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Oct 17th, 2003, 06:32 PM
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Chelsea2 - I stayed at Ebony last week. Our room was wonderful - the same as girlpolo33 - cottage number 1. Our friends were in number 3 - a little different than ours ,but basically the same. Can't beat sitting in the plunge pool or having a massage on your deck and having elephants right down below. Our friends visited Boulders and liked the rooms a lot - said the one they saw was lighter and brighter than their room at Ebony however, they did like their room at Ebony. We would all go back there in a flash. I loved it!
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Oct 18th, 2003, 12:12 AM
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Krystan,

We just returned (see the trip report under SA Return) from SA and we visited Phinda and Londolozi. You will see the Big 5 at each of them. It is hard to say if one is better than the other and I believe it comes down to the personal experience which one has at each park. We had a great time at both, but for us, Londolozi had something special about it that if we had to choose between the two today, we would choose Londolozi.

We also stayed at the Table Bay Hotel, and it is a very beautiful hotel. We had a room with a view of Table Mountain and it was spectacular to watch the sun rise. We haven't stayed anywhere else in Capetown so it is hard to compare. We enjoyed our stay there and felt it was easy to get around Capetown from the hotel.

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Oct 18th, 2003, 02:58 AM
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Krystan :
I haven't stayed at either boulders or ebony, but did stay at lebombo in june and thought it wonderful, in every way. The year before we went to phinda, I was very disappointed with game and accommadation. We stayed at mountain lodge, though on visiting forest lodge felt this was much better.
Having been to lebomba I would be quite keen to try boulders, though I know the game is more landrover friendly in sabie sands, we were also ther in july at leopard hills. It was good but not a patch on lebomba.
We have also stayed twice in capetown at the cape grace and think it is one of the best hotels we have stayed in.
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Oct 18th, 2003, 03:42 AM
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Clematis and Krystan -

NO, I'm not in the travel business - but wish I was, but the industry has been so devastated since 9/11 it's quite difficult to hook up with an established operator - they've all cut back so much.

From the time I was a child (a few years back, LOL) I've had this thing about maps and countries and just seem to soak up this kind of information and certainly use it for my own vacations.

I even took a travel agent course, thinking this would be ideal as a "second career", which course I breezed thru - unfortunately graduation was on 9/11 and I watch, with the rest of the world, my grand idea disappear down the "toilette".

Though I am looking for an outlet for my talent/kowledge, haven't had any luck so far - so if anyone knows anyone, or has a contact for me, I'm all ears.

So in the meantime I happily impart whatever knowledge I might have, to anyone who can use it. Thanks for asking.
 
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Oct 18th, 2003, 08:25 AM
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Sandi, that is a shame about the timing of your graduation. I hear you about the depressed travel agency business. I know someone who has gotten out of the travel writing business because of the state of things. But I hope you find your place because you really seem to have a knack for this.
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Oct 18th, 2003, 02:50 PM
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Thanks Clematis - I replied to you directly.
 
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Oct 19th, 2003, 10:00 AM
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Chelsea2 - Last year we stayed for 2 nights at Ebony and 2 nights at Boulders. As others have already indicated, I'm sure you won't be disappointed with Ebony. I loved all the windows in our room at Boulders, but found the rooms at Ebony to be much more charming and romantic. The one thing I didn't like about Boulders was all of the little gekko type lizards that live in the rocks which make up your house and deck. Perhaps it was just the time of year that we were there (August), but I would be curious to know if others noticed an abundance of these lizards at Boulders too?
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Oct 19th, 2003, 12:15 PM
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We were there around May/June and only saw one lizard twice. It was a neon blue. We loved the huge patio with lounge chairs and a mattress overlooking wildlife. BTW, for us who live in warm climates, we were not drawn to the infinity plunge pool at that time of year (the air has to be 90 before we go in - plus there was so much else to do) but others might have been. I'm beginning to think the room I saw at Ebony was the only one like this because it really didn't compare to the size and design at Boulders. I looked at their website and there's 4 photos of the interior of the cottages at Boulders (that really don't show how incredible they are) and 2 of Ebony. That one of the bedroom at Ebony is much larger and with a higher ceiling than the room I saw.
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Oct 19th, 2003, 03:44 PM
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Thanks to all of you for your clarification on Ebony, I feel much more assured and I am definitely going to ask for Cottage 1.
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