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Any recent travelers to Etosha?

Any recent travelers to Etosha?

Old Jan 24th 2003, 12:20 pm
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John
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Default Any recent travelers to Etosha?

If anyone on the ng has been to Etosha recently and also in the "old
days" (and doesn't have an axe to grind on the matter) I'd appreciate
an update on the situation there.

We'd been visiting every few years for 30 years or more, most recently
five years ago. On this recent trip we found shocking degradation of
every aspect of the park, from the roads and other infrastructure to
the food (or lack thereof), and vowed never to return.

But people do fix things (maybe not in Africa, although there's always
hope) and maybe things have gotten better. A long time ago, the place
was a real treasure, and if it ever trends back in that direction, I'd
like to know about it. We're heading toward Kruger this year, so
Etosha is just down the road, so to speak, if there's anything at the
end of the road that makes it worth going.

Thanks, and happy travels to all.

(Comments about Kruger are equally welcome. It was fine the last time
we visited, and recent reports say it still is, but there's always the
danger that I've only heard from first-timers. With nothing to compare
it to, I suspect first-timers will rave about almost any place in
southern Africa.)
 
Old Jan 24th 2003, 10:49 pm
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Default Re: Any recent travelers to Etosha?

We're heading toward Kruger this year, so
    > Etosha is just down the road,

about 2000kms down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old Jan 25th 2003, 4:03 am
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Johan W. Elzenga
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John wrote:

    > We're heading toward Kruger this year, so
    > Etosha is just down the road, so to speak

Yeh, like if your heading to "Europe" so why don't you visit Oslo on
your route to southern Italy...


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Old Jan 25th 2003, 6:38 am
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[email protected] (Johan W. Elzenga) wrote:

    >John wrote:
    >> We're heading toward Kruger this year, so
    >> Etosha is just down the road, so to speak
    >Yeh, like if your heading to "Europe" so why don't you visit Oslo on
    >your route to southern Italy...

Actually, even though I usually ignore anal postings, I've got to say
that our travel plans often do include things like Oslo and Italy.
Chances are, besides Kruger and perhaps Etosha, we'll visit the fjord
side of Norway and Santorini this year.

In the case of southern Africa, after traveling more or less half way
around the world from California, the distance between JNB and WDH is
indeed fairly insignificant, although the tricycle set might not
appreciate that.
 
Old Jan 25th 2003, 6:45 am
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John wrote:
    >>>We're heading toward Kruger this year, so
    >>>Etosha is just down the road, so to speak
    > In the case of southern Africa, after traveling more or less half way
    > around the world from California, the distance between JNB and WDH is
    > indeed fairly insignificant..

California ??? Isn't that the area around New York? :-)


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Old Jan 26th 2003, 2:56 am
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Johan W. Elzenga
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John wrote:

    > >> We're heading toward Kruger this year, so
    > >> Etosha is just down the road, so to speak
    > >
    > >Yeh, like if your heading to "Europe" so why don't you visit Oslo on
    > >your route to southern Italy...
    >
    > Actually, even though I usually ignore anal postings, I've got to say
    > that our travel plans often do include things like Oslo and Italy.
    > Chances are, besides Kruger and perhaps Etosha, we'll visit the fjord
    > side of Norway and Santorini this year.

Have you ever seen the movie "It's Tuesday, so this must be Belgium"?
Must be a very familiar feeling... Of course it's technically possible
to "do Europe" in a week or so. Especially if your main interest is
airports and planes. Granted; in the same way it's also possible to "do
Southern Africa" in two weeks. Come to think of it: the whole world is
just around the corner nowadays!


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Old Jan 26th 2003, 1:28 pm
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John
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[email protected] (Johan W. Elzenga) wrote:

    >Have you ever seen the movie "It's Tuesday, so this must be Belgium"?
    >Must be a very familiar feeling... Of course it's technically possible
    >to "do Europe" in a week or so. Especially if your main interest is
    >airports and planes. Granted; in the same way it's also possible to "do
    >Southern Africa" in two weeks. Come to think of it: the whole world is
    >just around the corner nowadays!

This isn't doing anything for my original question - but on the
revised topic, one's travel styles, these days we normally spend about
six weeks flying around the world; most of our stops are about a week,
although that gets tailored as suits us, and we've been known to spend
a month in Paris and twelve hours in Hong Kong.

In my opinion, five days in Etosha and a similar period in Kruger is
perfect. You're welcome to your own style; if that includes a tour-bus
that breezes through Belgium in a day (actually, probably not a bad
idea, especially if it means a little extra time in Paris) you're
welcome to it. We don't do tours, and a very high vacation priority is
to come home relaxed, not harried.
 
Old Jan 26th 2003, 2:49 pm
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Dave Patterson
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You might agree with the alteration that was once
made to Elzenga's 'signature':

Johan W. Elzenga
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