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Offline ROOI

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #40 on: January 16, 2015, 02:21:28 pm »
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #41 on: January 17, 2015, 07:33:53 am »
Awesome, Thanks.  :sip:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #42 on: January 17, 2015, 12:45:25 pm »
Is the Limpopo Valley the same as the Thuli Block?

Excellent read this, I followed the "Bush Pilots" series on DSTV and this reminds me a lot thereof. At least you didn't have to wait for months to land a job! Enjoy every moment. 

Hi Cruizaman,
Yes, Limpopo Valley is in the Thuli Block area.

I didn't have to camp for months, but it did take 2 years before I got the job.

Thanks for all the feedback so far!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #43 on: January 17, 2015, 06:41:30 pm »
 :sip: Geez, thanks Sardine, nice pics, can only imagine the good fishing to be done in that lot of water, done a bit of microlight flying, so I can relate, slightly. :3some:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2015, 09:09:44 am »
Hey hoor jy gan een van die dae n IRON BUTT run doen met jou DR  :ricky:

hoeveel kilometer het jy gevlieg ?

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2015, 12:12:58 pm »
DragonFly, I'm not big into the fishing, but a colleague is, and yip, apparently it's pretty darn good out here!

Zetman, ja, hopefully the DR trip will work out  :biggrin:
Kilometer's for the Limpopo Valley flight? 1400km

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #46 on: January 20, 2015, 02:41:37 pm »
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verry kewl stuff, thanks.. :thumleft:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #47 on: January 20, 2015, 03:21:06 pm »
Am enjoying this thread, keep us updated  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #48 on: January 20, 2015, 04:08:39 pm »
Fantastic thread and pictures. 

We are going to make a quick turn in Botswana during April/May.  It is such a beautiful country.   
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #49 on: January 20, 2015, 07:07:18 pm »
Awesome Heather!

Lekker gelees en gaan hopenlik lekker kan aanhou lees  :sip:

Fear is temporary, Regret is forever.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #50 on: January 21, 2015, 09:35:34 am »
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #51 on: January 22, 2015, 02:53:35 pm »
Excellent stuff Sardine :ricky:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2015, 06:17:24 pm »
Respect for living your dream .
Well written .
Bots is great and exactly like you describe it .
Wish I had the time to ride my DR up with you .
But must get back .
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #53 on: January 27, 2015, 05:54:00 pm »
Please do not stop your story now, wonderful photo's and the writing style makes for pleasurable reading, thank you.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #54 on: January 27, 2015, 06:28:57 pm »
Respect for living your dream .
Well written .
Bots is great and exactly like you describe it .
Wish I had the time to ride my DR up with you .
But must get back .

Wou nou net vir Pa die link stuur en check of Pa die gesien het.

Respek......dit lees soos fiksie en jou fotos is top notch.

Ek volg jou journey met alle erns. Dit sit nie in enige man/vrou se broek om so 'n droom te volg nie.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #55 on: January 27, 2015, 07:15:00 pm »

Sardine, I stand at attention and salute you  :thumleft:  Excuse the pun but "you have the balls" to challenge and do something you have dreamt about and that you can at least tick off this dream on your bucket list.

Really enjoy reading your story and you make the rest of us feel like dreamers  :peepwall:

Please keep it coming  :sip:

Safe flying  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #56 on: January 28, 2015, 12:24:47 pm »
A very big thanks for all of the positive feedback!  :thumleft:

Right, so where was I...

An African Christmas

Christmas time is meant to be all about family and celebration. This was the first time I would be spending Christmas away from home, so it took a bit of getting used to. Most of the shops got into the swing of things and broke out the Christmas decorations. But unlike back home, there wasnít any Christmas music, no lights lining the streets, and no smell of Christmas wafting out of the kitchen at home (man, I miss our Christmas cookies).

Because most people donít get to take leave over Christmas, there were a lot of us around. So while we couldnít spend Christmas with our families, at least weíd be with friends.

Christmas Eve was spent at the Samedupe Pan, about a 30 minute drive from Maun. A storm was rolling past in the distance, so we were presented with a spectacular light show as the sun set, casting a dramatic glow on the horizon.

With the fire going and drinks flowing, it was an evening spent in good company, with good food. Not quite a Christmas spread, but a braai is almost as good.

The next morning it was off to work as usual.
I would be spending Christmas Day doing a bit of flying, and then relaxing in camp on a night stop. It would be my first time at Chiefís Camp, which is located on Chiefís Island.
I had heard a lot about this camp, and was looking forward to it. Maybe now I would get to dine on a more traditional Christmas dinner. Wishful thinking...

The camp was spectacular. A beautiful viewing deck-cum-lounge-cum-pool-cum-dining area, and chalets raised on stilts. It was beautifully decorated with Christmas decorations, and a tree.
Like most camps, the chalets have both an indoor and outdoor shower. I decided to use the outdoor shower as it offered a good view. As a result, when I had finished I didnít close the door, and a troop of baboons came past. I have a huge fear of baboons (I was jumped by one when I was 5), and as I ran to the bathroom to close the shower door, a mother and baby jumped across the outside shower and on to the roof. Close call.

The camp was quite busy, and the guests were treated to traditional African dances before dinner (but instead of traditional African dress, everyone wore Christmas hats). And then it was time for dinner; a buffet.

Vegetable lasagne, potato bake, roast vegetables, impala stew, and some sort of poultry served with cranberry sauce (tasted like chicken). Okay, so not quite the roast beef, chicken and gammon that I was hoping for, but delicious nonetheless. Dessert was panacotta. Mmmmmm!

While itís difficult not being able to spend time with family, and having to let go of some of the usual traditions, staying in a top-notch camp definitely made things easier.


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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #57 on: January 28, 2015, 12:25:58 pm »
Playing with lights (and fire)...

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #58 on: January 28, 2015, 06:04:43 pm »
Great photography Sardine  :thumleft:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #59 on: January 29, 2015, 10:43:08 pm »
Great report. You doing what everyone should one day say. I have no regrets.  Mine are all "........ If only I had ..... ". Keep it up and live you dream. One day you will look at these fantastic photos and smile.  Now all you have to do is a post a day. That way I, and a lot more braks, are happy.  Thanks.   BTW this report makes you a streamlined dolphin, not bottom of the food chain Sardine.   :thumleft: