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Post  Doogs on Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:56 pm

Lai, I know you have done this when you’ve been on safari and possibly Safariman has too so just wondered if one, or both of you, could tell me a bit more about what it entails and whether you think it is worth doing.

As you’ve probably gathered by my questions this is something we have never done in our 5 previous visits to the Mara.  If I thought it would be good/worthwhile I was thinking about booking it as a surprise for my mum, dad and I on our last night when we go in November.  The past 14 months I can honestly say have been the worst of my life and quite honestly I wouldn’t be where I am now had it not been for their love and support, I thought it might be a nice thing to do as a way of saying thank you and letting them know I do appreciate all they have done for me.

Your thoughts/comments would be very much appreciated.

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Post  Safariman on Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:39 pm

Doogs, the"Sundowner" has always been a part of my safari experience and I had always assumed it was something all camps included. Wherever I have stayed it has always been included as part of the late afternoon/evening game drive. It simply consists of stopping somewhere where you can get a good view of the sunset and enjoying a drink of ones choice. Normally before setting out on the afternoon game drive you are asked what is you preferred drink and it is then packed in the cool box and put on the game drive vehicle. They normally carry a few nibbles such as crisps or nuts to enjoy with your drink and then at sunset stop for a few minutes to enjoy the view and for me enjoy my g&t. I somehow assumed it was always part of the afternoon game drive and depending on how the camp runs i.e. if drinks are included or not you just pay for your tipple. At the Offbeat camps all drinks are included anyway and the stop for a drink also gives you a chance to chat to and get to know your guide and fellow guests. I guess if it is not automatically part of the game drive, they most probably set up a small bar and chairs and possibly a campfire and then drive you to the designated spot. I would definitely try it if you have the chance.

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Post  Laikipia on Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:53 am

Same for me Safariman, we've always had it included.  Doogs, Safariman has explained it perfectly and I would highly recommend it.  It is a perfect way to end a perfect day and there is nothing better than watching the sun go down with a 'sundowner' of your choice and a few 'bitings' (good Kenya term for nibbles)

I know you have had the most awful time and your whole life has been turned upside down so big Group Hug  and yes a brilliant idea.

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Post  whitestarling on Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:59 pm

Do'nt know much about Sundowners Doogs, but I would go with Safriman, and Lais suggestions. You Mum, and Dad have been real Like a Star @ heaven s for you, and I think its a great idea. You've also been a Like a Star @ heaven with how you've coped with whats happened, and you deserve a few drunken yourself. Wish we could all be there to buy you, and your Mum, and Dad a round, and give you all a very big group Group Hug , but we'll all be there in spirit I know Doogs
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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:46 pm

Thanks very much Safariman for explaining in more detail what the Sundowners entail and both yours and Lai's comments have made me think it would be worthwhile booking.  I especially think I probably should do it this trip as I think this could be the last time I return to the Mara for possibly some time  Crying or Very sad   The camp we stay at has two parts to it, the exclusive 10 tent Explorer Camp which does include your drinks and its sister camp, the larger Mara Intrepids in which you have to pay for any drinks - maybe it's only available as an 'add on' so the camp can make some more money !  

Big Hugs to you Lai and WS for your lovely words and I did shed a few Sad reading what you both said - I very much do believe you will all be with me there in spirit come November time and I'll certainly raise my spirit to you all when we do do the Sundowners drunken I still have many bad & hard days but I'm trying to be strong and get through something that has changed my life forever, it's just going to take a long time Crying or Very sad

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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:27 pm

Big Group Hug  Hugs  and boasies to you Doogs.

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Post  littlewid on Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:04 pm

Doogs my friend, you go and book those sundowners toot sweet! I think it's an excellent idea, a tipple of your choice, watching a beautiful sunset in a magical place with the parents who love you and whom you love back. I would also take a deep breath, raise your glass to the savannah sky and say "Doogs, heres to you, I stand tall and forward I will go" then take another deep lung filled breath of that great savannah air, breath out slowly with a broad Scottish grin on your face and then drink that sundowner and enjoy every last drop of it, you well deserve it. Group Hug 

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Post  Doogs on Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:58 pm

Bosies much need and accepted Lai, thank you I love you

Awwww LW, your words are also lovely and also made me Sad - rest assured I will do exactly that Wink  Thank you Hugs
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:26 am

Embarassed  Doogs, I thought my spelling of bosie might be wrong, but you got the gist of it luckily cheers 

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Post  Doogs on Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:15 pm

Don't worry Lai I knew exactly what you meant so no apologies needed Hugs
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Post  Doogs on Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:58 pm

Unfortunately the sundowners didn't happen No 

I planned to do them on the Saturday night but also had Friday night on standby just incase it Rain  - it was Lightening both afternoons so we had to postpone them. Got my money back and didn't say anything to my mum & dad, hoping we'll be going back again and I'll try again next time  
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:08 pm

Sad  What a shame Doogs, the weather is just one of those things in the Mara, but I am sure you'll have another opportunity and will get to enjoy a sundowner in the Mara.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:57 pm

Mad What a shame Doogs after you'd looked forward to it so much, never mind at least with your Mum, and Dad not knowing about it you saved them from being disapointed as well. Hopefully you;ll get another chance

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Post  Doogs on Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:28 pm

If there's one thing you can't trust/rely on it's the weather  
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Post  littlewid on Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:59 pm

Oh that is a real shame Doogs as I know you were really looking forward to surprising your mum and dad but as WS says, at least they didnt know about it so they werent upset. Sounds like the weather in the Mara can be just as unpredictable as the good old British weather Razz 
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