Trip Reviews

Behind the Safari – ISHMAEL MOGAMISI

As anyone who has been on safari in Africa knows – it’s the string of larger-than-life characters and unique personalities that make for the best safari experience. Our very own Angie recently had the good fortune to spend time with Ishmael Mogamisi, one of Botswana’s most highly regarded guides. Born in the beautiful village of…

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Southern Africa: 4 Places You Need to Visit Now

Every safari we here at Rothschild Safaris design is fully customized for every client. The safari camp your neighbors loved in Botswana may not be right for you. How do we know? We’ve been there. At almost any given time, someone from our office is off inspecting new properties, meeting with guides, checking out the…

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Things to do With Kids in Kenya (Besides Look at Animals!)

So we may be biased, but Africa is hands-down one of the best destinations to travel with kids. Ask any parent, and they will tell you that animals and kids are a great combination.  Kids love learning about and interacting with wildlife. And while safari in Africa IS all about the wildlife, sticking kids in…

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Behind the scenes with the World Best safari operator!

Ever wondered what it takes to plan award winning safaris? Anyone who has ever been on safari with us in Africa will understand and appreciate the level of first hand knowledge, attention to detail and constant management required. But did you also know that one of the things that really sets Rothschild Safaris apart from…

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Wild South Africa Getaway

South Africa is one of our favorite destinations of all time, and not only because this is where Leora Rothschild, the founder of Rothschild Safaris, was born and raised. South Africa is a totally unique combination of culture, history, nature and wildlife. From the colorful streets of Cape Town to the rich spoil of South…

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We’ve been there and done that!

Did you know that the Rothschild Safaris team spends a fair amount of time each and every year personally exploring destinations across Africa and beyond? When we make property and destination suggestions, you can be sure that we’ve experienced it first hand. We don’t sell anything we’ve not personally experienced. Period. Here are just a…

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Discovering Myanmar!

Earlier this year I had the amazing opportunity to spend a few fabulous weeks exploring Myanmar. We’ve assembled the best of the best experiences in our favorite Myanmar itinerary here, but I wanted to share some of my most memorable experiences with you here as well. First stop, Yangon. Yangon is where most travelers arrive…

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Trip Advisor: What You Need to Know

As consumers, we all love a good review. I diligently read through buyer reviews when shopping for shoes on Zappos, consult my Yelp app when looking for a great restaurant in a new city, and even go the old-fashioned route and ask friends and neighbors for home repair and yard maintenance referrals. But when it…

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Kenya: Ol Jogi Private Wildlife Conservancy

Our colleague Johann Van Zyl recently visited this stunning lodge, Ol Jogi. This uber-exclusive 58,000 acre reserve in Northern Laikipia the perfect place for anyone looking for luxurious privacy. With spectacular scenery, a great conservation platform (100% of income from guest stays goes directly to conservation), and amazing wildlife and food, this is a great safari choice. Arriving in…

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From our travelers: A South Africa and Botswana Safari

Christine and Pip Gilmour recently returned from a Southern Africa Safari in South Africa and Botswana. How was your travel experience? I am stunned by all of you at Rothschild Safaris. Everything you put in place went smoothly but beyond that you informed the lodges about us. Two of the lodges put on something special…

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From our travelers: a Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda safari

Dave, Connie, Debbie, and Al recently returned from a Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda safari. What was your most memorable experience? Seeing a pride of 11 lions dozing peacefully after a kill. Watching a topi baby taking its first steps. Being 4 feet from a 450 lb. silverback gorilla in Rwanda. So many more amazing encounters. What…

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Morocco – Kasbahs & Camels

Leora Rothschild and Susan Bruce spent time traveling through Morocco this past November. Below are some of the highlights as well as some of our challenges during our journeys through this interesting country: The Morocco Experience Susan and I spent many days in the cities at the souks and bustling medinas. Shops overflowed with nuts,…

