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Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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peggy stolowitz Mar 23, 2015 at 06:15 PM

thanks to all of you for your great ideas and suggestions. One more question, I do take prescription medication as well as over the counter meds. I do know that some need to be labeled do I need to bring another note from my MD? I am looking forward to this trip. Thanks, Pegy
Karen Petras Mar 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM

I believe the reason for having a copy of your script is in case you need to refill. No one has ever checked on my meds (anywhere internationally), OTC or Prescription. Medical pot might be another matter. A doctor's note is not necessary.
peggy stolowitz Mar 24, 2015 at 03:23 PM

thanks for the information. Peggy


Maureen Hutchinson Mar 22, 2015 at 08:03 PM

Think layers not heavy coat. Tshirt plus long sleeved safari shirt, plus fleece plus windbreaker.i appreciated my cotton infinity scarf around my neck and over my face for dust wind or cold.i also appreciated my long underwear top and bottom for tent camp. As to cell phone: liked having it at lodges when wi Fi available, but turn the ability call and receive OFF when leave US so no surprise bills for voice mags or incoming.
Maureen Hutchinson Mar 23, 2015 at 07:36 AM

by the way, I went in July of 2014


peggy stolowitz Mar 21, 2015 at 09:01 PM

I am going on this trip on July 15th and am greatly looking forward to "this great adventure". I do have several questions to ask. Is there any reason to bring my cell phone I can access the internet and do not expect to make or receive phone calls, but it needs to be plugged in, sooo? Elephant ride, would love to do it, really ,really but how does one climb up and down? As I live in Portland Or. via many years in NYC and MA. all that I read about cold temp. does not sound that cold and I want to save space what do I really need to protect myself from the cold. I have gloves, warm socks and a hat I don't really want to travel from Portland to Atlanta lugging around heavy coats or jackets. I usually wear a light long jacket with one heavy sweater, is this is good enough. Thanks to for any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Peggy
Robert Torczyer Mar 21, 2015 at 11:02 PM

We went June 2014. It was cold (we live in California) but not like NYC or Mass. We did not bring heavy coat but did bring layers. I had long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, down vest (uni qlo) and fleece jacket. Early morning I started with all of it and stripped layers as the day went on. Gloves and hat are good. I suggest a bandana for dust on the ride from Botswana airport to mobile tent camp.


peggy stolowitz Mar 21, 2015 at 09:01 PM

I am going on this trip on July 15th and am greatly looking forward to "this great adventure". I do have several questions to ask. Is there any reason to bring my cell phone I can access the internet and do not expect to make or receive phone calls, but it needs to be plugged in, sooo? Elephant ride, would love to do it, really ,really but how does one climb up and down? As I live in Portland Or. via many years in NYC and MA. all that I read about cold temp. does not sound that cold and I want to save space what do I really need to protect myself from the cold. I have gloves, warm socks and a hat I don't really want to travel from Portland to Atlanta lugging around heavy coats or jackets. I usually wear a light long jacket with one heavy sweater, is this is good enough. Thanks to for any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Peggy
Karen Petras Mar 22, 2015 at 09:56 AM

I bring my iPhone for use in stateside calls and games to occupy my time, but I don't use it on safari. July is one of the coldest months. I don't think you need to schlep a "heavy" coat, but as I and many others have said, you need layers. When I went in June, my outer layer was a wool hooded sweatshirt. Under that layer I wore long underwear a turtleneck shirt, a regular shirt and a vest as well as a knitted hat. I did not have gloves, but wish I had! All of that for early morning and afternoon into night safaris. For the elephant ride they have platform that the rider climbs up to and straddles the elephant. Not as hard as mounting a horse from the ground. The elephant is driven between two upright posts so he cannot move side to side.
John Lukasik Mar 22, 2015 at 09:15 PM

By all means, do the elephant ride. You get on and off using an elevated platform. It was fun, and you get to feed them at the end, which makes for a great photo!
peggy stolowitz Mar 23, 2015 at 06:12 PM

thanks so much. I do have one more question regarding medication do you have any idea regarding perscription and over the counter meds?
John Lukasik Mar 23, 2015 at 06:24 PM

Take what you need. I have no recollection of anyone checking our pills or prescriptions. I think you already know that you will need a yellow fever certificate.


