Phinda's 7 distinct habitats ???

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Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:18 AM
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Safariguy,

I fully agree with you, that a Botswana safari experience is unparallel and the wildest big game experience.

However, one goes to Phinda not for the same experience, but, with the conservation experience in mind. Bear in mind that the entire area was a wasted land that they are trying hard to restore back to it's natural state....also, they are trying very hard to help the dwindling cheetah population.......but, yes, it's a more manicured experience....
 
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 07:37 AM
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"manicured" That's a good term!

I have enjoyed Botswana camps in the past and hope to continue to enjoy them in the future. In fact the next trip is to Botswana.

Phinda was for something different. Thanks for all the input. It will help in crafting the final itinerary.

Safariguy, your comment on accommodations being the draw is interesting. I'm not an accommodations spender.

I've stayed at two fenced camps and found them to be superb. Are Lewa Downs in Kenya or Matoba Hills in Zimbabwe fair comparisons to Phinda?
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Apr 3rd, 2006, 09:58 AM
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Hello,

I thought I'd put in my 0.02 pence about Phinda. I've been to the Sabi Sands and Botswana as well as Phinda, and I think that Phinda is a wonderful game-viewing experience. My experience was quite similar to Divewop's -- I had very good game-viewing, and enjoyed the wide variety of activities on offer. I particularly enjoyed seeing the different environments, which I found to be quite distinct from one another.

I'm not sure when the various people who have posted visited, but I do think that Phinda has changed a great deal over time, from derelict farmland to a wildlife reserve, and that it has become much wilder than in the past. Visiting now, you'd never be aware that it was once a farm. Phinda is now what Madikwe will be in 10 years or so, once they pull out all the farm infrastructure and telephone poles and let the bush reclaim the land. Phinda has also expanded significantly in the past year or so, which will affect your experience as well.

Phinda isn't Botswana -- but neither is the Sabi Sand, the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, or any of the other places all of us have visited and loved. It would be a boring world indeed if every place was Botswana (and this from someone who loves Botswana). Don't go to Phinda if you want Botswana -- go to Phinda for its own sake. It's a wonderful place.

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