Skinnymarinky dinky doo – Memories of the Great-Trans African Safari with Laurina and her safari group! PART 1…

Skinnymarinky dinky doo – Memories of the Great-Trans African Safari with Laurina and her safari group! PART 1…

Skinnymarinky dinky doo - Memories of the Great-Trans African Safari with Laurina and her safari group! PART 1… 1Almost 1 year ago to the day, Laurina (one of our sales consultants/tour guide) took a fabulous group of travellers on safari – on the Great-Trans African Safari … which took them all around Namibia, Botswana and Zambia on a 22 day adventure. Down the line, this group decided to email Laurina day-by-day accounts of their safari – exactly one year ago to the day it turned out to be! You may be asking why the title has ‘Skinnymarinky dinky doo’ in it…. Well you will read about some of it in this blog – but read Part 2 to find out why this song is so special to Laurina!

Read their email snippets of their holiay safari with Laurina!

Der Safari…It all started like this….

Hi all: I keep thinking about our great trip to Africa last year.
And it’s now exactly one year since we set off from Livingstone. Here are a couple of pictures from this day last year. If I remain motivated, I’ll send a new picture every day or so, as a reminder of where we were a year ago. – Michael.

What a good idea.  We still think of the trip almost everyday and would love to go back to Africa and do it all over again!!!!  This is what I remember as we headed out that first day. – Gary

2nd October: en-route from Camp Kwando through the Caprivi Strip to Rundu.

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Hi All: Your pictures captured the mood Mike.  How many of these carts did we see along the road side?  The main transportation of the locals!!! – Gary

3rd October: Rundu

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We went to visit the Mayana Primary School near Rundu.
For the rest of the trip, we were all singing:

– Skinny-marinky-dinky -dink, skinny-marinky-doo. I love you.
– Skinny-marinky-dinky -dink, skinny-marinky-doo. I love you.
– I love you in the morning, and in the afternoon.
– I love you in the evening, and underneath the moon.
– Oh, skinny-marinky-dinky-dink, skinny-marinky-doo. I love you!
– Oh yes I do now. I love you.

One year later, that tune is still going through my head! – Michael.

4th October: Rundu to Etosha

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After the long drive from Rundu, as we were approaching the Etosha park gate, I recall Laurina telling us:

‘We may not see lions; they normally stay very secluded, and visitors rarely see them.’
‘But we’ve got a little time to spare before we are due at Halali, so let’s take a short detour to the Klein Namutomi waterhole.’

Laurina had to eat her words…
A pride of lions were keeping guard over a dead baby elephant!

Later on that evening, as the light was fading, we walked to the Moringa waterhole at Halali camp, and saw all kinds of animals, including this rhino. – Michael.

5th October: We spent the day in Etosha National Park.

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I have so many photos taken on that date that it was difficult to know which to choose for today.
I still have far too many photos of elephants, even though I have already deleted most of them.

‘We’ve got to get going early’, Laurina told us, ‘so we’ll have an early snack, and then we’ll drive out of the Halali gate when it opens at dawn.’

And we saw wildlife at every turn. To the left, to the right, in front and behind! At the edge of the Etosha Pan, Laurina taught us how to spit ‘Afrikaner candy’ across the salt pan.

And later that evening, we were again at the Halali/Moringa waterhole. All was quiet at first, and then we saw a small dust cloud away in the bush. This rapidly got closer, and we soon realised that a herd of thirsty elephants was approaching the waterhole. – Michael.

6th October: Today was spent driving from Etosha to Opuwo.

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We had our first taste of a really dusty Namibian road, the C41 from Oshakati to just before Opuwo. We now knew why we had wrapped our luggage in plastic each day, before loading it on top of the vehicle’s trailer. But at our destination, the Opuwo Country Lodge, we were rewarded with excellent accommodation and a leisurely swim in the Lodge’s ‘infinity pool’.- Michael.

7th October: We drove out of Opuwo to visit a nearby Himba village.

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I think that we all experienced mixed emotions on that day. On the one hand, here we were in an interesting place, with interesting people. And we had brought them some flour and sugar, and so they benefited from our visit.

But on the other hand, this was a very contrived encounter, and none of the Himba adults appeared to be happy with being ‘on display’. And we weren’t the only visitors, there also being a large group from a tour-bus. As the photo suggests, we weren’t feeling too happy about the situation either. – Michael.

8th October: Kaokoveld to Damaraland

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Our two nights at the Opuwo Country Lodge were soon over. After a sumptuous breakfast buffet, we were on the road again.
It was a beautiful, although dusty, drive down through the mountains of Kaokoveld into Damaraland. Our next stop was at the Palmwag Lodge, a real oasis surrounded by scrub and desert.- Michael

9th October: Travelling

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It was a cool morning when we left Palmwag, heading south again on the dusty C43 road.

‘Why have we stopped in the middle of nowhere?’
‘Well’, said Laurina excitedly, ‘look at those tracks in the road.’

We had been on the lookout for the elusive Desert Elephants. We followed their footprints for several kilometres down the road, but they were long gone.

The only elephants that we saw that day, were on the ancient rock-engravings at Twyfelfontein. -Michael.

10th October: Brandberg to Swakopmund

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We were up early again, for a dawn breakfast at Brandberg White Lady Lodge.
As always, we had running hot-water for a morning shower.
Someone had been by very early on, to light a fire in the water-heater at the rear of our room. These ‘donkey-tanks’ were a common feature on our travels, and served the purpose well.

It was another hot and dusty day on the road, but we were heading for cooler weather on the Atlantic coast at Swakopmund – Michael.

11th October: Swakopmund

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This was a day off in Swakopmund. A day to do a bit of shopping, to catch up with news at the internet café, and to walk along the beach. The Atlantic coastal-fog brought welcome cooler temperatures. But we knew that we would soon be back in the hot and dry Namibian interior. – Michael.

Watch this space to find out how the next 11 days of safari went for this group!

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