It would be great to hear from fellow travellers on this particular trip. I'm travelling solo and really looking forward to meeting the rest of the group.
October will soon be here.
I'm booked on this trip too, and very much looking forward to meeting everybody.
Nice to hear from a fellow traveller. Are you joining the Nairobi to Kigali itinerary? I believe the other is departing on the same day but with a reverse itinerary (Kigali to Narobi).
Have you travelled with Exodus before?
I'm looking into antimalaria tablets. Anyone have any advice? I have heard of Malarone which is supposed to be the best.
Still got sleeping bag etc to buy yet. Still got a bit of time.
Ah. No, I'm on the Kigali to Nairobi trip. That's a shame. But I hope you have a great trip!
Yes, I have travelled with Exodus before. I went on their South African Walking Safari last Christmas, and was most impressed.
Generally speaking Malarone is considered to be the best, largely because it has few if any side effects. Last time I used them I took them with my evening meal, so if there were any side effects I slept through them! Everybody in our group was using them, and nobody else had problems either. Probably best to ask your GP for advice though, as not all medications are suitable for everybody.
That's a shame Jo. Yes you have a good trip too. Who knows we may end up passing each other as we me make our way across the three countries. This will be my second trip with Exodus. I went to Northern India with them last year.
I'll check with GP re the malarone etc.
Hello Gill and Ronnie! Finally, someone else who is going on this cool trip has posted on here. It's good to get to know fellow travellers prior to actually meeting. You travelling from Heathrow?
Have you prepared everything yet? I know it's early but it will soon be October. I have yet to have my jabs and buy my malerone tablets. Have you got yours yet? Any recommendations? I still have my sleeping bag to get etc. Deciding onwha lens for my camera I will reuire etc.
Exodus, or Paul Goldstein for this trip what zoom lens is required? 200m? 400m? I would appreciate if a member of Exodus could answer this queston for me. Thanks in advance.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Hi Andrew, I`ve bought a light weight 3 season sleeping bag and have a smal fleece blanket (always useful) I have a 300mm zoom lens for my camera. I was in India last year and the lens was fine for the tigers etc. A 400mm would be good but is so much heavier to carry. I think all jabs are up to date and will probably take Doxycycline as anti malarial as that has always suited in the past. Ronnie and I are travelling as light as possible and are travelling from Heathrow. We can`t wait, it should be a great trip. Gill
What a coincidence! I was in India last year too on the AIC trip in October. Great, I will buy a 3 season sleeping bag. Blanket would be good too. Just not sure how cold it gets but I have been told it can be cold at night. Best to be prepared. I have opted for 28-300mm range so I won't have to carry other lenses. I have been told that I need to have the yellow fever vaccination. Have you had this jab? I also intend to take malerone anti-malarial tablets. The vaccinations etc are going to costs a small fortune themselves but best to be safe. Are you booked on the balloon safari too?
Cool I will see you both at Heathrow. You'll have to tell me what you look like or post a picture then I can spot you. I have to travel by train to Heathrow as I live up north.
Best to re-read the trip notes to see what I require.
In relation to Visas, I will be paying for them once out there as recommended by people that have been on this trip before.
Hi Andrew We were in India in February last year. Fab trip !!! I`ve already had the Yellow Fever jab and it lasts for 10 years so I`m covered. The lens sounds great. A bigger zoom would be great but they are so heavy and all the other people with SLR cameras in India had the 300mm lens and we found them to be fine. Ronnie and I will probably drive to Heathrow and park the car. We live in Suffolk and North Essex. Will try and put a picture on the website of me. Ronnie and I are probably in the older age group on the trip but everyone always seems to gel so generally not a problem. We don`t know about the balloon flight as it is expensive so may well not decide until we are there but will probably go. I see there are 3 places again on the trip so not quite full. It`s always fun to see who else will be going. Have you been watching the Mountain Gorillas on BBC 1. Great programme but can`t wait to look into their eyes.
Yes, I agree India is a brilliant country with so much to offer the keenest of travellers. Did you go with Exodus too? Who was your group leader? I had the bext first experience with Exodus. I will return to India but the South next time. I'm sure the lens will be fine. I have heard that a lot of the time we get quite close to the animals.
I'm sure everyone will get on with each other regardless of age etc. I get on with everyone! I'm sure you'll both be tempted by the balloon safari once you're out there! I thought to myself I'm in the Masai Mara, and I won't be there everyday so why not. Though I think I will gove the bunjee jump a miss and not too sure on the river rafting.
Yes, I noticed the 3 spaces again on the trip. It appears that there will be another group departing on the same day but with the reverse itinerary. I have been watching the BBC1 prgramme and it's exciting to think that come October we will be experiencing them ourselves.
I am starting to buy certain things now for the trip as suggested on the trip notes like head torch etc, but my main priority is getting my jabs and Malerone.
