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May 23rd, 2008, 03:27 PM
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Upon reflection, I think I fibbed when I said I put all my money in my money belt. Some of the one dollar bills I did not. They just remained in my duffle or I kept them in the backpack I usually take with me.

The money belt I use is actually an around the neck pouch that is supposed to hang down like a necklace. Instead I put it inside my trousers with the cord around my waist and the pouch hangs below my belly button. The result is a bit of a paunch and it can make photos look like you really indulged at tea, but other than that it works for me.

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May 23rd, 2008, 03:38 PM
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My TA has always provided me guidelines. I've always thought those guidelines were accurate. They were consistent with what people mention on these threads, and they were consistent with what the actual camps/lodges recommended.

I do usually bring twice what's recommended, just in case every single guide, staff member, etc, at every camp is phenomenal, but I usually come home with some $$.

I tip in USD, usually in a combination of $5, $10 and $20 bills.

There are several threads on tipping. Put "tipping" in the search box and you'll get a few threads that list recommended amounts. Where are you going?
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May 23rd, 2008, 03:44 PM
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You mean the passport/airline ticket travel necklace? I laughed hysterically when I read that! You actually shove it down the front of your pants? Now I have definitely heard it all!! I bet you feel 5 lbs lighter and a size smaller at the end of your trip.
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May 23rd, 2008, 04:50 PM
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Of course I don't just shove it down my pants!

The neatly packed parcel is affixed to a cord that I discretely drape about my midriff for safekeeping.

Ok, you’re right, I shove it down my pants.

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May 23rd, 2008, 06:38 PM
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Any gameviewing highlights from your visit? Just curious to know ...........

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May 23rd, 2008, 07:56 PM
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Sorry - missed your earlier question addressed to me.

To add to Dana's valid reasons for not using a CC to tip a guide ..... I just think, it's very impersonal.

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May 24th, 2008, 06:51 AM
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Thanks to all who responded regarding tipping policies. The threads were very helpful. Dana_M
we are going to Botswana: Baines
Camp, Chief's Camp and Chobe Chilwero, and then on to the Royal
Livingstone at Vic Falls in Zambia.
Our first trip was to Cape Town and
Lion Sands Private Reserve in So.
Africa. We have been bitten by the
"Africa bug" that's for sure!

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May 24th, 2008, 08:06 AM
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Another good reason for cash. It is impersonal to tip with a cc.

Sounds like a great trip. Those are all Sanctuary Lodges accommodations, right? If you booked direct (which I think you can with Sanctuary, I'm not sure), then they should send you a fact sheet with tipping guidelines as well as other critical information, such as luggage size and weight restrictions, etc. If you booked with a TA, they will send you that information. Do, however, look for the tipping threads on here. And have a wonderful time.
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May 24th, 2008, 08:30 AM
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I use the standard money belt that you wear around your waist; I just wear it in the back. That's more comfortable than in the front and, besides, I ALWAYS look like I "indulged at tea"! No need to add anything else up front...

Lonestarcars, enjoy your trip! You'll love Botswana. By the way, are you from Texas, the Lone Star State? I grew up there.
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May 24th, 2008, 08:47 AM
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Money belt for me, too. I use the around the waist kind and my fiance uses the one around his neck. I would never leave anything valuable in a room/tent. We took traveler's checks and cashed them when we got there. It's not like you need that much $ when you are out on a safari you've already paid for - especially in a country that doesn't cost what we are used to.
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May 24th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Hi HariS,

Re your question about highlights.

As you know, Lebala has been upscaled. The new digs are quite nice although we were only the second group since it reopened after the upgrade and there was tweaking to be done about the hot water/cold water. Now there are his/her showers, his/her basins, etc.

Game viewing on our best day (this doesn't include the normal baboons, zebra, elephant, etc. that we also saw on this day): On our morning drive, our guide, Thabo, came upon cheetah tracks but then heard hyenas calling out in the bush so we followed the hyenas. Turns out the four hyenas had stolen a zebra foal kill from the cheetahs. After spending some time with the hyenas, we went off searching for the cheetahs but had no luck. On the afternoon drive that same day, we got radioed that the cheetahs were found. We were in a totally different part of the concession so Thabo drove like a madman to make it to the cheetah's location in 20 minutes but we made it. Three cheetah brothers walking leisurely through the bush. We followed them as they went down to the water hole and all three drank (I was thrilled as I've never seen cheetahs drinking) and then we watched as they each marked the water hole tree before setting off to begin the hunt again. We then stayed at the waterhole for sundowners and as the sun was setting watched a hyena appear at the water hole. Then as we went on our evening drive, we saw a bat-eared fox. When I first arrived at Lebala, I had specifically asked Thabo that I would like to see one as I had never seen one before. Thabo let me know he had been at Lebala for over a year and never seen one so he didn't hold up much hope. And there it was. The end to the perfect day!
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May 24th, 2008, 09:20 AM
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ShayTay,yes to your question.We are in Plano,Tx,the user name refers to our business name.I am VERY excited about this trip,just wish the situation in Johannesburg would calm down so my relatives would stop worrying!
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May 24th, 2008, 09:06 PM
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Thanks for your report. Appreciate it! Sounds like you saw the new co-alition of the 3 male cheetahs. Good to note that they are more relaxed around vehicles.

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May 24th, 2008, 09:09 PM
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PS: Lucky, with the bat-eared fox! Thabo's right - they are hardly seen around Lebala. Although, I've had luck at Kwara with spotting them.
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