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  1. I read the news from Zimbabwe every day, which can be very depressing. Conflict between the various factions certainly seems to be escalating and the financial situation is scary. Thanks for the shopping recommendations😀
  2. @Id1, I have just been reading some old trip reports and with just over thirteen weeks still to go, I think I am really going to have to try and focus on something else for a whille! We have arranged a driver/guide through Doug, for our extra day in Harare and AmyT is going to join us. I am hoping to bring back some metal silhouettes of warthogs for my garden, so that I can sit and imagine I am in Africa!
  3. My countdown started some weeks ago, down to 13 weeks as of yesterday. If I admitted to friends/family how much of my time is really spent planning/day dreaming about my trips, they would be worried about me! One night in Dubai, one night in Harare, then seven nights with Doug Macdonald on the Safaritalk Special in Mana Pools, three nights at Kanga and another two in Harare. Excited, but also a little anxious about Chitake and keeping my fingers crossed that we do not have to leave our tent at night to use the facilities!
  4. We travelled this way in May 2016. We stayed at Hobatere for a few nights before driving through Etosha, to Okaukeujo. There were not many people staying at Hobatere, fewer than we remember from a previous visit in 2006, but that was in October. We were not self driving that trip, but I remember our guide telling us that we were able to drive through the western gate, because we stayed at Hobatere.
  5. Thank you @Jochen, from one whose brain seems to freeze, when trying to master anything more complicated than point and shoot. Several years ago I bought a Canon Powershot ZX50, but despite several attempts to improve my skills, I still mainly use auto. I have just printed out your instructions and taken my camera out of a dark cupboard, ready now to try and commit myself to practise, practise, practise!
  6. Welcome to Safaritalk @BeatNavy. I am sure you will find the members here welcoming and helpful, as I indicated on that other forum some of us use!!!
  7. If I could have pressed 'like' multiple times, I would have. Not sure I would personally choose to have an experience like this, but I really, really, really, enjoyed the read! Looking forward to the next instalment.
  8. Just started reading your trip report, your first days sightings were incredible. Hard to beat that!
  9. When I was at Porini Rhino in February, I was told that the eastern part, where the rhinos were generally to be found, was strictly no off roading. I think this was the area where self drivers were allowed. Really enjoying reading this @AmyT, and most impressed by your photography skills.
  10. @@Kitsafari, I do so agree with @@Alexander33. Your trip report has been an absolute joy to read and as with @@Alexander33, I now feel 'a visit someday just might be feasible'. @@inyathi, I saw some patas monkeys in Ol Pejeta, earlier this year. Obviously did not appreciate just how fortunate I was!
  11. The website www.4x4 might be a useful source of information for you.
  12. I do sometime feel a little guilty about my lack of trip reports, but the standard on this forum is soooooo high!
  13. @@taylorqobrien, no planning involved, but there are now five of us going! Several years ago I did a short trip with Hurtigruten, to see the northern lights. I recently received an email from them with good offers for a trip to Antarctica, on their new ship ( due to be launched next summer ), Roald Amundson. For true Antarctica aficionados this ship would be too big, but reading a blog by somebody who travelled last December on Hurtigruten's Midnatsol, was encouraging. The route will be; Punta Arenas, Cape Horn, Antarctic peninsula, Falkland Islands and back to Punta Arenas. Unfortunately we will miss out on South Georgia, but I am just grateful for the opportunity to visit Antarctica.
  14. Thanks for giving us so much detail, especially about Ashtons shuttle.
  15. The saying ( Mark Twain ) along the lines of regretting the things you didn't do, rather than those you did, comes to mind. The older I get the more quickly the years seem to go by, fifty five sounds a good age to take off and explore!

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