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Quick Poll: How many of you bring/are bringing a cell phone on safari?

Quick Poll: How many of you bring/are bringing a cell phone on safari?

Aug 3rd, 2007, 03:03 AM
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I'd extend that to saying that too many people have become slaves to technology - email, phone, blackberry even ipods.

I came across the most cringe-worthy sight while transiting through Mfuwe lodge in SLNP 2 weeks back. Someone was trying to charge an iPod using a solar charger, totally oblivious to saddle-billed storks and pied kingfishers fishing in a lagoon no more than 50 feet away.
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 10:11 AM
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amolkarnik, maybe it was a local there at Mfuwe?

Speaking of iPods, I remember my private air charter from Mwaleshi Airstrip to Mfuwe Intl last year. My pilot had those small white earphones under the official big ones. And while approaching Mfuwe even I could hear the heavy metal stuff he enjoyed so much. I had my fun too - it was the best approach to Mfuwe I've ever had...
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:18 PM
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I am bringing my phone with me, as we will be landing in Tanzania on Christmas night (Christmas day back home in the US), and during our drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to our hotel in Arusha I want to place a short call back to family at home and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Then I intend to turn it off, put it deep, deep in my luggage and not pull it out again until we are flying back to the US.
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 06:19 PM
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Last time I traveled to East Africa, one of my travel party needed to be reachable "just in case"--as did I, if I recall (legal matters). There was a whole power-of-attorney thing that happened right before our trip, unrelated to the trip, of course. In any case, we didn't end up needing the phone for that as it turned out. However, as two of us had been to Tanzania before and had made social and other plans with people, it turned out to be useful for contacting folks in-country. Who knew?

First trip I didn't take a phone and didn't really need one. It's really up to you.

Have a wonderful trip. I'm looking forward to reading your report.
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 06:24 PM
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p.s. Sorry for all the "reallys." You can take the girl out of the Valley, but you can't take the Valley out of the girl. Safari njema.
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:20 PM
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For total abusive/inconsiderate cell phone usage, you need to visit India...even priests at temples have them buzzing during the rituals/ceremonies....

The worst thing is something called a "missed call"... some people call and hang up expecting you to call them back as it is a "free in coming call". I have not had this happen to me, but, have witnessed enough of this very annoying occurrence...
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:26 PM
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what's worse....i wonder why people don't use the silent mode! it's not difficult to make the required setting!!!
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Aug 4th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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We have managed for yeras without mobile phones, so I'm sure we can manage a few weeks on safari without one. Personally I think they should be banned from safari lodges and remote beach resorts. Most lodges and camps have radio contact for use in emergency.
Leave the mobiles at home with the rest of your stress producing worklife stuff!
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