Mala Mala question

Old Jul 17th, 2007, 09:29 PM
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Thanks Dennis, that's good to know. I was just reading your hellacious "flight plan". Makes all the others look like a walk in the park.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 10:03 PM
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Hi Carla

I have only recently started this, but to avoid any nights in Johannesburg, I now leave MM the day of my departure, do a little morning gamedrive, then fly on a small plane to KMIA, about 30 mins by air, then catch a plane to Johannesburg then the plane to get me home.

This way I get an extra gamedrive in the evening, a small one in the morning, and miss a night in Johannesburg.

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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 10:17 PM
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Thanks Kaye. I do remember you mentioning that recently, that would be ideal. I went through JNB 4 times on my last trip which got old real fast.

I do like that "Out of Africa" store at the JNB airport and could easily kill a few hours there on the way home.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 10:43 PM
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The flights I have had on BA and SAA leave JNB after 6pm. So at MM I do the morning game drive, leave MM about 12 noon on SAA, SAA to JNB with plenty of time before the flight back home.

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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 09:41 AM
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I've always enjoyed a full morning game drive at MM, get the 12:30 flight back to JHB then an evening flight to LHR. Always lots of time to hang around. We usually get a room at the Sun, have lunch, relax, then shower and change before the night flight to London.
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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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My Delta flight leaves Johannesburg at 4:10PM so if I was flying from MM to JNB, I could catch the flight home the same day.

This trip I'm flying from Maun to JNB and schedule-wise I should be able to catch that 4:10 flight. But I don't trust Air Botswana to get us there in time so I'm wasting an overnight in Joburg. I am using a FF ticket and don't want to take a chance on missing the flight home.
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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 06:21 PM
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Cindy,

The Air Botswana departs Maun only at 3 PM arriving JNB at 4 30 PM. Or, is there an earlier flight in the morning that you are scheduled to fly?

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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 07:02 PM
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Thanks everyone, very helpful info.

Check out the latest baby pups and cubs at Mala Mala

http://www.malamala.tv/diary.htm

I don't think I am going to be able to put this off much longer. MM is calling me.
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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 07:38 PM
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You are right, Hari. There is no way to make that flight connection.

I was remembering what we did in Oct05 and the Delta/SAA flight was a little later. The Air Bots was delayed (which I understand is typical) and we barely made the Delta/SAA flight. There was no time for shopping!
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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 09:59 PM
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CarlaM, CarlaM, CarlaM

Hey, did you hear that? I think Mala Mala is calling Carla!
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Old Jul 19th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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Carla, DH posted here our trip report a couple of weeks ago. It was pricey to go from Phinda to Mala Mala.

We also did what the others did, took a morning game drive and flew SA to JNB in a nice big plane (with only 4 of us on it), then had three hours in JNB before flying back on SAA. It was a long day but it worked.

If Mala Mala calls, you must answer.
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Old Jul 19th, 2007, 10:50 AM
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carla, carla, carla, carla ... Yes, I hear it too!
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Old Jul 19th, 2007, 09:16 PM
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Ahhh! I hear you Mala Mala! My passport just arrived today with lots of empty pages to fill <)
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Old Jul 19th, 2007, 09:57 PM
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If you love lions and cubs check out these photos that were sent to me:

http://tinyurl.com/yuo9xq

I love the look on the adult male (4th photo down)and his gorgeous eyelashes.

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Old Jul 29th, 2007, 10:09 AM
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Mala Mala has added a new video to their website. It takes a bit to load but is worth the wait:

http://www.malamala.com/video.htm

Makes me want to get on a plane today!<)
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Old Aug 5th, 2007, 05:11 PM
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Clematis1, I still cannot find your trip report. I give up. The search function on Fodors is horrible.

I am leaning towards an all Mala Mala trip but was hoping to try a permanent tented camp on my next trip (Ngala?)Just don't want to sacrifice my game viewing experience to stay in a tent though. Anyone done the MM/Ngala combo?

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Old Aug 5th, 2007, 08:57 PM
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Carla, oh dear, I found it before but it took a long time. I will email you.
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Old Aug 6th, 2007, 12:05 AM
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Hi Carla

Do not recall how long your next trip shall be, but I certainly love being at MalaMala the whole trip. My next trip in December is all MalaMala though we do change camps midway as my nieces like a change. When I go by myself, hopefully in June 2008, I shall love being in the Main Camp for my entire stay.

I cannot imagine a gameviewing person, not enjoying it!

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Old Aug 6th, 2007, 12:08 AM
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Hi Kaye,

What is the summer game viewing schedule? Morning start time for the drive? thanks.

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Old Aug 6th, 2007, 12:26 AM
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Hi Hari

I believe, you are woken at 5.30am and coffee at 6am. Then you leave when your group is ready, which I like to be at 6.05am.

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