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Oct 5th, 2005, 07:26 PM
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I don't think that an agent who is NOT promoting her company as sandi does not, needs to have a disclosure statement saying she is an agent, she's not advertising, she's helping others with her knowledge. I have learned a lot from sandi, patty, bwanamitch, kavey, rocco etc. do I need to know they are agents? Only if they are pumping me for my business, which sandi does not. If anyone SHOULD be an agent working on commision, it's Rocco, he should be ambassador for Zambia, and I say that in honesty, not in fun. he's here as sandi, bwana etc are, HELPING OTHERS such as myself, cooncat and whoever else to have the ULTIMATE safari experience! that's what fodor's is about and I would hate to see sandi stop posting just because she is an agent, above all she is an ASSET to this board!
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Oct 5th, 2005, 07:41 PM
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i was just trying a bottle of amarula which i had my salesman order and i don't know if the above post was in the right place..if not sorry, if so
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Oct 5th, 2005, 07:47 PM
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Bat, in all honesty I wasn't even responding to your post. Many threads have discussions about TAs. I was really just trying to be nice. Some TAs actively promote themselves but are deceptive about it. I was only letting the OP know that while Sandi is an agent, she also helps here free of charge, and doesn't underhandlely promote her company. I think that's a fair thing to say.

Peace and love,
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Oct 5th, 2005, 07:48 PM
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Dennis, you are so funny!

And here Rocco was trying to convince people he only cares about his financial well-being and his family and a good safari. All the while he is employed as goodwill ambassador for an entire African country!

bat, I completely understand your perspective and hope you don't think you've offended anyone--I would be very surprised if that were the case. No need to get your bat hackles(?) up.
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Oct 5th, 2005, 07:51 PM
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In retrospect, you do have a point. I suppose we should say, try Africa Serendipity, it's associate or owner or whatever is Sandi on this forum. That's fair, as well.

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Oct 5th, 2005, 08:42 PM
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Thanks Leely and cooncat--I was afraid that my next (and last) thread was going to have to be--does anyone know of a 12 step program to help with addiction to Fodor's Africa travel forum--thank goodness I am left with my addiction!
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Oct 5th, 2005, 09:05 PM
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Thanks for your kind words.

It is probably premature to say this, but I have really been considering the idea of starting my own safari planning/tour operation that would focus solely on Zambia.

The reason for this is primarily because I really believe in the product...ZAMBIA (and its wildlife and people). I have found the Zambian people to be so warm and it is such an uncommercialized experience.

I am leaning 90% in favor of starting up "Destiny Africa", and sooner rather than later. The Zambian photosafari industry is a small one, and I have met many wonderful owners within the industry, from Barry & Tara at Luangwa River Lodge, to Anke & Ron at Kafunta, to Derek & Jules Shenton at Kaingo, to Chris Liebenberg at Chongwe River Camp and, finally, Grant & Lynsey Cummings of Chiawa. The fact that all of them are strongly behind either the conservation effort or in the sponsorship of local schools is just more justification for my passion for Zambia and the Zambian photosafari industry.

Anyway, I am not here to plug myself, only to further express my love for Zambia. I have no goals to compete with any bigger tour operators, but like Sandi does for East Africa, I wish to offer a specialized service to a place that I love. Probably won't be the fanciest website, but given that my primary goal will be to expose people to Zambia, and allow Zambia to benefit from increased exposure, I do think that I will be able to offer amongst the very best pricing to international visitors and unsurpassed service. I have no intentions of quitting my day job, as I do have two successful businesses, but I do feel a certain calling that stems both from the wonderful comments that I have seen from Dennis and others, as well as from the positive responses I have received from each owners, managers and guides in Zambia.

Unlike others, I have no desire to sell Southern Africa, as a whole, but rather focus on Zambia, only adding neighboring countries if they primarily featured Zambia.

Enough about me. Hopefully this is not taken too negatively. Like Sandi and Selwyn do for their respective areas, I would like to think that I have helped many travelers here and will continue to do so without plugging myself should I proceed with Destiny Africa.
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Oct 6th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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You should definitely GO FOR IT. You would be a great addition to the industry providing a real service to your clients.
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Oct 6th, 2005, 06:58 AM
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Geez - I'm glad I got in on the action while it was free! ;-) ;-) ;-)

Go for it!!!!

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Oct 6th, 2005, 07:05 AM
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Ok folks, case stated. And I wondered why my ears were burning last evening - "people were talking" about me.

Rocco, my friend - you've got my vote GO FOR IT! You've been a great resource for me even if for different destinations in Africa and I hope I have been to you.

There's a wealth of information on this board, whether from every-day travelers - Patty with her expertise for air travel and those FF miles; Leely, who one day may be giving me some competition, even after one safari; others I can't right now recall... but you know who you are and I well respect everyone's good and intelligent input - and then there are Eben, Bwana Mitch, Selwyn, MzHonzo, and some others of late.

I believe whether it's professionals in the business or travelers with expertise, all are a value here, especially when anyone is planning a trip for the first time to Africa - anywhere; or repeat travelers. Hey, I learn something just about everytime I log in here. And that's the reason we are all so dedicated. So, maybe Selwyn touts "I love Cape Town" - the rest of us "Love Africa" Its a good match for all and to everyone benefits.

Now, it's time to get back on track and handle MPJs original questions.
Oct 6th, 2005, 07:28 AM
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So, what was MPJ's question again?

Thanks to ALL of you who provide advice, opinions, occasional tongue-lashings, food for thought, and, most of all, trip reports!
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Oct 6th, 2005, 08:06 AM
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Rocco, do it. Also, a great website is an asset, and it would be worth improving and updating it as you went along -- it could become THE portal for Zambian safaris.

Also, I'm considering trip to Kafue and Kasanka (to see the bats), so please include those destinations.

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Oct 6th, 2005, 02:04 PM
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I want to add my support for your idea! You are a detailed-oriented guy with a great passion for Zambia so don't hesitate.

May I suggest that you take a look at Google Earth and its technology to drive your site? I don't know if you had a chance to look at the Tanzania display at Something similar for Zambia will be really cool, completely different and much needed!

Best of luck!
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Oct 7th, 2005, 03:14 PM
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In case you're still reading this thread, I did I very brief search. Looks like an occasional poster by the name of Femi took a Kenya/Tanzania trip with 2004? Maybe he/she will see this, or you could repost with a title like "Micato to Kenya/Tanzania?"

Of course, you will still get tons of people (myself included) jumping on to tell you not to take a Micato tour.

But good luck!
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Oct 12th, 2005, 11:17 AM
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I returned from a trip with Micato in September and it was a 5-star experience in every way. I saw the folks who had taken the "discount" tours--they were packed in the vehicles like sardines. There is a reason that Micato is rated #1; they provide superior service, well-trained guides, and incredible attention to detail. I saw that other tour companies provided you with similar places to see, but if you are going to spend thousands of dollars to see Africa, you certainly don't want to have to crawl around others in order to get photo shots or see the wildlife. I cannot tell you what a positive experience it was and plan to return in 2007. Book with Micato and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed...there wasn't a single person in our group who was dissatisfied with ANYTHING about the entire trip!
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Oct 12th, 2005, 12:16 PM
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I assure you that I can book a private safari at the same lodges that Micato visits, with equivalent vehicles and guides for 1/3 less money. Like I said, all you are doing is paying for those fancy brochures and expensive advertising.
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Oct 24th, 2005, 04:50 PM
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When are you going? We have also booked the Stanley Wing safari with Micato, just wondering if we may be going at the same time?
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