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Snapshots of Chile

Waiting to hear what all the buzz is about Chile? Take a look through Susan’s first-hand accounts of her time in South America’s newest hot spot. Santiago It’s exciting to arrive in any capital city. I loved our hotel, The Singular Santiago in the Lastarria neighborhood. It is small and unassuming from the outside but as…

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Melanie’s 3 Namibia Favorites

I’ve been to East Africa and am quite familiar with the open plains, winding herds during the Migration and the ever present Acacia tree dotting the horizon. However, I found that Namibia possesses some of the most stunning and bizarre landscapes in Africa. Here, imposing slabs of granite rise out of swirling desert sand and expansive…

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From our Travelers: a Zambia and Botswana Safari

Joe and Michelle just enjoyed a Zambia and Botswana safari. What was your most memorable experience? 1.     Galloping on horseback through the Okavanga delta and viewing animals via horse safari 2.     Quality and variety of animal life at each camp 3.     3:45 am – growling leopards and screaming elephants outside our tent 4.     Devils pool, microlight…

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From our travelers: A Kenya and Tanzania Safari

Marcia, Linda, Carol, and Carol recently returned from a safari to Kenya and Tanzania. What was your most memorable experience? Impossible to select just one. The game drives were amazing. We saw such a wide variety of animals, in many different settings, and enjoyed watching them interact with their own and other species. The hot air…

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From our Travelers: A Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari

Carl and Marie recently returned from Botswana and Victoria Falls. What was your most memorable experience? There were so many…. The Presidential Herd in Zimbabwe was awesome. The large herds of elephants in Botswana were great. The boat experience in Botswana was wonderful. Lions, giraffes, zebras, and African sunsets were all great. What was the biggest…

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From our travelers: A South Africa and Botswana Safari

Janet and Larry recently returned from a South Africa and Botswana safari. How was your travel experience? It totally met expectations and was seamlessly smooth.  What was your most memorable experience? The small number of people at the lodges allowed us to talk with the wonderful staff about their villages and education, as well as other…

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From Our Travelers: A Tanzania and Rwanda Safari

Bruce just returned from his Tanzania Safari with Gorilla trekking. His experiences are below. What was your most memorable experience? Trekking gorillas in Rwanda. When the second largest silverback mountain gorilla crawled right up to me and paused about a minute within inches of me. What was the biggest surprise? Seeing a leopard with his warthog…

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From Our Travelers: Great Migration and Gorilla Trekking

“We really did have an amazing time – very different from our first trip to Africa last November,” wrote Gayle. Read about her recent trip to see the Great Migration and to trek for gorillas.  What was your most memorable experience? Our private Cessna flight around Mt. Kilimanjaro to watch the sun rise at Chyulu Hills,…

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From Our Travelers

Go. Now. It’s hard to argue with that travel advice from Michelle, who recently returned from her Family Safari in South Africa, along with Joyce and Phillip. You can read about  their experiences below. What was your most memorable experience? Safari… elephants at the watering hole at tanda tula…mind blowing! Witnessing the kill of a wart…

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From Our Travelers: A South Africa and Victoria Falls Safari

Dianne and Frank recently returned from their South Africa and Victoria Falls Safari How was your travel experience? Our adventure was pure magical. What was your most memorable experience? Our entire trip was memorable from the time we flew to South Africa. Capetown was gorgeous with wonderful food, outstanding hotel accommodations, and the finest travel guide….

