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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #100 on: June 03, 2015, 09:08:10 am »
Absolutely loving this!


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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #101 on: June 03, 2015, 08:27:15 pm »
The T tailed twin and the female leopard are THE best photographs I have ever seen on this forum, Thank you Heather.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #102 on: June 04, 2015, 01:20:05 pm »
Cheesy, no, thank YOU!
I really appreciate it.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #103 on: June 04, 2015, 03:26:22 pm »
I've really enjoyed reading this so far, and am also a little envious.

Not too many people get to do what they want in life.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #104 on: June 05, 2015, 08:37:33 am »
 :sip: Thanks
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #105 on: June 22, 2015, 09:10:54 am »

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #106 on: June 23, 2015, 01:43:40 pm »
 :biggrin: Love dit sit nog op as jy kans kry ek is te armgat vir n Regte Botswana trip
nou geniet ek jou fotos  :ricky:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #107 on: July 21, 2015, 02:16:13 pm »
it's been two months since last update... ping Sardine


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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #108 on: July 21, 2015, 07:22:55 pm »
Been working long hours lately. Up before 5am, and fast asleep by 8.30pm. Will try find some energy for an update soonish.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #109 on: October 08, 2015, 10:17:15 am »
Sardine, we be missing your interesting reports. If you ever go to Xaranna lodge, my nephew Paul and his fiancÚ run it, get him to take you out on a game drive.
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #110 on: October 15, 2015, 06:29:03 pm »
Hi Windswept,

Sorry, been hectic. I am slowly catching up with my writing.

Unfortunately we don't  get to stay at Xaranna as part of the job, but I am hoping to take a few days leave and go there. So I will defintely have a chat with Paul. Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #111 on: October 16, 2015, 09:14:41 pm »
 :thumleft: Maybe if you win the Lotto.
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #112 on: October 17, 2015, 06:03:54 am »
:thumleft: Maybe if you win the Lotto.

Despite mann 5am wake-ups, 12 hour days and dealing with some rude tourists, the job has its perks. One of them being more affordable rates at some camps :)

But I wouldn't  mind winning the Lotto anyway :D

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #113 on: October 19, 2015, 07:28:59 pm »
When I see what some lodges charge makes my eyes water! Enjoy :thumleft:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #114 on: October 27, 2015, 06:19:04 am »
So, I am sitting in Khwai River Lodge, I have an 11:15 take-off, which means it's  one of the rare days where I can sleep late. Naturally, I am wide awake at 05:50. Okay, maybe not wide awake, but my eyes are open. Sort of.

Instead of crawling back into my super comfortable bed, I figured I should post an update.
Plus, the wind is howling and there are clouds around... we might just get pula (rain) today, so I am excited.

Okay, updates...
I can barely remember what I did two days ago, so I don't  have tok much to say about the happenings over the past few months. 3 things do stand out though.

In August I went back to South Africa for a week (yay!). I had to go to Wonderboom to complete my Initial Turbine Type Rating. Ugh, Gauteng, right. That's  what I thought in the beginning. But it was so nice to be back in civilisation  (a Capetonian calling Gautengers civilised?!). And well, hello, turbine rating, how cool is that!

I flew to ORT on Air Botswana which was a really pleasant flight. Despite taking 30min longer than Airlink as they operate ATR's vs Airlink's RJ85 jets, the seats were comfy, legroom good, food yummy (unlimited biltong), and the aircraft is about as quiet  as the Dash 8 (which is what Express uses).

As for the turbine rating, I did that on the Quest Kodiak, which is a bit like a Cessna Caravan. It's  a single engine turboprop built to take on the most remote places you can think of. Originally designed for missionaries who needed to get to remote locations, it's  a modern, solid bush plane. While smaller than the Caravan, it is faster and comes standard with the Carmin G1000 avionics suite. It can seat 1+8, but its centre of gravity is quite far aft and it falls on its tail easily. Which means we need to be careful.

The rating was intense. It was my second time flying in Gauteng airspace, and the first  time since January that I saw hills, so I was over the moon (yes, Botswana is that flat). Before I knew it I was endorsed with a shiney turbine rating, a huge milestone. And now, I had time to relax.

It was so weird being able to cover big (ish) distances in very little time. And driving at 120km/h on a good highway in a car with powersteering had me all over the place (i wasn't  used to the good response time... in Maun you rarely go over 40km/h, and my trusty skadonk doesn't  have power steering).

So, that was the first highlight.

The second was hitting 1500hrs total time (with over 500hrs in the Airvan alone). I have all sorts of stats on the flying I have done, which I will post when I get home.

And the third is the realisation that I have been living in Botswana for a year. Time has flown! I have had some good and bad experiences, learnt a lot, met hundreds of people, and overall I am still having a jol.

But I can't  wait to go home for a few days!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #115 on: October 27, 2015, 09:04:31 am »
Well done.
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #116 on: October 30, 2015, 06:13:08 pm »
Well done on your turbine rating!  :thumleft:

Next time you are in P-Town let us know. We can sort you with chats and food and stuff  :3some:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #117 on: November 02, 2015, 10:25:23 pm »
Well done on your turbine rating!  :thumleft:

Next time you are in P-Town let us know. We can sort you with chats and food and stuff  :3some:

I might just take you up on that offer. Depending on what the "stuff" is.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #118 on: November 02, 2015, 11:39:10 pm »
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #119 on: November 03, 2015, 09:15:09 am »
Well done on your turbine rating!  :thumleft:

Next time you are in P-Town let us know. We can sort you with chats and food and stuff  :3some:

I might just take you up on that offer. Depending on what the "stuff" is.
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get outta my gutter!!!  :eek7:

stuff = meet other dawgs, go for a ride, have a few drinks, etc.  :thumleft:  :imaposer:
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