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Would you take an extra day at Mombo or more time at Victoria Falls area?

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Apr 28th, 2003, 11:00 AM
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Several times, always in their late winter, early spring. Our plan is to go again in a year or so, and the last time we said it might be Botswana primarily, with some time in South Africa going in and coming back out again. Can't wait - we are quite addicted!
 
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Apr 28th, 2003, 01:15 PM
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Photos? Trip reports? Time to chat?

That last is open to anyone actually - email me at the email above - I'll then send my Instant Messenger profile to you and we can chat when online at the same time!
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Apr 28th, 2003, 06:51 PM
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Wooley, would like to email you (I can't do Instant Messenger) - could you email me at [email protected] please? Want to talk to people who have been to Mombo (Kavey, will send you an email too).
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Apr 29th, 2003, 08:57 AM
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Hi, Clematis - perhaps I can relate some Mombo adventures here on the site. What Kavey tells you is in line with our own experiences, so I really have nothing new to add. I'm scheduled to go back in the not too distant future, and will certainly post details upon our return. You'll love Mombo, you may be sure. Have a drink to all of us one evening, after you get back in from the game drive. And by all means, have your ranger take you for a visit with the "steroid boys" - a couple of male cheetah who hang out together in a dusty pan area. These two are literally looking for love in all the wrong places, and to date have had zip luck.
 
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Apr 29th, 2003, 01:06 PM
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Kavey, Wooley, or anyone who has been there - did Mombo supply hair dryers?

Anyone know if Chief's Camp does?
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Apr 29th, 2003, 01:13 PM
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No it didn't that I recall - I don't think any of the camps did. Electricity (in the tents) is sufficient for the lights but that's about it.

For charging up batteries etc - you just hand over the charging units and cables to the staff who have better electricity in their office, I think.

Because we went in winter and were waking up before sunrise, we changed our shower time to after the first game drive - not only was it more likely that the water was warm but the temperature outside was warm enough to dry our hair quickly.

Do note that the hot water supply is individual for each tent and heated by solar panel so if one of you is too long in the shower the other is going to have a cold shower that day!
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Apr 29th, 2003, 01:16 PM
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Never mind - I found a site that explained none of the wilderness camps have enough electricity for hair dryers. Hopefully it's warm enough at night in June.
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Apr 29th, 2003, 05:35 PM
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Kavey, how funny, we must have been writing at the same time because I didn't see your response until after I wrote my last message.
Will have to be sure my better half doesn't take more than his half of the showers! <s> Thanks!
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Apr 30th, 2003, 12:11 AM
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It's the other way around for us - I _have_ to use conditioner on my hair or I literally can't get a brush through it without ripping some of it out... and it has to be a separate shampoo and conditioner, not combined. So I'm longest in the shower. So I'd generally get Pete to go first, since he's pretty quick, so that he didn't have to have a cold shower because of my hair needs! We didn't run out too often on days when we only had one shower but we did when one or both of us wanted a second one or if we took that little bit longer under the lovely hot water.

Don't be too worried, the tanks aren't too tiny, it's just something to be aware of if, like me, you sometimes stand under the hot shower for 20 minutes at a time, at home.
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Apr 30th, 2003, 12:57 AM
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I guess because of the dusty late afternoon drives you'd want the second shower. I'm actually most concerned about being cold in the room at night now. A hot water bottle isn't going to do it if it's 35 degrees at night in winter and the walls aren't very thick. Do they have extra blankets? Did others from warm climates complain about the cold?
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Apr 30th, 2003, 01:37 AM
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I don't recall anyone finding it too cold at night, no.

I know this is a key concern for you - perhaps you can have your agent contact the camps and enquire about this - make sure there will be extra blankets available for you at all camps should you need them.

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Apr 30th, 2003, 10:02 AM
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Clematis, my very first question at Mombo - will I have a hair dryer. The answer was no, as you know. No curler. Only a fan which I could divery to help me dry. Take curlers, by all means.

I'm not clear on when you're going. We were there in their spring, and it was not cold at night. I'm sure the manager will fix you up if you need a blanket - don't worry. Mombo is well managed.

One tip - we always ordered special wines off their list - when really we'd have been perfectly fine sipping the free house selections.

You'll love the showers - twin heads so you can both douse off at the same time. And yes, it's nice to do after the morning drive and lunch.

Have fun at Mombo, and please post notes upon returning.
 
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Apr 30th, 2003, 10:18 AM
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Itleyen, thanks for the tips! I'm less worried about how my hair looks than whether it's dry so I'm comfortable. Odd that it's okay to use the room fan though. I do understand that dryers take a lot of energy and that they're noisy. I will manage fine now that I know how it works.

We'll be going at the beginning of their winter. Will def. post here after the trip.
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Apr 30th, 2003, 11:30 AM
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You will adore Mombo. And when you're at the dining area, be sure to enjoy your coffee by the fire ... built in a round-about overlooking the water. And use their large spy glass to look at whatever animals are off in the distance! You will be surprised what you see.
 
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May 2nd, 2003, 02:03 AM
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When we were at Little Mombo the central deck area (where the pool and fire pit are) looked out over an area that was pretty marshy. We were on solid land, there was an island infront of us that was solid land, and in between, a short expanse of water.

We spent a couple of hours watching in delight as a huge baboon group crossed the water from the island towards us.

It took them so long because they were clearly more than a little nervous about going into that water (I can't remember now what predator they were afraid of). So many of them would sit and contemplate for a long while before plucking up courage to cross.

And the noise and splashing and drama they made when they were actually crossing! It was fascinating.

Little baboons crossed on the backs of parents, struggling to keep hold through the splashing and mayhem.

We used the "spy glass" now and then to focus on an individual or small group during the crossing itself.

It really was such a drama!!!

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May 2nd, 2003, 07:30 PM
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Kavey, the way you told this baboon-crossing story, I felt I was watching it myself.

And soon I will be! <s>
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May 7th, 2003, 08:22 AM
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Clematis - when are you going - or have I overlooked your itinerary (my reading skills leave something to be desired!). In any event, if you're already on your way, I will be thinking about all the great times you'll soon be enjoying. And we'll be looking forward to your "journal" about all your goings on.
 
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May 7th, 2003, 06:07 PM
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Not for another couple of weeks. Am working out the wardrobe details now. Found some Lowa boots that "don't need breaking in" (they are comfortable). Taking my oral typhoid vac (so far, so good). Heard a rumor that Mombo may have hair dryers now (they did remodel)... Looking at various photographer's vests (which I've always wanted anyway). I'll be here for a while still.... <s>
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May 8th, 2003, 12:12 AM
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They remodelled again?
I know they rebuilt the entire camp about 18 months before I went (which was June 2001 so I think we're talking 1999 ish) but I hadn't heard they'd done it again...
The photos on Wilderness Safaris site look identical to when we were there.
Anyway, did you get my reply to your email about packing?

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May 8th, 2003, 08:27 AM
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Clematis - the rehab was completed before last fall, and the closest thing to a hair dryer was a standiing fan. Pack along curlers. You really won't miss the normal hair care - there are other things afoot to kep you occupied. Have fun! Oh, if you're flying SAA, be sure to confirm your seats at least twice before going - they have this bad habit of changing assignments. You do not want to end up in a middle seat - it's a lengthy flight!
 
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