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  1. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Thanks everyone for your very generous help. I have given our itinerary to our booking agent and now we will just wait and see which camps we can get for those dates.
    On to this year's...
  2. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Thanks, mcowell,
    Useful info. Will ask pass this on to our booking agent.
  3. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    ortelius, thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts about the border crossings. You expressed my initial thoughts too about back-tracking. It's so difficult having not done this...
  4. Re: Border crossing into Zimbabwe at Pandamatenga?

    Thanks everyone. Very helpful. We haven't crossed the borders between Zimbabwe and Botswana before and now have the info we need.
  5. Re: Border crossing into Zimbabwe at Pandamatenga?

    LC Man, thanks. Great to know.
  6. Re: Border crossing into Zimbabwe at Pandamatenga?

    Good to know. We will go early and hope for the best.
  7. Re: Border crossing into Zimbabwe at Pandamatenga?

    Rudy,
    Thanks for sharing your experiences crossing at Pandamatenga. I had assumed that meat, dairy, vegetables were allowed into Zimbabwe from Botswana at Panda, as forum members have recommended...
  8. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Julie, I'm giggling as you just got back from FOUR months away! I seem to have been bitten by the Africa bug. Not so sure about my partner as I think this may be his last time there. Me, however, I...
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    haboob, Thanks for all your suggestions and the useful information, which we will most definitely use. I wish the trip wasn't an entire year away!
  10. Border crossing into Zimbabwe at Pandamatenga?

    It's been suggested by forum members, that I avoid Kazungula and instead cross into Zimbabwe at Pandamatenga to get to Robins camp in Hwange, which we plan to do. However my booking agent has advised...
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    Kimbalee, Thanks for the info re: campsite at Chinhoyi caves. Someone else had told me it was rundown so that's good news. We will plan on camping there then.
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    Our latest itinerary - will email booking agent with this itinerary on Friday so any further thoughts/suggestions are appreciated!
    If you have favourite campsite #'s at any of these camps, please...
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    Thanks, Gustav,
    I appreciate the info.
  14. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Our latest itinerary - will email booking agent with this itinerary on Friday so any further thoughts/suggestions are appreciated!
    If you have favourite campsite #'s at any of these camps, please...
  15. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    I do hope my responses suffice. Just note for Mana I have always booked a year in advance and I seldom got the exact camps I asked for - be prepared to be flexible.[/QUOTE]

    JGN, thank you for...
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    Re: A Day to Remember at Orapa Game Park

    We will be camping at Orapa next June and this game park sounds really interesting.
    Can someone point me in the direction of a map of the areas, roads, waterhole, etc please?
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    I have changed our itinerary quite substantially based on suggestions. Thanks everyone for all your help!!
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    THanks, iLandy. Didn't know about Kapula camp, will check into it.
    I will change our itinerary above as someone else said that Sinamatella was run down but that the view is great. So will skip it...
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    Re: The ABCD of malaria prevention

    I would like to add that the symptoms listed above as similar to the flu with high fever, chills, etc, may not be present as I personally experienced in PNG on board a live-aboard dive boat which...
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    Re: Advice Botswana-Caprivi Camping trip

    On the Caprivi last year, we stayed at both Rupara community camp and Mavunje. Loved both.
    Suggest you also check out Mavunje, run by Dan Stevens, where we did a very reasonably priced boat trip....
  21. Re: Victoria Falls - Day Trip from Kasane or self-drive?

    that's a great point, LC Man about the number of people on the tour bus. That has really helped us decide. We will definitely drive as we will have a further 2 weeks in Zimbabwe after Victoria Falls.
  22. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Thanks for all your very helpful comments and suggestions. We are pretty close to a final itinerary and will give it to our booking agent next week. I know it's an entire year away but I am so...
  23. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Julie, Thank you yet again. I will definitely approach Bushlore and ask for their help. We might do well to have a "fixer" with us for most of the trip ; )
  24. Re: Victoria Falls - Day Trip from Kasane or self-drive?

    Tony, thanks for all your help. I've loved reading many of your posts and am delighted to have the link to your blog.
  25. Re: Victoria Falls - Day Trip from Kasane or self-drive?

    Thanks, Milli. What time did you get to the border crossing at Kazungula?
  26. Re: Victoria Falls - Day Trip from Kasane or self-drive?

    Thanks, Stranger. Do you remember who you used?
  27. Victoria Falls - Day Trip from Kasane or self-drive?

    We will pick up our 4x4 with RTT in Kasane and are looking at options for visiting Victoria Falls.

    1. A day trip from Kasane with an operator, returning to Kasane.
    2. Self-drive. Cross at...
  28. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Thanks, MariusvdM, I will definitely check out Explorers Village and ndabiri. Our itinerary hasn't been finalised yet so all suggestions are appreciated.
    Can you comment on what has been suggested...
  29. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Thanks for your input, JGN.
    Now I have more questions: If we do cross at Panda, that looks as though we will have to backtrack to Victoria Falls. I am assuming you think it's worth it to avoid...
  30. Re: Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Thanks so much for your help!! Much appreciated! Can you recommend any specific site # for Sunday and Passarge? Or are there just one camp at each spot? I haven't found a map of CKGR in my online...
  31. Help please with Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary May/June 2020

    Hi,

    We live in New Zealand and did our first self-drive 39 day safari in May/June last year in Namibia & Botswana and LOVED it!!!
    We are avid campers but had no experience with 4x4 driving or...
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    Re: Should we include Kafue NP in our trip??

    Wow...that is more information than I could have ever hoped for. Thank you so much, Tony!! I am doing my best to educate myself through searches both on here and other sites by reading other threads,...
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    Should we include Kafue NP in our trip??

    We did our first self-drive safari to Namibia and Botswana last year and loved it so much that we are now planning our next African adventure for May/June 2020. We will be renting a 4x4 with RTT in...
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    Hi Togs,
    Thanks for your comments. We decided yesterday that we will fly into Kasane. We had considered Harare, Maun and Johannesburg also but Kasane makes sense to us. My husband is 68, I'm 63 and...
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    Re: Hwange & Mana Pools campsites??

    Thanks again for your helpful suggestions!!!
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