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Poll: Which is your favourite safari destination? (111 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. South Africa (10 votes [8.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.77%

  2. Kenya (20 votes [17.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.54%

  3. Tanzania (17 votes [14.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.91%

  4. Zambia (16 votes [14.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.04%

  5. Zimbabwe (6 votes [5.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.26%

  6. Botswana (38 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  7. Namibia (3 votes [2.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

  8. Mozambique (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Angola (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Rwanda (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Uganda (1 votes [0.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.88%

  12. Other (3 votes [2.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

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#21 Game Warden

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:01 PM

Still, I am happy I can treasure my memories of my first look at the Delta from the air, and of those elephants engulfing the Chobe like they were fur seals in a colony.

Excellent prose Paolo - but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words: so get busy scanning those old slides to upload here... please.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:13 PM

maybe when other places in Africa will have taken the full circle and become Botswana-like, with camps more and more upmarket, and a diminishing soul.

I hope this will happen after my death!

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:59 PM

Still, Savuti was great, and Lloyd's Camp the place to be if you were serious about wildlife (elephant everywhere and lions liked that camp a lot for their early morning stroll



Paolo,

I think that you and I share some memories. I, too, was a regular, with my husband, at Mombo in the early days when

Dave Hamman and Helene were managers. I remember when the first make-over was done with the swimming pool,

and I was thinking then that it was becoming 'too posh'! Little did I know what was to come! It really was a great little

camp.

Now, Lloyd's at Savuti was the place to be in the early 90's. We had some fantastic times there with lions and

elephants. One night after dinner we were still sitting talking and drinking at the table when a call came through from

a nearby camp for a doctor. An Italian [yes, true] had a bad stomach, and one of our friends , Philip, was a doctor.

As he got up from the table there was a tremendous roar, and there stood at the end of the table, a male lion at the

birds water fountain! We all leapt in the air , too! I was quite nervous going back to our tent. Yes, the lions did

think that they owned the camp. Lloyd himself is another story. I'll tell you more tomorrow. I'm so pleased to hear

from someone who was there in those mad days.


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Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:31 PM

It's really hard to pick one place. I've been to Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania (X3), Kenya (X2), Uganda and Rwanda and loved every trip...but they've all been very different.

I guess I will have to pick Tanzania, as I really love the Ndutu area.

Sadly, I think this may be another area that is under increasing pressure due to popularity.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:59 PM

Maybe, if we discover a new destination - keep it an insider secret? Ofcourse, that's if any good locations remain from the commercialization? I'm sure there's something in Mozambique or Angola or even Zim for that matter? who knows......

No trip reports, no photographs on the internet etc etc.,??? :unsure:

It would be hard to keep our mouths shut and stay off them keyboards :blink:

We could just PM.
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:22 PM

I too have some great memories of the old Mombo Trails Camp, although I was there just once, in September 1996, as part of a mobile safari. For once in my life I was on the right end of the "You should have been here (fill in time period of your choice)". Mombo wildlife included in the price of a mobile safari, with no Mombo-like surcharge.

Great wildlife sightings and a nice camp with no raised walkways, plunge pools, or wine tastings. One of my fondest memories is of accompanying the pack of 30 dogs as they successfully hunted an impala and kept a hyena at bay. We saw two packs of dogs, 4 cheetahs, a leopard with cub, a serval, and a caracal during one game drive. Lions killing and eating an impala in our camp (between tents) was quite an experience to hear (or sleep through, which I managed to somehow do for most of it).

We also met Dave Hamman just before "Running Wild" was published.

We have some slides from that era scanned already. I'll get some posted.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 02:57 AM

Paolo, Jan and Pangolin - Thanks a lot for the inputs. Some fascinating reading, certainly!!!

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 02:59 AM

Maybe, if we discover a new destination - keep it an insider secret? Ofcourse, that's if any good locations remain from the commercialization? I'm sure there's something in Mozambique or Angola or even Zim for that matter? who knows......

No trip reports, no photographs on the internet etc etc.,??? ;)

It would be hard to keep our mouths shut and stay off them keyboards ;)

We could just PM.


