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Mar 29th, 2003, 09:50 AM
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P.S. Will try for a day trip to see the Zambezi River etc.
 
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Mar 29th, 2003, 10:08 AM
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DE,

Sorry about the confused identities.

You have an incredible itenerary that would take most of us three separate trips to cover.

DE...just curious...were the available dates that you wanted for Mombo available or did you have to search for open days. If I remember correctly you have not been planning this itenerary for more than a couple months. The word is out that Mombo must be booked a year in advance but it seems like you are going in high season with only four or five months lead time. I would hate to lose an opportunity at Mombo for next year but I don't exactly want to fork over 50% or whatever they are charging for a deposit a full year ahead of time.
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Mar 29th, 2003, 10:38 AM
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Hi Rocco,

I don't quite know how the agent was able to get those dates for Mombo on short notice but I know that the rest of the itinerary had to be booked around those specific days as there was very little available. We just gave a general time frame of when we would like to go. We are very much looking forward to this trip. DE
 
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Mar 29th, 2003, 10:39 AM
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You can do Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town as well. So you need to fly from Windhoek to Johannesburg, spend a night in Pretoria or Johannesburg and then take the Blue Train from Pretoria. You need to find out which days or dates it departs from Pretoria.
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Mar 29th, 2003, 10:53 AM
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I think Mombo has had cancellations. I know we had scheduled time that we gave up for the War, otherwise wouldn't have. Most years they say no short notice stays. This would be unusual this year is my guess. I too couldn't believe he got that but I think there are a lot of vacancies right now. Liz
 
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Mar 29th, 2003, 10:57 AM
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Liz, DE, and others,

What size deposit does Mombo require and what are their cancellation policies?

It seems like soon after I return from my June trip that I should be thinking about giving Mombo a deposit for next year, at least by September.
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Mar 29th, 2003, 11:27 AM
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ROCCO Don't know what Mombo specifically requires as we just have to give a minimal deposit to the agent we used and the balance 2 months prior to our depature from home. I guess we may have been fortunate with Mombo however there were other places we wanted to stay but couldn't get dates to fit with this itinerary as they were booked. A fare amount of juggling had to be done to get our time there.
 
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Mar 29th, 2003, 01:20 PM
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Rocco-
Each agent operates differently. They require a certain percentage deposit for the entire trip they book for you. Just remember once you give it, its gone. I won't do that again for any camp. I think Mombo is probably very nice, but how many people post that actually stay there? Is it one or two who post many times about that one stay, or is it 20 people posting? I do not mind repeat postings but I'm afraid that you may be mislead and only remember that it gets reported quite often. (I'm not trying to offend anyone, but it gets confusing when you think back. I only remember one or two people mostly reporting on it.) I would like to hear from someone who stayed at Mombo and Chief's Camp as a comparison. Chief's Camp really looks like a very good place and it also is in the Mombo area on Chief's island.
You might check out e-gnu as they offer Mombo and might give you a quote on that one camp only. I think I'd do it that way and not have to deposit this early on the other camps that you can pick up at a closer time. Speaking from experience of forfeiting a deposit. Liz
 
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Mar 30th, 2003, 11:23 PM
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With our trip which we booked a couple months ago (for June 2004), we paid only a small deposit - significantly less than �1k between us.
I don't know how much deposit the agent had to pay to the operators but we are staying in Wolwedans (independent), a hotel in Windhoek, Jack's Camp (Unchartered Africa) and 5 Wilderness Safaris camps including Mombo so if each operator wanted deposit then the amount for each must be pretty small.
I dont think the deposit requested by each camp is a fixed amount.
I believe because our trip is so long that WS would normally have asked for a larger deposit but because my family uses our agent often, she knows we're reliable and negotiated to offer the regular (smaller) deposit instead of a raised one.
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Mar 31st, 2003, 06:14 AM
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Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. I have them printed and study them as we speak.
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