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  • How much currency should we get?

    #2 Posted : Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:03:37 AM

     

    Most places take credit cards (make sure you tell your bank that you are going overseas). Small shops for souvenirs don't, and what you need will depend on your buying habits. Best bet is to use an atm at the airport as you land. We got $200 in Chinese money, which was sufficient have a good trip


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  • September Cinque Terre Trip 2016

    #18 Posted : Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:09:42 AM

     

    Ken: thanks so much for the suggestions. everything sounds helpful. anything else please post ! Sailorguy


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  • REVOEW PF MY TRIP

    #1 Posted : Thursday, September 29, 2016 3:58:34 AM

     

    Sept 29th. I am at Heathrow airport waiting for my flight back to the US. The Zam, Bots and SA tour is fantastic. As our excellent tour director Chris said, it is like 5 mini vacations in one. It is A hot time of year to go until you get to Cape Town and then if you experience the same as us, it was cool and rainy one minute. Then windy amd Sunny the next. But we know weather can be funky in Cape Town so we were prepared. I have tried to post various topic headings on the tour, so look for any that interest you. Some of the itinerary was changed, such as no Boat ride in Cape Town because of weather amd no tour of the market there because the previous groups had experienced pick pockets and over aggressive vendors. There are numerous extra on the tour. Some worth hundreds of dollars, some just a wonderfully spiritual experience. Our favorite animal sitings were the Honey Badger---rarely ever seen--- read about this animal before you come to Africa, it is fascinating and you will know what to took for, we knew all about them, so it was thrilling to spot one! The Wild African dogs, on two occasions with puppies! A very rare animal to see in Africa. Hyenas with their puppies. The rhinos at the walking with rhinos park. Ok, nore, the copulating lions and the leopard in a tree with it's stowed kill. Compared to the East Africa safaris, you will see far less quantity of animals, except elephants, you will see hundreds here. Even though we saw many hippos. We saw far more in East Africa. But the chances to see the Honey Badger and wild dogs outweighs that. For us, viewing the the different landscapes is high up on our interest level. We especially liked the Chobe River and Salt pans on the Kalahari. Anyone who went on our particular tour will know how excellent Mr B is at identifying birds, we loved all the different birds. Food was good, I do not think anyone had issues with upset stomachs. The sun is very strong, I personally recommend long sleeve and long leg clothing, it saves a lot of money on sunscreen and insect repellent. Clothing, not everyone wears safari gear, that is fine. Laundry, free at camps, but needs organization because you cannot have laundry done on the second day of each lodge change because you move on before it would be returned. Every location, I found if you washed your smalls, they dried very quickly. Binoculars, we used and needed them quite a lot. Those who did not bring them were definitely at a disadvantage. To loan mine, I would have to remove my hat and camera from my neck and by then it could be too late and you miss your leopard or lion. Ok , gotta catch my flight!


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AHHH! Fall has arrived, and what a relief! September has broken the iron grip of the Dog Days and brought in those moderate days when conditions seem perfect for human comfort. A cool breeze caresses your cheek. The sun has taken on a new, softer and lower angle, casting long shadows that emphasize the features of everything its oblique rays fall u...

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My friend Dan Mahar, the CEO of Tauck, has a name for something that is very important to him, as it is to me. Dan calls it “Vitamin N.” Simply put, it refers to the health-promoting benefits of nature.

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