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From Our Travelers: A Kenya and Tanzania Safari

How was your travel experience? Over the top- Jessica, Kimi & all the staff involved – Vintage Africa, Grumeti Expeditions, all lodges & their staff deserves Kudos. You all provided a memorable trip which we will never forget. Asante sana. What was your most memorable experience? To pick one over the other would be impossible. All…

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From Our Travelers: A Tanzania Safari

Liz and Don recently returned from their Tanzania Safari.  How was your travel experience? We had a marvelous time, the accommodations were excellent, and the guides and transfers were all excellent. What was your most memorable experience? Safari is not just about seeing animals, it is the total experience of seeing magnificent wildlife in their natural…

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From Our Travelers: A South Africa, Botswana, and Victoria Falls Safari

Helene and her family recently returned from a safari in South Africa, Botswana, and Victoria Falls. What was your most memorable experience? Watching a leopard and her cub up a tree with their kill. The mother leopard was trying to nap but the cub was trying to hoist the kill higher up the tree and kept…

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From Our Travelers: A Southern Africa and Victoria Falls Safari

Holly and her family recently returned from a South Africa and Zambia family safari. What was your most memorable experience? Diving with the Great White Sharks in Shark Alley, Safari Game Drives in Sabi Sabi, Viewing Victoria Falls, Langa Township and Zambia Village What was the biggest surprise? I loved the small, very personal B&B feel…

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From Our Travelers: A Botswana, South Africa, and Victoria Falls Safari

George and Kathleen enjoyed a Botswana, South Africa, and Victoria Falls Safari, which included being charged by a black rhino, seeing wild dogs, and more. Get their travel advice and hear about their trip below. How was your travel experience? Wonderful trip, great diversity of camps, venues/accommodations were very good to excellent, the local staff…

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10 reasons why bareboating is one of the best ways to experience Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Last month I chartered a catamaran on the Whitsunday Islands and invited my entire family, including my parents, to join me in experiencing the Great Barrier Reef by boat. Known as bareboating, this has been voted several times as the Best Cruise or Yachting Experience in Australia at the Australian Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. This…

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Great Barrier Reef: An island playground brimming with activity and relaxation

The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef off Queensland’s coast is so expansive it can be seen from space. The Earth’s largest living thing stretches for 2300km and comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands. It is so impressive, Google added a street view collection of photos to their maps of the world, allowing…

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The Ultra Luxurious One & Only Hayman Island

Book a front row seat to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef at the ultra luxurious One&Only Hayman Island, Australia. I visited this island paradise last month and it was arresting. Not only was I surrounded by secluded access to a natural wonder of the world, but the relaxed bliss of stunning stylish resort living. The…

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The View from Above: A Helicopter Safari in Botswana

All of the writing about flying on safari is reminding me of my last day of safari at Linyanti Camp in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, where I was surprised with a very special treat – the opportunity to go on safari by helicopter! The camp managers announced the surprise over a (tasty) lunch, so…

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From Our Travelers- A South Africa Safari

Patty recently returned from South Africa. She discusses her experience on South African Safari below. How was your travel experience? We loved it! Leopard Mountain Lodge was fantastic as was the safari and our guide. The only downside was it was too short! What was your most memorable experience? The African landscape was so beautiful. I…

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From Our Travelers: A Kenya Safari

Hadley, Hayden, and Lisa recently returned from a Kenya Safari. How was your travel experience? It was amazing! Truly the trip of a lifetime! Mallory Worthington was excellent in planning our trip for us. During a time when the news can make Africa seem unsafe, she was very reassuring. Upon arriving to Kenya, we realized…

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From Our Travelers: A Tanzania Safari

Andi and Ben just returned from a Tanzania safari. Below is their story and travel advice! How was your travel experience? It was amazing! Truly the trip of a lifetime! The transfers, camps and lodges and guides were flawless!   What was your most memorable experience? The camps and safari guides made this a memorable experience that…

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From Our Travelers-a Southern Africa Safari

Kelli and Brad just enjoyed a Southern Africa safari, and have shared their experiences with us! How would you rate your guides? Whatever the maximum on the scale is, they exceeded it! I can’t say enough good things about everyone – they were knowledgeable, professional, caring and friendly. If did it all again, we wouldn’t…

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From Our Travelers: A South Africa, Tanzania, and Victoria Falls Safari

Nancy recently returned from a family safari in South Africa, Tanzania, and Victoria Falls! Below are her experiences. What was your most memorable experience? Being in the middle of a herd of elephants! What was the biggest surprise? A lion killing a wildebeest just outside the camp compound and the jackals trying to take it away….

