Scariest Wildlife?

Old Aug 17th, 2006, 10:47 PM
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Tom,

I am just happy that I have my next safari nearing...while most people seem to gain weight while on a luxury safari, the food is not nearly as appealing to what I get at home and I always tend to drop about 5 pounds! Now if only I could book a 3 month safari (minus 20 pounds?) instead of a 3 week safari I may actually get somewhere!
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Old Aug 17th, 2006, 11:14 PM
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Hi Rocco,
Although I have only one safari under my belt (belt, stomach, eat -get it?), I stayed at same weight. Some safari meals were great, others just good. And at home I snack too much which don't do on safari.
Also, have a safari coming - real soon - leave Sep 2nd. On Northwest Airlines, MAYBE. But lucky thing is we are flying to Amsterdam (not UK), then KLM to Joburg.
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Old Aug 18th, 2006, 12:52 AM
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Tom,

Well, you are lucky that you are not flying into London but not so lucky that you ARE flying KLM. KLM and Delta must be two of the worst airlines in existence. This past March returning from Tanzania, I was in Business Class on KLM from Amsterdam to LAX and it was pretty disappointing in comparison to South African Airways Business Class.

For my upcoming safari it will be Qantas Airways from LAX - Sydney - Johannesburg, although in economy class. The good news is that as of seconds ago the flight from LAX - Sydney had only about 1/3 of the seats showing as sold and on the return from Sydney - LAX, the plane looks like it is 1/2 empty. No idea on the Sydney - Joburg flights (cannot access) but I am optimistic there, as well. Early November does not seem like it would be prime time for Aussies to be going to South Africa, but I could be wrong.

Have a great time on your quickly approaching safari!
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Rocco,

That's a long way to Johannesburg...something like 28 hours' flying time, isn't it? Do I recall correctly that you're having a stopover in Oz, and that's why you're coming this way?

I think Australians tend to go to Africa in our winter/early spring months, roughly June through to October, so you could indeed have a few vacant seats around you. Not that I have first-hand experience with Qantas ex Sydney to pass on. Since 2002, we've flown to Africa with SAA, not Qantas, for two reasons. The most important is that we think SAA is the better airline...an experience with Qantas in 2000 didn't impress us, and SAA has given us no reason to change our minds since. The second reason is that it's a much shorter journey with SAA...we fly west from Adelaide with Qantas domestic to pick up the SAA flight from Perth. To fly Qantas, we would have to go east to Sydney first, virtually crossing the Australian continent one and a half times before seeing the Indian Ocean. The two airlines codeshare and the Qantas flight doesn't stop in Perth.

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