An Introduction to our trip planning to South Africa!

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My friend Gail called me from Los Angeles and left a message on Saturday, October 17th, 2005.  She asked if I wanted to go to South Africa!  I  of course, immediately said yes and then told Gail to began our trip planning.  In this photo we are going to dinner at the Captains table on the Uniworld Cruise in the Netherlands in the spring of 2004!  Check out our trip to the Netherlands on this link!    Gail suggested we may fly into the Lake Victoria region and visit the Victoria Falls, something I have always wanted to do!  We then would fly back to Johannesburg and drive to Kruger for a few days, back to Johannesburg and fly to Port Elizabeth and drive along the coast to Capetown.  It is interesting that my friend Barbara, whom I met in Turkey in November of 2004, asked me to go with her on a trip in October of 2005, check out our trip to Costa Rica So two friends have asked me to travel with them in the course of just a few months!  Life is good! 

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This information is per my friend Jeff who has been to Capetown twice!  He said:  Concerning the Malaria drugs, try not to take the Larium. It has the easiest regime (1 tablet per week), but it messes with your mind. One of the possible side effects is suicide. It doesn't happen that often, but you only have to kill yourself once and then you're dead.  

Don't believe the doctors/drug companies when they say that side effect is so rare.  I took the doxycycline. It just made me feel a little bloated, and you have to try to avoid the sun, which is easy, you just wear a hat. You shouldn't be trying to tan anyway in South Africa because the sun can be pretty intense.

And this information is per my friend Barbara, whom I met in Turkey!  She said:  I took the chloroquine pills for malaria every day during our trip to Turkey (and the week or so before according to directions).  there was a whole list of possible side effects. The main one being dizziness and problems with equilibrium. That's why Helen didn't take it but I had no side effects or problems taking it at all.  It's the most recommended drug for malaria.

After all this helpful info, everyone I talked to has taken the Larium and hadn't any response, suicidal or otherwise so, I did take the first pill and nothing happened.  So one a week for two weeks before and during and after the trip for a total of eight weeks.  

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What to wear in South Africa!

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#1: Do not wear "Hollywood style" and/or camouflage outfits. Normal non-synthetic, comfortable fitting, neutral colored clothes are what you need to be taking with.

#2: Bright colored clothing should be avoided and white clothes will show up dust and dirt. Red makes you very conspicuous to the wildlife especially on a walking safari. Khaki, brown and olive colors are ideal.

#3: Not packing something warm. Although the days in Africa can be blisteringly hot the temperature will sometimes drop sharply at nights. Pack a jersey, pullover or safari jacket.  

#4: Don't go without a safari hat.  Safari Hats are essential to ward of the African sun and protect you from sunburn.

#5: Packing in your heavy walking boots is unnecessary (unless you are doing a walking safari). Simple lightweight safari shoes/trainers (non white) or sandals/sports sandals are more sensible.

#6: Packing too much clothing. You will not need more than 2 or 3 comfortable non-synthetic short sleeved safari shirts and the same amount of long sleeved safari tops.

Also pack 2 or 3 (each) comfortable non-synthetic shorts and long trousers. Long trousers and a long sleeved safari shirt can be worn at night to stay warm and protect from mosquito bites and safari vests are great to carry all the essential gear with you.

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Itineraries from the USA to Paris and on to South Africa

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Days Date Itineraries 
       
(3) February 27 to March 01 San Francisco/Oakland ~ Los Angeles ~ Paris ~ Johannesburg and transfer to Rosebank Hotel ~ Breakfast
2 March 02 - 03 Johannesburg ~ Victoria Falls ~ Livingston Hotel  
1 March 04 Johannesburg ~ Rosebank Hotel ~ Breakfast
March 05 Flight to Kruger Park ~ Leopard Hill (Flight included via Federal Airlines) Overnight ~ Full Board
3 March 06 Full day game drive Leopard Hill ~ Overnight ~ Full Board.  
3 March 07 - 10 Game drive in morning Leopard Hill ~ Afternoon transfer for flight to Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth ~ Pick up Nissan Group C car!
3 March 11 - 13 Arrive Capetown ~ Cape Grace Hotel ~ Bed and Breakfast ~ Three nights
1 March 14 Drop off car at the airport ~ Then Capetown ~ Johannesburg ~ Paris ~ Los Angeles ~ Oakland and San Francisco
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Flights from Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Kruger Park and Capetown back to Johannesburg!

       
Date Itineraries 
      Nationwide Airlines & Federal to Kruger

February 27

San Francisco/Oakland ~ Los Angeles ~ Paris ~ Johannesburg and transfer to Rosebank Hotel ~ Breakfast
March 02  Johannesburg to Victoria Falls 11:20 arrive 12:56 - African Queen boat on the river and the hippos!
March 04 Victoria Falls 13:35 arrive 15:15 in Johannesburg  
March 05 Flight Johannesburg to Kruger Park ~ Leopard Hill (Flight included - Federal) Overnight ~ Full Board
March 07 Afternoon transfer for flight  Kruger Park to Port Elizabeth ~ 13:25 arrive 15:15 ~ drive to Capetown!
March 11 Arrive Capetown ~ Cape Grace Hotel ~ Bed and Breakfast ~ Three nights
March 14 Capetown to Johannesburg ~ 14:10 arrive 16:10 ~ Drop off car at the airport 
March 14 Then  ~ Paris ~ Los Angeles ~ Oakland and San Francisco
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Distances between cities in South Africa!

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Payment on February 10, 2006 for trip plus extra for daily expenses!

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Brendan Air France Schedule from LAX to Paris and on to Johannesburg and back!

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Boarding passes for Air France and Nationwide in South Africa!

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