When, and where in Africa are you going?

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Feb 2nd, 2006, 01:13 PM
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Lynn,

It was a very confusing story actually.

Those guys said they were looking for some film locations. They were supposed to be picked up by a helicopter the same day ... but for some reason they didn't show up.

They had a South African guy with them that claimed to know the area very well. But if you have seen that place ... it's easy to get lost. So they did. The local people (Himba) went to search for them together with some of the staff from Serra Cafema.

I don't remember exactly how many they (=film crew) were. I think they were 5 or 6 (one was a russian who played in "15 minutes" with Robert De Niro).

After they were found they told us they decided to split up ... and they thought they were going in the same direction but they weren't at all.

The last 2 people that they found (after a week) were actually swimming in the Kunene. Not the smartest thing to do if you know that this river is infested with huge Nile crocodiles. And actually two of those crocs were found 100 meters from where those guys were swimming. When they were told that they started crying.

Two questions did we all have at that time:

They had lots of food supplies with them - why?? if you are just staying for a couple of hours ...

Did they had a permission to film or were they just looking for something else (minerals,...) Serra Cafema it's situated right at the border with Angola.

It was very bizarre ...

I had a wonderful stay there. I think it's one of the most remote places in Africa to go to and I loved it.

Greetings,

Johan
 
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 01:18 PM
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Yeah, fun!

June 16, 2006: The Arusha Hotel
June 17: Tarangire Safari Lodge
June 18: Tarangire Safari Lodge
June 19: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
June 20: Serengeti Serena Lodge
June 21: Balloon ride in the morning, Kirawira Tented Camp
June 22: Kirawira Tented Camp
June 23: Kirawira Tented Camp
June 24: flight to Z’bar, Tembo House
June 25: Matemwe Bungalow
June 26: Matemwe Bungalow

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Feb 2nd, 2006, 01:41 PM
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March 06

Joburg (1)
Madikwe Hills (2)
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge (Madikwe)(2)
Joburg - 10 Bompas(1)
Deception Valley Lodge (2)
Kwando Kwara (2)
Kwando Lebala (3)
Joburg (1)

Feb 07 Tanzania Wildebeest calving

Assuming I get some clients to lead for my group trip

West Kilimanjaro Camp (2)
Kirurumu Tented Lodge (1)
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (1)
Serengeti - Private Tented Camp (3)
Zanzibar diving extension - perhaps
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 02:09 PM
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To Johan,

Yes we are very much looking forward to our trip and also thought these last two locations would make for a great end to our journey. I have read that they are quite stunning in terms of scenery and are remote areas. Did you have much opportunity to interact with the Himba people? Also any other recommendations for specific activities to look into while at either camp?
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:11 PM
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LyndaS, another Vancouverite I presume. I leave June 16th for my dream trip:

1 night Maun (Riley's)
3 Kwetsani
3 Duma Plains
3 Duma Tau
2 Victoria Falls (River Club)
3 Tena Tena (RPS)
2 Nsefu
1 Lusaka (Chaminuka)
1 London
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:51 PM
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An odd tale indeed, Johan!

Since I'm on this thread again, I'll post the June 2007 trip as it looks now, but maybe not in this order

Cape Town- about 3
Mala Mala 4
Mashatu 3-4
Phinda 3-4

A first to South Africa.
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 05:12 PM
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20 days and counting...

Moivaro Coffee Lodge (1)
Tarangire Treetops (2)
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (2)
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (2)
Olduvai Camp (1)
Nomad Masek (2)
Nomad Piaya (2)
Mbuzi Mawe (2)
Palms Zanzibar (3)
Serena Inn, Stone Town (2)
Canal House, Amsterdam (2)
King George V Four Seasons, Paris (2)


NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2006

Michelangelo Hotel, Joburg (2)
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Sabi Sand (3)
Mateya or Madikwe Hills, Madikwe (3)
Susuwe Island Lodge, Namibia (bordering Kwando) (3)
Kwando Lebala & Lagoon (4)
Kwando Kwara & Kwara Island (4)
Ntwala Island Lodge, Namibia (3) (Chobe area)

I love the above itinerary...20 straight nights on safari, but two nights at the beginning to recover from jetlag at the luxurious Michelangelo in Sandton.


MAY 2007

Durban (for Indaba Travel Show) (3)
Phinda? (4)
Lusaka? (1)
????? (13 - 15)
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 05:50 PM
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Here's ours:

May 16/17- LA to Frankfurt to Joburg
5/18 - Joburg (1)
5/19 - Royal Livingstone Vic Falls (2)
5/21 - Luangwa River Lodge (4)
5/25 - Puku Ridge (2)
5/27 - Chiawa Camp (5) *with Cooncat, Tigerpaw and Esmeralda*
6/1 - Joburg (1)
6/2 - 6/8 Driving tour kwazulu natal and St. Lucia Wetlands
6/8 - fly home (unless we decide to run away from home and settle in S. Africa...)

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Feb 2nd, 2006, 06:14 PM
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AmyH~we're staying at Thistle Marble Arch in London~not the most convenient location from Heathrow, but I was checking out Priceline and hit the wrong button so we're stuck. Looks nice though, will be in my trip report coming out March 29th.
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 07:59 PM
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Hi! Johan, trips look AWESOME!!!

jeez, no confirmed trips at the moment.......but i'm hoping to firm up something soon........will post!!!
 
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 08:43 PM
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Dear New Friends:

Thanks to your advice the following is our intinerary (wife and son age 18 and daughter age 26):

Aug. 5 LAX to London
Aug. 6 overnight at Sheraton at airport
Aug. 7 morning departure LHR to NBO, overnight at Stanley hotel in Nairobi
Aug. 8 Fly to Samburu, Larsen's Tented Camp
Aug. 9-10 Samburu,
Aug. 11 Fly to Mara, Stay at Little Governor's Camp
Aug. 12-14 LG Camp (13th is daughter's 27th birthday - celebrate with balloon ride)
Aug. 15 fly to Lamu Island via Nairobi
Aug. 16-17 Kizingo Resort (two bandas on the beach, the family wanted variety and they are getting it)
Aug. 18 Late afternoon flight to NBO, board the Swiss Airlines redeye to Zurich
Aug. 19 6 hour layover in Zurich, have reserved a dayroom.
Afternoon flight chasing the Sun back to LAX

I intend to write a trip report that I hope in some small way may help some future first timer like myself. The posts of all of you have been invaluable in our planning. Thank you very much to one and all, especially to Lynda S

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Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:23 PM
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DJE,

We had some wonderful time with the Himba people. It's one of the things not to miss ... and it's not that commercial like f.e. when you are visiting some tribes in East Africa.

When I was at Serra Cafema Toni, one of the managers was writing a paper about how the lodge had a influence on the way of living of the Himba people.

When at Sossusvlei I would definitely do the balloon flight.

At Ongave, go for a bush walk and try to approach white and black rhino (of course from a save distance).

At Swakopmund, you can do all sort of things. Once we went on fishing from the beach for copper sharks (they can weigh almost 200 kg's). It was on a catch and release basis and it was great fun.

Greetings,

Johan
 
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:28 PM
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Hari,

I booked a private vehicle for all my trips in Botswana so I should have some serious photographic opportunities.

Greetings,

Johan
 
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:35 PM
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Johan,

Also, look up www.serian.net

sounds very interesting.......
 
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:45 PM
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Wow, this is great guys! I am so looking forward to all of those trip reports - I only have a few more to read and then I have to wait....
Raelond, yes we do live in Vancouver, Richmond to be exact - couldn't get much closer to that airport could I!
Kevin, thank you so much for your kind words, I appreciate that - everyone on this board has been so helpful to me too, the knowlefge (and the level of 'giving' of that knowlege) on this board is incredible. With the regulars here, there really is no need to buy guide books! (oops sorry, Fodors, really I still do buy them...)
Johan, you are so lucky to be going on so many, I sure can see that Africa got under your skin and is stuck there. We visited South africa and Namibia in 2003 and only the thought of returning to Africa again has kept me going.
Oh, and DJE, when you are in Swakopmund,if you are hungry try the Nando's chicken that is right by the ATM machine (can't miss it, it's a small town). We didn't try that one, but we have a Nando's here and their chicken is awesome!
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 11:54 PM
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Hi Lynda

Okay for me (finger's crossed) Tanzania again in Sept. A little different from the usual safari trip: I'll be spending a week with Maasai friends staying in their village and taking part in some ceremonies as my friend Lemada makes the transition from Moran to Warrior. As their village is not far from Mto Wa Mbu

http://mtoculturalprogramme.tripod.com/

and Lake Manyara I'll try to sneak in a couple of days in that park but Safari is not my main objective. I'll try and see friends in Arusha and perhaps if schedules and finances allow visit Peter Jones at http://www.ndarakwai.com/

I'd like to meet up with Eben (climbhighsleeplow) too if we can arrange things. So different but no less exciting, for me at least.

BTW don't forget my old report if not already added to list:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34736285

Thanks alot for collating everything together. This board really is great.

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Feb 3rd, 2006, 04:42 AM
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Thanks so much Lynda for trying to keep us organized. Your efforts are appreciated by all. =D> .

Feb. 10

Boston - Ams. - Kili.
Tanzania
11 - New Arusha Hotel
12 - Kikoti
15 - Kisima Ngeda
17 - Ngo. Wildlife Lodge
19 - Serengeti - mobile camp
22 - JRO - NBO
Karen Blixen Cottges
23 NBO - Mahe, Sechelles
B. Meridien
25 cabin charter -
Seychelle Islands
March 3
B. Meridien
5 - NBO - Ams.- Boston

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Feb 3rd, 2006, 08:33 AM
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I'm flying out next Saturday 11th February from London......

I have organised a trip for a group of 9 friends and we will arrive in TZ on Sunday 12th February. The itinerary is....

-1 night Arusha (Moivaro)
-2 nights Tarangire (Mawe Ninga)
-2 nights Natron/Oldonyo Lengai (Lake Natron camp)
-1 night Gibbs Farm (visit to Manyara during the day)
-1 night Ilmisigiyo Village (to climb Mount Makarot the next day + hiking with armed escort)
-2 nights Short-grass plains (Olduvai Camp)
-2 nights Seronera (Ronjo Camp)
-1 night Short-grass plains (Olduvai Camp)
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Feb 3rd, 2006, 09:47 AM
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Lynda thanks for starting this wonderful post!!!

I am now going to serengeti as I am too tired to go through the visa process, flight bookings for botswana.

Johan your itiernary sounds great wow I really wish I was in your shoes!!!

Well i am planning serengeti in march, hopefully I should get bookings or may just join a fixed departure migration special( these fixed departures are expensive).


Has anybody heard of origin safaris and e-gnu's migration specials or better still have they been on the trips. Would like to know......

Still planning...... but definately going one way or the other....

Sonali.
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Feb 3rd, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Sherry-
You are probably running around packing right now and buying last minute goodies, but just wanted to say that we have been to the Seychelles (Mahe, Praslin and Moyenne Island in particular)and it is wonderful - you will love it! It's a real laid back island, very friendly, unpretentious people. Snorkeling is incredible there in the Saint Anne park, I have snorkled in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Austrailia, Mexico and the Maldives - but Seychelles was THE best.
Matt-
Thanks for the link I don't know how I missed that one!
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