This will be my first holiday to Africa and I was wondering if anyone else was going on this trip? It would be good to chat to a few people before we meet in June.
I'm booked on this trip - less than 2 months to go now! Can't wait! Where are you travelling from? I'm on the Gatwick flight on the Friday. I went to Africa a couple of years ago and l loved it - couldn't wait to go back!
It's good that the trip is filling up - more the merrier! Yes it would be good to meet up at the airport as I'm travelling on my own too - so would be nice to have some company! We'll have to sort it out.
Hi Hayley and Jude
I can't wait either! Not long to go now at all. I am travelling up from Liverpool by train and i am flying from Gatwick on the Friday as well (i am on my own). I haven't booked the train tickets yet, though - that is on my growing list of things to do! Yeah, i agree it would be a good idea to meet up at the airport beforehand, a nice chance to introduce ourselves.
7 weeks travelling? Lucky you! I will just have to make do with these 2 weeks! I know what you mean about having enough room in your rucsac - i have read some of the notes on this trip and they do recommend only taking a daypack and a soft padded holdall, so it has got me wondering whether i will have enough room! I certainly plan to buy plenty of souvenirs if i can.
Just in case you are not aware the flight details have been confirmed! A slight pain, though, that we have to go via Johannesburg, but at least the dates and hours of departure and arrival remain more or less the same. Can't wait now! Like Alison, i too have now have received my supply of malaria tablets (£21 they cost via my GP - rather pricey!) and my hepatatis A injection done so all set now really, other than the packing of course!
Hi all!! Just got my confirmation too but the airport has changed and the times are very different. Will have to contact rail provider and get my tickets changed, humph.
Hey not long now!!! I've gone for the Malarone maleria tablets because fewer side effect possibilities and they are costing me a fair whack, 24 tablets for £70!! Rip off :-P
I'm excited and nervous now, just gotta get through 3 weeks of work and then it's all gonna happen. Sounds like there is a rep at the other side of the customs at Heathrow so that will be where we will all be meeting. Can't wait to meet you all!!
Just seen the change of flight email too - bit of a shame as I was going to get free parking at my mate's house who lives ten mins from Gatwick! Oh well!
I can't believe there is less than 3 weeks to go now - don't think I've ever been as excited!! But so much packing to be done!
I was thinking that it might be good to meet at the airport before we check in? Then we could try and get seats together? Does anyone know anywhere at Terminal 5 where we could meet?
Reading all these massages is totally getting me excited, I'm going to be useless at work for the next three weeks....no change there then ;-)
I think that our group will already be booked on seats near each other, I seem to think it's something that tour companies like this do but I could be completely wrong, I am blonde after all.
Suggesting wearing something distinctive is very dodgy grounds.......I'll think up a whole host of things from a full tiger suit to dressing in full floral attire. I think I will be there around about 15:00 due to the cheapo trains now being limited. Managed to get them sorted quite easily.
I think I have everything I need, was setting it all out last night so that I can remember what I've bought over the past few months. I'm going as light as possible and from a trip I did a little similar to this style a few years back you can almost guarantee that you will only wear half of what you take because you get fed up of raking round in your backpack and end up wearing the same clothing the final week. Sounds awful but it's all in the spirit :-D
I just hope it isn't going to be too cold for me........
Just booked a coach down from Birmingham - I get to Heathrow at about 2.30 so I'll be there well in advance.
Yeah I haven't managed to get a plug adapter either - is it a South African one that we need? Anyway I'm sure we'll find one at the airport.
What's everyone doing about currency? I think I might just take US dollars and pounds and change it once we get there. I think I read somewhere that you can often use dollars anyway?
One of my mates went to Namibia last August and she said it was really hot during the day but quite cold as soon as the sun goes down. So need to pack so much! But yes we will probably end up wearing the same stuff for the whole holiday!
Yeah, thanks for that, Hayley, i will probably just stick to taking UK pounds and my Maestro card as well. I certainly am on Facebook and you can search for me via my name (of course!) John Coram. They aren't too many John Coram's fortunately, to the extent that i am the only one based in the Liverpool network.
Hi Hayley and Jude,
In case you didn't already know, i have added you both as friends on Facebook
Hello there, flipping 'eck not long now!!!
There is a fabulous program on tonight. Think it's at 9 on channel 4 :-D I'm getting so excited nut nervous too.......
How rubbish am I??!! It's at 8 on ITV LOL!!!
I did a similar thing in Australia when I went and it was much cheaper than the one that's on offer with this trip but I would recommend it cos it's an experience. I wont be doing it I don't think but then again if it turns out that the majority of the people have decided to do it then I'll join in. Think there is a full cooked breakfast included in it too :-D
Right then I'm off to watch this programme now. As for the packing, everything is out and ready to be shoved in my bag, I don't seem to have much stuff though......
I watched that programme too - now I'm really in the mood for Africa! It was a good taster! Looks like it's from Botswana & Namibia next week - have to record that one!
Are you guys taking a sleeping mat? I'm not sure if we needed one - I did email Exodus a while back and they said that they provide a foam mattress but not sure to take one as well - just in case! As it does mention it in the trip notes. But came to get my stuff together last night and struggled to fit everything in my ruc-sac! Think I need to seriously cut back on some clothes!
Hi Jude :-D
I'm not taking one cos I thought they provided you with one too. I'm taking very little but not tried packing yet, think I'll do that tonight. Need to get my money out of the bank too so must make sure I get that done. I'm really excited!! Role on Thursday evening when I can lock the door to the office and skip my way to the car and get into true holiday mode :-)
That's sorted then - I won't take one either. Should be able to fit everything in now!
I know - can't wait until 5pm on Thursday - the holiday starts then!
Thanks for the tips Alison!! I have my thermals packed but seeing as you are saying it's very cold at night I am going to remove my sleeping back from my back pack and put a pair of warm trousers in there and make sure there is room for my hat etc :-D I can carry the sleeping bag on as hand luggage I am sure.....
I've got two days and 3 hours left at work!!!
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