I am also booked on this trip! Very excited too...can't believe it's next month already!! I made my list of what I need to pack today! ha ha :) putting me right in the mood although I am supposed to be studying and thinking about the trip is really distracting me!
Hi Karen & Charlotte!
The trip will be so good, were going at the best time of year to see all the animals! Have you had all your jabs and got everything you need? I need to get a good camera!
Im also going on my own, I've never done anything like this before. You may also like to hear that my friend went on this exact trip a few years ago and absolutely loved it. (There are 1 or 2 things that have changed as he got a boat from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar but the majority is the same), plus he never went in migration season.
Im definetly going on the Hot Air Balloon over the Senegeti, are you two doing it as well ?
I love Africa!!!! have spent quite a lot of time in South Africa and have done some voluntary work there. Never been to Kenya and Tanzania though! I'm getting a new camera after xmas, need to sort my jabs out and I am not a fan of needles so been putting it off! :-S but yes I really want to do the balloon over the Serengeti think it's quite expensive but once in a life time experience!!!!! Have a long list of things I need to buy and do before going!!!!!
I am on countdown! I make it 39 days! whoo hoo!!!!!!
That sounds so cool. I love South Africa, I went to Cape Town in March it was excellent. You should book your jabs soon, as you need a break between them. make sure you have the Yellow Fever jab as you need the certificate to get into Tanzania.
Ive only ever camped twice (at two music festivals) but it should be cool, especially as it wont be raining
Ok ill email them anyway as ill get insurance in the week and ask about the visas.
Yes everyone going on the trip should be on the same flight unlesss there are people already in Kenya, i guess we will meet our guide in Nairobi when we land. have you ever travelled alone before? We can meet at the airport before we fly. Good you've booked your jabs, what Malaria tablets are you having? im taking Malerone as they have less side affects, and only have to take them a day or two before we go
good plan! let me know what they say about the visas! Yeah sounds good I travelled a bit by myself in South Africa but was actually pretty horrendous as I nearly missed a flight in Jberg and had no money and no contacts and no phone! I've taken malerone before I didn't get any side effects with them....but took doxycycline once and I burnt really bad! However I will definitely be taking something! I'm currently nursing a very poorly lad with malaria and possibly typhoid! He's just come back from Malawi!!!!!!!
Ive sorted my insurance, just waiting for a response about visas.
You were really lucky you made the flight! My cousin had Malerone and had no problem with them.
Thats well bad did he take tablets and have the typhoid vaccination?
Yes i emailed them about my visas, it was 50 USD each for Kenya and tanzania when you arrive. (ill copy and paste the whole email when im back to work, as its on my work email). Ive also read someones comments on the holiday that you have to pay using a 50 dollar bill only and they dont accept lower denominations.
Im the same at leaving things to the last minute, have never been a fan of essays! im borrowing a backpack and getting a sleeping bag. Going to have to buy suitable trousers as well.
I'm glad I've found this forum, I'll be on this trip as well!!! My name is Naomi :)
Anyone else slightly panicking at how soon it will be??
Hi Naomi, Are you going on your own as well? have you got everything you need yet?
Im not panicking as such, im really looking forward to it, but i still need to get a few items.
Karen-What type of camera did you get? im either getting an SLR or Bridge. Have you had all your other jabs as well?
This is from exodus regarding the visas:
For both Kenya and Tanzania you will be able to get your visa upon arrival. You will need US$50 for each country and you will need to pay in dollars.
Hey Mark, yes I am heading over on my own so feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves even though I've travelled on my own before this is just a whole lot different. My camera arrived just this morning, it's not a DSLR but it'll do the job for me :) . I'm all vaccinated and just needing the malaria tablets and a few more clothing pieces really. Plus a large SD card of course.
Will there be a meeting point at Nairobi airport does anyone know?
Hi too Naomi! :)
I've got a bridge camera Mark (not that I really know how to use it!! I turn it on and I can press the button to take photos so that will do ha ha!
I am currently working my way through the typhoid tablets and have ordered my malorone took doxycycline in the past but burnt really badly!
I guess there will be someone stood in the bit where we come out of departures with a sign...but we could all try to meet at Heathrow first? Now I have my Exodus luggage label I'm sure everyone will be easy to spot!
Heya Naomi & Karen,
Im just going to get a camera with a good lens. Ive got the exodus label in the post as well. We should be able to meet at Heathrow. Ill be wearing my walking boots!
Hey Karen, Where are you thinking of going to? I must admit of thinking of booking a late cross country skiing holiday with exodus.
Have you thought about how much cash your taking and in which currencies? Im going to look at some reviews and see what they say
Have you had a good start to the New Year? Ive got my bag now (borrowed). Im getting my camera tommorow, its a bridge with x24 zoom. Ive just spoke to exodus, there are 15 people on our trip. I confirmed that they sent a E Ticket to my email. I dont think I've forgotton anything, Oh im going to get some USD and Kenyan Shillings, ill read up on whether to take Tanzania or Zanzibar currency. Oh ive still got to get some walking trousers, but im getting them from Blacks.
Hey Karen, I emailed them not got a response yet, ill call them tommorow. I let u know what they say.
Im packing my stuff on wednesday so i have time to get anything else i need
Oh perhaps i have been given duff information. I cant remeber the ladies name i spoke to, but she double checked i couldnt even give a deposit. lets see what Marta says :) I cant wait for this trip, have you got everything you need?
I think you can do your online checking through this, i will do it tonight when i have my passport
I have been looking at the departures...it appears that only european flights are being cancelled at present! Thanks Mark will try and check in also tonight! If anyone fancies meeting up at the airport my mobile is 07834 064294 would be good to have some company if delayed for ages and I can't spot the Exodus tags! ha! I'm nearly packed now just finished work going to put all my heavy stuff in my carry on luggage and hope for the best!!!!!!
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