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Jan 18th, 2006, 05:33 AM
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posted before ready.
Should have read:
'put into your version of their prospective place'
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Jan 18th, 2006, 05:33 AM
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Sherry...I guess i'm not really trying to make any point. Just to say that the safari concept seems rather exotic to me. Like something you would do in Kenya.

I am also painfully aware that one night at Singita per person costs more than most South Africans earn in a year.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 10:18 AM
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well safari has an arabic root sfr which means to travel. In Swahili kusafiri means to travel, and safari is one of the few Bantu loan words I can think of in English.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 10:23 AM
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So, Nyamera and other Swahili speakers or "understanders", does wasifiri mean travelers (plural)? Tatu wasifiri = three travelers?

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Jan 18th, 2006, 11:04 AM
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Leely,

Wasafiri watatu = three travellers
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Jan 18th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Watatu....arggghh! I just can't get it, but will keep trying. Thanks, Nyamera.

Leana, does this exchange seem exotic to you? I haven't been to South Africa but you make it sound so dull...that can't be the case. I do think people go to "Africa" with certain expectations. But hey, people come to San Francisco thinking "California, it's sunny and warm," and they wear shorts. Of course it's always chilly here.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 12:46 PM
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Hi Leely...I'm only beginning to realise how important your expectations of a place are in determining your experience of that place. This is probably one of fundamental rules of travel but I haven't given it much thought before.

No...I don't find South Africa particulalry exotic. In fact I find Texas to be very exotic and many Americans I talk to think I'm nuts for feeling that way. I have been obsessed with America since I was a child - reading books about its history/ the old west/ cowboys and indians/ the civil war. Going there was amazing for me.

I guess the same must be true the other way around: even just the word 'Africa' has so many connotations in the minds of people coming here for the first time.

But...I do think that there are many ways of exploiting those expectations and a lot of the tourism industry thrives on exaggeration and distortion. That's not necessarily a bad thing for the tourists if it helps them to enjoy their holiday...but it can look kind of funny from a local point of view.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 01:27 PM
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Not unlike the tourists we see in NYC always looking up at the buildings. New Yorkers never even notice... unless it's a really ugly building! And there have been a few of those.
 
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Jan 18th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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Sandi,
We're just looking for King Kong.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 01:41 PM
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Leely -

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Jan 19th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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I have to just add that my perception of the Sabi Sands & Kruger as zoo-like largely stems from a photo on one of the lodges websites of a safari vehicle (that word again) right next to a bunch of lions. I mean you could reach out and touch. For me there's something zoo-like in that the animals are habiuated to the presence of these vehicles. Same in the Kruger: 15 vehicles parked around a lioness. I prefer my animals to be unmolested and kept at a healthy distance. That's why they invented Swarovski Spotting Scopes!
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