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Sep 25th, 2003, 06:47 AM
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Sep 26th, 2003, 07:58 PM
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We're leaving for SA,botswana etc on Oct 7. soooo excited.... having a post safari extension to cape town...coming back through johan. can we leave luggage there & also leave sourven. at vic fall when we leave for safari? Also think we're have more camera equip etc then clothes. joan
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Sep 27th, 2003, 04:04 AM
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Sassyrn -

You don't indicate your routing. From what you indicate seems like:

JNB/VFA/MNB/VFA/CPT/JNB

if other than above, just make sure you're returning to wherever you think to leave luggage/souvenirs.

If you're being transferred by a tour operator, you might ask them to hold souvenirs (VFA) and at JNB you can store at airport. There is baggage storage available on lower level of Int'l terminal. Some previous posters have mentioned storing at Intercontinental Hotel attached to terminal (do a search on luggage storage re how and rates).

We had our African tour operator hold our souvenirs in JNB when we went out to safari in Kruger area, then meeting us upon return to JNB for our departure home.
 
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Sep 27th, 2003, 04:16 AM
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Wilderness Safaris have a special storage section in the main storage area at Jo'burg Airport. Wilderness will also store your bags in Maun. We've used both , no problems and very easy.
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Sep 27th, 2003, 06:30 AM
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You say you have more camera equipment than clothes? Well, you must be normal. They do laundry every day in the camps and you only need a few changes, about 3 is good. Take some Woolite or other soap to do your smalls, as they don't do those. I take a few of those plastic clothespins with a hanger on the top and hang them around the tent to dry. You'll need all of the camera equipment, so hang on for the thrill of your life. Liz
 
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Sep 29th, 2003, 02:35 PM
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We also had more camera equipment than clothes. Each had 3 outfits, the kind of pants that zip off & long sleeve shirts with tank top under. Got them from Travel Smith & they were perfect.Not sure where you are going in Botswana but in the Tubu Tree area mid Sept. was high 85 degrees / in the Chobe/Linyati River area, the high was 100 degrees. Wish we were getting ready to leave with you Oct. 7!! Have a great time.
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Sep 29th, 2003, 07:25 PM
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We're traveling w/ Overseas Adventure Travel... 2 nights at vic falls (really only 1 day...wish it was longer...then 3 nights each at lianshulu lodge (namibia),
vundumitiki tented camp, botswans (okavango delta), Baobab Safari lodge (chobe) and linkwasha tented camp, hwange...then a 4 night post trip to cape town....any suggestions or tips..???
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Sep 30th, 2003, 05:06 PM
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Yow. What a terrific thread...I'm learning soooooo much! You all are fantastic.
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Oct 1st, 2003, 05:25 AM
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Sassyrn (Joan) -

>>We're traveling w/ Overseas Adventure Travel... 2 nights at vic falls (really only 1 day...wish it was longer...then 3 nights each at lianshulu lodge (namibia), vundumitiki tented camp, botswana (okavango delta), Baobab Safari lodge (chobe) and linkwasha tented camp, hwange...then a 4 night post trip to cape town....<<

OAT is a very reputable company and been around a long time. Their Southern Africa trip is very good and the price can't be beat. In order to do this they tend to put you up at places not normally used by other tour operators.

The lodge in Namibia is up on the Caprivi strip an area most people never get to see, yet it's a beautiful lodge; likewise the camp at the Delta is not often used - but I would check with them if this camp is both a land&water camp (it's a plus if both); not familiar with the Baobob in Chobe but the area is interesting; and as for Hwange which is a great national park - again not familiar with the lodge; as to Vic Falls, you don't really need more time than the 1-day to do a falls tour (whether you're staying on the Zim or Zam side) though we really enjoyed our brief stay here.

And your post-trip in CPT should be lovely - it's a beautiful city. What tours do they have included for you? and what, if any, of optional?

OAT gives you good value for your money.
 
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Oct 2nd, 2003, 07:36 PM
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Our tour in cape town include:
Cape of Good Hope nature REserve
False bay
tour of cape town, cable car to table mountain,
National Botanical Garden of Kirstenbosch,
victoria & alfred Waterfront
stellenbosch wine country

We're staying at the Winchester Mansion Hotel...know anything about that?
We have alittle free time...what about the boat trip to the prison & around cape town???
joan
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Oct 3rd, 2003, 04:02 AM
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Sassyrn -

Re trip to Table Mountain - be aware that the mountain is often covered by a "tablecloth" of clouds, so don't be surprised to see these. If so, you won't be able to ascend.

However, since this is prepaid, check the mountain every morning and even if it's not the morning you're scheduled to go - when you see clear skies you tell your guide that your first stop that day "WILL BE THE MOUNTAIN" (as you have no idea what the next day will bring). It doesn't take more than 1-hr to go up, walk around a bit, take photos, return to base.

Tour operators should never ask for pre-pay for this, as it's often "iffy" - clients should be allowed to pay onsite. Otherwise, you should enjoy CPT tremendously - a "winner" and a "keeper" of a city. Enjoy.
 
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