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Old 01-05-2007, 03:28 AM
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Default Botswana, Namibia, and Cape Town

When on a 4 day layover in Botswana last week, I took 2 days for safari. If you ever get a chance to go on a proper safari, stay at Chitabe camp. It is a 20 minute flight from Maun. Dawson and Andrea were awesome guides and the trip was a spiritual experience. Also, Abu Camp has on-elephant safari rides. In Cape Town, make sure you do a proper tour of their vineyards. Touring and tasting through Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek should take about 10 hours. They are producing (finally) some great Bordeaux-style blends, and their flagship varietal "Pinotage" is getting better all the time. Also, the Sauvignon Blanc out of South Africa is delicious. If you have a chance go to the beach try out Camp's Bay. In Namibia I paid a hotel employee to take me to a proper working hut village. It reinforces how lucky we are to have running water and plentiful food. The Namibians were generous and I was awed at the hospitality from these people who have virtually nothing. Also, Try to get to the sand dunes. More on catering in these countries later.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:12 PM
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Proper safaris are what Botswana is all about. Sounds like a nice trip.
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:17 PM
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SL, it was an awesome trip, the best part...my company actually picked up the tab for the safari...from the airfare to the accomodation. A real treat that made me feel truely appreciated.
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:08 AM
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Welcome back, Nilson. Sounds like a great trip. I had a little time in Capetown a few months back, and found the trip to Robbin Islad to be very moving. Our guide was a former prisoner. I know it's the most obvious day trip for a first time tourist, but it is a great way to feel connected to the recent history of the place. Next time the beach and a vineyard tour sound like a good plan, for something emotionally lighter. Hopefullly the next trip will include Botswana.
Good books on Africa: Alexander McCall Smith's series,-Botswana
Alexandra Fuller's "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight" and "Scribbling the Cat" -the former Rhodesia
M.G. Vassanji's "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall" -Kenya
Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible" -Congo
Adam Hochschild's "King Leopold's Ghost"-Belgian Congo
Beryl Markham's "West with the Night" -flying and true adventure

Rest well! and Happy 2007
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:19 AM
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E-Flight, your book selections are awesome!!! One of my fav's of all time is The Poisonwood Bible. On my next trip to Cape Town I will be sure to hit Robbin Island, but breakfast on top Table Mountian is the top of my list. My pilots went to see the tiny penguins, but I was much more interested in the wine tour. Relatives on my mother's side lived in Durban but I adore CapeTown. Just out of curiosity, did you cater from a restaurant? I was a little disappointed with my cater. I am picking up Scribbling the Cat today. Thanks for the recommendations. Fly safe.
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