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SAA still flying to/from US; safari providers; ground arrangements

Old Aug 15, 23, 6:05 pm
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Originally Posted by bundubasher
You could book flights via Sao Paulo Brazil to Cape Town or Johannesburg. That South Atlantic flight, if memory serves, is about 10 hours. If you are looking at safari options, I like Zambia (SLNP, NLNP) and Zimbabwe- especially Mana Pools. You get the opportunity to do bush walking in the parks. A very special experience. Primarily no fenced in wildlife. But that may be a bit too much for 1st time safari goers.
We've not been to any of the camps/lodges in Zimbabwe but we went on an extended 3 week tour of the Lower Zambezi NP and the South Luangwa NP in Zambia last September/October. The camps are wonderful and the parks are beautiful but IMO the game viewing is significantly better in some of the private reserves of the Sabi near the Kruger NP in South Africa, A notable exception to this were the water based activities on the Lower Zambezi. There were experiences on the water that you can get nowhere else.
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Old Aug 19, 23, 8:20 pm
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I also had a tremendous experience in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The Bushcamp Company offers a top notch program from the moment you land to the moment you depart. I can't say enough about their talented staff; they are terrific and genuinely care about their guests and wildlife. The walking safari is a must as previously noted/suggested.

On another occasion, I enjoyed a one day safari in Botswana (Chobe National Park) when staying in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Half the day was a safari drive and the other half a safari by boat on the Chobe River. This was also a unique and wonderful experience.

The Zambia airport is a little tricky to navigate and should you fly through there I can offer suggestions as it relates to storing baggage, time to allow, etc.
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