Hi Andrew, We went to India with a rival company but have travelled with Exodus before. Unfortunately, I picked up an intestinal parasite in India and am reluctant to return as I was really ill when I got home. Fingers crossed that Africa is better but I have done Senegal before and was fine so think I was just unlucky. I`m away for a week in Norfolk now but will sort out my medication when I get back. Think I`m just about sorted. Not long now. Never really believe that I`m going to these fab places til I`m at the airport! We`ll certainly look out for you there. P`raps we`re the only 3 going !!!!!
I'm also on this trip. I'll be travelling on my own and it's my first ever overland trip! In fact, it'll be my first ever camping tip too! So many firsts. I'm looking forward to it but nervous as well. I'll be travelling down to London on the day, from Leeds and flying out of Heathrow.
I had my Yellow Fever vaccine yesterday. Ouch!! I'm still debating whether or not to have the malaria prophylaxis. I've pretty much bought everything I need for the trip, just waiting for my Rwanda visa now. Gill, your idea of a light blanket is brilliant. I'll definitely pack one.
Camera wise, I think I'll bring my bridge camera for the zoom photos as I don't really want to lug around a heavy lens. I think I'll just stick to my prime 50mm for my SLR.
Looking forward to meeting you all.
I'm having my yellow fever jab later this month. I have also ordered my malerone tablets. Uhuru, Gill and Ronnie, re the visa? Have you guys got yours? I read in the trip notes that it was ok to sort the visas out once we are there? If not, then I will have to be quick to sort them out. If someone could let me know ASAP it would be much appreciated.
I still have bits to buy...like a sleeping bag. Just so busy at work that I have not got round to it all yet. Uhuru, great lens you have there - 50mm prime. I have that lens too. I have hired a 28-300mm lens for my SLR. I know it wil be heavy but I thought it would be worth it. I'm also contemplating taking a tripod, but unsure yet. Are you taking two cameras? I think I will take my SLR and compact.
October will soon be here. Looking forward to the African adventure and meeting you all.
Sorry to butt in. I'm doing the trip at the same time but in the opposite direction. We might bump into each other half way round, or at least at Heathrow!
Re the visas, I spoke to Tom Bowring about this, and he said that it was OK just to wait and get them at the border. Our leaders will help with the formalities. Also, only needed for Kenya and Uganda. There is no need for visas for Rwanda for British citizens, although there may be if any of you are not British.
Hope you all have a great trip!
I'm headed on the reverse trip aswell and just thought I'd say 'hi' to a fellow traveller. It is my first exodus trip and I can't wait.
Look forward to meeting you and the others,
Got my Malaron tablets today. They're not cheap are they?
I wish you a brilliant trip too. Feel free to join in and answer or ask questions for the benefit of us all. Same for you too Alison.
No, Tom didn't say anything about photos, so I thought I'd play safe and take a few just in case.
I also asked about curency for tipping. I'm intending to take British currency for most things, but he suggested that either dollars or local currency were preferred for tipping our leaders at the end of the holiday.
Malarone is a frightening price isn't it! However, better that than malaria!
Good to hear from you too. I'll very much look forward to meeting you next month
Hi everyone, just back from a week in Norfolk so catching up on the news. The visas should be ok at the borders because the officials enjoy stamping passports and it saves putting your pasport in the post here which I`m always reluctant to do. We always take Malaria prophylaxsis, it`s just not worth the risk not doing but we take Doxycycline and have never had a problem with it. Weeks are going by ................... not long now.
regards to all
Thanks Gill for the information re the visas.
Can't think of an further questions right now, but I'll post as soon as they come to me. I'm sure there will be further ones as we approach October.
Where's everyone else? Wouldn't it be great for all to post on here? Come on other travellers!
Take care and regards
Andrew, WOW what a small world! You travelling from Leeds too. I'll probably get the coach down. It's a little cheaper than train travel and doesn't involve numerous train changes along the way with a heavy back pack in tow.
About the visas guys, I'm not travelling on a British passport and I definitely need a visa for Rwanda. It arrived in the post a few days ago, so I'm pretty sorted now.
I wont be doing the balloon flight. Another time perhaps. I'd love to do the white water rafting and the quad biking, but I think we only have one full day there so I will have to choose between the two.
Does anyone have any idea how difficult it will be to get equipment charged up? I plan on getting a spare battery for my camera though. And what type of adaptor will we need for the electricity sockets?
Getting so excited now, especially after watching the Mountain Gorillas Series on BBC.
Apparently there are plenty of sockets to recharge cameras and phones on the truck.
Yes it is a small world. I'm getting the train to Heathrow, so I shall see you there. I'm not so sure about white water rafting. I'm not brilliant with water. I will be giving the bunjee jump a miss too, though I am booked on the balloon safari.
Has everybody got everything and ready to go? I nearly there. Probably got the odd bits to buy which I can get nearer the time. I think I will take a torch too eben though i have a head torch.
Not got curecny changed yet. I think the notes state take US dollars. Anyone taking a tripod? or some beanbag?
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