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    Re: Few notes on Ihaha

    I hope the bone fides of the Kazangula Bridge Financiers and contractors have shut the mouths of the eternal cynics that feel compelled to add their poison to every possible thread.

    I have had...
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    Re: Safari lodges and camps (Botswana 2020)

    I ask booking and tour agent "Castee" again if they make advance block bookings for camping in Botswana's National Parks. I have some questions they should be able to assist with, if they do indeed...
  3. Re: How to exit Nairobi/Karen towards Thika

    Got it for next time. Perhaps my Nairobi traffic errors and getting lost are over! Nothing is foolproof.
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    Re: Kasane to victoria falls

    Good advice from Caldriver as long as you do not mind the rougher roads from Pandamatenga to Victoria Falls on your bikes. They will definitely be sandy and also corrugated in places, but fun for...
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    Re: Safari lodges and camps (Botswana 2020)

    Yes Castee, please explain.

    Do you buy up camping in advance in the Botswana Reserves and Parks as soon as bookings open?
    Do you then sell them on to enquiring customers as the year continues....
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    Re: Angola Border fees.

    This is an interesting and extremely valid issue. If I recall correctly none of our Angolan travel group purchased (or considered the fact that we might need to purchase) Angolan Third Party...
  7. Re: Vetgat Toere 2019 - The Absent Friends Toere

    Troepie, your photos are fantastic. If you are not careful they are going to make you a Korporal. Seriously good pics and thanks for adding to a great thread.
  8. Re: How to exit Nairobi/Karen towards Thika

    Anne don't worry, you will get through the traffic of Nairobi:), but for certain, WWs advice to come will make it much easier for you. Enjoy and feed us some info after your return.
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    Re: Uganda Selfdrive Trip '19

    Thanks Dutchie, WW and Ortelius. I don't know where I have been not to have picked up on this - another planet?

    It does not bode well for Murchison at all and it indeed appears as if this new...
  10. Re: Cape Town to Nairobi 2019 - Itenaries, trip reports, etc

    Jeleze, once started on the blog, it was difficult to leave until read completely. It is 4 years since we did our trip and it is interesting to see how much is unchanged, but conversely that there...
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    Re: Liuwa Plains & Kasanka Nov 2019

    Malcolm, thank you so much for the report back. Glad you enjoyed the bats.
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    Re: Uganda Selfdrive Trip '19

    Apologies for troubling you but can you please detail where this new bridge is, replacing the ferry.
    Is this the ferry within Murchison NP at Paraa and is the new bridge over the Nile there?
  13. Re: Cape Town to Nairobi 2019 - Itenaries, trip reports, etc

    Fantastic, will slowly go through your blog. Thank you so much for your helpful record and do please keep it up for the rest of your trip, when it resumes.

    I would hazard a guess that you still...
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    Re: Chizarira Musings Nov 2019

    Thanks Steve, lovely destination.
    Sounds like roads much the same, perhaps slightly improved since my last visit 2010. I was hoping that facilities at the campsites other than the Mucheni ones had...
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    Re: Chizarira Musings Nov 2019

    Thanks Steve. A few minor queries if you don't mind:

    Were the internal and approach roads as improved as has been suggested?
    What facilities were there at Maswiswi and Mabola. I understand the...
  16. Re: Maun to 3rd Bridge via Black Pools and Xini Lagoon

    A few years ago we carefully noted the time and distance for a game drive between South Gate camp and Third Bridge via Black Pools and Xini Lagoon. We found the total distance to be 75km and it took...
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    Re: Chances of Malaria in Etosha

    Bouquets and brickbats.

    Bouquets for lekhubu and especially JeepersCreepers.
    A huge brickbat for Peter Betts.

    In a thread mentioning children and malaria prophylaxis, it is worth noting that...
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    Re: 3 week Sept trip report

    I'll happily take full responsibility :).
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    Re: Kazangula bridge news

    Thanks for the update Malcolm.

    Once the Kazangula Bridge is open, driving via Botswana and Kazangula to Zambia and further north will be the route of choice for most, including all the heavy...
  20. Re: Seeking information & advice about Ruaha and Selous, South Tanzania

    Such a kind offer; and yes it is not easy for an independant traveller to explore the far-flung corners of Ruaha. Unfortunately I cannot see a trip for myself soon, perhaps next year's dry season. If...
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    Re: Kazangula bridge news

    Bridge looks impressive. We have done the ferry crossing often enough not to miss it. But yes, it was an authentic African-type experience.
    Now what is needed is major repairs to the Kazangula to...
  22. Re: Seeking information & advice about Ruaha and Selous, South Tanzania

    Thank you both for the info, this has been an issue of concern to me affecting wonderful Ruaha.

    At one stage I was able to informally discuss this issue with fairly senior Tanapa officials....
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    Re: 3 week Sept trip report

    Rob, without trying to reply on Mike's behalf, I have been following the controversy caused by the feeding of starving animals at Mana Pools. This initiative appears to be driven by the private...
  24. Re: Seeking information & advice about Ruaha and Selous, South Tanzania

    Thank you so much for an intro to that great website. It appears that water levels in the Ruaha River remain problematic, although there is no information for much of 2018 and nothing for this year.
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    2,8i, whilst we have you "online" how are the excessive upstream water utilization problems going with the Great Ruaha River?

    In 2015, the official pamphlet from Tanapa on Ruaha confirmed that...
  26. Re: Rooiputs kampering beskikbaar 18-24 Desember

    Jammer Elize, ek vertrou niks te ernstig nie.
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    Re: Few notes on Hwange

    Nice feedback, thank you.
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    Re: Botswana Trip Reports

    If you ever go on an extended safari to East Africa you will meet plenty of Indian Muslim families camping, they love it up there.
  29. Re: Namibia trip planning, Dec 2019, the south west

    They do issue permits in advance. Enjoy your trip.
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    Re: Botswana Trip Reports

    Thank you for these two reports Huey. Much appreciated. I am sure they will be a great help to others wanting to visit the same areas.
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    Re: 3 week Sept trip report

    Thanks for the interesting report Paul and Derryn. Some very sobering observations concerning the drought, let's all hope the rains this year are good.
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    Re: Zimparks booking nightmare.

    Thanks Terry.
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    Re: Johannesburg to zanzibar

    For information on places to camp on the road have a look at http://ioverlander.com/. This site also has plenty of logistical info.

    The other indispensable aid is the Tracks4Africa GPS programme....
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    Re: Kgalagadi

    .........and if I remember correcty took about 6 hours minimum.

    My problem with heavily utilized, unsurfaced roads is that they deteriorate so rapidly and require regular grading and expensive...
  35. Re: Vetgat Toere 2019 - The Absent Friends Toere

    Excellent sharing and great videos. Much appreciated!
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