Mala Mala question

Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 01:31 AM
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Oh, you likewise, huh??? Nothing better to do than peruse Fodors and continue a senseless conversation?
Your turn.

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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 01:40 AM
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Tom

Everyone who knows me will tell you I have heaps of spare time - no husband and no kids. So I certainly spend a lot of time on the computer, usually working on photos though. My point was why write just to be annoying! I certainly do not have the time to do that.

And my participation will end now as I am off to a digital photo evening with Photoshop!

So goodnight to you!

Kind regards

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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 01:51 AM
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I don't write to annoy, it's almost always to question, inform/clarify or amuse. However, sometimes I admit my attempt at humor is a bit perverted .

I am behind on my Photoshop and Proshow Gold work. Still trying to put together a DVD slide show of my last safari (in May). I figure that for every 1 minute of DVD playing time it takes me well over 2 hours of work. Sometimes the finished DVD seems so far away. Just takes constant detailed work to get there.

And since it is almost 2am in the morning here in beautiful sunny southern California, it is way past my bedtime. Goodnight and God bless.

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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 09:49 AM
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TOM! GO TO YOUR ROOM AND STAY THERE....YOU ARE GROUNDED YOUNG MAN.
(And get to work on your DVD, stop goofing around here)
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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Ok, I'm sorry, just please don't spank me, please don't spank me

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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 09:10 AM
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Is anyone else having problems with Fodors today? When I typed the title of this thread in the search box, it didn't appear.
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Old Jul 8th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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I guess the search engine here isn't always working according to this post in the lounge

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=35029182
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Old Jul 8th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Carla, I have also had problems with search on forums and also seems to be displaying inaccurate number of responses to each thread. Problems for about 3 days off and on.

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Old Jul 9th, 2007, 06:31 AM
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I used a travel agent because I wanted help getting that no single supplement room. They did it. I also was going elsewhere after MM.

In addition: I drank tap water for every evening meal except the last one where the ranger and I bought each other drinks. I wash my own underwear at MM and everywhere else. I admit to using the inside out strategy on occasion, but only in a pinch.

CarlaM, when are you going?
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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 08:32 AM
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Hi Lynn,
I have no set plans yet. I am seriously considering an ALL Mala
Mala trip or something similar to what
you did (no pressure to do your trip report )

I want to have 9 days of "pure game viewing" with limited amount of transfers. If you had the choice would you do an ALL MM trip or the combo of MM/Phinda?
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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 12:04 PM
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There will be a full report, but if I had to do it again, I'd do another combo. 4 MM and 4 Phinda at least. I did 4 MM and 7 Phinda, but 3 mornings were rhino tracking.

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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 04:39 PM
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Carla - what's the air transfer ($$ and time) like between Phinda and MM? I doubt if it is a big thing but might factor in. Keep in mind Exeter and Kings Camp which are close to MM and should be just a $100 short flight. Of course you still have to get from JNB to either Phinda or Exeter.

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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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how much do they charge at MM for sodas, gin and tonics and water?
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Old Jul 15th, 2007, 09:13 AM
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Thanks for your opinion Lynn. I will be eager to read about your 3 days of Rhino tracking. Looks like Phinda has a 7 day package so I may combine that with MM.

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Old Jul 16th, 2007, 09:28 PM
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Carla, we just did Phinda and Mala Mala less than a month ago and there was not a reasonable transfer between the two so a lot of money was spent for that. In answer to your question, if it were me, I would do the entire time at Mala Mala. We saw the big five on almost every drive. It was great game viewing.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 08:16 PM
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Hmmm, can you give me an idea of what the cost is from Phinda to Mala Mala for one person?

Also wondering, since I need to use my FF miles to go on this trip, do you find out what dates are available first with the airlines, then work in the camp dates?
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 08:44 PM
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Clematis1,

Have you given details about your Phinda & MM trip?
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 09:14 PM
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Carla, not THE answer but FWIW, my flight to/from JNB and Madikwe Hills on Federal Air was $400. Probably close to Phinda cost. Federal Air has a web site and might show the rate for Phinda. Then the flight from JNB to MalaMala on SAA I think is about $125 (maybe more). SAA has a web site and might show this fare on it also.

To avoid a maybe $400 flight to Phinda you might try a camp closer to Mala. Like Exeter or Kings Camp. Another crazy idea would be to first spend a few days in Kruger before Mala. For less than $200 a day you can rent/hire an Avis car at JNB, drive to Kruger, stay in very nice huts at Kruger then drive the car to Mala for a "collection" fee of only $20.

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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 09:14 PM
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Lynn, would something like this make sense (I like the idea of not having to go to JNB in the middle of a trip)

LAX-O'Hare(overnight)
O'Hare to Heathrow
(same day) Heathrow-JNB (am arrival)
(same day)JNB-Phinda (cost??)
Phinda-MM (cost?)
MM-JNB (do you overnight in JNB or
head straight home?)

Clematis1, I can't find any info from your trip, is it too soon? I still may consider an all MM trip (now I know how a ping pong ball feels )
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 09:23 PM
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Carla-what I know of this is you can fly from MM to JNB and connect with your flight later in the evening, avoiding an overnight in JNB. I think I have an 8 hour layover in JNB and am going to the Apartheid Museum and some touring around before my flight out. My Virgin, SAA and Emirates flights have all had evening departures.
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