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Flying Out to Zimbabwe tonight!

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The day has come and I am feeling so very EXCITED!!!

I am packed and the house is organised.  I am just doing a quick blog post to say our journey is about to begin.

Africa, wow, I never thought I would be going there and yet here I am on my way there shortly.

I will try where I can to post pics and videos of our experiences.  I am not taking a computer so will probably keep in touch via Facebook and place updates there.  If I can do blog posts, I will otherwise I will put my experiences on blog posts when we return.

Take good care 🙂


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Security, Health, Safety and Contingencies

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Hi Fellow Adventurers!This is an very important email, as you can tell by the subject line.As you know, Africa, especially South Africa, has a very high crime rate.  It is important to be aware of your surrounds all the time and to make sure you take care of your personal belongings.  Common sense should always prevail.

Please don’t take anything of high value, and it would be a good idea to cover yourself with good travel insurance in the event of a theft, loss, damage or medical emergency.  There are risks in travelling in Africa and you need to make yourself aware of them.

Please also remember that all wildlife is unpredictable and can be dangerous.  Always take care around wild animals, and listen to the guidance and advice of any game guide that you are under the care of.

In Namibia the water is not safe to drink.  (Believe me!)  Don’t even brush your teeth with the tap water.  Only use bottled water.  Bottled water is safe and readily available.

Now for some contingency plans.  Highly unlikely to be needed, but important to put a plan in place in the event that it is needed.

Flights can be delayed or cancelled, and the area that you would be most vulnerable.

If you are travelling with others and someone misses a flight or a connection, and you cannot make the rendezvous as planned nor make communication, then you need to have a planned course of action worked out before you leave the country.  The plan we have in place today as we fly out today is as follow:  If someone misses their flight or connection.  Travel onto the country/airport as planned.  I suggest those who can make the connection, does so, and continues with the planned itinerary regardless – heading to the next HOTEL in the itinerary.  In this regard it will involve arriving in Walvis Bay, collecting the hire car, driving to Swakopmund and checking into the Protea Ndonga Hotel.  That will give us a central point to try and locate the missing member/s, and also gives the missing member/s a point with which to aim for.  Communication is essential, and as we all have iPhones, all we need is wi-fi access and then text messages/FaceTime/Whatsapp will be free iPhone to iPhone.  Hotels will have wi-fi access.Make sure everyone travelling has a detailed itinerary with all contact and reference numbers.  In this attachment includ all documentation necessary for your trip. It would be a good idea to print a copy out and keep it on you.  Also I recommend that you upload the details onto the “Kayak” App and share the entry with with your fellow travellers and then you will have all the details on your phone.Electricity and wifi is often unreliable in Africa.  Hopefully your hotels will provide it and you will be able to find wifi cafes along the way.  Africa is a very interesting place.

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Let the adventure begin!
Take good care,


What Luggage To Take To Africa

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Dear Fellow Adventurers,

A brief note on luggage requirements.

We all appreciate that ladies luggage requirements are very different to those of men, and everyone has different personal needs.  What you decide to pack in your luggage is very personal and therefore it is hard for me to advise what you should take or what is not necessary to take.

So I leave it entirely up to you, and give only the briefest suggestions here.

1)  If possible, try and use a mid size suitcase.  At times, the room available will not only depend on your luggage, but other’s luggage also.
2)  Travel as light as possible to allow some room to bring back souvenirs and gifts etc. Review your luggage weight and size restrictions from your airline carriers.
3)  The weather at this time of the year from Namibia to Cape Town will range from warm to chilly.  Nights will be quite chilly wherever we go, and days should start cool and warm up nicely.  Some days might be a little hot.  Cape Town could experience the biggest range of weather in one day – similar to Melbourne – there could be rainy days.
4)  Dress codes:  Unless you require formal wear, the restaurants generally expect a smart casual dress code.  Jeans are acceptable almost everywhere.  I guess it would be fair to say that if you dress according to a casual evening out in Brisbane, you won’t go wrong.  It is very relaxed.  A good pair of walking shoes that can double up as casual footwear would be handy, and perhaps some thongs/slip slops(?) for desert or beach walks.
5)  Generally hotels supply hairdryers.
6)  Remember to take a hat and sunscreen – the usual sensible stuff.
7)  Crime is pretty bad everywhere in Africa, so perhaps try not to take personal valuables that may be at risk, such as expensive jewellery and lots of cash.  I’ll will a separate blog post on security.
8)  Don’t forget to take any meds you think you might need.  Chemists in Africa are pretty well stocked with most meds, health and hygiene stuff, so don’t worry too much about this. But do take meds you rely on, such as antihistamines, pain killers, asthma pumps, disinfectants etc.  Prepare for a possibility of upset stomachs/food poisoning, so perhaps pack some Imodium or equivalent.
9) A good idea is to take a small can of mosquito spray – they can be very pesky at night.  Although we will not be going into malarial areas, Rhino River Safari Camp “could” harbour some malarial mosquitoes.  However, saying that, September is a low threat season for Malaria.  Regardless, I would be inclined to suggest you bring Aeroguard and wear long sleeve/long trousers in open areas at night.

I hope the above is of some help.  Travelling is an adventure.

Take good care while abroad.

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Sharon 🙂

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