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#41 JulieM

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

10 months, 3 weeks and 5 days   :) - don't you love "countdown" apps!!


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:06 PM

18 days left before we depart on our Botswana adventure.

Clothes are all laid out, taking our typhoid pills, last minute flu shot, having a new pair of prescription sunglasses made this week (a pair and a spare), pre booking a massage for the minute we arrive at the Intercontinental JNB!

Anyone else at Wilderness camps in November? See you there.
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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:31 PM

18 days left before we depart on our Botswana adventure.

Clothes are all laid out, taking our typhoid pills, last minute flu shot, having a new pair of prescription sunglasses made this week (a pair and a spare), pre booking a massage for the minute we arrive at the Intercontinental JNB!

Anyone else at Wilderness camps in November? See you there.

Yes, departing 27th Nov. arriving 28th.

 

28 November out 1 December: Little Vumbura 
1 out 4 December: Little Kwara
4 out 7 December: Kings Pool 

 

Wife and I, our 2 daughters and my mother-in-law. Lots of hair around, blond, colored, and grey :blink: 

 

Can't wait, might even buy a camera!



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 06:25 PM

Sorry, Kasper.  Will miss each other.  Coming from Tubu Tree and Xigera, we are in to Vumbura Plains 21 November, out on 25 November.  Then we're on to Chitabe Lediba and Savuti before heading home again on Dec 4. 

 

Have a wonderful trip.  Do buy a camera.  We'll compare notes in December trip reports.

 

Cheers!

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 07:05 PM

Hi Red

 

We are only a few days apart, have a wonderful trip as well. 

 

Do you know a way to closely follow the weather/game situation? I understand the water is already low.


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:58 PM

I'm not following anything, Kasper.  At this late date....it is what it is.  I can't worry about things I can't control.  Too excited.  Don't care if we walk, wing, waddle or wade.....its all wonderful!

 

Have a great trip.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 09:00 PM

......taking our typhoid pills,.....

I thought Typhoid prevention was by vaccination? 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 09:34 PM

You can either do vaccine or pills.  The injected vaccine protects for 3 years (I believe) and the pills (4 pills, taken one every-other day) protect for 5 years.  Our clinic does not have on hand the injectable vaccine, so it was much easier to get a prescription for the pills.  The injectable would require a visit to a "travel clinic".  The walk-in cost of a visit is $120 pp + $70 pp for the injection.  The pills only required a phone call to our doctor and the cost of the pills, which was almost nothing.


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 10:20 PM

@Whyone? In the UK, routine typhoid vaccination is by injection, giving 3 years protection (free on the NHS). The alternative is a three-capsule course (one capsule taken every other day) which also provides 3 years protection (usually incurs a standard prescription charge of £7.85).

 

The oral course in the US seems to be different.

 

During 2013, there has been a shortage of the injectable vaccine in the UK, and a large increase in the use of the capsules.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:35 AM

Interesting, I had no idea.

I'll stick with the injection though, only one thing to remember every 3 years!

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 02:52 PM

Nice for those of you in the UK, Whyone. For those of us who live in the "we don't need a healthcare program" U.S. it's the difference between $190 for the injection or $5 for the pills. Until we oust the Republicans and get a collective clue about healthcare costs, I'll take the four pills. I guess we could always move and give up our citizenship before the next trip.
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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:09 PM

It's a fair point.

Many people (myself included) tend to take the NHS for granted. Many more complain about the service. In reality, we are extremely fortunate.
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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:13 PM

Can we take the health discussion to the appropriate subforum here please otherwise what could be important to other members will be lost in this topic.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:26 PM

Sorry, Matt. No harm intended. You know how conversation tend to spiral.

Cheers,
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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:37 PM

No problem :) 


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:33 PM

I'm leaving in a week for Botswana, traveling with a friend from Dallas who is a professional photographer. We have a couple of nights in Joburg and will go out to the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre one day for a special tour. Then, on November 14, we fly to Bots for three nights each at four camps: Kwando Lagoon, Duma Tau, Vumbura Plains and Chitabe Lediba. Simply Red, it looks like I'll see you there!



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 08:26 PM

Looking forward to sharing a sundowner with you ShayTay!
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Posted 03 November 2013 - 11:17 PM

Two weeks today!! Going a few days earlier than original dates. These last two weeks are going to ddrrraaaaaaaaagggggg!!!lol!!! Hoping they get some rain in Ndutu. Just a shower yesterday the first for a long time. Looking at the satellite they may get some more this week.



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:54 AM

Off on Sunday from Toulouse to Heathrow, overnight at Terminal 4 then fly to Nairobi on Monday.  First time I have waited to get my visa until I get to Nairobi.  My tour company say 50 dollars but the other sites say it is payable in sterling or euros as long as you use new notes which is the best I wonder?


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:02 AM

@samburumags yes you can pay in £ or euros, or even CHF.   I think it's £30, or 40 euro.  So you might get slightly better value in one currency or the other depending on the exact exchange rate but the difference is probably minimal so I'd just pay in whatever is most convenient.







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