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Sep 26th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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Sharon,

From what you have described to me as your expectations out of your safari, I think it is the absolute perfect mix.

Now, without letting it go to your head, may I even confess to being ENVIOUS of your itinerary?

You have also certainly become a pro at designing itineraries! If you are anything like me, you probably have scratched down dozens, if not hundreds, of itineraries by now!
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Sep 26th, 2005, 06:04 PM
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Why thank you! I did receive a little help...;-)

But in all honesty, while pondering this a good while in my head, I probably only scratched out about four options....! Hope that doesn't make you feel tooo bad.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 06:31 PM
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Sharon,

Oh, so now you think you are smarter than me since you can do it all in your head?!

Unfortunately, many trees have needlessly died as I have filled up notebooks worth of possible itineraries. It is a very bad habit, tantamount to smoking crack!
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Sep 26th, 2005, 06:41 PM
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Well...I had you doing all my work FOR me. I guess maybe that DOES make me smarter!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 03:29 AM
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Alejandra...I preferred Lower Zambezi to South Luangwa because of the water activities. I liked having that as an option. Plus, I loved the accommodations there--Chiawa and Old Mondoro. Chiawa was rustically elegant--it had all the amenities of a 5-star hotel yet it's a tented camp. The staff could not have been friendlier and more accommodating.
Old Mondoro was a completely different experience and I loved it there as well. It is smaller and simpler and more rustic because it does not have electricity and only has cold water, yet it has flush toilets. The manager at Old Mondoro told me I had the best room--#3. It was set in a more remote place and opened on 2 sides instead of one, overlooked a lagoon that led into the river and had a double bed. What more could I ask for?
I loved the serenity and peacefulness at Old Mondoro and will definitely stay 3 nights there next time.
I was not as thrilled with South Luangwa mainly because I have traveled to Africa before and have seen big game. I stayed in Robin Pope's Nkwali and Nsefu camps. I was not thrilled with the Nsefu part of the park. Although it's excellent for seeing alot of wildlife and for photo opportunities because the animals are so habituated, I found that somewhat disturbing. It had the feel of a stocked reserve, not a national park.
It was hot and dry and I got game drived out in South Luangwa. Like I said, being able to have both game drives and boat and canoe options in Lower Zambezi made that portion of my trip preferable.
We did have one night at Sausage Tree Camp and I did not like the vibe there at all. I can't really explain it, but I would not return there. We did conoe from Chiawa to Sausage Tree and that was fantastic. We were going to canoe from Sausage Tree to Old Mondoro, but it was just too hot. We did canoe the channel that Atravelynn mentioned and it was a lovely 3-hour trip.
Hope that helps...
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Sep 27th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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Old Mondoro does sound great...but cold water?!!! How was showering? It may be somewhat chilly when I'm there in May. Or not....I have no clue!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:00 AM
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OK you all what do you think if I alter the plan and instead of going to Vic Falls, I go to Tafika???

It could be:
7 nights Chiawa/Old mondoro
May 24-31(for the good rates)
3 nights Tafika
3 nights Luangwa River Lodge June 1-4
3 nights Chamilandu Bushcamp June 5-7
Hmmmmm how would the logistics work on this idea? Rocco? Anyone??



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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:09 AM
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I made a small bet with myself as to your itinerary...would she change it or not? Looks like I won the bet!! Did you hear back from Barry? I thought you were going with jules?
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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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The water for the Old Mondoro showers is heated over a fire and is plenty warm. I would not like cold showers either.

Thanks for the Chiawa-Sausage Tree comparison.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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The water for the Old Mondoro showers is heated over a fire and is plenty warm. I would not like cold showers either.

Thanks for the Chiawa-Sausage Tree comparison, phernska.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:36 AM
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GAWD.....I was wondering if I would be accused of being a Rocco!!!! Thanks Dennis!!!!!! However, I've not changed my plan yet. I"ve yet to hear back. Who is Jules?
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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:45 AM
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sorry, got the name wrong, it's julian who i thought you were going to be traveling with. quot;>
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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:59 AM
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Oh! We did talk about it, but our dates haven't meshed. NOw that you mention it I do call him Jules sometimes; you probably saw that on this forum! No red faces necessary! I sure wish someone with experience would comment on the Tafika idea.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 10:07 AM
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Tafika sure does look and sound nice, and you can take a micoflight!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 11:00 AM
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I know! I'm just wondering about the logistics and costs of getting from place to place.

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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:09 PM
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Bravo Cooncat - sounds like a great trip. I am so happy for you, it is nice to know Africa is going to become a reality for you. And I guarantee, you will NEVER be the same. It is a wonderful place.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:48 PM
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Hello,

As wonderful as Tafika sounds, I do think that a non-safari day or two to wind down at the end of a safari and ease you back into 'civilisation' can be very valuabale. I always schedule a night or two at the end of a trip for this purpose. As much as I hate giving up any safari time, when I'm actually in Africa I'm always glad I did.

Going from the bush back to 'civilisation' is a shock to the system, even with a bit of 'easing in' time. Personally, I wouldn't want to go straight home from the bush.

Just my 0.02 pence...

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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:14 PM
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Hmmmm...I don't know....I get plenty of civilization on a daily basis.....I'll have to check with my operator...
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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:20 PM
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Hi cooncat,
Just wanted to say congratulations on having finally (finally!) sorted your itinerary out.

I know you've been faced with many tempting choices. Now you get to go to Zambia!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:21 PM
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So do I -- it's the transition between bush and civilisation which can be a bit shocking. Ask Canechick.

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