Tanzania Tomorrow - Thanks all

Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 06:48 PM
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Tanzania Tomorrow - Thanks all

Planning, purchasing and packing finally complete and departure day for return to sub-Sahara Africa is tomorrow. Tip money starched and ironed, paws and claws polished, duffle bags stuffed with gizmos and gadgets we didn’t know existed until reading these threads for the last 10 months. Special thanks to:

Ann_nyc: <b>Wildlife of East Africa</b>
Hills 27: Naneu Pro Bag
Chris_GA_Atl: Artic butterfly
Cooncat2: Skeeter Beater
Lynn: Binocular harness
Jose V: Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR lens, but as a rental, Tuckeg
Safarichuck: Waterproof pillow covers for dust control
ShayTay: Getting in shape for hunting with the Hadzabe
Wistman: Tombazzi Maps
Too many to mention: Canon S3 with rechargeable and lithium batteries

And thanks to all the regular Fodorites who consistently offered sane advice.

Four of us set off on a private safari including:

Karama Lodge – 1 night
Maramboi Tented Camp (Tarangire) – 2 nights
Kisima Ngeda (Lake Eyasai) – 2 nights
Plantation Lodge (Karatu) – 2 nights
Suyan Camp (Lolindo area) – 2 nights
Sayari Camp (Northern Serengeti) – 3 nights

Looking forward to reporting our findings. Thanks again y’all.


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Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 09:20 PM
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hi QueenofDaNile

Have an awesome trip!

mind you
there was a case of Schistosomiasis (= bilharzia) in Kisima Ngeda (Lake Eyasi) pool, a few months ago...
<u>I'm sure they've taken care of it </u> but i thought u should know

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Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 09:51 AM
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Have a fantastic trip!
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Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 10:31 AM
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Buckle up that harness and go!
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Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 10:34 AM
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Safari njema!
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Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 11:05 AM
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Have a great trip! Looking forward to hearing all about it!
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Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 11:56 AM
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Enjoy your trip! See if you can take some fruit to the Hadzabe. I'm sure they would appreciate it.
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Old Nov 8th, 2007, 03:28 PM
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We made it back safe and sound! No twisted ankles from hunting with the Hadzabe but yes, once again, got stuck in the mud with lion near by. A well crafted itinerary that included many cultural and animal experiences.

Aby - Management was very forthcoming in offering information about the bilharzia incident at the Kisima Ngeda pond. The pond has been closed for swimming pending testing from Arusha. Apparently only 1 guest party has reported a problem. Regular users of the pond have been tested with negative results. Former guests with known email addresses have been contacted and no other cases reported. The camp is an absolute gem and we loved our two nights there.

Overall, a great experience thanks to Green Footprint Adventures. Hope to work on the trip report and photos this weekend including a few surprises as to who we met along the way.

Best gadget by far: Binocular harness. Thanks Lynn!!!!

Words to live by: Take less clothes and more digital memory.

Cheers!




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Old Nov 8th, 2007, 04:19 PM
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Welcome back, QueenofDaNile! I'm glad to hear you're none the worse for wear from your Hadzabe hunting expedition. We're looking forward to your trip report and photos. I'm STILL trying to upload mine.
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Queen,

So glad you and your harness made it back safely. Looking forward to all the details!
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Welcome back. I'm looking forward to hearing more. I did a hike with the Hadzabe in 2003. It was a real highlight of the trip. (Well, actually, everything was a &quot;real highlight&quot but you know what I mean.
I like what you said about &quot;less clothes and more memory&quot; ...That pretty much sums up what to bring on safari!
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Old Nov 9th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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Welcome back! Looking forward to your report and pics.
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Old Nov 9th, 2007, 09:17 AM
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Welcome home! So glad you had a great trip. You're really going to shame me if you get your trip report started this weekend...
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Karibu nyumbani!
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Old Nov 9th, 2007, 11:21 PM
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Hi Queen &amp; Welcome

How was the Hadzabe experience?
can you give a (short) summary before a (full detailed) trip report airs?

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what is that fabulous <b>Binocular harness ?</b>
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Welcome back. Looking forward to your trip report. Four more months and I will be in Tanzania with Green Footprint!
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Welcome back. Great advice re words to live by.
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Old Nov 11th, 2007, 04:30 AM
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Aby
The binocular harness takes the weight off your neck and distributes it evenly across your shoulders. It makes it so you don't even know you have your bins on but they are always at the ready and don't bounce so much in the vehicle.
Short version of the Hadzabe visit: arrived 7:15 am and had to catch up with the main hunting party. Did a fast 5K to find them, watched fire making to roast and eat the kill. They seemed ambivalent to our presence though they normally will go greater distances to hunt for bigger prey when not towing wazungu. Actually there seemed to be a lot of joking and laughing-no doubt at us. Women showed us how they dig for their food/water source.
Kyle - I spent all day yesterday culling pictures to upload. Almost ready with photos, but the report is still behind. Time for you to leap ahead.
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