newbie behavior

Feb 9th, 2009, 12:52 PM
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One evening, we had half the group in our LandCruiser singing Irish drinking songs on the way back to our Botswana camp. I think the sundowners were a bit stronger than they realized.
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Feb 10th, 2009, 05:23 AM
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Amy, I'm sure you will do fine. Don't be intimidated by the fact that a lot of the people who visit these message boards are tremendously experienced and have strong opininions.

Don't be inhibited about asking questions -- you have a right to ask! Just be a little sensitive about your volume, especially if there are animals around, LOL.

Of course, I was on one trip where one woman annoyed everyone because she not only asked questions, she kept asking the same ones again and again, if she didn't like the answer. But I'm sure you weren't planning on doing that.

I also have to say that I was scrupulous about wearing only neutral toned colors on safari, and found that my travel mates were not nearly so careful. In retrospect, I could have relaxed a little.

And there is nothing wrong about telling your guide if there is a particular animal you especially want to see. They can't guarantee it, but if they hear that there are cheetahs in one direction, and leopards in the other direction, they might as well go in the direction that gives you a better chance!

The big no-no is being late. If everybody else is ready to go and they have to wait for you, that's definitely not good. But I bet you already figured that out.

P.S. sometimes the experienced people are annoying too, especially if they keep boasting about how the game was better someplace else.
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Feb 10th, 2009, 02:03 PM
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Previous posters especially Ann offerred sage advice. My two cents worth: early in the safari maybe during the briefing or at the very least during the initial time with the guide let him know of your expectations (interests and even concerns). They want you to enjoy yourself and most will go out of their way to made the safari a great experience. One guide learning our daughter enjoyed taking photos of sunsets, went out of his way to position the vehicle for great opportunities. A camp manager whe had one day for our drive made a special effort to find eland knowing I had a particular interest in seeing some. A guide we had in Ruaha NP timed a rest stop in a grove of mahognany trees so he could show us the colorful seeds given the wife's interest in trees. Obviously, the guide has to balance the desires/intersts of the group but knowing such makes the trip more than simply a drive thru the brush. And, the questions are another way they can not only share their knowledge but also enrich your experience. Be considerate of others traveling in the vehicle in regards to seating/standing particularly during photo taking. During stops particularly when game is near the vehicle we refrained from talking in a loud voice especially if standing in a pop-up top vehicle. We would try to drop down and maybe whisper to the guide. I recall our first time out and in a van with 3 strangers we had one gal who spoke rather loud when we came upon a pride of lions feasting on a fresh kill. More than one lion gave us a not-too-friendly look. The next morning we discovered a lioness stalking a small herd of wildebeast. We sensed a charge was in the making. And, she was only a few feet from the vehicle. I leaned over and politely told our companion I didn't want to hear any screams. I caught a twinkle in the guide's eyes saying "thank you". Be polite, use common sense, be on time, relax and enjoy yourself.
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Feb 10th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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... and please do not try to attract an animal (with noise or standing) closer to you/your vehicle... you just might get (un)lucky!

we'd all like to see you return home in one piece to tell all the wonderful tales
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Feb 10th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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Lynn and Sha,
We had a Russian jazz singer at L. Chitabe. The baboons played backup.
She (our new Russian friend) was wonderfully entertaining and quite good.
Nothing like jazz and a bit of booze in the bush.
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Feb 10th, 2009, 03:14 PM
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That's right cybor, I remember the jazz singer. Wasn't the guide (or someone) quite smitten with her?
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