Mildura Weekly : Friday July 18 Vol 8 No 37
Mildura Weekly – 18/07/14 13 www.milduraphonebook.com.au MILDURA artist Elizabeth will never forget her first African safari, at the invitation of close family friend and African adventure ex- pert John Cooper. “It was the excitement of seeing your first animal in the wild...in my case a giraffe, and then a whole herd (also known as a ‘tower’) of them,” she said. Elizabeth, PICTURED, enjoyed the African experience so much that she went back twice more, and has now teamed with John to orga- nise a 2014 adventure, covering 16 days from September 20, taking in national game parks in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe, the famed Victoria Falls and other sights. Elizabeth said the safaris are purposely kept small - usually six to eight people - to ensure everyone gets a close up and personal wildlife experience, always with ‘The Big Five’ in mind - the leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant. “I have seen them all, but the giraffe sticks most in my memory,” she said. “First we saw just one, then sud- denly a big group. We watched their graceful movements for ages, and how they ate the tips of the most prick- ly bushes. “Then, over the next few days we saw herds of elephant, buffalo, cheetah and lions. The leopard was a little more elusive.” Later, Eliza- beth and her group watched from close quarters as three herds of elephant come to a water hole adjoining their camp. “It was amazing,” she said, “first one group, then the other. After they finished drinking...and the young ones playing.. they left, and another group came in from a different direction. And then it happened a third time! We took hundreds of photos...it was amazing to watch each group wait in nearby trees for the other group to fin- ish before they came in to drink and play.” Elizabeth told other stories of life in the wild, not just animals feeding, but humans as well, with feasts laid on by African hosts at the various four-star camps, complete with sing- ing. “Victoria Falls was another amazing spot,” she said. “there are opportunities for heli- copter rides and other extras, or visitors can simply enjoy the falls, and then hit the shops, where we found lovely crafted handbags, scarves, accessories, paintings, and many oth- er souvenirs. “We stayed in tented camps, all classy tents, complete with your own toilet and shower, zippered flaps and polished floors, with other accommodation in beautiful old homes and quality hotels. Elizabeth’s African experiences left such an impression that she asked John, a former long-time Coomealla High School teacher, if she could help organise a trip just for Sunray- sia, Riverland or Broken Hill residents, so the pair got together to organise the 2014 safari. Elizabeth said she would welcome inqui- ries from Mildura Weekly readers interested in talking about the 2014 safari, and can be reached on 5024 8845, or email rbephil- firstname.lastname@example.org. On safari, with artist Elizabeth What’s on “We took hundreds of photos...it was amazing to watch each group wait in nearby trees for the other group to finish before they came in to drink and play.” Mildura Writers Festival THE Mildura Writers Festival will make its re- turn to the region this weekend, with official activities getting under way yesterday. The Festival will continue through to this Sun- day, and will include the Philip Hodgins Me- morial Award for poetry, a University Lecture Series and writing workshops for secondary school students. For more information log onto www.artsmildura.com.au . Farmers’ Market THE Sunraysia Farmers’ Market is back again tomorrow, and will take place from 8am to 12pm at Jaycee Park. Everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to conserves, dried fruit, oils, preserves, plants and much more will be on offer, with more information available by contacting 0439 252 342. Advertisement Aged care should be decided by the person who knows you best – you. That’s why aged care changes from 1 July 2014 give you more choice, more control and more of the services you might need to help you stay independent. New financing arrangements also start. So if you’re getting older and need help, or if you’re caring for someone who does, call My Aged Care or visit the website to find out what you need to know to start planning and talking about aged care with your family and loved ones. Because the sooner we all start talking about aged care and planning it, the better the outcome for you and your family. For personalised assistance, talk to a real person on 18 00 200 422* or visit myagedcare.gov.au *1800 calls are free from land lines; calls from mobile phones may be charged. Let’s talk about changes to aged care. You can with a bit of help from My Aged Care AsIget older I want to have choice and control DSS/E/M/194 Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra.
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