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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #60 on: January 30, 2015, 03:14:30 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:

Rodlau, that is exactly it. I was tired of thinking "The right time will come to do..." Live each day as if it's your last.

As for being a dolphin... the Sardine nickname comes from being crammed into a tin can, like a sardine ;) But thank you!

Today is...
Friday Freight Run Fun

4 freight runs in the Airvan, equating to just under 2000kg of freight transported to 5 different camps throughout the southern regions of the Delta. We can carry an average of 500kg of freight at a time (though loads vary depending on where we're going).

You get some interesting things on freight runs. My "favourite" so far was a goat wrapped up in a black bag.  :patch:




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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #61 on: January 30, 2015, 03:16:58 pm »
Enjoy....safe flying. Looking forward to some more excellent peekchas!!
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #62 on: February 26, 2015, 03:17:52 pm »
Eish, I have fallen behind...  :peepwall:

An African New Yearís

Deck the halls with bells of... oh wait, wrong thing, that has happened already.

Right, New Yearís.
I was scheduled to fly my favourite Airvan, A2-FTW, and had quite the day ahead of me. 8 sectors, ending at Savuti for the night (one of my favourite camps). The day went by quickly, and I was tucking the aircraft in at the strip, dreaming about Champagne and fireworks.

A colleague would also be spending the night at Savute Elephant Camp, so at least I would have some company this time.

We got to camp, eager to put our feet up and relax, when he got a call from the boss. He had been at Selinda, and as it was pouring with rain, there was chaos and confusion, and one of the Caravan's pods hadnít been unloaded. So here he was at Savute with his passengerís bags, and his passengers were in Selinda sans bags.

Luckily for us, bags being forgotten in pods or left behind doesnít happen often, and when it does, arrangements are made to get them to their rightful owners asap. Unfortunately, this meant my colleague had to fly back to Selinda, and would be spending the night there.

So I ate a candle-lit dinner alone that night (holy cow, what a good dinner. And dessert, deconstructed banoffee pie, mmmmmm!)

I was in bed by 21:30, and asleep shortly thereafter. I woke up at 01:30, wished myself a Happy New Year, and promptly fell asleep again.


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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #63 on: February 26, 2015, 03:46:29 pm »
Veggie Burger Incident...

I think it was around the end of January when we had a braai, and someone left their veggie burgers in our freezer. My rule is: if it's in my fridge/freezer, it's mine. So when I was making homemade taco's (mmmm), and looking for something to add, I saw the veggie burgers, and figured "Why not?".

Apparently my body loved them so much, it wanted to taste them a further 4 or 5 times... over the next two days... if you catch my drift.
I was hellishly sick the next morning. And I had a full day of flying ahead, finishing with a night stop in Kasane.

I called the boss and told him about my predicament. We decided to wait an hour and see how I felt, and make a call.

An hour later, and feeling better, I said I would be ok to fly.
I think I had to do Maun - Khwai - Savute - Kasane (about 1.5hrs). Kasane - Kwara - Kasane (2h20).
Halfway to Kasane from Savute I was struggling. I kept thinking positive thoughts and got on the radio to the office to say I might not be able to do the afternoon flights.
We landed in Kasane without incident, and I hoped to refuel the aircraft quickly. Murphy, cruel bugger that he is, presented me with the slowest, disorganized attendant there was. It was an agonizing 15minute wait before I could run into the terminal and I swear angels were singing when I made it to the porcelain throne.

There was no way I would be able to handle almost 2.5hrs with no facilities. I called the office, and luckily for me, my colleague who was also in Kasane, was able to take over my flying for the afternoon, while I bought as much immodium and Rehydrat as I could afford, and rested in a lodge.

The next day I was feeling better, but still not 100%. Luckily I was able to make it back to Maun.

So, moral of the story: veggie burgers are BAD (and I was vegetarian for 2yrs without a problem). And don't fly when you have a stomach bug  :xxbah:

But on the bright side, I went on leave 2 days later  :biggrin:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #64 on: February 26, 2015, 04:04:05 pm »
Great story!!

I love Bots! I like the fact that it's clean & the locals are very friendly!

I've worked there a few times, mostly in the south. The best experience I had was working through the middle of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We ran out of food, fuel & water on more than one occasion, but we never ran out of beer!!
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #65 on: February 26, 2015, 04:18:41 pm »
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 I swear angels were singing when I made it to the porcelain throne.   :spitcoffee:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #66 on: March 13, 2015, 02:47:51 pm »
loving this...well written Sardine, u r an inspiration to us all.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #67 on: March 13, 2015, 02:51:30 pm »
I have been looking and looking but do not see you on Bush Pilots on Discovery. :peepwall:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #68 on: April 05, 2015, 08:42:18 am »
I have been looking and looking but do not see you on Bush Pilots on Discovery. :peepwall:

 ;)
That was filmed in 2011.

Okay, so a bit behind here.

In the past month, I've had the wonderful opportunity to visit new strips:
Xai Xai, near Namibia.
Vumbura (a Wilderness Safari's strip in the Delta)
Saile (way north near the Caprivi)

I've also stayed at some new lodges (new in the sense that it's my first time visiting them).

Below are some photos from Nxabega...

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #69 on: April 05, 2015, 08:46:18 am »
Vumbura

It's a long drive to the camp, but we were lucky enough to stumble across a pride of about 8 lion along the way.

That night when I went to the dining area, I was in my own little world, when I looked up and saw an elephant in the room. Literally. I almost walked straight past without realising it!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #70 on: April 05, 2015, 08:50:31 am »
I have stayed at Chilwero many times, but this time, with an almost-empty camp, there was room for me to go with on the boat on the Chobe. Wow!

If you're ever stuck wondering what to do in Kasane, take a boat trip!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #71 on: April 05, 2015, 08:58:02 am »
Camp Moremi

What a beautiful camp! It was like being transported to a completely different world!

On the drive, we came across a huge herd of buffalo, and it wasn't long before we were surrounded. Of all the animals I have come close to, buffalo worry me the most; there's just no knowing what they're thinking.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #72 on: April 05, 2015, 09:01:15 am »
Some action shots...

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #73 on: April 05, 2015, 09:02:48 am »
Savuti

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #74 on: April 05, 2015, 09:06:21 am »
Khwai River Lodge

Messing around with the bino's

That night the rain started, and didn't stop for about 4 days. So everything had a fresh look about it.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #75 on: April 05, 2015, 09:55:05 am »
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #76 on: April 05, 2015, 11:03:55 am »
Ah man, those pics are just stunning Heather!!!  :drif:  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #77 on: April 05, 2015, 11:27:13 am »
Great pictures!  :thumleft:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #78 on: April 06, 2015, 06:44:34 am »
Great reading and pics are fantastic
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #79 on: April 06, 2015, 08:54:09 am »
Stunning pics.  :sip: