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Jan 13th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Short Trip Report: So Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana"Green Season"

I watched these countries get greener by the hour, amazing. Not what I had imagined Africa to look like. I must go back, next time during the dry season..very soon!
Spent 4 nts in Capetown, drove to Stellenbosch, visited the Cheetah Outreach in Spier, got to pet 8 baby cheetahs. Drove to Cape Point making several stops along the way, Boulders Bay and the jackass penguins were my favorite. Got a great video of them with my new Canon S2 IS (took over 2000 photos overall)The views from the top of Table Mountain...breathtaking! I love Capetown. Flew to Vic Falls, spent 3 nights at the Vic Falls Lodge, took helicopter ride over the falls (another highlight), witnessed tourist actually sitting in the falls (Zambia side) right on the edge. I was on the Zim side. The falls were at their lowest flow and was an ideal time to photograph them. Our evening river cruise on the Zambezi was #1. A huge croc crossed in front of our boat as we passed by a hippo pond while an elephant ran into the water on the opposite side of the boat. Too exciting! Great shopping in town (Vic Falls) at the Elephant Walk, wish I had bought more there. Took the vintage steam train across the Vic Falls Bridge into Livingstone, did some shopping in Zambia. Visited the Vic Falls Hotel (very nice & lots of history)
Spent 2 nights at Chobe Safari Lodge in Botswana, very nice accomodations. Did several game drives in Chobe Nat'l Park, saw ellies, Kudu, Eland, Antelope, Waterbuck,Duikar,Impala,Buffalo,Serval,Springbok and a pride of lions (8 total), almost witnessed a kill, was very exciting just watching her thinking about it.
The locals were so very friendly and very happy to have us there. I enjoyed photographing them and am working on mailing them copies. We actually saw more animals that I was expecting for that time of year. We did have rain most every day but it didn't stop us from any activities. Tried all the local meats, warthog being my favorite, the food was surprisingly very good. Flew back to Sandton, J'burg for one night. There is a market in front of the Village Walk that had great buys. I brought back some wonderful beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings, wood carvings, one bottle of wine and a bottle of Amarula. I have truly been "bitten" (not by the mosquitos, in fact I didnt' even see one mossie the entire trip). Next trip I will try the "camp style" for comparison, but was really pleased with the entire trip especially being a very low cost. The only part that wasn't too good was the 10 flights (over 20k miles) and it was too much but necessary.The SAA flight from ATL to J'burg was actually very good, long but good. My friend and I took the end seats in the center, the 2 middle were empty so we were able to spread out. Lots of room, the staff and food was great.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 08:58 AM
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What a wonderful and diverse trip report Carla - thanks for sharing. The rivertrip sounds like something I must do. Did you self book this trip?
Will you be posting photos?
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Jan 13th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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I am just learning how to work on my photos so I am hoping this link works to get you to my album. I have just begun to add my favorites, lots more to do.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/carlasadventures
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Jan 13th, 2006, 10:37 AM
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Great pics Carla! Glad you had a good time and will be going back. I enjoyed the dry season, going in the green season in March for comparison. Thanks for [email protected]
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Jan 13th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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Hi Dennis,
Was it the Zambesi River that you went down in a smallish duguot boat? I'm thinking about doing something like that for my next trip. Also, if I recall, it was you that started me thinking about dogs after viewing your pics. Is your booking agent and appox. trip cost in your report?
Sorry, to butt in Carla.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 11:56 AM
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cybor-no we didn't use a small dugout boat on the Zambezi, just a canoe. if you email me, i'll pass on the details of cost and booking agent. the dogs were incredible!
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Will do dennis - thanks
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Dennis, I am envious of you returning so soon. I think the soonest I can consider will be July/Aug 2007.
Sherry, we used Wild Horizons for our Zambezi river trip and the heli ride over the falls, they were very good.

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