observations are every bit as valid as my own, and perhaps more so. I'm just the way I am, for good or bad. So, I do not wish to appear argumentative or negating of your views. I just have different ones, perhaps.
 
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Sep 25th, 2003, 08:58 AM
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Contact with other vehicles can be very helpful at times but we also experienced the opposite on an early evening game drive at Kings Pool.

There were 3 camp vehicles out and we were all viewing various wildlife sometimes at the same spot but mostly on our own. After dark our driver/guide was able to track 2 leopards, separate sightings, and of course informed the other vehicles who weren't having much luck.

He gave instructions to the other drivers of our position and how to "Carefully" approach so as not to scare the animals away and twice they came booming in with lights blaring and naturally the lepoards took off. After these 2 instances we all strongly suggested he no longer share further info with the others on this game drive.
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Sep 25th, 2003, 01:42 PM
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I returned from Linyanti, Kaparota and Pom Pom Wilderness camps three weeks ago. Linyanti and Pom Pom were positive experiences--good driver, so so game, interesting camp atmosphere.
Kaparota is advertised as a water/land camp, but we were informed on arrival that "we are a land only camp" by the rude manager. The inferior guide, mentioned in previous posts, is now at Kaparota(!!!!!!!) and completely ignores bird life.
I have complained to the Wilderness corporate office through my US agent but have not had a reply as yet.

Folks should know that there was an extensive fire in the area of Pom Pom in May (no mention was made by the travel agent). This fire extended to other camps in the area. The vegetation is coming back at Pom Pom but drier camps could be seen from the air as ringed by blackened areas. Naturally, animals are not going to stick around without a food source.
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Sep 25th, 2003, 01:43 PM
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PCHsmiles-
When you talk about you 'always', it helps to know how many times it is. I would say 3 or more trips to Mombo, would surely bear a lot more weight than say l trip.
I have found that camps change considerably from year to year and when I look at the WS website, specifically Mombo Camp, and they call if the predator capital of the world, I would surely expect to see some. As they say anytime of the year is good there, I don't expect they are talking about birds, scenery, anthills and shrubs. Not at those prices. Just my opinion.
 
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