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Thanks for your wonderful report. I am 78 and trying to decide if I have one more safari in me (have done 6). After reading your account I believe I can do it. It is amazing the pull that Africa exerts on the heart. I want to visit Botswana (especially the Delta) one more time and you have inspired me.

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After four nights in Cape Town, we flew to Maun for a twelve night early October safari in Botswana. Not a photographer, I’m afraid, so words will have to do.   I’m mid-seventies now, and no

On an afternoon drive we joined the Marsh pack of wild dogs as they prepared to hunt. It’s a large pack of twenty five dogs (recently twenty-six, but one was missing that day and perhaps permanently).

I was relieved to be on firmer footing on the hardwood floors of Kwando Splash Camp, using ramps instead of steps, and easing my aches under the piping hot water. Splash was the largest camp we’d been

9 hours ago, mphelps said:

It is amazing the pull that Africa exerts on the heart.


That will always be there

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Thank you so much, mphelps. The timing was amazing. Just a few months later we were in lockdown and could barely leave the house. And here I was with all these very recent memories of Africa to entertain me. 

I would encourage you to go. I may try another one myself. If only the journey was easier from California. Go for it!

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I am catching up after a long time away. Rather than a trip report, I read this as a heart-warming story of adventure, courage and providing hope to others. Thank you@shouldbewriting

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