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African Safari

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by labgnat, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. labgnat

    labgnat Inactive

    Oct 29, 2005
    outta this world
    Anyone ever taken an African safari? how amazing was it?

    i was looking for travel agents to call on yp.com for my vacation and came across 1 that specialized in african safaris. the wife would never go for it, but dang that'd be one of the coolest vacations ever.

    oh and what's up with out of the 15 travel agencies i called about 9 of em's # was disconnected and only 2 had real people answer. they make it easy to choose who to buy from that's for sure.
  2. labgnat

    labgnat Inactive

    Oct 29, 2005
    outta this world
  3. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Most of my vacation center around visiting family (England, Japan) or surfing (Maldives, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico).
  4. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    The idea of doing something like that seems cool but there are so many things that could go very wrong. Not just the obvious getting eaten by a lion but diseases, infections, lousy room service. :)
  5. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Plus mosquitoes with malaria. Those are a lot of fun.
  6. labgnat

    labgnat Inactive

    Oct 29, 2005
    outta this world
    naysay as you please, but i'm sure 100's of thousands if not more do it each year.
  7. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    I couldn't find the song on Utube but this is me. Sung to the tune of I've been everywhere man. :)

    I never go nowhere, man
    I never go nowhere
    Traffic’s bad out there, man.
    I’m savin’ wear and tear.
    I like conditioned air, man
    I never go nowhere

    I go
    Upstairs, downstairs, backyard, lawn chairs,
    Living room, bathroom, bedroom, furnace room,
    Hot-tub, cedar deck, build a fire, washer/dryer,
    Pantry, patio, Bartiromo video,
    Cold cellar, rec room, ping-pong, mah jongg,
    Beer count wearin’ thin, speed dial,
    Order in.

    I ain’t goin’ nowhere, man.
    I ain’t goin’ nowhere
    It’s dangerous out there, man
    Might ‘a been a big bomb scare.
    Hard to get off of this easy chair.
    I ain’t goin’ nowhere

    I go
    Online, dsl, amazon, buy and sell,
    Ebay, layaway, last bid noon today,
    Plasma, Judy Judge, broadband, Matt Drudge,
    J.Crew, B&N, dotcom, CNN
    JPEG, e.mail, pop-up she-male
    Shower cam, filter spam, slam bam.
    I think it’s ma’am

    I ain’t goin’ nowhere, man
    Never gonna go nowhere
    It’s a bungled jungle out there, man
    Some kid got mauled by a bear
    Surround sound in my own lair
    I ain’t goin’ nowhere….

    I got
    Perimeter, motion, doggie door, mail call
    Peep hole, Avon, wireless, strobes on.
    PIN Code, keypad, relay, pepper spray,
    Homebase, interface, three-zone, plug ‘n play.
    Infra-red, photocell, squad car, decibel,
    Choppers up, sonic boom,
    Activate the panic room.

    I’m on,
    Ritalin, Coumadin, Zantac, Lipitor
    Diazepam, Nexium, Prevacid, Percocet
    Levitra, Levaquin, Elavil, Fosomax,
    Plavix, Keflex, Next day Fedex
    Zithromax Avalox, Flexeril, Topomax,
    Prozac, Ativan, Aderol,
    I take ‘em all.

    I ain’t goin’ nowhere, man.
    Never gonna go nowhere
    I’m cuttin’ my own hair, man
    Nothin’ I need out there.
    Outside sunny but inside cher
    I ain’t goin’ nowhere.
  8. Diggler


    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA
    Make sure you adopt a poor little African kid as a souvenier... doesn't matter if he's an orphan or not... it's all the rage in Hollywood.
  9. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I went on a safari while I was living in Zambia in the summer of '92.

    It was really cool, but doing the walking safari with two guys armed only with bolt-action rifles that looked to be from WWI made me a little nervous. I just made sure there were at least a couple folks in the group I knew I could outrun in an emergency. ;) Remember, you don't have to outrun the lion, just your friends. :p I only did one walking safari, then spent the rest of the time doing safaris in the nice big safe 4-wheel-drive truck, thank you very much.

    Zambia was a great place for a safari. They have an entire valley (Luangwa valley) that's one giant wilderness preserve, with the largest African elephant population anywhere. It was an English colony, so most people speak English well, and it's not nearly as crowded or dangerous (IMO) as Kenya. I've heard complaints from some people who went on safari in Kenya that they saw nearly as many fellow tourists as animals in the bush. Tanzania has the Serengeti, but that probably gets really hot. Zambia is cheaper, stable politically, and pretty well taken care of.

    Season matters, too. In the dry season, it's a little easier to see the animals, as they tend to congregate near water.

    Be sure to follow all malaria protocols.
    You DO NOT want malaria, as you never get rid of it, even if you recover. I had a professor who had gotten it 20 years prior to me meeting her, and when she had a surgery, it flared up again and darned near killed her.

    It wouldn't hurt to take a great antibiotic, too. The worst diarrhea I ever got was in Zambia, and if I hadn't taken the antibiotics I might have been driven to madness by it. :eek:

    Was it cool? You bet, but the pics I took never did it justice.
  10. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    Yep, sounds like GREAT fun. :)
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    My father went on a safari in South Africa two years before he died. His dream of a lifetime trip - I can't begin to tell you how awesome it was for him. Six record sized animals, in six shots! Badass he was....

    I went to Djibouti, Africa. You pretty much want to avoid that.
  12. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    If you like seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, by all means do a safari. Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe are some countries that come to mind. There are all kinds of packages available for any length of stay and any budget.

    We went to Kenya and hung out on the Masai Mara twenty years ago. Our daughter went to Tanzania in 2005. Very memorable experiences. If you have the chance, go for it.
  13. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I plan to go on a Safari one day. Of course, I won't be shooting at animals, I've got love and respect for nature, so I'll be happy to let them live.
  14. karrot-x

    karrot-x Inactive

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Hunting or camera?
  15. Diggler


    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA

    To each their own... I have love and respect for nature, AND I hunt. :)
  16. That has got to be one of the best vacations in the world.

    Imagine witnessing something like this:

    (another TB'er posed this before)

    Just make a doctors appointment and get the appropriate vaccinations before you go.
  17. Anthbass


    Jul 24, 2006
    Going on Safari can be a very exciting experience, especially if you've not had the opportunity to see many exotic animals in person. That said, the quality of safaris on offer ranges from dismal to completely-over-the-top and pricing is likewise. If you do decide to try one, I would recommend taking a trip through the Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania, which has over 3000 square miles of protected habitat. As a kid, I read about big game hunters who used to bag elephants and lions there and had always wanted to see it.
    Check out this site:http://www.ngorongoro-crater-africa.org/
    good luck.
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