Just Got Back from Africa!

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May 15th, 2005, 06:20 PM
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Just Got Back from Africa!

We just returned from a 3 week trip to S. Africa, Botswana & Vic Falls. It was the most memorable trip we have ever had. We went to Mala Mala, Chitabe, Xigera and Jack's. Each camp had its own flavor, and had something unique to offer. It's hard to say which one was the best.

Capetown and the Winelands were enjoyable as was Vic Falls, but the experiences we had at the camps were truly special;the landscape, the animals,the birds, the sky, the people. We hated to leave and we're thinking about going again next year.

Our new camera, the Lumix FZ20 was terrific, and our pictures help us relive this wonderful trip.
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May 15th, 2005, 08:47 PM
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Hi! Are you also Honey TH? I was in contact with someone who did the same exact trip. Hey, this isn't very African, but do you have any recommendations for good South African Chardonnay? Also, I have the Lumix camera model previous to yours and I also loved it, can't beat that telephoto lens! I'm bringing it to my next safari this summer but also I just bought a Canon Powershot G6 to get the 7.1 megapixels. I can't believe I'll be lugging 2 cameras! But it should be fun.
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May 15th, 2005, 09:58 PM
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Welcome back! Glad to hear you had such a great time. Please feel free to expand on your trip. I'm sure everyone would love to hear more, as well as your opinions and experiences at each camp.
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May 16th, 2005, 04:25 AM
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Welcome HOME! Please, please do expand on your trip - we'd love to hear more about it - and perhaps even share some of the photos online?

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May 16th, 2005, 07:15 AM
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Tell us some more about what you saw and where you saw it. I'll be headed to Chitabe and San Camp (near Jack's) in August and have an interest in Mala Mala for the future. Please add some details and glad it was your most memorable trip.
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May 16th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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I will be staying at Xigera among other places in Namibia and Botswana. How did you like the camp? Any practical hints as to bathroom/shower facilities, bugs, temperature, clothing etc?
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May 16th, 2005, 06:22 PM
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atravelynn, I didn't realize you were headed to Chitabe this summer! Tip - see if you can hook Newman for a guide! especially if you are doing any walking safaris. He is an older, digified San (most of the other guides there are Setswana) and he exudes a reverence for the land and wildlife. 30 years of experience, and one of the first qualified walking safari guides in Botswana.
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May 17th, 2005, 08:37 PM
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Lin,
I am also honeyth. We drank alot of wine but I don't remember the brands. Everything was good, and was really reasonably priced.

Mala Mala was our first experience and I think it was a good introduction. Everything was well organized and the rangers really take care of you, from the wake-up call in the morning to the nightly escort to the hut. Our ranger was personable and informative and provided information on the terrain as well as the wildlife. He really tried to provide us with a good experience. There was also a tracker. The wildlife viewing was wonderful. We saw many elephants, several prides of lions, a herd of Cape buffalo, several leopards, all kinds of antelopes, a few rhinos, civets, genets, monkeys, zebras
baboons,giraffes, warthog and wildebeest on our drives. We also saw various types of birds. The guided walks were good as well. The ranger showed us various animal tracks, dung and ways to identify who made what. We learned how leaves and plant parts were used by the native peoples. By the way, rangers had rifles in the Land Rovers, and on the walks, the ranger in the lead and the ranger in the back also carried a rifle.

The accomodations were lovely. Our hut had a large bedroom, his and her bathroom, a sitting room and a deck. The decor was safari inspired and was most attractive.

The food was plentiful and most of the guests enjoyed it.We didn't care for some of the main courses, but I think that was due to our own personal tastes rather than the preparation.

We stayed at MM 3 nights. Our days were filled and we really didn't mind going to bed early. The early mornings and post sundown were quite cold and I was glad for my warm jacket and the blankets in the Land Rover.

Chitabe was our next camp. It was quite different from MM. The tents were on raised wooden walkways. Ours was furnished with twin beds decorated with white spreads along with ethnic accessories. Quite lovely.

We received a warm welcome and felt quite comfortable. Newman was our guide and he is a remarkable man. He knows his animals, and there was a situation with elephants which he was able to bring under control quite easily.

The drives were also wonderful. We saw wildlife similAr to MM, but no lions. We did see cheetahs. We saw more birds.Newman also described the terrain and elaborated on the habits of various animals and the uses of trees and plants. Newman did not have a rifle in his vehicle.

The food was excellent. WE liked everything on the menu.

Chitabe was more informal. Everyone was casual and laid back. We had alot of contact with different kinds of employees and they were all warm and friendly. We stayed 2 nights and then left.

Again, cool in the early morning and after sundown.

I'm getting tired and will continue tomorrow.
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May 31st, 2005, 06:38 PM
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mollybee,

When you have an opportunity, I would love to hear about your Jacks Camp experience. I will likely be visiting Botswana at the exact same time next year.

Particularly interested in the weather, how many nights you spent at Jacks Camp, the activities that you engaged in while at Jacks Camp, how you liked the staff and how you enjoyed the food and drinks.

Oh, and if it is not too much trouble, we would all appreciate a photo album displaying all those photos you took with your new camera!

Thanks!
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