Premium Email Subscriber Mar 16, 2015 at 05:46 PM

Any packing suggestions for this trip any do's or don'ts.I am coming from Florida so I am a warm weather person
Karen Petras Mar 17, 2015 at 08:56 AM

This is somewhat an individual choice, but this is what I advise. Pack so you can dress in layers. Bring casual/utilitarian clothes, i.e. pants that allow you to climb (and I do mean climb!) in and out of safari vehicles, clothes that allow you to cover exposed skin, shoes that you can wear all day,everyday. Mine are waterproof which eliminates the need for packing a second pair for the trip to Victoria Falls. I pack about three changes of clothing (wearing pants at least two days) and plan on having my laundry done at the lodges. I am very mindful of the weight of my suitcases.
Premium Email Subscriber Mar 17, 2015 at 09:23 PM

How heavy is your coat or could I get by with a therma fit hooded sweatshirt if i wear layers I do not want to pack to heavy. Pej Boder Fort Lauderdaleer
Premium Email Subscriber Mar 17, 2015 at 09:24 PM

Karen Petras Mar 18, 2015 at 09:12 AM

I would think your sweatshirt would be fine with layers. Remember, though, I have not been there in April. Check the low temps that they sent us in our packet. My coat is a Lands End Prima loft that fit in it's own pocket i. e. light weight, but warm.


Maureen Hutchinson Mar 16, 2015 at 02:18 PM

Regarding Malarone:
I have had no side effects the three times I have taken Malarone prophylactically. As Dan said, this is not the one that gives you bad dreams and other side effects usually.
Karen Petras Mar 16, 2015 at 02:50 PM

This is all good news! Thanks.


Karen Petras Mar 16, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Has anyone had negative side effects when taking Malarone (prophylaxis)? When I went to Africa before it was winter and none of us took it as there were no mosquitoes. Anyone NOT going to take a anti-malaria drug?
Dan Follmer Mar 16, 2015 at 01:23 PM

I have taken it twice without any side affects and plan on taking it again this trip.. Malarone is NOT the drug that is accociated with weird dreams
Karen Petras Mar 16, 2015 at 02:16 PM

Thanks, Dan!


Premium Email Subscriber Feb 23, 2015 at 09:35 PM

This blog is very useful. My husband and I are going on the Sept 18, 2015 trip. Would love to hear some advise about fall trips, would love to hear from someone who has taken the elephant safari, not just an elephant ride. Also would love to hear from anyone that will be on the trip at the same time. We are traveling from Maine.
Karen Petras Mar 01, 2015 at 02:54 PM

I'm not sure this is the information you are looking for, but here goes. On Day 8 there will be an afternoon for participating in your choice of a number of "extra" activities. One of the choices is an hour or so on elephant back. I took this option in 2012. and thought it was great fun. We went as a large group, more or less one behind the other, into the bush.If there were animals to be seen, you could definitely see them from that height. We took the elephants down to the river so they could drink and we took pictures. A videographer came along to capture the event and of course a CD was made (for sale) for us to purchase before we left. I am going again when I come to Africa in April.
Premium Email Subscriber Mar 04, 2015 at 07:53 AM

Yes, that is the activity I was asking about. Are there severl people on each elephant or just a few. I think it would be fun to be up close and personal. Are they African elephans used for this. I understand they are difficult to train and may need to use a different breed. Can you tell I'm excited to be going on this trip.
Karen Petras Mar 04, 2015 at 12:06 PM

They are indeed African elephants! There is one mahout and one rider on each elephant. The exception being a husband and wife who want to double up. The rider sits right behind the mahout who is sitting right behind the elephants head. They give you elephant treats to put in the trunk when the elephant reaches back for some.
Brenda Roberts Mar 06, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Brenda Roberts Mar 06, 2015 at 12:49 PM

I too am very excited about this trip. Has been on the bucket list for a long time. Thanks Karen for sharing your experiences and advise based on your previous trip. I'm looking forward to meetingyou all. I'm flying out of JFK. Maybe I'll meet some of you there. I suspect that I probably will be the token Canadian on the trip.
Karen Petras Mar 06, 2015 at 01:25 PM

I'm so glad to hear from you! I'm flying out of Dulles, so I'll meet you in Johannesburg, probably at the hotel.
Premium Email Subscriber Mar 08, 2015 at 11:32 PM

Thank you Karen for your great information.


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