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Jan 29th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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Hello George,

Yes, I do think we had dinner together at Crater Lodge! It's a small world, isn't it? How did the rest of your trip go? I think you were headed to Lake Manyara Tree Lodge next...

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Jan 30th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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Hello Julian,

Everything went very well, thanks. The rest of the trip was Lake Manyara and then Nxabega, Sandibe, Matetsi and Phinda (for a month). At the end we visited Fugitives's Drift Lodge, Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg, and spent one night back at Ngala, this time at the lodge, so we could make a side trip to see Jessica the hippo. Had a wonderful time and have been getting some good feedback from the lodges on the star programs so I guess they are happy too.

How is your venture going?

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Jan 30th, 2007, 01:29 PM
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Hi George,

Sounds like you had a great trip. I hope you had the opportunity to meet David Rattray at Fugitive' Drift. His death is a terrible loss for South Africa.

I'm afraid I can't discuss my venture on the board due to Fodors rules, but feel free to email me.

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Jan 30th, 2007, 09:10 PM
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Yes, we met David and Nicky at Phinda where he was attending a regional marketing group meeting. He also gave a talk at the meeting and it was a real privilege to finally hear him speak (the Phinda rangers had raved about him for years). Unfortunately, I had to speak after him and he had set the bar way too high. They invited us to visit them when we left Phinda. Our time was tight so we were only able to stay at Fugitives' Drift Lodge one night but did get to spend some time with them and I gave a star talk that night and left a green laser pointer. I've stayed in touch with David since then and sent him some information on viewing Comet McNaught and then called him two weeks ago to be sure he got. He was very upbeat and insisted we visit them on our next trip. I got an e-mail from him last Thursday saying how they had finally seen the comet and taken some good photos of it. He said it was a very beautiful sight. He also said he was having a great time using the pointer. The next day a friend from Phinda emailed me that David was dead. We are still having a hard time dealing with it.

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