07-05-2013, 02:27 AM
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The Fellow seems to have gotten around and he is still fairly young. Was the second Africa book as good as the first one?
07-28-2013, 06:32 AM
Just finished "Don't Look Behind You". What a treat to read! Looking forward to "Don't Run", and more about namesake technique, which he mentions in Don't Look. I enjoyed his perspective of the animal populations in Africa and I am yearning to visit Botswana.
We're always "game" to go on safari. I'm seriously looking at Ngoma and being on the Chobe River. It's such a good combo with Vic Falls. Ngoma is pretty $$ but luxury camps are all pricey.
Last edited by kyshel; 07-28-2013 at 07:17 AM."wherever you go, there you are"
07-28-2013, 07:15 AM
Just finished "Don't Look Behind You". What a treat to read! Looking forward to Don't Run Technique, which he mentions in Don't Look. I enjoyed his perspective of the animal populations in Africa and I am yearning to visit Botswana.
We're always "game" to go on safari. I'm seriously looking at Ngoma and being on the Chobe River. It's such a good combo with Vic Falls. Ngoma is pretty $$ but luxury camps are all pricey."wherever you go, there you are"
07-28-2013, 08:58 AM
We too enjoyed reading "Whatever you do, don't Run" for our upcoming trip to Botswana. We are staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge | Perfect Africa[Europe]_Lodge_Muchenje_Safari_Lodge&gclid=CLjTo8LE0rgCFch X3god2CUArw
We did not have a chance to get our hands on "Don't Look Behind You", since I cannot find it in Germany. Maybe our nice will bring it with her on the trip.
We added 3 extra nights in Victoria Falls at the LL Victoria Safari Lodge since we could not fly out on the dates we wanted and 2 nights in the beginning at the LL Steenberg Hotel in CPT and 4 nights at the Bay Hotel with LL package Village&Life, skipping the 5th night in Hermanus, but adding a two night South African Garden tour, booked through Village&Life. Our Africa tour has increased to just 3 days short of a month.
07-30-2013, 06:15 AM
Hermanus is just a short drive for a day trip. I don't think people realize how compact the Cape Town area is. The trip is only 120 km from Steenberg. You can even arrange to do the shark dive and they pick you up at hotels in CPT. Boss did it and said it's pretty exciting.
Once you get there, you'll need all that time. It will be very hard to break loose from South Africa at the end, but there's always the best part of any trip--home.
Last edited by kyshel; 07-30-2013 at 06:17 AM."wherever you go, there you are"
08-14-2013, 01:42 AM
We opted for the 2-day Garden Tour instead of one night in Hermanus and we were told the Garden Tour van would pick us up at the Bay Hotel in CPT and drop us at the Steenberg Hotel afterwards. Any info on the Steenberg Hotel. Betsyv spoke highly of it in her post. Is there anything to do out there, other than maybe taking bikes through the vineyards? I am not sure I am brave enough to take the Shark dive. I understand it is a long boat ride out there (2 1/2 hrs a friend said who has done it).
Is it necessary to take the malaria pills in Capetown?
08-15-2013, 05:00 PM
No anti-malarials in MOST of SA. Since you'll be in Africa during high season (temps, too) you'll have to ck w/travel docs regarding vaccines, etc. I would certainly make sure tetanus is current. You have a nurse in your group, yes? Most important is clothing color (no bright blues) and high concentration of deet (we opt for 30%) in repellant. We already have yellow fever and hep A/B for Thailand and central Africa but those should be no concern to you.
Steenberg area? hmmm....tasting at the winery, sitting on the patio, looking at the vineyards, chasing the guineas around, hiking. There is a very nice shopping area nearby if you need more wine or another place to eat. The rooms are awesome--take a bath in the marble tub and gaze out to the mountains while sipping some bubbly...
Last edited by kyshel; 08-15-2013 at 05:03 PM."wherever you go, there you are"
08-15-2013, 06:26 PM
Thanks for your reply. We do have all our shots, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis A&B and whatever else the US health dept. deemed necessary. We have a parcel of malaron pills for malaria with us (35 each), but our German friends here tell us, don't bother with the malaria pills in Cape Town, but do take them at Krueger Park, Botswana and Victoria Falls. We also brought plenty of deet containing insect repellent and I figure if we need more, we can get it in Cape Town. We are inclined to hold off taking the malaron pills in Cape Town, depending what our two Physician's Assistants say and do. Interesting about bright blue colors. Do the mosquitoes get attracted by bright blues or other bright colors? We are taking mostly beige, forest green and black clothing that we can layer. It should be fairly hot in Nov, but we figure the early morning safari drives might be cool.
I figured there would be little to do at the Steenberg, but after a two-night/three day garden tour through SA we could probably use the rest and take it easy enjoying the property. After that our niece and friend will arrive and the tempo of the tour will be stepped up.
08-16-2013, 06:52 AM
If you're taking the daily pills you must continue them as directed--location notwithstanding. Nice to travel w/PAs, but even most MDs have no clue and have to look it up! The parasite has a life cycle that can "erupt" in your body if you skip pills. I recall you have to take them the same time of day, every day, and after returning to prevent the parasite from continuing its life cycle.
Watch your tummy w/them and have plenty of pepto, etc.
You must be getting very antsy about going--won't be that long...
Last edited by kyshel; 08-17-2013 at 05:56 AM."wherever you go, there you are"
08-18-2013, 01:28 AM
Thanks, yes, I understand I can not stop and re-start with the malaria pills. I was just thinking instead of starting them two days before when we get to Cape Town just to start them 2 days before we get to Krueger/Vuyani Lodge. I hate to take pills, but we will do what our doc and PAs recommend. In any case we have the pills for the duration of our trip and beyond.
Yes, time is getting closer now and we are looking forward to it.