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  1. I have the opportunity to take a few months off and would like to spend 3-4 weeks in Southern Africa. I usually only manage 8/9 days on safari due to budget. Any ideas of anywhere I can stay for 3-4 weeks, I don't want to move around too much, perhaps a week in each lodge? I'm guessing South Africa is probably my best bet? I don't mind a bit of camping but not for the whole time. Thanks
  2. thanks to both of you, I will investigate further
  3. I would but I'm travelling alone this time so would be challenging... Looking at under $175 per night plus flights and transfers. I took a quick look at some of the Kruger lodges and it might be possible there as I'm guessing they'd discount for a longer stay or as you suggest booking in country. Will take a look at SADC.
  4. There was a den near Tau Pan (CKGR) where we saw one every day (a few years ago).
  5. I've been using Adobe Organiser/Elements on a PC but I'm going to be swapping to a Mac and will probably consider different editing software now (not sure what yet). What I do like about Adobe Organiser is the ability to 'tag' my photos by type, the photos can stay in the same album but I can tag the photos by animal type, sunsets, lodge photos etc. If I'm not using Adobe, can anyone recommend another way of doing this with the file organiser that comes with a Mac?
  6. Thanks, that sounds like a simple solution for tagging.
  7. We had a great time - we visited Pench and Satpura after Tadoba. I'm going to have to trawl through my photos now and see if I can spot any of you in the background!
  8. One of YOUR tigers??? Excuse me, that was OUR tiger. What a coincidence. This is hilarious. Maybe we ran into each other. Were you in that intrepid bunch that always ate lunch outside even when it was 100 F and always had smiles on your faces? We might have said a few words to each other. I am not making this up but a few times at Svasara I thought I heard someone say Lynn(e)--it sounds the same with or without the e. Really, I turned around a few times to see if it was for me. I would never have thought of this again without your post. This is THE coincidence of the trip. We had another incident that was also highly coincidental. That was at Kanha. We all will be expecting your trip report, @@LynneB! We were indeed the group sitting outside - there was a fan there so so perhaps not as intrepid as we appeared!
  9. As I started to read you report something odd happened. I saw one of my photos of the tiger at Tadoba... It turns out that I was at Tadoba at the same time as you, also staying at Svasara and we must have been at the same sighting and clicked at the same time!
  10. I recently stayed at Macushla House in Karen for a few days while in Nairobi for work. I booked it via Travelling to/from the airport took around 30 mins at 11pm and 45 mins at 7pm. The staff are really helpful, it's quiet and the food is good. If you have time it's also very close to Kazuri Beads, Sheldrick's and the Giraffe Centre so if you wish you can avoid town. Wifi is available in the lounge and there's a pool. There are also quite a few other great restaurants in the area too and shopping malls.
  11. I took my 10 year old nephew to Madikwe in 2013, we stayed at one of the Jaci's lodges. The info I researched did show it as non malarial. We had a fantastic 4 days there and had great sitings - elephant, rhino, leopard, lions, hippo, wild dog plus lots of the smaller animals which he also enjoyed. I was concerned that it would feel a bit tame for me but I really enjoyed it too.
  12. I also recommend the Zambezi Sun. Large and busy but good facilities, great location and good value. If you do need Lusaka, then I can recommend the Intercon. Not very exciting but easy...
  13. Has anyone been to Guyana? We're looking at doing a wildlife trip there next year.
  14. Thanks for the response. A friend of mine is interested in birds so this might suit her.
  15. Latest advice from Control Risks Personnel planning to fly via Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) are advised to postpone non-essential air travel and make alternative arrangements following a major fire on 7 August at the airport's international arrivals lounge. As of 15.30 (local time), airport operations remained suspended, though local sources report that domestic and cargo operations will restart shortly. While the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) has confirmed that an interim international arrivals terminal will be made available, there has been no information on when international flights will resume. Travel Briefing The significant damage caused by the fire is likely to ensure considerable disruption to airport facilities in the near term and we advise personnel to postpone non-essential travel to Nairobi NBO until the situation has clarified. Due to the airport's significance as a major regional hub and the disruption caused by diverted flights, related delays and cancellations are possible at a number of other airports in the region. Personnel are advised to maintain flexible itineraries and confirm the status of flights with their airline prior to setting out to the airport. Travellers booking flights to regional locations in the near term are advised to ensure they transit through alternative hubs, including Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International Airport ( DAR, Tanzania), Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport (ADD, Ethiopia) and Entebbe International Airport (EBB, Uganda). Personnel undertaking essential travel may be required to complete journeys via other means. The most logical alternative air travel options would entail journeys from the nearby Wilson airport (WIL) to Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) or to Mombasa's Moi International (MBA), via Malindi ( MYD). There are also international services operating from Eldoret International Airport (EDL), around five hours north west of Nairobi. Personnel travelling via these facilities should allow plenty of time to reach them and pass through airport formalities due to the likely high demand, and to avoid having their seat reassigned to another traveller. It is advisable to closely monitor the local media (including radio) and our travel security alerts for related information.
  16. Hi, we recently experienced a lot of Tstese in South Luangwa. We tried RID and the repellent supplied by the lodge and they didn't work at all. We were also covered up and they still bit us through clothes - they were a nightmare until we got out of the wooded areas. Spraying the inside of the vehicle with diluted dettol didn't work either. I've experience Tstese before but these were determined little horrors.
  17. If you can, try and camp or stay at one of the chalets at Okaukuejo so that you can experience this waterhole at night. It used to be floodlit and you can sit there all night and see who comes along...
  18. I think if you look for 'independent traveller' cover in the insurance you will find the cover you require. Some of the major UK insurers provide this now as many people put together own packages nowadays.
  19. Kanga is at least one hour from the river, probably 1.5 hours really especially if you stop if you see anything on the way. It's a beautiful camp but if you can't walk then you will miss out. The game there is a little skittish due to a hunting concession that borders it. There is a wonderful pan at the camp itself which attracts a lot of game that you can watch from a deck. Mana Pools closer to the river is fine for game drives but with no off-roading or night driving in the public part of the reserve I found that walking and canoeing offered a much better experience. I don't know anything about Rukomechi but if you can off road at Rukomechi then that will improve your game drives.
  20. I love your photo of the elephants from the air - beautiful!!
  21. Possibly a stupid question but what do those of you who are based in Africa permanently do regarding malaria protection? Are there tablets that can be taken for long periods?
  22. Thanks for a great trip report and the report on the dogs! How fantastic to find them at the den. Looking forward to hearing more...
  23. Well, I'll be off to Zim soon so fingers crossed for those Cheetah!
  24. Just some thoughts. The operating costs for each lodge are going to vary considerably depending on location, economies of scale, lease, currency fluctuation, local laws & taxes. Ownership will impact the approach, those owned by companies/corporations will be under constant shareholder pressure with possibly shorter term aims for profit. The number of bed nights available in the reserve, the length of the season etc will also all have an impact on how those operating costs and profit expectations differ.
  25. I was told personally by a lodge owner that they were paying 30% to one agency. This would occur when the lodge doesn't want to undertake any marketing themselves. I guess they can always pull out or renegotiate if the relationship isn't beneficial to both.

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