Just Back from Botswana, ANY QUESTIONS?

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Sep 24th, 2003, 04:54 AM
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No no no Then we will miss the answers!

Jann will you copy the answers here too?

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Sep 24th, 2003, 06:52 AM
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Jann, I switched over the Bert as well - influences fo Liz and I believe Kavey. Seems like a reliable guy, and he was willing to quote firm prices. Saved me a bit of cash over some other agents I've used. One year, I did the whole thing myself - and at different times used a SA agent for hotels and FL agent for airlines. Took beaucoup time, so in the last several have always ouitlined my needs and given the agent the go-ahead.
 
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Sep 24th, 2003, 01:21 PM
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Kavey, OK, will post them all on this site. We did go to Chobe but only to one camp for three nights. Our other camps were in a different area that had palm trees & tall golden grasses. Animals at Kings Pool were many elephants,lots of hippos, giraffs, zebra, saw 5 different leopards- one with it's fresh kill working hard to get it up the tree. Had to stop the Land Rover to let a very large python cross. What time of year will you be going? The animals & landscapes are very different throughout the year. Have you selected camps yet? Our favorites were the two smaller camps - 5 & 6 tents. Ask some more questions. Have you been before?
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Sep 25th, 2003, 12:05 AM
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Sep 25th, 2003, 12:50 PM
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Jann -- I'd love to hear about your time in Cape Town, how you liked the Victoria & Alfred (location, rooms, service, food, etc.), any sights/restaurants you'd particularly recommend, etc. Fiance & I will be in Cape Town for 6 days in early December. P.S. The reference to Isabel makes me wonder: Are you a fellow Washingtonian?
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Sep 26th, 2003, 12:46 PM
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Lisa, We live in Alexandria, Old Town but the mess is at our cottage which is in the Northern Neck.

The Victoria & Alfred is a restored warehouse on the waterfront- the best location for walking, eating, shopping, etc. The rooms are beautiful( sort of Ritz Carlton look) and very large. The double doors/windows open to the water front in the mountain facing rooms. The view of Table Mountain is spectacular. Breakfast was included with the rate and it was very good - a buffet of cold, pastry buffet plus you could order from the menu. Staff at the hotel were very friendly and most helpful. Great bar outside of hotel, a great place to people watch.

One restaurant stands out, food was the best - actually way above the other ones! It's downtown and the name is "Kennedys". The bar is downstairs and restaurant up. They will get a cab for you after dinner. The other restaurants are about a 3 minute walk and most are in the mega shopping mall. "Mortons" is good.

A guide for one day is well worth the money---especially if you can get Selwyn at I LoveCapeTown.com He is a regular here on Fodors and a very big help to most of us. It was probably the best tour we've had. We went up Table Mountain, vineyards, Cape of Good Hope,and many more places. The best part is that it's a private tour. He has a very nice van and best is that he's fun to be with. Check out his web site- you'll see our tour if you look on Sept. 15,2003.

Hope this helps a little. Cape Town is beautiful and people very friendly.
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Sep 26th, 2003, 04:07 PM
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We just got back from our first trip to South Africa. We also stayed at the Victoria and Alfred hotel, and Jann is right on all counts,we also liked it a lot.

Jann, how interesting that you used Selywn,we did to.We are Sep. 05, 2003 on the photo album. Wonderful man,can't say enough good things about him. Selywn took us to Kayamundi,a township not to far from Cape Town. Lisa, I recommend this very highly. We learned a lot, and met some wonderful people along the way.Selywn has such a great love for the people, that you just can't help but love them to.It truly was the highlight of our trip.

Africa cafe is a great place to try food from all over Africa. Fun place and great food.
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Sep 28th, 2003, 01:40 PM
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question?? how do they handle the "bathroom" situation when you're out on game drives??? hand you a shovel?? lt;)... joan
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Sep 28th, 2003, 04:15 PM
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On the game drives we were on in South Africa,a bathroom break,was a matter of finding the right size termite mound.
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Sep 28th, 2003, 05:29 PM
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Dottie-
Cute! I was wondering how to reply. Liz
 
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Sep 29th, 2003, 05:27 AM
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Hey, Jann, neighbor. I'll wave at you on King Street sometime soon.
 
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Sep 29th, 2003, 11:35 AM
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I'll second the termite mound! Actually, we never had a problem finding a few bushes or a mound . The guide always checked them first. It is usually taken care of during the morning coffee break.
PCHsmiles, I'll be watching for you on King--- been gone a few days to the windy city.
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Sep 29th, 2003, 06:25 PM
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Sassyrn, the guides are very kind and will find a place for you if you alert them you need a bush break other than the tea break or sundowner stop. BTW, if you are putting on mosquito repellent, be sure to do it before you dress. You may wish to bring your own tp/tissues, handi-wipes, bag as these are not provided. Bush breaks are very easy, not to worry.
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Oct 1st, 2003, 04:06 AM
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We did the same - stopping in an area open enough for the guide to keep an eye over and with a termite mound or two to serve as temporary screen to the bathroom area.

One morning we spent hours following a female leopard - we were within feet of her and it was wonderful. Our guide said we were soon to break off to visit a lion pride which were often nearby.

I said that I really needed a stop and when we left her could he find somewhere for me before we reached the lions.

Instead he stopped right there, and, as he kept an eye on the leopard infront of the vehicule, I found a termite mound behind it.

That was the most terrified pee I've ever had! LOL Even a few minutes later I wondered what we were thinking but he was a guide in whom I had absolute trust.
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Oct 1st, 2003, 06:41 AM
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Kavey, we had one similar... We're having coffee break beside this beautiful body of water, lots of birds etc. Up on a the little rise is a group of the low palms. Our guide checked it out and my friend & I went. About 10 minutes after we returned...out pops this big hippo charging for the water. He had been asleep & guess we woke him up!!!
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Oct 1st, 2003, 07:11 AM
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scary!
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