Lynn,

I saw F this morning. What was too funny is, a poster thinks Zarafa is the Old Zib or has it written down like this

Zarafa (old Zib) - too funny

Btw, BB does not work in the concession. He is self-employed and is not guiding at either of the Selinda camps at the moment.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:21 AM

It would be hard to keep our mouths shut

We could just PM.

Zarafa (old Zib) - too funny

Pssssstt... not so loud. Should all these people go to Kwando?


The itinerary is funny, too.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:33 AM

Nyama,

To answer your question. NO - a BIG NO!!! I guess, I'd better keep my mouth shut now ;)
The itinerary - the funniest thing about it is the assumption that the woodpile hide is still pumping with thrill a minute action!

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:46 AM

Still, I am happy I can treasure my memories of my first look at the Delta from the air, and of those elephants engulfing the Chobe like they were fur seals in a colony.

Excellent prose Paolo - but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words: so get busy scanning those old slides to upload here... please.


Thank you for your compliment (at least, I hope it is a compliment!). As to pictures of those days, I will try and do something, but I am afraid you will have to wait a bit, since, on the one hand, they are still at my old family house (quite far away from where I currently live), and on the other hand I will have to have them scanned and, most of all, if you have not already dedected it by now, ......from a computer/technological viewpoint I am Neanderthal-like!

For the time being, we will live with the pictures that will come from Pangolin.....

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:49 AM

most of all, if you have not already dedected it by now, ......from a computer/technological viewpoint I am Neanderthal-like!


As you might have seen from my previous post, I am not good enough even to use face icons properly! ;)

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:29 AM

most of all, if you have not already dedected it by now, ......from a computer/technological viewpoint I am Neanderthal-like!


As you might have seen from my previous post, I am not good enough even to use face icons properly! ;)



Paolo, if it is any consolation, I always use the preview button for smilie faces still, as I am never sure if they will work. And sometimes they haven't and I have got a terrible mess!

I have really enjoyed all the old Okavango reminiscences.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:56 AM

I, too, was a regular, with my husband, at Mombo in the early days when

Dave Hamman and Helene were managers.


Jan,

Did you ever meet Annie (Anne-marie) Zambelli? She was assistant manager to Dave & Helene.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:22 AM

Nantwich. Hwange - that is, before it was let as a concession to some hunters.

After that, Shimuwini bushveld camp in Kruger.

Both are easily accessible by self drive and, once you've arrived, you never have to get in a vehicle again. The game comes to you.

I sat for two weeks at Shimuwini without driving last year (thanks to an accidentally self-inflicted stab wound in the hand) and learned what I'd almost forgotten from my earlier times in Nantwich. That is, that all good things come to those who wait.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 01:34 PM

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Did you ever meet Annie (Anne-marie) Zambelli? She was assistant manager to Dave & Helene.
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Geoff,

I regret that in those days I didn't always write names down. Was she the girlfriend of an English guide called Jock ?

So many names over the years, and age withering the brain, I keep a notebook now so that I have a record of people

and camps. Mombo was such fun then, and I'm very glad that I was there to enjoy it.


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Posted 19 May 2009 - 04:37 PM

From a single game drive at Mombo in 1996. Not necessarily the greatest pictures, and no attempt has been made to edit the scanned files. I just picked these to give a flavor of what a game drive was likely to include in those days....


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Posted 20 May 2009 - 01:11 AM

This topic is really popular. Thousands have taken a peek.

Pangolin, I have fond memories of 97 and 98 at Mombo with similar sightings as your lovely photos. I'll have to rely on memories and photos as I don't think I'll be back there.

The Mombo and Little Mombo of 97 and 98 woiuld have to qualify as a top contender for a favorite destination.
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 01:30 AM

John posted some pictures of old Mombo Trails Camp here and here.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 02:15 AM

Yes, lovely thread indeed ........ Thanks Pangolin for the photos!

Maybe we will come full circle one day? Maybe there is an operator out there that comes back to the "bush experience" one day ...... there's always "Hope"

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