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9 week overland safari

9 week overland safari

Old Oct 26th 2004, 6:39 pm
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Adell
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We are planning a trip to Africa starting at Cape Town and travelling up to
Kenya on a safari style trip in August/September 2005.
Any tips or advice is greatly accepted as we have not ventured overseas
before and are very unsure on who to travel with.
Thanks Adell
 
Old Oct 26th 2004, 8:44 pm
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Jim Ley
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On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 06:39:19 GMT, "Adell" <[email protected]>
wrote:

    >Any tips or advice is greatly accepted as we have not ventured overseas
    >before and are very unsure on who to travel with.

I recommend your partner, your friends, people who you know you get on
well with, strangers might work of course, but probably easiest to
travel with someone you know you get on with.

HTH

Jim.
 
Old Oct 27th 2004, 6:39 am
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Jean-Marc V. Liotier
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On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 06:39:19 +0000, Adell wrote:

    > We are planning a trip to Africa starting at Cape Town and travelling up
    > to Kenya on a safari style trip in August/September 2005. Any tips or
    > advice is greatly accepted as we have not ventured overseas before and
    > are very unsure on who to travel with.

The less people, the better. Three is a crowd, more is even worse. Such
trips are all about exploring, coping with the unknown and taking
advantage of unexpected opportunities. Collective decision making in that
context is a severe drag and can easily end up in frustration, and that's
why I prefer to travel alone although I can tolerate the company of a
friend very well. But every time there were more people we split so that
everyone can have it his way, even though they were very nice people.

But then maybe you like being in a large group. Just make sure you
understand what it means.
 
Old Oct 27th 2004, 9:23 am
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Pat Anderson
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In message <[email protected]>, Jim Ley
<[email protected]> writes
    >On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 06:39:19 GMT, "Adell" <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >>Any tips or advice is greatly accepted as we have not ventured overseas
    >>before and are very unsure on who to travel with.
    >I recommend your partner, your friends, people who you know you get on
    >well with, strangers might work of course, but probably easiest to
    >travel with someone you know you get on with.
    >HTH
    >Jim.
As I read it I think Adell is asking for advice from people who have
travelled from Cape town to Kenya. She would probably like to know which
travel companies gave good service. She needs to give some idea of
budget, how long the safari will be for etc. so that people on the group
can help.
Pat.
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Old Oct 29th 2004, 3:45 am
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Hans-Georg Michna
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On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 06:39:19 GMT, "Adell"
<[email protected]> wrote:

    >We are planning a trip to Africa starting at Cape Town and travelling up to
    >Kenya on a safari style trip in August/September 2005.
    >Any tips or advice is greatly accepted as we have not ventured overseas
    >before and are very unsure on who to travel with.

Adell,

let me tell you very honestly my first thought. I immediately
thought that that is not a good idea.

If you've never been overseas at all, I would recommend
something like a two, three, or four week safari in east Africa.
Just save the rest of the money for another trip next year, if
you have a budget at all.

Of course there's always the possibility that it works out well
and that you like it a lot, but there's the considerable risk
that it doesn't. What if you react negatively to the climate and
the food and the stress of overland travelling in adverse
conditions and get sick, for example?

If you decide to do it anyway, don't skimp on the price and look
for the best travel company you can find and afford. Then try to
get as much information as possible.

Two final hints:

1. Protect yourself against malaria. Mosquitos should absolutely
not be able to bite you while you sleep (i.e. always use a
bednet or insect-proof tents). And you should carry an effective
malaria cure, probably Malarone, probably not Lariam, certainly
not Chloroquine. You should consult a specialist about using
Malarone as a prophylactic throughout the trip.

2. Read a bit into http://www.michna.com/kenya.htm, particularly
the check list on what to take.

Hans-Georg

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