Saturday, March 13, 2010

Question For Anyone Still Reading

So last night my wife and I went to a charity event that included a silent auction. The event also happened to occur fairly close in time to our 15th anniversary. So we agreed that perhaps we'd splurge a little at the auction if something caught our eye. Nothing really did, but there were a couple of trips that looked amazing, like once in a lifetime things, but probably beyond our means. For fun I bid on one of them. Actually both, but one of them quickly went wild. The other one wound up in my lap for considerably less than half of its posted value. Which was not really what I'd planned.

Long story short, anyone out there familiar with safari trips in South Africa and willing to provide some information? Please?


Blogger tysgirl said...

My best advise is don't carry a steak in your pocket :-)

I'm seriously jealous. I would love to do something like that with my Canon glued to my face....oh the pictures I could take. Did you ever get around to upgrading your camera? Email me if you want help spending your money on some camera gear.

Happy Anniversary to you and your wife!

8:18 AM  
Blogger B.E. Earl said...

They say that you can go right up to the lions and hand feed them raw goat bits. But you better make sure to smear that goat blood all over you before you approach them. So they know it safe.

Have a trip!

9:58 AM  
Blogger limpy99 said...

Tysgirl, I have not upgraded my camera yet, but that will be on the list of unanticipated expenses this auction is going to lead to. As well as airfare for four and lodging for two. And tips. And spare cash. I am so screwed. Hey, wanna buy a trip to South Africa???

Earl, yeah, and I've heard that the natives love it when you refer to them as "you people". Remind me never to go on a trip with you.

11:10 AM  
Blogger tysgirl said...

You're taking the kids too? That's awesome, what a wonderful memory that will be for them to carry through life....assuming they don't get eaten by a lion.

Don't sweat the cash, it will be worth it I'm sure.

5:41 PM  
Blogger dykewife said...

first off, happy anniversary (imagine me singing the happy anniversary song from flintstones)

second, dude! get a good dslr and lots of storage media. get your shots (immunizations that is) and get on the plane to the cape of africa.

and take out a loan.

6:02 PM  
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6:56 PM  
Blogger Persnickety Ticker said...

Jealous. Don't forget to take pictures of your empty wallet.

9:36 PM  
Blogger limpy99 said...

Tysgirl, the kids roughly double what we paid at the auction, but I can't see going on a safari and leaving them home. I'm trying not to sweat the cash, but it's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip one way or the other, as it'll take that long to pay it off.

DW, hell, I had to take out a loan to meet the auction price! It'll take two more to pay for the rest of it.

Spammer, fuck off.

PT, hell, I could take that picture without leaving the house.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Cedar said...

Safari? Okay are you talking Safari like the 1950's Tarzan movies? Or a modern day Safari where you ride on a bus and take pictures out the window? Because big difference there really.

That being said all I know about Africa is that I went to college with a girl whose parents where missionaries in Zimbabwe, but I think it was actually Rhodesia back then. Anyway she would talk about how really big snakes would come into the compound and her mother would have to take a gun out and shoot them. You probably don't have to worry about really big snakes coming into your compound anyway, the missionaries probably shot them all thinking they were satan or something.

You caught on way back that I have no actual information to give you about Safaris don't you? I think a friend of mine owned a Safari once...but that was some sort of R.V.

Yeah I got nothing.

12:52 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Holy Expensive Trip, Batman! Happy Anniversary! Happy impending bankruptcy!

Call the public health dept. for a vaccination schedule for the region you're traveling to, some of them require sequential doses and you need to have enough time to get them all in before you go. And sunscreen. Have a lot of that with you, unless it's the rainy season, in which case, pack a lot of Deet.

I don't know... but I'm envious all the same.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

I assume you mean "photo safari." The gun kind still exist. Friends of mine took one last year and killed all kinda wierd shit. Hope that's not what you bought without realizing . . . .
Expect some discomfort. Also expect that the safari companies are pretty damn amazing in abilities to provide really great food and creature comforts considering you're camped in the uncivilized outback of an uncivilized country on an uncivilized continent.
You're taking kids on a safari? For what, bait?

2:16 PM  
Blogger limpy99 said...

Cedar, I would prefer it if the snakes ate the missionaries, but that's just how I roll.

E, and somehow I knew you would be the one to come in with the sensible travel information. Thank you for that.

Dale, it is indeed a photo safari. I seriously doubt anyone wants me wandering around anywhere with a high-powered rifle. I'm jumpy and have bad aim.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Lil Bit said...

Sorry, no help here, bud .. but post pix when (if) ya make ya back! ;)

1:28 PM  

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