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Sep 9th, 2005, 01:19 PM
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thanks for the insight mkhonzo. i have read many times that the malaria meds bought in Africa might not be the same as if bought in u.s/u.k. generic knockoffs, lower strength, placebos etc. That is one area i would not compromise on price, the others hints are very useful. thanks
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Sep 9th, 2005, 01:32 PM
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as you wish.....give some thought to the pharma companies that exist in Africa, particularly So Africa.

Glaxo, Smith Kline, Bristoll, Rhone Poullenc, Pfiezer...And the list goes on.

Now think of the numbers of people living there, working in malaria areas and so on, do you honestly believe that the drugs developed to combat malaria are inferior? if anything they are developed to combat the ongoing morphing of the various strains of malaria, of which there are over seventeen strains now.
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Sep 9th, 2005, 02:30 PM
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I have no qualms with purchasing malaria meds in South Africa, however, since you have to start your malaria meds prior arriving in an infected area... I would stongly suggest visitors get their malaria prophylactics at home before departing. Doing so, at least, gives you a few days to figure out whether you have negative reactions to what you're talking. Besides, after 20- to 30- hours of flying - is no time to go looking for the closest pharmacy.
 
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Sep 9th, 2005, 03:19 PM
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i was just quoting some threads from lonely planet...sorry, should stick to fodors
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Sep 10th, 2005, 02:20 AM
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Hello,

I've just heard back from Mombo, and apparently the private vehicle is no longer available -- between the time I enquired and the time I booked it, it had gone. So my budget is happier now, even if I'm not...though I still have high hopes for the waitlist!

On the other hand, I'm now thinking about the camera equipment I can buy with that 'free' money...

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Julian
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Sep 10th, 2005, 07:17 AM
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No one has mentioned the often-used excuse: It's the trip of a lifetime.

Maybe that's because once you've done it, you want to go back again. It's never THE trip of your lifetime, only just ONE of them.

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Sep 10th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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Julian, I'm sure your "free" money would buy some very nice photo equipment! After buying my cameras and stuff I couldn't afford to go to Africa - it was about 2 trips worth. But then I kept reading about all the trips here and couldn't stand not going so the budget went out the window again. I certainly don't regret it.
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Sep 10th, 2005, 03:05 PM
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Hi Sundowner,

Right now I'm theoretically holding it aside for the Mombo vehicle, but who knows how long that will last...I already bought a new set of Leica binos, and justified that on the grounds that it would be my only 'kit' expense this time!

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Julian
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Sep 10th, 2005, 03:24 PM
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Julian,

so how are now your plans to fight the 'fifth wheel problem'? ;-)

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Sep 10th, 2005, 04:39 PM
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Hi Mitch,

I already implemented Step 1, by booking at Mombo Main rather than Little Mombo -- it's less likely to be monopolised by a single group. The only time I've really felt like a fifth wheel was when I was in a very small camp which had been taken over by a large family, who only wanted to talk about their mutual acquaintances back home and about family matters (this was the family I wished had stayed home, since that was all they ever talked about).

And I've requested a child-free and birder-free stay...

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Julian
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Sep 11th, 2005, 08:36 PM
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Okay, I had to chime in...
You only go around once

Matnikstym,
You don't need to buy your beloved pooch a toy from Africa..The elephant poo on the soles of your shoes is a doggy aphrodisiac.
Bob, our silly boxer is still in love with the hiking boots I wore while in Botswana in May!

Now, I must go get ready for the new position I just accepted which actually requires that I be at a place of business at a designated time, phooey. Amazing what one will do to pay for more trips to Africa)
Happy Travels..
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