Obama: When a president goes on safari

2013-06-14 13:43

Africa prepares for Obama's visit

2013-05-22 11:40

Preparations are underway for US president Barack Obama's trip to Africa next month.WATCH

Cape Town - Bushwhacking if you’re US President Barack Obama is no mean feat. It takes planning and serious security detail.

To safeguard the world’s most powerful leader would entail retaining the services of a counter-assault team carrying sniper rifles with high caliber rounds "that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat," according to a planning document obtained by  the Washington Post.

Obama, who is headed to Africa from June 26 to July 3 with a stopover in South Africa, was planning to take a safari in Tanzania with his family. However, this has been shelved in favour of a trip to local tourist attraction and World Cultural Heritage Site, Robben Island, instead.

First lady, Michelle Obama and her daughters, have tasted a bit of Africa's amazing wildlife though, when they stayed at Madikwe Game Reserve in North West.

Obama will spend two nights in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town.

According to official US documents his Africa trip price tag is estimated to be $60 to $100 million (about R989-million at R9.89/$), must have something to do with the 56 vehicles being brought over for the trip, including limousines for the president and first lady, a specialized communications vehicle for secure telephone and video connections, a truck that jams radio frequencies around the presidential motorcade, a fully loaded ambulance that can handle biological or chemical contaminants and a truck for X-ray equipment. Did we mention there will be a floating hospital off our coastline? This is the US President after all, so you can't be too careful.

The Washington Post reports hundreds of US agents have already been sent to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. If you've spotted more people wearing dark glass or any other stereotype that goes with being a secret agent, now you know why.

Apart from Robben Island, which is on their itinerary, we've been thinking of an array of activities we'd add to their itinerary if we could.  How about a trip up Table Mountain, meandering alongthe winelands, and if they had a little more time in the country, a visit to Thula Thula Game Reserve in KZN, where the late Lawrence Anthony managed to make a herd of rogue elephants feel at home and thrive?

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