Subject: Friend, It's a Month of Thanksgiving...

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November 2018
Field Notes eNewsletter
Monthly eNewsletter serving those passionate to learn about journeys in East & Southern Africa.
Published by: Make A Difference Safaris!, LLC
On My Mind...

Month of Thanksgiving...

Mid-month already! I'm sure most of you are gearing up for next week's Thanksgiving Holiday. Is it me, or does it seem to come earlier & earlier each year?

My family & household are extremely thankful as hubby had a medical scare the beginning of the month. After a stressful week-and-a-half wait to see a specialist, we learned the problem does not require immediate surgery. Like all of us should be doing - he needs to keep his blood pressure in check, lose some weight and start moderate exercise.

And, we're excited that my brother (driving down from Wilmington, NC) will be joining us this year celebrating his safety through Hurricane Michael, my hubby's good news and spending a few relaxing days together.

My wish for you and yours is to also have a wonderful, safe, healthy & happy Thanksgiving.
"If you are moved to such a degree that you feel the pain, and that you can feel the tears running down your face, then you're looking at an opportunity to make change, to make a difference in the world." -- John Francis
In and Around Africa...
At This Kimye-Approved Safari Lodge in Uganda, Hippos Hang in Your Private Lagoon!
Written by Morgan Halberg for the OBSERVER, 10/26/18..

Changing things up a little this month - instead of spotlighting an area in Africa - thought you'd enjoy seeing where Kim & Kanye spent their vacation...just in case you'd like to try it yourself!

Chobe Safari Lodge - Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
This month, contour queen Kim Kardashian and Kanye West headed to Uganda so that the MAGA hat–loving rapper could finish recording his upcoming Yandhi album in Africa. The couple made a few questionable decisions during the trip, but their choice of accommodations wasn’t one of them. The reality star and the Yeezy designer (along with their daughter, North) stayed at the Chobe Safari Lodge—by which we mean they rented out all 62 of its rooms.
The five-star retreat opened in the 1950s, but was destroyed and subsequently shut down in the following years amid political and military turmoil. Luckily, it was renovated and reopened in 2010. Located in the eastern part of the resplendent Murchison Falls National Park, it sits right on the banks of the Nile River.

Chobe’s accommodations include 30 standard rooms, eight luxury tents, seven deluxe tents and six “super deluxe tents,” the last of which are air-conditioned and boast en suite bathrooms, private balconies, separate seating areas and minibars. It’s sort of like the difference between the fancy and very fancy RVs at Burning Man, except instead of glitter-covered, feather boa–wearing ravers, guests will find rooms so close to the Nile, they’ll be able to hear the hippos at night.
Those looking for an extra-luxe experience can check into the two-bedroom Presidential Cottage, which comes with an oversize living room, a balcony, several terraces, a 24-7 private butler and a private lagoon frequented by buffalo and more hippos. It’s safe to assume this is where the Kardashian-West family unpacked; while the lodge wouldn’t confirm the cost to rent out the entire hotel, rates for the Presidential Cottage alone start at $962 a night.
The lodge has a three-tier swimming pool and an indoor-outdoor restaurant, but you’ll actually have to leave Chobe to sample its finest perks. They include a boat safari on the Nile and a guided nature walk where you’ll spot giraffes, elephants, and other animals frolicking about. It’s a true Instagram dream that Kardashian was sure to capture in one of her Stories.
Guests can also take a trip to Murchison Falls, which is about an hour away from the lodge. A drive along the falls offers views of elephants, buffaloes and giraffes, and more adventurous travelers can hike to the top. But the best way to guarantee you get a solid peek at wildlife is to book a safari drive, where a special ranger will serve as your guide. Kimye went a step further, as Kimye does, and headed to Trackers Safari Lodge in southwestern Uganda for a gorilla trekking excursion.

The good news: Kardashian and West no longer have free rein over this little slice of paradise. They’ve come and gone, and even the three silver “domes” that the rapper installed for recording purposes at the lodge have been dismantled. His Twitter videos, however, will live on forever—or at least until he deletes his account again.
Chobe Safari Lodge is definitely on my must stay list!  How about yours?  Chat with you next month....

                                                               baraka nyingi - many blessings in Swahili
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About the Author...
Bonnie Philbrick is the owner/Personal Safari Designer of Make A Difference Safaris!, LLC . Bonnie lives in Palm Coast, FL with her husband of 34 years, Tom, who is enjoying full retirement. Their only child Ryan, now 29, lives in New Hampshire near their home town of Concord.

Bonnie was brought-up in a military family the oldest of four. During her father's military career they lived in such exotic places as Ethiopia, Africa; Taipei, Taiwan; and Balboa, Panama. In fact, Bonnie graduated from Balboa Canal Zone High School. Upon her father's retirement in 1973, Bonnie's family moved back to her parents' home state of New Hampshire, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Representative for several large companies. Bonnie missed the life of travel and wanted to help others with their vacation planning, so decided to pursue a career as a travel agent in 1985.

Over the last 30+ years Bonnie has assisted with cruise & land vacations all around the world. it wasn't until reading an email a few years ago from Micato Safaris, and their 'One for One Commitment' (for every safari sold a child is sent to school), that she had an epiphany - now she could truly enjoy her passion and dedicate her time to helping people plan travel to Africa while giving back to the communities and wildlife that touched her heart so many years ago.

Bonnie's mission through Make A Difference Safaris!, LLC (affectionately known as MADSafaris!) first and foremost is to offer clients a friendly, fun & stress-free safari planning experience. Second, provide an education to as many children from the Mukuru slums outside Nairobi, Kenya; and 3rd protect as much wildlife from poaching & hunting as well as conserving the land they inhabit.

Is an African Safari still on your bucket list? Then schedule a free 20-minute telephone appoint-ment with Bonnie and make your dream safari a reality.
Bonnie Philbrick, 20 Crosstie Court, 32137, Palm Coast, United States
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