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19th July 2006 ~ Phone call
from Julian Teece:-
- Julian rang to say they had had their best day yet.
Up early (5 am) by 6.30 am all tents had been dismantled,
they were washed, breakfasted and ready for the first
game drive of the day. Julian made a point of saying
that the behaviour of everyone has been absolutely outstanding
and they have got packing down to a fine art... very
much akin to that of a Formula One pit stop team! Everyone
has adjusted to their individual roles and responsibilities
Their first port of call
today was by a waterhole where they watched 3 lions
lying quietly observing a number of zebra which were
stood nearby. It would appear these lions had been involved
in a kill the day before and therefore weren't hungry.
Apparently you could still see the blood around their
Next as they were driving
along another 3 lions came into view. They took a diversion
down a small track and parked and were then treated
to the sight of them walking across the road - literally
right in front of their bonnets - just 5 ft from where
they were sat in the landrovers. Amongst them was a
young male with a beautiful mane who regally trotted
They then continued on
to Namutoni Camp where this afternoon they watched a
herd of about a dozen elephants demolish a small group
of trees. There was a bull elephant who was estimated
to be about 60 years old (standing approximately 16ft
in height). There were a number of female and young
elephants and they got to within 30 feet of them.
They are now back at camp
and about to go for their first "eat as much as
you can" buffet, which they are all looking forward
Tomorrow they head for
Popa Falls in Botswana. They plan to stop at Grootfontein
en route. Before the money ran out, Julian just managed
to say "Top Class".
I think they are having
a good time, don't you?
Phone call home
to Jackie Withnall
Liz rang tonight and they
are having a fantastic time. Food is very good and tonight
they are going to an eat as much as you like buffet.
Liz repeated several times that she didn't want to come
home - so that probably says it all!! They are enjoying
the luxury of their present site.
Thursday 20th July 2006
~ Email from Jessica Wilding:-
Having an absolutely fantastic time
here in Africa. I really had forgotten how much I love
this place. Namibia is very different to Kenya but still
incredibly beautiful! Oh my, seeing Rhino so close up
was so amazing, I couldn't believe how near we managed
to get as well!!!
Have spent the last two evenings lounging
by the pool! Lovely! Though I am still to get any colour
on me really. Typical!
I've seen the elephants I wanted to
see as well now so that was rather cool. Anyhow, what
else to tell you about? Uummm well as I may have mentioned
Etosha is absolutely lovely - yummmmmm hot showers!
Yes please! Makes a nice change from the freezing cold
one I had on the Plateau.
Speaking of plateau, riding on the
back of the backy is the coolest thing! Though riding
in the back of Teece and Whomsley's landrovers on the
dirt tracks up there was a close second! Though still
nothing beta the rhino.
21st July 2006 ~ Text from
06.53 (GMT) - Leaving
Popa Falls. Long drive yesterday. 8 hours avoiding dogs,
goats and herds of cows crossing the road. Woke up to
the sound of hippo!!
Text from Julian Teece:-
15.16 (GMT) -
Arrived safely in Maun... avoiding suicidal cows!! Settling
into camp, washing clothes and using the swimming pool.
Off to Delta tomorrow in the morning. All excited.
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