What do you do between game drives?

Mar 1st, 2010, 10:34 AM
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Regarding water and traveling with Vintage, I traveled with them before. At that time we were told we would have 1 liter water in morning and 1 in the afternoon. Part of the group went to a Masai village - which was standing in the hot sun. That part of the group, drank quite a bit of water. So for those of us in the afternoon, there wasn't any. Luckily my travel companion and I had been taking any unopened bottles of water from other locations with us. So we had water for the afternoon drive. Some people in our vehicle were not happy. So if you like a lot of water, bring some from your room or you may have to purchase it from the camp/lodge.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 04:42 PM
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Good point. Water is crucial to survival and to fun on the safari activity. A few spares is always a good idea.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 07:12 PM
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Just a side note on the water - ask for purified water to be left in your "room". Most camps in S Africa and Botswana have multiple filters on their water supply to protect we tourists from cholera and other stuff that we could die from and is absolutely safe to drink. We just refill our bottles from the thermoses (thermosi?) they leave for us. We have not had any problems and my husband doesn't handle water changes well. I do it at home, too.

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Mar 2nd, 2010, 01:29 AM
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i traveled in kenya last year and the tour company i traveled with organize sport and athletics for me of which am fun of.it was really fun
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 07:08 AM
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I was a little surprised about the water too. Christabir- I'm sure you're right about the water but I would probably still hesitate. I had a bad experience years back in Mexico despite being really careful. It was a great trip but getting sick is still the first thing that pops into my head when I think of the trip. BTW, if drinks are not inclusive at a camp do you have to pay for bottled water?
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 07:19 AM
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I have never experienced to pay for bottled water - well, except at Mala Mala - bad habit ;-) but they still did it in 2008. No info on whether they stopped charging for it.

Last trip - all fly-in packages included water (bottled by the camp plant or plastic ones)

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Mar 2nd, 2010, 09:14 AM
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In my experience if drinks aren't included and you order bottled water with your meal, you are charged for it. The bottled water provided in your room or tent is complimentary.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 12:06 PM
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If you want to be assured of enough water, just stop at the market at the start of safari and pick-up a case (or half). Keep in your vehicle and use as needed.

I'm not a big water drinker, nor soda for that matter, but we did this - half-case water and about 2/dz cans of soda. When we reached camp, would take out what we wanted, handed to the bartender and swapped out for "cold" ones.

And, as Patty mentions... water (usually small bottles) provided in room/bathroom is comp, while if ordered with a meal you'll be charged.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 12:52 PM
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What a good idea! Are there markets between the airstrips and camps or does this only work if you are driving between camps? Wouldn't want to try to add water to the luggage with those weight restrictions.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 01:09 PM
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The little "duty-free" stands at airstrips might sell water, but it won't be at bargain prices. It sure works if driving as you don't have to consider weight.

Again, depending on where staying (most lux or small camp properties include enough water to drown an elephant) or how much you actually drink, you may be fine with what is offered. For any trip anywhere, you always have to allow for incidentals and a few bottles of water may add $10-$15... in the scheme of the entire trip, a pittance.

Still, don't go by me as I'm not a guzzler! A litre can last me a week or longer... I'd rather sip then have potty calls out in the bush.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 01:15 PM
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Good point. I don't drink that much either.

Potty calls in the bush! Uh-oh, sound like the start of a whole new thread. Bring your own TP... are there lions behind that bush... Do you need an armed escort...
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 05:32 PM
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"Potty calls in the bush! Uh-oh, sound like the start of a whole new thread."
Many have been devoted to this fascinating subject.

"Bring your own TP." That's right and carry it back out with you.

I've never had trouble finding water or had to go thirsty. A small bottle of water is often provided on planes.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 11:42 PM
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I was surprised that water was not included with meals when we were at Governor's in 2004. Not impressed!
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