I've just booked for this in the last fortnight. I'm really looking forward to it. I've been to Cape Town before but the rest is going to be new to me. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the wildlife but having the opportunity for other activities sounds great.
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I'm about to arrange an appointment at my gp's to see a nurse about malaria tablets and find out whether there is anything else I should get. Some courses of shots take a few months so it's worth enquiring early.
I usually go to a travel clinic before my trips with a copy of the itinerary and they tell me what I all need. I expect some Malaria tablets will be needed.
I had a booster shot for something that was running out of date, hepatitis A I think. The nurses at my GPs keep a record and always check for me. I got eaten by midges on my scottish trip so I'll be taking long sleeves and repellant as a matter of course.Is anybody bothering to get the Zambian visa in advance or just paying at the border?
I've just booked on this trip. Went to Kenya and Lamu with Exodus last year and had the time of my life. Really looking forward to Namibia and the red sand... Got a new camera which I'm learning to use and am hoping to get some great pictures. Look forward to meeting you all. Jenny
I'm sure this trip will be amazing for picture takers! I have my 18x zoom camera ready for the wild life! I'm also looking forward to the sand dunes in the desert in Namibia - I have wanted to go for years and finally got up the nerve to go. I wasn't sure I could camp for 3 weeks but I've been camping in the past few years, and I think it will be fun (although I am sure I will be looking forward to sleeping in a proper bed by the end of the trip). Looking forward to meeting you all too.
Has anyone heard of the Devil's pool at Victoria Falls? See the picture below:
I wonder if we will have the chance to go there. Looks like fun!
Now that looks awsome/thrilling!!!!! As for the camara thing, I'll take a few "snaps"....... then rely on geting the photographers E-mail address's, and "cheating"......
Leaving for my 15day trip around Mont Blank on Fri am, so if I don't get back on...... I'll seeya all 6weeks on Sat/Sun!!One life......... LIVE IT!!
I'm looking at the calendar and starting to tick things off now, loking forward to seeing the dunes and the wildlife in Etosha, crossing fingers for a chance to photograph the fish eagle on the Chobe. I've been practising on kittiwakes.
I've put a pile of clothes out that I want to take (not even all of them) and know that there is no way they will fit in the bag. The weather will be quite different in each country I think. Someone on a previous trip I was on told me that they used compression bags for their clothes and I picked up a couple at a travel store. They are supposed to take up 75% less space and the people I talked to said they work great. I think you put the clothes in and remove all the air from the bag and seal it. I haven't tried them yet.
I hope I am okay with the electical adapters. I use rechargeable lithium batteries in my camera and have to be able to charge them (each one is fairly expensive). My chargers accept 110V to 240V (we use 110 in North America) so they should be okay. For the plug adapters, I have several different ones and took 2 that I thought may be used in South Africa to show someone at work who is originally from South Africa. She told me one of them was the right one for South Africa and hopefully I have the right one for the other countries we visit. I expect to use a lot of battery power taking so many pictures so I hope I can charge them!
I use zip lock bags, not as efficient as the ones that you can use with a vacuum cleaner but squashing them flat to get the air out seems to work pretty well. I also get lightweight, quickdry, clothes from the outdoor shops because they fold smaller than cotton.
I'm going to take the spare batteries I have fully charged and whatever adaptors I can get and hope for the best. My batteries are supposed to be good for about 4-800 shots each depending on conditions so provided I'm sensible I should get by. The heat might prove more of a problem further north. It seems that autofocus motors can heat up pretty fast, or so I'm told, and I find the manual focus on modern cameras a bit soft to the touch compared to the old manual lenses I used to use, or maybe I'm getting old and clumsy.
Maybe I'm just thinking too much. It's going to be a great trip and everything's going to get cool at night anyhow.
I took too much on my last trip but not enough warm clothes - got a bit nippy at night and on the early morning starts! You can usually recharge your batteries and mobile phones on the truck so long as you remember the charger.
Really in need of the break now. Will be dropped off at Heathrow so maybe catch up in the airport. See you soon.
I should be there about 5ish too. I'll have a black backpack and I should have a brown teddy in one of the pockets. I've spent the weekend sorting things out, getting excited and nervous about missing something important, just about to run off a checklist.
The weather forecast looks good for the few days we are in Capetown. Thankfully, no tornados or thunderstorms in the forecast for here today like there were yesterday so hopefully my flight will get out on time.
See everyone in Capetown!
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