Just introducing Nick and myself before we travel - looking forward to making contact with anyone else travelling on Friday 14th - excited already
Just wanted to drop you a reply as I went on this trip last year, October 15, to be precise. You'll have a fantastic time. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Hi Beth, Recently booked this trip for me and hubby, I believe there is only one place left now on it. The fantastic photos and excellent reviews sold it for us. So hopefully we will have a great holiday.
Hi Beth / everyone,
Booked on this a couple of months ago with my wife Gina so I thought I'd log on to say hello. Really looking forward to the trip; it will be our first time in Africa....
Hi Cindi, we will also get the visas at the borders unless the advice changes in the meantime. It seems a good idea to keep a check on the latest information when travelling to some of these countries. Marilyn
wonderful ! feels like we are nearly there now ... as we've both lost luggage before it should be someone elses turn this time :)
Re toilet paper, just bought 2 boxes essential Waitrose (65 leaves each box). Other alternative take out middle of ord roll and flatten. I'm full of useless information. Am quietly panicking, that not packing right, will forget something important ( like passport!!!!) Has anyone weighed their luggage yet. Am taking $ and a few £'s. I added together visas, optional excursions/activities + tips + food then some for pressies giving me a rough guide.
There are so many things to consider for such a trip like this, so if you think of any more questions just ask and I will endeavour to answer them for you. (I'm doing Exodus' job here!) I seriously don't mind helping fellow travellers on a trip that I have have experienced.
Those 5 weeks will soon pass and before you know it you'll be on that Kenya Airways to Nairobi. Essential toiletries are:
shampoo, shower gel, tooth paste, anti-bacterial hand gel, deodorant, wet wipes, at least 50% Deet mosquito repllent, suncream, and of course toliet roll (don't bother with those travel sized rolls, best off taking normal sized loo rolls (several should be ok), and as someone has already suggested, take the tube out and squash it. You can buy toiletries in the supermarkets in Nakuru town or any other major town.
I can't stress enough how important it is to have a very bright, reliable head torch! It will be come your best friend.
Can't think pf any more tips right now, but if you have any burning questions..I'll be in the UK until the end of this month before I set off to Nepal and Tibet.
Well, this trip is really creeping up on us fast now!
We've not started with the packing yet but would echo Beth's view that taking too much can be a pain & small plastic bags are really useful for keeping things dry, dust free & organised. Elastic bands are also handy; roll clothes up & pop one round them to keep the size down. Also packing items into smaller chunks (e.g. a couple of shirts) rather than one big bag might also help things fit into the locker better. I'm assuming that we can buy the odd thing along the way from local shops too if I run out, so not taking much toiletry-wise. When I've got all my stuff together, I'll swap half the items with Gina so if one bag gets lost in transit we'll still have some clothes each. Also pack right up to the size / weight limit in my hand luggage on the outward journey in case the main bag gets lost. The list of items needed in the trip notes seems to be pretty sensible & I'm taking a poncho as opposed to waterproofs as I get too hot in them. I always find it useful when I get back from a trip to make a mental note of what I've actually used / not used so I can do it better next time, & now just take a couple of changes of clothes that can be hand washed along the way & dry very quickly. If I run short I can usually buy a cheap t-shirt somewhere, but I always try to keep one set of decent clothes un-used in reserve for the flight home though.
I'm assuming getting the visas as we arrive/cross borders is still best as I've not heard different but does anyone know how many passport type photos are needed for all the visas & permits for the trip as we may as well get them now?
I've not needed passport photos on the african trips before - nothing in the notes ? will check :)
Looking forward to meeting you all - Andrew , pity you aren't on the trip again !
Our spare bedroom looks like a team of baboons has been at work ! all stuff ready to be packed. Nick is in the garden without a care and a bottle of beer just hoping that the 'packing fairy' visits again and remembers his swimming trunks this time .....
Snap Beth, our spare bedroom too. Will has had a practise pack and decided there is too much in his and is having a rethink and will try again next weekend. I haven't even got round to a trial pack, still thinking about what to take or is that what not to take!
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