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By Bruce Troetschel, Columbia Daily Tribune, Mo. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jan. 6--Mary Mill, Butch Woodward and their companions hadn't planned on eating Thanksgiving dinner this past holiday season. It only stood to reason that they wouldn't, and it wasn't particularly something to complain about. They and their fellow travelers were in Africa on a two-week trip.
They spent Thanksgiving Day on a walking tour of Tanzania's Hwange National Park. When they reached the end of their hike, the wife of one of their local tour guides met the group beside a picturesque lake.
To their surprise, she had prepared a traditional American-style Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. The travelers ate picnic-style in the middle of the African bush.
It was all in a day's work for tour leader Chris Levery, who describes his job as "director of group euphoria."
Levery is the owner of Odyssey Adventures, an adventure travel company …