WinWin Vacations Newsletter
Timone Xaus needs a kiss, she's a 4 month-old meerkat
Dear Safari Enthusiast,
4th of July
I hope summer has finally arrived in Seattle. I know some
areas in the US are hot already, but not so here in the Pacific
Northwest. So far, we've had winter weather all summer and summer
weather all winter! No change actually all year. The summer
solstice was just now on June 21st, so it should get better
quickly. Sometimes the fall is the best here!
You may wonder what is the state of the travel agent today?
Sometimes I do too!!! Not funny, but where have YOU
been? I'm still here working away, learning more about my
destinations, travelling more so I can serve you better, attending
seminars, conferences and meetings all over the world. My
experience is your gain. You get the best possible value when
using a travel consultant like myself, for your vacations.
touch and remember me for your vacation!
I'll be happy just to help you plan your vacation for a
consulting fee or to book it free of charge, most of the time. Airline
tickets are sometimes just as easy to do on-line, but not
always. I just saved the Karlsens about $1,000.00 per ticket
on a fairly simple itinerary to Scandinavia. Not too
shabby!!! It felt so good :) smiley!!! My ticketing fee
kicked in, but that was peanuts compared to their savings.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
I've been busy with my Africa business. Due to both the
volcanic action in Iceland and British Airways strikes, plan
B kicked in for me. I changed my schedule and had to leave 3
days earlier than planned for Johannesburg, before the
Indaba Conference in Durban. This was great actually, as I
had time to fit in 3 full days of sightseeing around
Johannesburg. Don't let anyone tell you to get out of Joburg
town as fast as possible. Joburg has a lot to offer.
I stayed within 10 minutes from the airport at the Safari
Club, a small lodge in a garden setting.
Fortunately I didn't have to compete with crowds
surrounding the World Cup just yet. The hustle & bustle
were felt everywhere, the anticipation was definitely in the
The first day I went to Rhino & Lion Reserve.
There are many animal parks around Joburg, but this one is
the best due to their conservation and preservation efforts
of wild animals.
"parks" are more like "Disneyland",
but I won't mention them here.
In the past I've visited the Cullinan Diamond Mine, going
down 2 miles under ground. This is where the largest diamond
(3,565 carats) ever found was unearthed at the Premier Mine.
I've also visited the Cradle of Humankind with the Sterfontein
Caves, one of South Africa's eight (8) UNESCO World
Heritage sites. More than one third of early hominid fossils
ever found is right here including the Taung child.
There's also an excellent cultural village at Lesedi and of
course Soweto and the Apartheid Museum. I've spent an entire
day here. It's not at all what you probably think!
Come with me to South Africa and find out.
Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort Dam
second day of my extended stay in Johannesburg, I was picked
up early by my private guide Daryl, for the hour drive to
Hartbeesport. I've always wanted to visit this sanctuary for
elephants that have miss-behaved in the wild and need a
place to live in peace.
appliying a kiss which feels more like he's sucking
my cheek out of my face! And it was muddy!!
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre - De Wildt
friend Kathy arrived on the 3rd day and together we visited
the De Wildt cheetah conservation center with Daryl.
ambassor cheetah loves to travel around to schools
and educate the local children about cheetahs and
Kathy, Carole, Mallory & Brenda arrived at the Safari
Club in the evening and we were off to Mozambique early
the next morning.
Machampane Wilderness Camp, Mozambique
Johannesburg, we flew to Kruger National Park, drove across the
park and entered Mozambique at the Giriyondo
border post where we found ourselves in the Great Limpopo
Transfrontier Park, bordering Kruger with no fences, so the
animals can move freely. After a short game drive we arrived
at Machampane Tented Camp, an unfenced luxury bush camp nestled
under trees on the bank of Machampane River. This is truly remote
and a haven for those who think they've seen it all!!!!
Machampane Camp is heavily involved with the local
communities. One of the highlights is visiting the local village,
especially the school that they support with our camp fees. Driving
there is also a game drive.
This is the classroom
classroom is a blackboard under a tree for shade. The seats are in
the sand or on a log. The kids are well behaved and listen to
their teacher. It surely puts what our kids have in perspective! I
wish every child could be so lucky and get a chance to visit a
school in Africa.
The best gift that you can give your own kids is the gift of travel
to emerging destinations like Africa.
kids at Massingir Vehlo school in Mozambique
are shy, some look naughty; all are as cute as can be!
!Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This is !Xaus Lodge at sunrise! WOW!!
Our next stop was in the opposite corner of South Africa on
the border with Namibia and Botswana. The setting here is fabulous
and the interaction with the San people unforgettable.
BUT ... & ....
However nice everything else is here, it's definitely Timone
Xaus that steals your heart forever. The local bushmen found
her abandoned in the desert surrounding the pan and brought her to
the lodge, where she roams freely and charms the guests. It is
love at first sight. See my picture on top.
She went everywhere with us during our short stay here.
When she got tired, she would catch your pant-leg and squeak:
I'm tired, Pick me up!
Fees Take Effect on July 13, 2010
On June 28, 2010, the U.S. Department of State published its
Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The
changes will take effect on July 13, 2010. I suggest that you
renew your passport now if your passport expires this year and
that you request the additional pages if you usually need them
later. They will no lonber be free of charge. Any passport
applicant may request a larger book at the time of application by
including a letter of explanation. The larger passport is
issued at the discretion of the Passport Office and is available
at no additional cost.
Because the fee increases are likely to prompt a surge of
last-minute applications for all sorts of passport services,
including additional pages, I wouldn't count on getting your
passport back until the end of August if you send it in (by
Express Mail) today.
The new fees are substantially higher. The most
significant changes are increases in standard adult (16 years and
over) passport fees from $75 to $110 and standard minor
passport fees from $60 to $80. Passport cards will increase in
cost from $20 to $30 ($15 for minors). The Department of State
expediting fees remain at $60 per application.
The Department will begin charging $82 for adding extra pages
to existing passports, plus applicable State Department $60
expediting fees. In the past, the Department provided extra pages
in a customer's passport, at no charge.
For more information go to: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
Scott & Phil Berry Safaris at Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa
plus pre and post safaris are still available
I still have space for one couple on this wonderful safari from
November 3-10 at the Mfuwe Lodge. Space is also available for
both of the exclusive pre & post safaris with Jonathan
Scott, from BBC's "Big Cat Diary" and the legendary Phil
Berry and Babette. Phil will host the biggest mammal migration on
Please join me and Tom on this one-of -a kind, once in
a lifetime safari!!! I will be escorting all three safaris, but
your guides are ... well ..... legendary.
more information click on the headline link above or contact me at
Kristina's Contact Information
phone: 206-297-7179 or toll-free 877-297-7179
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Seattle WA 98113-09093
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One Earth - One World - One Family
Kristina believes that Tourism foster Peace
& Cultural Awareness among all people
"A Maasai without his culture is as a zebra without
stripes" Kakuta ole Maimai
"I've chosen not to be petty; it keeps
me in good form", Kennedy Muthoka
Wild Animals Belong in the Wild Not on People's Walls