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OK, honestly, is the Garden Route setup to handle luxury travel???

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Mar 26th, 2003, 06:07 AM
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Rocco

Mombo is a land camp - we were there in June 2001 and there was no mention of water activities in 4 days/nights.

Mombo is famous for it's game viewing - we spent HOURS with leopards and lions and cheetahs and we also saw a lot of zebra, giraffe, elephant, impala, lechwe, baboon, monkey, tsessabe and other animals.

We didn't see rhino then but Mombo has recently been reintroducing rhino to the area so they should be added to the list for future visitors.

I don't know if you've seen my photos already - I topped the link recently - but if not do have a look to get an idea of our game spotting at Mombo.

We didn't take any walks when we were there - but I might ask to next time.

As for water camps - ones run by Wilderness Safaris (who operate Mombo) include Xigera, Jacana and Little Vumbura.

At LV, for example, you can choose to do game drives as well as water activities - but they won't match up to those at Mombo and I'd concentrate on water activities personally. You can take cruises on their flat motorboat (looks like an alumnium tray with seats attached and a motor bolted on, you can relax as your guide poles you along in your own mokoro (we had one each rather than share one), and you can even go fishing in the calm delta waters.

When you look at Wilderness Safaris site follow this link first:

Our Camps, Botswana, Botswana Camps and Map

When you hover over camps on the map (without clicking) you will see symbols below to tell you more about the map such as activities available, number of tents etc.

You can then go on to see details of each camp by clicking on them.

At Jacana, described as a Water Camp, game drives are only available during the driest months.

At Xigera, a mixed camp, both activities are available.

Little Vumbura is also a mixed camp, though the emphasis is on water activities, game drives are available.

I've only stayed in Little Vumbura, and found it a delightful contrast to Little Mombo.

I can't comment on camps run by other operators.



On another note, I understand that some UK agents are able to offer better deals than US counterparts. I can highly recommend Illona Seutes of Steppes Africa who has shown endless patience and enthusiasm dealing with my numerous queries and detailed requests. If you contact her please let her know I recommended her. It's possible she may be able to get you a better price.

I hope it goes without saying that this is a recommendation only, and that I have nothing, personally, to gain from making it.
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Mar 26th, 2003, 06:12 AM
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Para above should read:

When you hover over camps on the map (without clicking) you will see symbols below to tell you more about the CAMP such as activities available, number of tents etc
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Mar 27th, 2003, 01:02 AM
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Selwyn,

Thanks for all the info. For everybody else, here is a link to the Tsitsikamma Treetop Adventure that I believe Selwyn spoke of in his post:

http://www.treetoptour.com

Why do I think that I may need my medical evacuation insurance for this one?!

I feel sorry for the tree that I surely will come crashing into.

OK, so my challenge is now to see whatever I can see in the Tsala Treetop Lodge area within a three day period. I probably could get a fourth night for not much more (there is actually a special where if you stay 3 nights you get a fourth free, although I would think that my travel agent could still get me lower rates for 3 nights than for this four night package).

I sure wish that I had one extra week available, but I do not. South Africa is such a wonderfully diverse country that it is just too much to try to see on a single trip. Plus, there is so much more to see in Southern Africa in other places like Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. It will surely take me at least five trips before I have seen half of what I need to see.

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