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Uganda Safari: Gorillas & Culture

We highly recommend that you enjoy both gorillas and culture on your Uganda safari. We recommend that your gorilla trekking trip  include a hike to the Ik, one of Africa’s most remote tribes. The Ik are largely untouched by the western world as they are quite inaccessible. To visit this tribe you must be reasonably fit. The…

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From Our Travelers: Southern Africa Family Safari

George recently returned from a Family Safari in Southern Africa, and they had some amazing sightings! What was your most memorable experience? The first night bush drive at Tintswalo when we came across a small pride of lions who had recently killed a wildebeest and about 5 were eating it as an additional 3-4 were in…

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Ecuador Wildlife Lodges

Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. Wildlife, landscape and climate vary greatly, primarily by altitude. Ecuador is also a bird-watchers paradise. Below are some of my favorite Ecuador wildlife lodges. Only 3 hours from Quito, surrounded by misty cloud forest is National Geographic’s Top Unique Lodge in the world. Mashpi…

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From Our Travelers: South Africa and Victoria Falls

Gloria and Geraldine recently returned from their South Africa and Victoria Falls safari! Here’s what they had to say: What was your most memorable experience? The safari camp. This location has it’s own large watering hole and therefore there is animal activity all throughout the day. What a pleasure to be in the midst of this…

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Quito, Ecuador – Where to Stay

Any trip to Ecuador should include the country’s capital Quito – the first World Heritage Cultural Site due to its fabulously preserved colonial Old Town. Right on the main square, the bright and airy hotel Casa Gangotena combines old word-charm with new-world conveniences, has fabulous views, and is worth the splurge. Another wonderful restored mansion…

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An Ecuador Safari Through Time

When I was invited last month on an 11-day  Ecuador safari it had been eight years since I was there; 25 years since my first visit. The trip rekindled my love for this county and I discovered how it had changed…and not changed. What had not changed is Ecuador’s beauty: misty cloud forests, thrumming Amazon rainforests, the…

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From our Travelers: Gorilla Trekking

Here is the latest tips and experiences from our travelers Jean and Al, who recently completed a gorilla trekking safari! I already mentioned to Kimi that we thought it was one of the great trips we have ever taken. It would be tough to come up with even a minor criticism. Special kudos to our guide…

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Leora Ends in Cape Town

After weeks of being in the Namibian desert, I was so ready for the city! And what an amazing city it is. Cape Town never ceases to amaze me, how incredibly beautiful she is. I spent a little less than a week at the One & Only, just a lovely location, great rooms and a…

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Skeleton Coast – the most inaccessible shores

At this stage in my travels my family returned home while I went on to join a group of colleagues to check out the new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Anyone looking for a remote, isolated destination – Skeleton Coast has got to be top of the charts! Three hours from Windhoek via charter flight you literally…

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Etosha to the Okonjima Cheetah Research Center

Etosha National Park Known for its concentration of waterholes which in the dry season draws in the game. The best way to experience the abundance of wildlife is to spend time at a waterhole where you get to observe the wildlife come and go. There are numerous private lodges bordering the park, which gives you…

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Hartmann Valley and Himba Villages

This is about as remote as you are going to get, in the extreme northwest of Namibia, neighboring Angola you find the stunningly remote Hartmann Valley. Our light aircraft landed on the dirt airstrip in the middle of this oasis and we were handed delicious finger sandwiches and champagne! All life here centers around the…

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Zimbabwe Safari

Craig – one of our partners in Africa is crazy about Zimbabwe, read below what he has to say about this wild destination: As you know I keep going on about the comeback kid, Zimbabwe. Added to that I can’t stop promoting what an incredible destination Hwange in Zimbabwe is for year round wildlife experiences….

