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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    Thanks Tony, new perspectives.
    I think you nailed it but just don't forget the campers out there ;-)

    Need to head out some more myself, but actually booking a trip to Europe, so back only in winter time.
    Hey, I'm a camper, not a lodger usually, but this was fun. Enjoy Europe.
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    Wonderful pics!
    Thank You for posting.
    Do let us know when your report is up on Safarious.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Wonderful pics!
    Thank You for posting.
    Do let us know when your report is up on Safarious.....
    Will do, Paul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    No, it was a quick work trip, flying to Vic Falls on FastJet and checking out the two lodges
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    Very nice photos!

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    Yeah, many of us envy you a job like that. But yes, I know, nothing in life is just given. You must have earned it through years of your other assignments. Enjoy it (I now you will)!

    P.S: And yes, lovely photos!
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    Thanks for sharing your quick trip. Lovely pictures and must have been a fantastic sight to see all that green and WATER!
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    Splendid!
    Thank you, Tony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Ha ha! Literally that - I am a photo-journalist and will be reviewing the lodges and airline for the online magazine I work for www.safarious.com
    Also a journalist and been to both places (twice)
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    Pic no 3 is the embodiment of Botswana in that one shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mart24 View Post
    Beautiful place , fantastic pictures.
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    I did another browse through, and thought I'd post some more Vic Falls images, because it isn't often one sees it this full:
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    Default Re: Chobe, Vic Falls quick trip report

    Tony. We have been wanting to do a similar trip for a while now. If I may ask, who did your bookings and reservations and more or less how much did it cost you. Would you take kids with on such a trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FVBBUILDIT View Post
    Tony. We have been wanting to do a similar trip for a while now. If I may ask, who did your bookings and reservations and more or less how much did it cost you. Would you take kids with on such a trip?
    Hi, this was a fly-in, all expenses paid trip, so I have no idea what it cost (but it's not cheap doing it this way, as we were staying in top lodges and eating at the best restaurants).
    Edit: Have a look at the Africa Albida website - they own the lodges we stayed at. At Vic Falls Safari Lodge there is a lovely section called Lokuthula which are self-catering family units that are in a beautiful forested area, and are very reasonably priced. If you want to fly in, we flew in on Fastjet from OR Tambo, although there are other airlines that fly Vic Falls as well. Ends edit.

    Booking wise, there are several agents in Botswana who are forum members - I haven't used them before, but all the feedback has been very good on them. You'll find them in the commercial members section, or browsing through the Bots section.
    Money wise, we usually budget around R1000 a day for our family of four when overlanding, although it's easy to go well over this when game park fees start mounting up. And yes, I would definitely take kids on a trip to Botswana - essential that you consult a travel health specialist for what the best malaria prophylaxis is for them with regard to their age and weight. And read up the various threads that there have been about camping with kids in unfenced camps where there are predators.
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    Here's the column I wrote for Die Burger/Netwerk24 on our trip:

    Man Friday, March 20, 2018 Chobe elephants


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    It started to get silly about an hour from the Sedudu Gate. Our guide, the incredibly knowledgeable Nsehengwa “MK” Mukamba stopped for YET another herd of elephant. “MK,” we said, “can’t you find us some impala?”

    We were driving the tracks that meander through Botswana’s Chobe National Park along the banks of the Chobe River. The river was in full flood, flowing bank to bank, the floodplains stretching across the flats deep into Namibia on the other side.

    It has been a fantastic rainy season in northern Botswana – the rains started late, but haven’t stopped, and there was water everywhere. Sitting around the fire at the Ngoma Safari Lodge last Friday night, manager Jarryd King told me they had measured well over 700mm in just two months.

    And there were elephants, everywhere. We stopped counting after we’d seen more than a thousand between Sedudu and Ihaha. What was striking was that there was clearly very little if any poaching going on (hunting was banned several years ago in Botswana) as the elephants were completely relaxed, allowing our vehicle to come almost within touching distance – even those cows that had calves with them.

    It had been an extraordinary day of game viewing in one of Africa’s finest parks with our full complement of lion, buffalo, giraffes and other game. But I couldn’t help comparing what we had seen with what is happening in other parts of the continent. Botswana has a no-holds-barred approach to poaching. President Ian Khama has made it clear that while not official policy, his game rangers and the military have an implicit shoot-to-kill attitude towards poachers.

    We passed several Botswana Defence Force patrols, and there is an army camp close to the campsite at Ihaha in the heart of the park.

    The elephant population of Chobe is now estimated at over 120 000, the highest concentration of elephants in one region anywhere in Africa. They migrate freely across the border into Hwange and Matetsi in Zimbabwe, to Sioma Ngwezi, Kafue and Barotseland in Zambia, into Angola, and into Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and as far as the Khaudum in what used to be called Bushmanland and is now the Nyae Nyae.

    But always they return to Chobe. While a virtual war is being waged on elephants throughout the rest of the continent, they rule here. They know that this is their sanctuary, their safe retreat from the guns and snares of the poachers.

    That brings its own problems, though. Elephants are the ultimate landscape architects, fundamentally changing the nature of the vegetation and the earth that they inhabit. In Chobe, this has resulted in extensive toppling of big trees, either through ring-barking or simply toppling them altogether. The result has seen a major change over the years in the bush density away from the river, and in the riverine thickets and woodlands.

    It’s a small price to pay for being in a place where elephants reign supreme, where these magnificent animals become so commonplace that an impala sighting is cause for a fresh bout of camera clicking. Thank you, Botswana.
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    Thanks Tony, you are absolutely right, a safe haven for those giants. We were lucky to see them roam in CKGR, even at the south western cutline near Kang..... but the numbers in Chobe are far above any place else.......

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