Would love to hear from anyone going on this trip. I'll be travelling on my own and taking the group flight from Heathrow. I absolutely can't wait!
Hi there Angela,
All being well, I will also be going on this trip. Have been planning this for the last year so I'm really looking forward to it (Not the injections part tho). I'm going to be travelling on my own from Heathrow too, so hope everything will go smoothly. :)
Nice to hear from you. I had my yellow fever jab last week (Relatively painless with no side-effects apart from a big dent in my wallet). Fortunately, I'm up-to-date with the rest. Have you been to East Africa before?
Nope, never been to East Africa before, but it looks so beautiful in all the pictures I've seen. There's a new lonely planet guide out to East Africa in June I think so considering pre-ordering. Glad to hear the yellow fever jab was alright - I've heard some people are prone to nasty side effects (As with the Malaria tablets), but you're right about the dent in the wallet. It will all be sooo worth it though. Have been working on an equipment list this weekend, trying to reduce the amount of junk I'm trying to take lol!!
If you can afford it, go with the Malarone. I took it last time I went to Africa. I found it really easy to take and it has no side effects. Boots.com seem to be one of the cheapest places to buy it from. Also, something which I swear by when I travel are Acidophilus supplements (see http://www.naturesbest.co.uk/Acidophilus-Extra-10-P541). They kept me well in Mozambique which is notorious for people getting upset stomachs.
I think the Malarone is winning out of the malaria tablets for me. A friend of mine took Lariam couple of years back and said they weren't that great and he recommended the Malarone too. They're now on my shopping list :) Also, thanks for the advice on the Acidophilus! I'll definately look at picking some up. There's nothing worse that being away for 2 weeks and being ill for most of it :(
11 Weeks on Saturday - Can't wait!! Woohoo. Have you got much stuff to plan or buy before we all go?
Is it only 11 weeks? I had no idea it was so soon. I think I'm pretty much sorted for kit this year. I needed to upgrade my sleeping bag (don't under-estimate how cold it can get at night... I did just that a couple of years ago, was not a happy bunny!) and I also bought a thermarest. I have everything else I need already. You sound like you're going to have a very long shopping list. That will keep you busy between now and then.
Yeah, the balloon safari looks awesome - made sure I was on that lol!! I'm grinning just thinking about it. Quite fancied doing a bit of snorkelling too once we get to Zanzibar, and the day trip to Kilimanjaro from Moshi is also tickling my fancy... One of my work colleagues has been to Zanzibar on several occasions and says the seas there are unbelievable!! Have you got your visas? I think I'm just going to pop into London in a couple of weeks and just go to the embassies directly. It should save waiting around through the post.... (He says) :)
I am also joining this trip, with my friend Sally, and am very excited - I have never been to southern africa before. You both sound a lot more organised than me - I haven't even thought of jabs or visas or packing, and now I am a bit concerned! I have done several trips with exodus, usually on my own, and have always found them excellent - although it relies on the quality of the guides. They have always made sure all the travellers sit together on the plane, so you can usually get to know each other then. These trips always seem to get similar people, mainly single travellers (and in August mainly teachers!) and everyone tends to get on very well.
Any other advice about what to take, you both seem far more organised than me? I have ordered the LP east africa guide from amazon but the publication has been delayed. I am hoping it will arrive before we go - you can always borrow it. Am now off the attic to check the condition of the sleeping bags..
See you in a few weeks!
Good to hear from you. Thanks for the information about Exodus. I see what you mean about lots of teachers.. Last time I went on a tour in S. Africa, 4/6 of us were teachers. We were all late 20s/early 30s, so we all got on really well.
I would get a move on with your jabs, but apart from that, I wouldn't be too worried packing etc. Just make sure you have a warm 3 season sleeping bag & liner, a hat, a windproof fleece/jacket and a head torch is really useful.
Look forward to meeting you both. Not long now..
ps. I don't know whether sitting with me on the plane would be a good thing as I have a massive phobia of flying :-(
Great to hear from you and glad you are looking forward to the trip. Less than 7 weeks to go!! :) I've met a few people that have done this trip in previous years and they all speak very highly of it and would definately do it again - I'm sure it will be fabulous! That's great news that they put everyone from the trip in the same part of the plane as it will give us all time to get to know each other on the way there.
Regarding the jabs - my yellow fever jab cost £47 (including the certificate) but not every doctors practice does them and the price varies dramatically from practice to practice. You can find out which approved practice is close to you from http://www.nathnac.org/yellowfevercentres.aspx. The other jabs (Hepatitus, Typhoid, etc..) you should be able to get free from the NHS. I'd recommend Hep A and Hep B if possible. There's also a booster you can take 6 months after the first Hepatitus jags which covers you for 20 years (I think - possibly longer?)if you're considering any future trips..
Also, I'm thinking about following Angela's advice about just getting the visas on the plane / border to save hassle. When I read the trip notes a year ago, I seem to remember it saying that it was better to get them in the UK but rereading the recent notes they say that it's better to get them enroute. The whole process on the Kenyan embassy website too, seems to be more hassle than is necessary...
Hope this was of some help. As i'm a bit of a keen photographer, I'm having trouble trying to figure out weights and bags and stuff but I think i'm pretty much there now with what to take. Some pictures I've seen from my friends - they look pretty cold and windswept so good fleeces and jumpers would be my advice too. Are you based in London? The Kathmandu store in the westfield shopping centre have a 3for2 on travel accessories and buy one get one free on shirts and trousers at the mo.