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From Our Travelers- a Southern Africa Honeymoon Safari

We were very excited to hear from Casey and Kristen, who just returned from their honeymoon safari. They visited Cape Town, Timbavati Reserve (just outside of Kruger National Park), Victoria Falls, and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. “Words and pictures will never do the trip justice… just incredible,” they said. Below, they share their experiences…

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A Lion Family at Somalisa Camp in Zimbabwe

“He’s not a good father,” one camp staff person said to another. I had just arrived at Somalisa Camp, and had wandered into the conversation after freshening up a little in my room. I pulled up a chair, curious to learn who the gossip was about.   It didn’t take long to figure out they…

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Walking to Elephants on a Zimbabwe Safari

Elephants are really big.   Sounds like a silly statement, but if you track elephants on a walking safari, you really get to feel how big an elephant is.   I got to experience this type of walking safari first hand in Mana Pools park in  Zimbabwe, a country known for a rigorous 2- year…

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Did you know you were allergic to cats? Tracking a Lion

Everyone is always excited to see the wildlife when they go on safari- and with good reason. The wildlife is amazing. During the last week and half of safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana, I saw an impressive array of elephants, crocodiles, eland, bushbuck, hippos, storks, fish eagles, zebra, lion, leopard, and cheetah. What most people…

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A Leopard Standoff at Sabi Sabi

We had our first communal dinner set on the deck at Sabi Sabi, under the stars and lanterns. During the main course we were treated to a couple of hyenas visiting the water hole beyond the deck. Silly me – I forgot my camera. Here’s a lesson – test your camera at night before leaving…

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Lions, Leopards, and… Turkeys? Thornybush Game Reserve

We took a small plane, only 13 rows, for our flight to Hoedspruit from Cape Town. Instead of a baggage claim at the Hoedspruit airport, the luggage cart drives around the front of the building and you take your bag as it is pulled off. We picked up another rental car for a self-drive to…

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Avenue of the Volcanoes in Ecuador

Where is the world’s highest active volcano and, according to some, the most beautiful?  Did you guess Ecuador? At almost 20,000 feet Cotopaxi is quite a sight — on a clear day you can behold its perfectly symmetrical white cone from miles around.  Fear not…although its past eruptions are legendary, since a burst of activity…

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While in Peru or Ecuador take a trip to the Amazon

  I always encourage visitors to the other-worldly volcanic Galapagos Islands or the remote high mountains of Machu Picchu to take the time to experience a totally different ecosystem and the world’s most biodiverse, the Amazon rainforest. Don’t worry about the bugs, or safety or getting there. Go! Repeatedly my clients who had such reservations rave…

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ABCs of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is remote — one of the reasons it lay hidden from the world for such a long time. Unless you hike in by the Inca Trail (a challenging 3 to 4-day hike) the only way to get there is flying to Cusco and taking a train. Since many people are impacted by Cusco’s…

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Jessica’s Cape Town Adventures

My dad and I started our trip in Cape Town. We arrived in the early afternoon, and got to see a bit of the Townships on the way to the Queen Victoria Hotel, which overlooks the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The Waterfront is a great mix of shops, bars, restaurants, and docks with everything from…

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Botswana Green Season – Floodplains Transformed

In the Botswana Green Season the Okavango Delta’s floodplains exposed by the receding waters are transformed by the rains into a tapestry of green. This couch grass luxuriance draws multiple antelope species and zebra from the woodland of the larger islands onto the plains to give birth, making for thrilling predator-prey interactions. Certain predators such as…

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Botswana Green Season – Gliding Through Waterways

Quietly glide through the waters of the Okavango Delta during the Botswana Green Season. A large area of the Delta still has permanent water, so those camps with access to permanent shallow floodplains and channels offer the quintessential Okavango experience. Specialized mammal species such as sitatunga and red lechwe thrive during this time of year and…

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