I don't know how to get started planning my trip...

Old Dec 15th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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Somebody clue me in, what is this "bookmarking" thing that people do? Why? They bring back up to the top an ancient posting to clutter and confuse things? Why?

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Old Dec 16th, 2008, 06:07 AM
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So they can click on their own screen name to find the thread again since search hardly works.
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Old Dec 16th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Imagine a forum...with stickies
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Old Dec 16th, 2008, 09:07 AM
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Ok, bookmarking, got it. FWIW, for threads I want to keep I do a "Save Page As" or "Save As" then "Web Page Complete" (with a good name) to an Africa folder on my PC.

BTW, anybody notice that "Post a Reply" here on the forum is working differently today than yesterday? Or is it just me

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Old Dec 16th, 2008, 10:23 AM
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<i>BTW, anybody notice that &quot;Post a Reply&quot; here on the forum is working differently today than yesterday?</i>

Differently how?
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Old Dec 16th, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Yesterday the reply window page had a different format (for me). The previous thread postings were not to the left side as I see them now but on top with the reply box large and at the bottom. Very mysterious . What I see now today is like was always. One of Santa's mischievous little elves at play???

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Old Dec 16th, 2008, 01:40 PM
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Nope, didn't see that yesterday.
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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amycyma,

imagine my surprise to see my year old thread on page one! thank you - you were very kind and helpful and brought back many exciting memories of my trip planning phase. but, alas, i have already gone and come back. now i just daydream, way too often, about my safari. if you care to read some silly stories i put together and/or see some pics, my fodors thread is:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=35165152

you and your son are in for an extraordinary experience! keep us posted.

anita
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Old Dec 19th, 2008, 04:18 AM
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Hi

Once people think of going to Africa the first Country they think of is South Africa while Africa does have other wonderful countries to visit for wildlife.I can give you an example.Kenya is a wonderful country to be visited.but for you to visit you have to come up first with the budget that you will want to spend, the destinations you want to visit.To look for a touring company that has to take good care of your Safari.I can give you an example of how i went about my safari, being my first safari in Africa.
I have been to Kenya for a safari and i was like you at first. I didn't know what to do but a friend directed me to the website where i found KATO (Kenya Assosiation tour Operaters)-it is the umbrela body that regulates tour operators in Kenya ,(www.katokenya.org),while browsing i came across All Seasons Safaris &amp; Tours (www.allseasonssafaris.com)

They designed an intinerary for my safari which was so wonderful and my budget worked right for seven days wildlife safari.
Once in Kenya you can go to Masai Mara which is the best due to the great migration and you will find the big five here.You also can do camping at the Mara camp site,visit the Masai community where you will get to learn their culture and their life style.Amboseli on the southern part of Kenya is commonly known for the Maasai people coexisting with the wild animals the snow-capped mount kilimanjaro in the back drop on a clear sky.there is more in kenya cant mention all.but i can give you more destinations where you can have a look at their websites.
e.g Samburu game reserve:where it hosts some of the unique game and flora that are only available in the world.eg the Gerenuk,somali ostrich,Grevy's Zebra can only seen here,olso the unthinkable happend there,a Lioness adopted baby Oryx.

All the best with your safari and hope you will not get confused again since i have given you a hint.
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Old Dec 19th, 2008, 06:13 AM
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Philoo,

That's interesting that you feel South Africa jumps to mind as the country of choice for a first safari.

For me I had Kenya in mind from Day 1 and then included Tanzania. South Africa was finally a destination after quite a few trips. Now I'm in the planning stages for back to Kenya.
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Old Dec 20th, 2008, 07:03 AM
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Agree with atravelynn.

We went to Tanzania and Kenya several years ago and SA 2 years ago.
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aknards,
where do you live? I can recommend an experienced travel agent in Atlanta. If you are traveling from there by any chance, let me know how to e-mail you directly and I'll put you in touch -- if you wish.
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Old Dec 21st, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Often nowadays when discussing safari to Africa, many immediately mention South Africa. But this is only since the end of Apartheid. Prior to that, SA was rarely, if ever, thought of.

For me, back in '95, plannning our first safari and even with a few choices (incl. Tanzania &amp; Botswana or Zimbabwe which was then still a great option throughout the country), Kenya was the first thought and where we went.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 07:52 AM
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samcat,

there's seems to be a lot of confusion here regarding my thread. my original post was 12/18/2007, not 2008.

i went to tanzania and zanzibar this past september, thanks to the help and support of many fodorites, one of whom i ended up traveling with.

if you're interesting in my trip report, it's: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=35165152

thanks, anyway, for your concern. someone's sure to read and benefit from it!

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It is overwhelming, I know. I just got back from my first trip there. I went with a friend and we talked to various travel agents (here is one who was very helpful - [email protected]) but ultimately ended up planning our own trip. We spent time in Hermanus and Cape Town for the first week and then went to Thorny Bush and Sabi Sands for the second week. It was a perfect trip and there's very little I would change. When you go to the game reserves it is all-inclusive so the fact that you're traveling alone matters not at all. You'll meet other people. I recommend Chapungu Lodge in Thorny Bush which is not only beautiful but is geared toward a group atmosphere.
You can read details about my trip on my blog http://samanthahoffman.blogspot.com, and I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have. YOU WILL LOVE IT! It's the trip of a lifetime.
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Old Dec 29th, 2008, 04:14 AM
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As a first timer, I too thought that combining both kenya + Tanzania would give me the ultimate satisfaction . But I was advised through this forum to go to Masai Mara as the migrations drama were there then. And been an extention of the Mara, Serengeti was just going to be the same animlas only more abundance. So I made up to come to kenya. And it turned out to the tour of my life time. It would'nt have been better if it were not for my safari outfitter/All Seasons Safaris &amp; Tours who were recommended through this forum.


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