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Sep 10th, 2003, 10:37 AM
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Email for 1st installment of Trip Report- Zambia/Botswana

I have the first three pages of our trip report that covers Victoria Falls and the first part of Botswana. Email me at [email protected] if you want to read it. I would send it out to those who emailed me before but my address book was erased. Our trip was not without some mishaps but all in all it was the trip of a lifetime. Please be patient if it takes a day to reply.
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Sep 10th, 2003, 11:03 AM
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Clematis, which camps in Botswana? If none of ours upcoming, will not take your time. Thank you.
 
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Sep 10th, 2003, 01:05 PM
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Could you post it on this site, please, or is it too long or private? Thanks
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Sep 10th, 2003, 02:20 PM
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Clematis,

I agree with Thit Cho. It would benefit many people if it were posted on this board. However, if you decide against doing such, please email me a copy to [email protected]

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Sep 10th, 2003, 11:59 PM
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Hi Michael, it's 17 pages and photos. These three pages are the first installment, so email me if you're interested. PCH, camps covered include Mombo, Chief's, Stanleys, Singita Boulders. Hotels - Sun Intercontinental J'burg, Royal Livingstone and Cape Grace. Rocco, will email you now.
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Sep 11th, 2003, 05:23 AM
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I would like to read your trip report - please email to [email protected]

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Sep 11th, 2003, 06:44 AM
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Yes, Yes, Yes. I want it, photos and all!!
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(We have corresponded by e-mail before, but my address has changed . . . )
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Sep 11th, 2003, 07:05 AM
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I'd love to read it, so can you please email to [email protected]

I didn't realize it was so long, but I'm glad it is. Thanks
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Sep 11th, 2003, 07:28 AM
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Clematis, at Mombo, number of your tent? And did you enjoy Cape Grace in CT? My first time there was right after they hosted the Clintons, and the place was still buzzing. Good hotel!! You?
 
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Sep 11th, 2003, 02:07 PM
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Please email me at [email protected] if you want the report rather than leaving your email here. Thanks.

PCH, forget the tent number but it was in Little Mombo. Loved the Cape Grace - quiet, understated, great location, terrific service at every level from concierge to housekeeping, *excellent* restaurant. Clubby feeling. For us, it was perfect for our first trip to the beautiful city of Cape Town.
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Sep 13th, 2003, 07:27 AM
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Topping for Clematis and others who may have missed this. It is truly a fabulous trip report. It is so useful and exciting to those of us planning a similar trip. Thanks!
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Sep 13th, 2003, 09:27 AM
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Have emailed for my copy and can't wait to read every word!

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Apr 25th, 2004, 05:33 PM
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Could you please send me the info on your trip. My husband and I are planning a trip to Zambia and have just started looking into safari's. Any advise would be welocome.
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Apr 25th, 2004, 09:30 PM
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kundanoah,

I could be wrong, but I think Clematis only visited Livingstone and did not include any Zambian safari areas in her itinerary.

For Zambia, I suggest that you begin by visiting the most comprehensive Zambian website I have come across, run by the Zambian National Tourist Board:

www.zambiatourism.com

The main areas that you should focus on are South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park.

There are so many great looking places to consider in Zambia. I am staying at five different lodges for my upcoming 11 night Zambian safari and there are a dozen more that I would welcome an oportunity to visit.

Whatever rack prices you see on the lodges website or an a tour operators website, you can probably discount at least 25% if you are willing to forego a tour operator and book directly with the lodges.

I suggest that you visit the following websites to get a better idea about what is available in Zambia.

In Lower Zambezi, here are some quality lodges:

www.chiawa.com

www.sausagetreecamp.com

http://www.star-of-africa.com/circuit7.htm

www.kasakariverlodge.com

For South Luangwa National Park, I recommend these websites:

www.star-of-africa.com (they have two camps in South Luangwa, Puku Ridge and Chichele Presidential Lodge)

www.robinpopesafaris.net

www.bushcampcompany.com

www.kaingo.com

www.luangwa.com

www.remoteafrica.com

www.normancarrsafaris.com


From my experience, Star Of Africa, Kasaka and Kaingo are very willing to deal directly with the customer and may offer greatly discounted rates. Also from my experience, Kafunta will not discount the rate regardless if they accept a direct booking or through an agent. In my attempts with Chiawa, I was not offered any discount whatsoever, although, again, they were more than willing to accept a direct booking. And, from the experience of others, Robin Pope Safaris may be willing to wheel and deal on their prices. I imagine that all of the above depends on how many bookings that a lodge may already have in place for the dates that you request.

The best months for South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi are probably August and September, although June and July are still considered high season, and animal viewing in October and November may still be very good but extremely hot weather.

I think you will find that it will be half the price for quality lodges in Zambia compared to those in South Africa, even after somewhat expensive transfers from Joburg.
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Jul 8th, 2004, 09:07 AM
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Rocco,
Thanks for the suggestions. At this point we are planning on staying at the Wildlife Camp for a 4 nights and then heading down to the Zambezi for a couple of nights. We have not decided on a place on the Zambezi, do you have any suggestions? We do not want to stay in a hotel and our budget is about $150pppd.
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Jul 8th, 2004, 11:51 AM
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Clematis, Please send to me at [email protected].

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Jul 8th, 2004, 02:41 PM
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Kundanoah,

For your budget, the only thing that I can come up with off the top of my head is Chachacha Safaris.

http://www.chachachasafaris.com/

For only $390 USD per person, it looks like an unbeatable option, including the following:

All camping and cooking equipment, but excluding sleeping bags.

A sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River on day one

A one-day canoe safari on day two.

A night drive inside the Lower Zambezi National Park on day two.

One 24-hour park entrance fee to the Lower Zambezi National Park.

A morning game walk inside the Lower Zambezi National Park on day three.

A morning drive inside the Lower Zambezi National Park on day three.

An Afternoon drive inside the Lower Zambezi National Park on day three

A night drive inside the Lower Zambezi National Park on day three

Two game drives on Day four,

Fishing

Bird Watching

Entrance to the Chirundu Fossil Forest on day five

All transport to and from and throughout the entire safari

All fees

Breakfast before the safari.

Dinner after the safari.

There are a lot of deals for more exclusive lodges but these are low season deals that terminate by about July 15th.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Jul 8th, 2004, 07:15 PM
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hi,
i've been lurking....
at first i was all jazzed about going to Botswana, but now it's Zambia here we come!
would you please send me everything about you trip.
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Jul 9th, 2004, 11:06 AM
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opps!
minor [email protected]

after kavey's VERY HELPFULL response to my call for opinions about my safai plans i'm looking at zambia-botswana so i'm even MORE eager to read about your trip.
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Jul 9th, 2004, 11:14 AM
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oppps AGAIN!!!
tashak wrote the really, really great response....maybe i'm psychic and kavey will be responding...yeah that's the ticket.
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