Thanks guys, good to hear from you
I have now made an appointment at the GP to sort the jabs, and there is a Nomad travel down the road for anything I can't get quickly at the GPs so I will get it sorted soon.. Are there any after effects?
Did you see the doc on ITV yesterday with ballooning over the Sengretti? I got very excited and was gutted I haven't booked the ballooning trip, but I might see if I can still squeeze on...
I will get on top of the packing, trying to take as little as possible except the camera bits (need to get a telephoto lens). I am not sure if I can face Westfield - its a nightmare of a place.
We can arrange to meet somewhere at Heathrow if you like, I will send you my mobile number before we head off.
I'm not sure which bit I am most excited about... Angela we probably don't want to sit next to each other as I can't sit still for long periods - probably not what you need!
Anyway, take care.
Jenny - Meeting at Heathrow is a good idea. We'll swap numbers nearer the time. Although I'd rather not put my number out on this forum. Are you on Facebook? (Search for Angela De Stefano, I'm the one stood next to an ice sculpture with a bright blue drink).
Stu - How was the wildlife photography talk?
Sounds like a good idea to maybe meet up before the flight, but I'd also prefer not to post my number on a forum - you never know whos reading these. I'm not on facebook but feel free to drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we could arrange something a bit nearer the time.
Angela - The wildlife photography talk was great! Shame you missed out. Paul Goldstein is a talented photographer and very knowledgeable about wildlife and travel. He was very enthusiastic about his subjects and techniques for shooting them - and we all got a bit of an insight into Exodus trips too. He did do a bit of a sales pitch but then I guess Exodus did pay for the event so that was fair enough.... It only makes me want to go to South Georgia and India now too tho, lol! I've also written a blog article about it at:
whoops...my computer just went crazy! Just to say that my husband (Jens) and I will be joining you all in July and we're very excited about it!! It'll be our first trip to East Africa so we're looking forward to the activities...it all sounds amazing. See you all very soon. Amy :o)
Good to hear from you. We're all really excited too. Not long now... Are you on the group flight? We were all thinking of meeting up at Heathrow beforehand to get acquainted.
Just to let you know that Tony and I will be joining the trip - travelling from Manchester. It's our first safari so all the tips have already been really useful for us - thanks! If people are meeting up would like to know - my email is email@example.com.
See you all soon!
Louise and Tony
Looking forward to meeting you all. I propose we meet at The Bridge Bar (departures) at about 6pm - See map.
The more the merrier. Does anyone have any suggestions about how we can find each other? Maybe the first person to arrive can throw a piece of paper down on the table saying exodus or something.
Hi Angela and everyone else on the trip,
I will see you at the Bridge bar at 6pm before the trip. I'll probably be there a bit early as I live quite near Heathrow so will print out a piece of paper with Exodus Kenya trip or something similar on it - but keep a look out for an over-excited Scottish guy with a navy blue brim hat on. Less than 3 weeks to go now woohoo!!
Blimey it is just as well I checked this, I was going to go to Gatwick! We'll see you at the Bridge probably after 6 (as I am rarely on time). Which terminal is it? I think we should all wear safari hats, or failing that we could wear show our exodus tags prominently.. Keep your eyes out for a blonde and a brunette swiftly heading for the bar!
Am stupidly excited, only 13 more get ups! Any top tips to stop me forgetting something important?
See you all very soon,
Hi there Jenny,
Haha, good thing we mentioned Heathrow for meeting up. It's terminal 4 we're flying from, and the Bridge bar is on the other side of security. Not long to go now. As for remembering everything, I just made a list (actually, it was more like a large novel) of all the stuff I needed to take with me, and wrote 'have' or 'need to get' next to it. When I pack my rucksack, I'll just double check it all by ticking it all off again as I go. I've been writing posts on my blog page (http://dealbh80.wordpress.com) with some notes of stuff I've been buying so feel free to have a read to see if there is anything useful on there.
See you both a week on Saturday
Hello all, Good to see all the excitement for this trip. I feel like I'll be a bit of a greybeard amongst everyone on here so far . I've done maybe a dozen trips with Exodus , to Africa and beyond and feel at home with this company. The Serengeti has long been a wish trip of mine so I'm looking forward to the trip too. See you soon.
This is my first trip with Exodus and I will be travelling alone on the group flight from Heathrow. Getting really excited and would love to meet up in the Bridge bar on Saturday.
See you then
Not sure if any of you will read this before Saturday as you are all probably busy packing and repacking!! Jez and I will be joining you all on this amazing trip. Its out first to Africa and with exodus and like you all I'm well excited!!! Anyway, hopefully we will see you in the Bridge Bar on Saturday around 6pm. Looking forward to it! See you then..............
Sarah and Jez
I don't know if you guys have arrived back yet, but I hope you had a great trip. I'm heading off on this one in september and wondered if you could pass on any pratical advice.
I've decided to do my visas on route, just wondered if this was easy enough to do. Also what sort of gear gear did you take and how did it perform (looking at my stuff it seems to exclusive consist of outdoor clothing and little in the way of holiday stuff!). How cold were the nights? (and how hot were the days).
Be keen to hear about any highlights and so on !
Sorry for all the questions !
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