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					Briefly continuing on the theme of last week 鈥檚 blog, the strength of the Australian
dollar against the US means there is no better time to schedule fantastic East Africa
Safaris (the US dollar is the currency charged for travel & accommodation in East
Africa) East Africa Safaris can aim to follow in the footsteps of Karen Blixen, or give
you a 3D version of the Big Cat Diaries. In either event the favourable exchange rate
has the effect of making all East Africa Safaris more affordable: so now is the time to
set your plans in motion.
  Of course, East Africa is not the only place where the currency of travel is the US
dollar. It also applies in Botswana, rendered unique by the Okavango River which
flows inland (rather than to the sea) and dissipates in the Kalahari Desert. This lends
itself to African Safaris with a difference! Can you even begin to imagine your
makoro slipping silently through a mantle of water-lillies as the papyrus sways with
the gentle breeze at the bank. Indeed so beautiful and serene is it that I often recall the
scene to feature in my regular meditations or creative visualisation exercises!
  Since Botswana tends to be a relatively expensive destination, the budget conscious
may want to consider the more affordable African Safaris destinations while still
taking advantage of the favourable exchange rates. Zimbabwe is one such place where
the US$ is also utilised as as a 鈥渢 raveller 鈥檚鈥?currency. As well as being
relatively affordable for African Safaris, Zim is a very versatile location. In addition
to catering for the more traditional African Safaris, it has something exciting and
different to cater to all tastes. While Victoria Falls is known for its spectacular
waterfall which is world heritage listed, it is also known as one of the adventure
capitals of Africa where you can abseil off the Victoria Falls bridge, plunge down the
rapids of the mighty Zambezi in a white water raft or walk with lions. The less
adventurous are also catered for with picturesque walkways, sunset cruises on the
Zambezi or, one of my favourite activities, the flight of angels (ie a helicopter ride
over the falls)
  A few hours away from Victoria Falls by road lies Zimbabwe 鈥檚 largest national
park, Hwange which provides all that African Safaris could hope for, to which I can
personally attest having visited there last November! A comfortable flight from
Hwange can then take the holiday maker to a place which is really just a dot on the
map, Bumi Hills. After a few minute transfer by barge, the unsuspecting traveller
arrives in an idyllic haven called Musango, a place that keeps calling me back.
Musango is a Safari camp situated on its own island in Lake Kariba, just off the
shoreline of the Matusadona National Park. It boasts an abundance of wildlife from
buffalo and elephants to the rare black rhino (African Safaris don 鈥檛 often offer the
possibility of bumping into the black rhino). The Matusadona National Park is also an
ornithologist 鈥檚 paradise with a myriad of birds to be seen frequenting the
birdbaths in front of the lodge and rooms. But it was the charm of the place that
entranced me, from the little stone huts that house guests to the funny little metal birds
dotted hither and thither to the broad sweeping vista from either the veranda of the
reception area or the adjacent swimming pool. But I also loved the variety of activities
offered, such as total relaxation at the camp, walking safaris, big 5 game drives,
tracking of wild black rhino in the adjacent rhino sanctuary, village tours, canoeing,
game cruises and tiger and tilapia fishing on Lake Kariba. Unfortunately our time was
too limited to avail of many of the activities but I will never forget the wonderful
afternoon hours spent drifting along in the barge on what I suppose one would call a
game cruise 鈥?this was definitely one of my more memorable African Safaris! I will
be back!
 As Horace said 鈥淗 e who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin 鈥?
鈥?now is the time to capitalise on the favourable exchange rate as it increases the
affordability of African Safaris.

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John Mitchell-Adams to share his love of Africa. John, his wife Hilary, along with
their team of Tracey, Sandie, Faye, Craig and Kim are here to ensure your trip will be
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