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Feb 11th, 2005, 06:03 PM
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My 23 year old daughter was slightly injured during a pit stop, primarily in her dignity!

We had been driving west towards the western boundary of the Serengeti all morning, rarely seeing a car. The guide found a good place to stop when she needed one, a small bush with low grass all around. As soon as our daughter started her pit stop, several vehicles drove by. Our daughter tried to move in closer to the bush, and fell over backwards into some thorn plants!

The guide, her brother, and I all looked the other way while her mom pulled out al the stickers from our daughters nethermost region.

That is my only safari injury story!
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Feb 11th, 2005, 07:16 PM
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It's been fun to read all of these and the last one from Scout52 cracks me up. It makes me want to make sure everyone has heard of Freshette - "a revolutionary modern restroom alternative designed to give every woman the freedom we deserve!" http://www.freshette.com/
If you get one of these my advice is to practice, practice, practice in the privacy of your home before you leave home.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 07:44 PM
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I've enjoyed reading all the posts, as well. The biggest thrill on my first safari was having the courage to look a leopard in the eye as she literally brushed up against the vehicle. It took my breath away, especially since she had been described by the guide as a 'killing machine.' Another thrill was standing up to a bull elephant's mock charge while on walking safari. Our guide was excellent and we waited it out until the elephant tired of throwing sand at us. There has been so much valuable 'game viewing' advice on this thread...all I can add is that we look forward to reading your trip report upon your safe return! Enjoy...
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Feb 11th, 2005, 11:15 PM
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After all this great advice, I definately owe all of you a trip report. It will be one of the few where everyone is waiting to see what happens when nature calls. Right now, the tentative plan is to go in August. We are still figuring out all the details though. I currently have sticker shock and need to deal with that.

I really learned a lot so far from all of you. If by Sept you don't see any trip reports, then maybe the wild cats got me after all. Or, maybe I just fell into a thorny bush and hurt my typing fingers.

Freshette? Hmmm... I am going to do some research. Hey, I have lots of time to practice until Aug!



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Feb 12th, 2005, 05:25 AM
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The definition of a troll as I understand it is someone who STARTS a thread that is obviously absurd. I guess I owe you an apology ctheworld - but I just couldn't believe that anyone in this day and age, with all that information out there, and all those Nat Geographic documentaries, could believe that a tourist in the hands of a tour company could possibly be in danger.

I hope you will forgive me!!

As for Roccco - he is the biggest troll on the board. His questions aren't absurd - but neither are they questions. They are just statements about his intentions. He doesn't like me because he once asked if there was a bridge from Mana Pools to the game park on the "other side" (ie Zambia). A strange question for he who knows all.

If you want good advice on Zambia he's your man. Not sure how much else he knows about the continent especially given relatively recent post about books to read for background informaton - you know boring stuff like history, current politics, language, culture, etc, etc.
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Feb 12th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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Sundowner, that product reminds me of http://www.travelmateinfo.com/ this one which I tried (at home, in the bathroom) but found impossible to use.

I think I'll invest in the freshette one before my next safari trip as it does look easier to use!
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Feb 12th, 2005, 10:58 AM
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For all the Gals -

Instead of the Travelmate or Freshette contraptions, give a try to Melitta (or similar brand) coffee filters. The 2-cup brown biodegradable cone size (or flat bottom) works real well. A simple snip at the bottom of the cone or a corner at the fused bottom (if flat bottom) and joila.

While this doesn't provide a directional tube, they're cheap, easily packable, technically disposable and found in most everyone's pantry. Grab a handfull, place in a plastic ziplock with a packet or two of tissues and you're set to go.
 
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Feb 12th, 2005, 11:19 AM
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Kavey - I looked at the one you tried and it does look hard to use. The freshette is very easy to use but I did practice at home to make sure I wouldn't have any snafus in the middle of a game drive wearing kahki safari pants! The biggest mistake I made was not making sure it was tilted forward and empty before removing it. But, at the risk of sounding crude, you can pee like a man instead of getting caught with your pants down.

Sandi, I know you have recommended the coffee filter before but I must be dense because I cannot figure out how you would use it. Can you use it to go while standing and without removing your clothes like with the freshette?
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Feb 12th, 2005, 11:58 AM
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Sundowner - Well, this thread certainly has taken a turn. That said, amazingly, in all my trips, I've only needed a pit stop twice, and found the filter worked fine. Of course one doesn't have to completely undress, but open shorts or pants and push the panties aside.

But if we think seriously about the local women - they don't wear shorts or pants, rather skirts or dresses which makes it that much easier. And while I do pack at least one, maybe two skirts to wear specifically on long game drives, it doesn't always work out that way.

So, as mentioned above, you've gotta "test it out" at home beforehand. You're going to have to be comfortable with any of these options.
 
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Feb 12th, 2005, 12:42 PM
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Ladies, about the turn this thread has taken...thank you. You've given me something to add to my packing list.
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Feb 12th, 2005, 01:32 PM
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To be honest I've often done my business behind a bush or a termite mound because I drink lots of fluids and have the bladder of a woman thrice my age but... it's no big deal.

I worry occasionally about getting bitten by a snake but make sure I stomp slowly as I approach the designated spot to give them warning and time to slither away! I also worry about other vehicles approaching and seeing me which has almost happened a few times but what's the worse that can happen - they get a bigger shock than I do? LOL

I have peed, heard rustles not far from me and assumed it was the elephants we saw heading off in another direction returning, peed fast and returned to the vehicle where we're enjoying sundowner drinks only to have two cheetahs streak out of the bushes behind where I was and race across the plains near us!
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Feb 12th, 2005, 07:16 PM
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Sundowner:

Another brand that is excellent is Restop 1. Very simple to use, clean and sanitary. You can look it up on www.restop.com or purchase from Magellans.com for 9.85 for a packet of four.

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Feb 12th, 2005, 07:44 PM
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Dear Fodor friends: Your postings are of great value and fun to read. For those new to this site, I'd just say "do not be quick to take offense" to anything. Over the months I have been reading these messages, I have been so impressed by the genuine concern and friendliness of the posters, that I doubt anyone would deliberately try to be snippy. But if they are, that is there problem. I finally have caught my breath from laughing as I read all these messages about bathroom concerns. You guys/gals are just terrific in your warmth and willingness to share and help. In the Masai Maara, I was hit by Montezuma's revenge, and had no choice but to get out of our vehicle. The driver was concerned, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do-- Literally. The grass was tall, and I am under 5'; but nothing happened to me. When I think about that now, I get the willies. In the Ngorongoro Crater, we were "charged" by a mama elephant who felt we were just too curious about her and her baby. She turned, spread her ears, and did a quick two-step, as if to tell us this was it, we should leave or she will come and take care of us. It was scary but thrilling. I am going to southern Africa this June: Cape Town, Kruger/Balule, Chobe, and V.Falls. If anyone has any suggestions, I am open. We are going through University Travels, owned by Jack Lagoni. Has anyone ever travelled through this agency? I wish all of you the best. Susan ([email protected])

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