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Aug 19th, 2005, 05:25 AM
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Canechick if you're still around, I'd love to ask you some questions about your trip. I don't remember when you're traveling, but I, too, am looking at an ATR trip that includes Mahale. Answer here, and we can go from there. (If you don't mind!)

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Aug 29th, 2005, 09:54 AM
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Cooncat - just got back from Kenya/Tanzania - I am so depressed to be back to "civilization"...I will be posting a trip report soon. My ATR trip is next - can't wait until next June - Botswana for 3 weeks... heaven.
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Aug 29th, 2005, 10:29 AM
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Canechick,

When (and where) will you be in Botswana? I'll be there next June as well, and I posted my itinerary while you were gone to see if any other Fodorites would overlap with me in the camps. My itinerary is

In 20 June out 24 June - Duma Tau (Linyanti Game Reserve)
In 24 June out 28 June - Little Vumbura (Okavango Delta)
In 28 June out 3 July - Mombo (main camp)
In 3 July out 5 or 6 July - Vic Falls (lodge TBA)

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Aug 29th, 2005, 10:53 AM
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Canechick, I know how you feel. I was utterly depressed for weeks after I returned from my first trip to France. I realized after I posted my message above that you had already left. When you get your bearings, please post a report...even a few tidbits. I esp. would love to hear about Mahale.

Are you already booked with ATR? Are you interested in sharing lodging in Bots next year? (Sorry Julian ~ I have to ask!)

Welcome back!
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Aug 29th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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Don't worry Sharon -- ask away! If you're both in the US, maybe you could meet beforehand, which would be ideal.

Did you get my emails?

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Aug 29th, 2005, 11:05 AM
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Julian - There is no need to meet, really! Everyone likes me.

Seriously, yes, I did get your mail, and I will certainly respond. I got my e-mail hooked up this morning but now I'm at work, so shouldn't even be on this forum, but you know how it goes...been away all weekend, so I had to see what's new. I did receive word from Zambia....

I'll be in touch~
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Sep 1st, 2005, 05:26 PM
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Cooncat & Jasher - I booked my trip through ATR back in June 05. The itinerary is:

Depart MIA 6/11/06 Arrive Joburg 6/13/06
6/13 - 6/15 - Stanleys Camp - Highlight will be the ele interaction
6/16 - 6/19 - Macatoo Camp - Horseback safari - can't wait for that!
6/20 - 6/21 - Duba Plains Camp
6/22 - 6/24 - Lebala Camp
6/24 - 6/26 - Savuti Camp
6/27 - 6/28 - Tongabezi Lodge - Zambia
6/29 - 6/30 - Sindabezi Island - Zambia
6/30 - Start back home to MIA

I would love to meet some Fodorites and hope to work out some future travel with other solo travelers - the right travel companions can make a trip a real treat! I had a real interesting moment in Kenya where I was actually asked "what is wrong with you - why are you alone - you seem very nice..." All I could think to do was dive for the cognac and try to be nice...
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 03:40 AM
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Hello,

Bugger! It looks like we will just miss one another -- I'm leaving from DumaTau just as you're arriving at Savuti, and you leave Vic Falls a couple of days before I arrive.

I just got a quote from Tongabezi for their single rates -- the supplement is 40%! I'd love to stay there, but 40% on top of their rates is too much -- my credit cards are already begging for mercy. What sort of rate did you get from them?

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Sep 2nd, 2005, 03:52 AM
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Hello,

Interestingly, I've never encountered a question like the one you were asked in Kenya -- people have always reacted very positively to finding out I was on my own. They usually said something about it being good to take time for yourself and recharge from stressful Western life. I don't know if it's a cultural difference (I haven't been to Kenya) or if it's a male/female difference, or if it was just a random occurrence. I probably would have gone for the cognac too, though!

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Sep 2nd, 2005, 06:59 AM
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Jasher - my Tongabezi rate is $688 per day - gulp. But I really wanted to stay there. The single supps really hurt sometimes don't they!
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 07:12 AM
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Canechick and Jasher,
In Kenya people constantly tell me they find it VERY strange that Iím travelling on my own.
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 07:21 AM
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I've traveled quite a bit on my own with no problems...in Greece at a little cafe they gave me a free dessert! (Probably felt sorry for me.) I love solo travel...but mealtime is probably the worst. Hopefully on a safari this won't be an issue. Solo safari-ers: Have you been welcomed into your group OK?
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 08:01 AM
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Sharon,
maybe you should have a look at this thread:
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34651510
 
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 08:25 AM
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Thanks Bwana. Actually, I read that thread awhile back and forgot about it. I'll have to be sure and:
1) Get my big (ish) white lens out right away.
2) Demand to have my own vehicle at all times.
3) Make sure I have a phone so I can call my friends and let them hear the sounds of the animals.
4) Drink booze all day so that I need to pee every 10 minutes...
5) Talk as loudly as I can with everyone on the vehicle...since I really won't be given my own.

Seriously some good things to remember in that thread...but oh, how we love to digress! ;-)

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Sep 2nd, 2005, 01:08 PM
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$688 per day -- ! No wonder they say Tongabezi is worth getting married for -- the pricing would scare most single people away!

You'll have to let us know if it was worth it. Are you staying in a cottage, or one of the 'houses'? I really like the look of the Dog House...

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Sep 6th, 2005, 08:26 AM
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Julian: I have not made up my mind yet - supposedly as the trip gets closer ATR will work with me to ensure I get my choice of cottage or house - I guess for me going solo - the cottage would probably be better - but the houses look pretty neat too - ATR has video on their website. Personally, I like the sunken tub...nothing like a good soak and watching the river go by. If you know of anyone who has been there - I would love to hear their opinions. I will be sure to take lots of pix of every cottage and House I can get access to...
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Sep 6th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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I think Rocco has been there -- there was something about it in one of his trip reports.

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