Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Africa & the Middle East
Reload this Page > Londolozi Founders or Ulusaba Safari camp (or Mala Mala Main)

Londolozi Founders or Ulusaba Safari camp (or Mala Mala Main)

Reply

Feb 9th, 2014, 04:05 AM
  #21
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 21,446
PP: Would you mind posting a link to that Safaritalk thread about Sabi Sands? Thank you.

Kaye: I hope you will consider writing a report on your time in Kalahari. I always enjoy reading your comments and reports here. To which lodge will you be headed?
ekscrunchy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 9th, 2014, 07:45 AM
  #22
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 813
Hey Kaye,

None of the guides I spoke to while on training were from MM. So there the rules may be (slightly or a lot) different.

With "no competitive edge" I mean; we were just guides discussing contract terms at various places in the 'Sands. IOW; it wasn't a "my lodge is better than your lodge" thing. Rather just some guys having a few beers and laughing about what silly rules some lodge owners/managers come up with.

(One I forgot; at one particular lodge: no beards allowed. Each morning an impeccable shave or out you go)

Neither is it my intention to place some lodges before others. As you can read above; I did not mention any lodge names. As far as I know, similar rules may exist in other reserves. I doubt this would be a Sabi Sands only thing.

Ciao,

J.
pixelpower is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 9th, 2014, 07:48 AM
  #23
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 813
@ekscrunchy

That thread is not about Sabi Sands. As I said, it's about "what single fact would put you off and make you NOT book a certain lodge?"

But in that thread are various people dismissing the 'Sands because of the way sightings are handled.

Thread is here; http://safaritalk.net/topic/12223-wh...camp-or-lodge/

Ciao,

J.
pixelpower is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 9th, 2014, 10:20 AM
  #24
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 21,446
Thanks for that link....
ekscrunchy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 9th, 2014, 04:22 PM
  #25
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 993
Hi Pixelpower
Yes I did notice that you mentioned no particular lodge, which I thought odd really, if you are going to mention such comments, the lodges should be mentioned otherwise why mention such general comments to begin with? I suppose places all over the world have some odd rules, so I don't get why that was brought up to begin with as you yourself say, most guests would not even know about these things in the first place.
Ekscrunchy, I shall do that, I am off to Tswalu in the Kalahari after doing a 4 week stint of working just outside Harare in Zimbabwe. Could not resist after seeing the photos of an ex MalaMala ranger who works there on occasion and I will go back there with him as apparently each room gets their own vehicle and going in winter means we can stay out all day and they get a lot of the different animals, like Aardvarks, Pangolins, Bat-eared Foxes, Meerkats, Sable, etc that I don't normally see, well in the case of Aardvarks, have never seen!
Kind regards
Kaye
KayeN is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 10th, 2014, 02:44 AM
  #26
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 813
Hey Kaye,

Not sure I understand you now.

If I'd mention specific lodges, I'd get the "favoritism" remark.
If I don't mention names, then it's no good either?

So I'm damned if I do, and damned if I don't?


I mentioned the "no big 5 on one day" because it was relevant to the OP's plans, who said he/she only will spend two nights.

The specific lodges are irrelevant. There's surely more than 5 that have this rule, but I don't see the point of naming them, as I do not want to favor other lodges (who might have the same rule anyway) over the 5 that I know of. Much more important was to point out to the OP that 2 nights is too short.

As for "I don't get why that was brought up to begin with as you yourself say, most guests would not even know about these things in the first place"; isn't that the purpose of a message board? To pass on information that otherwise would not have been known?

Ciao,

J.
pixelpower is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 10th, 2014, 04:31 AM
  #27
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 21,446
Kaye: I hoped you would say Tswalu. I spent three nights there in October and, as you can see from my just-recently edited profile, the two "visits" to the meerkats rank with my all time best travel moments. In my life!!

You will indeed, get your own vehicle, and the schedule is your to determine. When I was there, one fellow guest, a very experienced safari-goer would sleep most of days and go out only near dark, staying out past midnight!

We saw porcupine, bat-eared fox, aardvark, sable, those meerkats, along with lion, many birds, etc. We stayed out until about 9pm one night hoping to spot for aardwolf but that will have to wait for next time for an actual sighting. My ranger was Kyle, who had come from Lion Sands. You also have a spotter in the vehicle.

I am so eager to hear of your experiences and once again, wish you a thrilling trip!
ekscrunchy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 11th, 2014, 04:32 AM
  #28
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 993
Hi Ekscrunchy

My ranger says that because of the coldness, as in really cold, he doubts even I would stay out too late, therefore we will be going out all day. He says that a lot of nocturnal animals come out about 3-4pm because of the cold weather which will be great for photography if they co-operate!
Thanks I am looking forward to that week immensely! did you do the horse riding?
Also have one month working in South Africa next month to look forward to first before heading back to Zim to work in June, so busy times ahead!
Will let you know how I go, but have already been promised an aardvark!

Pixelpower, only if the person is going to one of those lodges not mentioned.
Really, that is the sort of information that people passing through a game reserve want to know? Unless it affected my gameviewing experience and I was only there for a few days, I think I could live without knowing it!

kind regards

Kaye
KayeN is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 11th, 2014, 05:00 AM
  #29
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 21,446
Kaye: I did not ride horses at Tswalu. My 3-day package included two spa treatments for the two of us, however. I never go to spas, but I did take advantage at Tswalu and had both treatments. (I know, hardly in the category of the horseback riding, but I thought I would mention it!)

I am so excited for you! Your first taste of the place will likely be in the JNB airport lounge of Anglo-American Mining. Run by a woman named Nettie. She is so fabulous and passionate about animals, she will whet your appetite, even before you get on the plane. Ask her about the cheetah they transported in October and plan to introduce at the reserve.
ekscrunchy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 11th, 2014, 05:17 PM
  #30
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 993
Hi Ekscrunchy
Hope I remember to ask about the cheetah! Yes I am not sure about the horse riding, Bruce the ranger certainly thinks I should give it a go but has been decades since I have been on a horse!
Yep I am definitely not a spa person so doubt I will be doing that especially if I can be out in the game vehicle but I guess that depends on what time of the year you are there.
I am excited for me as well but as mentioned have two trips to do before I get there and really looking forward to them as well. The Kalahari will be special though as never been there and the animal sightings do look fantastic!
Thanks for your good wishes and as I am there for a week, I am hoping for some amazing sightings and generally speaking, I am always pretty lucky, or at least I believe I am!
Also going with a ranger I know also will add to my week as he is a great guy and very easy for me to be with!

Kind regards
Kaye
KayeN is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 14th, 2014, 03:24 PM
  #31
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 61
Just got back from ulusaba in jan. I've been there twice and can attest to excellent food. Chefs were usually European, but even the local chefs were well trained in the latest US/European trends. We felt very safe drinking their purified water and eating raw fruits/veggies. The liquor/wine served was all excellent quality, my husband only drinks really good wine and is very happy there.
cindyeo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 16th, 2014, 04:47 PM
  #32
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 993
Hi Cindyeo

What about the gameviewing?

I have also been to Ulusaba but a long time ago now and they had an Algerian chef then who was good. But the food is not that important to me, the gameviewing is very important as that is why I go to Africa, I can get very good food here at home.

Kind regards

Kaye
KayeN is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:27 AM.