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17th July 2006 ~ Phone call
home to Alison Farrant:-
I had a call at 11.50am
from my son (David). They had just reached Etosha National
Park and were about to have lunch (most important).
Said he was having a fantastic time, had seen lots of
wild animals, including the rhino and her calf Mr Teece
mentioned and luckily so far no blisters even though
they been doing quite a bit of walking.
Email from David
Farrant - 13.39hrs
Just got into our second national park
which is like heaven compared to the last one up on
Waterburg plateau. On the plateau there was one open
topped toilet with no door or seat so squatting was
necessary as well as having only one freezing cold shower,
also with no door! I've already seen a rhino and its
baby from 30m away in the wild which apparently is very
rare. I've seen giraffes from about 5m away and tons
of zebra and antelope. We climbed up to the top of a
400m plateau on the first day. Later we're going to
a water hole where apparently we're likely to see elephants
and rhino. Today's highlight was Mr Whomsley stopping
his landrover on the side of the road so he could *****
***** ***** - beating yesterday when our landrover annoyed
everybody with chorus' of "Going loco down in Acappulco"
and "It's raining men".
Extract from email
home from Mike Brown
Hey everyone!! :-) In an
internet cafe at Etosha - how are you all? It's so good
here it's unbelievable! Wrote you a postcard and will
send soon. Gonna go to the waterhole here to see the
animals, just drove by elephants that are making their
way there now. Seen loads of animals - Etosha has wall
to wall animals it's great. Been swimming and everything,
if you get the chance, definitely go to Etosha! Well
sunny here but not uncomfortably hot it's wicked weather.
If any of you see this before anyone else can you let
the others know I emailed?? Thanks :-P I cant see anything
I type except the line above so sorry if this comes
out confusingly wrong - it's hard to type when you can't
see! Anyway, I might contact you soon but I might not
be able to, enjoy whatever you do and I’ll see
you all soon!
Phone call home
to Kevin & Gill James - 17.25hrs
Received a phone call from our daughter Laura to say
everything everything was going well, and what an amazing
time they were having, they had just been to the watering
hole to see the Elephants, and enjoying their one night
of luxury (swimming pool).
Phone call home to Steve & Cheryl Shaw
Jade phoned on Monday evening.
Having a great time. Swimming at Etosha and game watching
at floodlit watering hole. Got excellent photo of mother
rhino's backside then memory card was full and missed
the shot when she turned round and stared from 30 metres
away, Doh! Getting sick of the sight of giraffe and
zebra, apparently they're everywhere. Will try and phone
again Tuesday evening.
Extracts of phone
call received / email sent from Georgina Clark.
She is having an absolutely fantastic
time. She loved the Wilderness camp and is now enjoying
the luxury of 3 swimming pools and warm showers. In
Etosha; in every direction she looks she can see wildlife;
fantastic. She has seen Black Rhino, Zebra, Antelope,
Buffalo and has been face to face with two Giraffes.
“The Trip so far has been amazing
AND I AM ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH.”
Phone call home to Rob Titterton
James rang Monday evening having a
fab time weather not to hot, food good, great wild life
- all going well.
Tuesday 18th July 2006
~ Phone call home to Emma Whipp:-
I had a call from Annina this afternoon,
she was in very high spirits. Loving every minute of
it so far. She said 'They had all seen loads of wild
animals, the food was great and the weather was fabulous'.
The camp site where she phoned me from had a pool and
they were basking in the sunshine until dinner. The
only negative thing she had to say were the cold nights,
but then she did expect that.
Extract from email home from
I have seen lots of animals....elephants,
rhino, giraffes and zebra. I have been swimming and
sunbathing today. Get up most days at 6.00pm! Been on
a game drive today. Am having the best time. Done loads
of walking and have never enjoyed physical activity
Phone call home to David and
Louise rang at 18.00 GMT on the 18th July, from Etosha.
She said the only bad thing about the trip so far was
the journey out, which was quite cramped and they kept
serving her vegetable curries on both flights! Everyone
is in very good spirits and getting on well. She has
seen loads of wild animals including rhino, elephants
and giraffes, The giraffes are her favourite animal
so far. She also said that it was cold at night, but
she is well equipped for that and with four people in
the tent they keep each other warm. She admitted the
tent they are in was very messy mainly because of her
stuff! Sitting around the campfire at night has been
great fun. She is enjoying it all hugely and sends her
love to everyone back home.
Email Home from Emma Honey
Hello everyone! This is the first time
I've been able to get to a computer. It's been awesome
though! It's winter out here so tis quite cold during
the night, and it gets dark at 5.30pm! At the moment
we're in Etosha national park and soon we're going out
on a game drive, where we will hopefully see some lions!
So far I've seen loads of giraffe, a white rhino (which
we got to within 20 meters of), buffalo, wilderbeast,
illand, springbok, zebra. So lots so far already. It's
so much fun out here, although I do miss home a bit,
but camping isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Better
go now, internet time running out
lots of love, missing you all Emma xxxxx
~ Phone calls home from Danielle Wheeler:-
Had two calls from Danielle
on Monday and Tuesday this week. She sounded really
excited and full of the trip. She did mention the toilet
facilities whilst camping on the Waterburg Plateau,
but was relieved to have a shower and toilet with a
door and roof at Etosha!! She mentioned all the animals
they have seen and how lovely Etosha is.
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