Hi, Reading through the forum, is anyone else doing this trip? I note that there are no others posted and I know I am not going alone.............................Confused by the departure date showing as my paperwork show deaprture 28 August '10 so can only guess the date of 29 Aug is the land only date!!!
Perhaps I will see you there?
No your not being nosey, I am taking Malarone, which is what I have always used, not sure how the compare price wise against your tablets, though I tend to use Boots online to purchase them. Think I am also one of the lucky ones whose GP does not charge for a private script as I know some peeps get charged £15 for the GP to prescribe them! Boots are always quick and usually have the tablets within 48-72 hrs from order to delivery. Dont know much about your tablets, was recommended Malarone and thankfully had no side effects as I know some tablets people have used caused reactions to the sun along with other stuff! I have mine from last year as I had to cancel my trip last year at last minute due to family bereavement. I do like the sound of only taking one tablet a week so might research them and look at them for my next trip! I hope you enjoy Canada, its somewhere I want to go, though I am looking at going when the Calgary Stampede is on, I know used to have relatives many many years ago (now I am showing my age lol) who lived in Saskatchewan, relatives I have never met. I wouldnt think you ignorant at all, even though you say you are retired you sound like you keep yourself busy doing things like you say you should have done years ago. Think thats what I am now doing though having to fit it in around work and shifts, so I think at times it will be me who doesnt reply for a bit! Am debating what size holdall/rucksack I need on this trip and am determined not to take too much which I usually do, though last time I left most for my roomboy and his family so ended up coming back with hardly anything in my case. right enough of my waffling, enjoy your trip and I best get ready for work again! Take Care Heather :-)
Hi Heather, Derek & Jennifer, I'm booked on this tour too. It looks as if you have both used the services of Exodus before, but it's my first time both with Exodus and on safari. I've arranged my own flights, as I wanted to fly from my nearest airport rather than Heathrow, so I'll meet up with you in Arusha. See you soon, Jim
Hi Heather, Jim - I got our visas direct from the Embassy in London - I feel more comfortable doing it that way. I have used the services of Travcour in the past for which you pay extra, but is reliable and hassle free, but didn't feel them necessary on this occasion. I would use Travcour depending on the political nature of the country being visited, but I won't name countries here. Tanzania is a pretty stable country in general, and is very conscious of the value of tourism to its economy. If I could, then I would call at the Embassy or Consulate in person. I did that when travelling to India since there is an India Consular Office in Edinburgh and I happened to be passing through when visiting friends.
I don't think you'll find a better adventure company than Exodus. They bend over backwards to go that extra yard to satisfy their clients. Their group leaders are very knowledgeable and professional. I'm maybe biased as I've been with them a few times now. And that's not to say I wouldn't travel with other adventure companies. You need to be of a certain nature to do that job and have found that the customers (namely us) have to be adaptable and flexible in their outlook, and also of a similar nature and outlook.
I've been lucky enough to have been on several safaris, and in fact was in Tanzania 10 years ago. It's like a drug - once you have experienced it, then you need to do it again. But any of Exodus's trips are worth going on - trekking, culture, discovery.
I hate giving advice as everyone is different, but all I can say is to expect the unexpected, adapt to the situation and muck in together, and you'll come away with great memories and with friends who you may stay in touch with for years, as I have.
Hi Heather, (and Jim, and anyone else on this trip) - I expect they will indeed have to take photos with them if they apply for the visa out there. In fact one of the photos is incorporated into the visa. I can't remember what happened entering Tanzania 10 years ago. Well I CAN remember what happened - it's a bit of a story that I'll tell you about when we meet up. But what I mean is I can't remember what happened in respect to visas then. But we entered Tanzania on that occasion at a land-crossing from Kenya near Lake Victoria, and not through an airport as we are doing this time.
A bit of a nightmare for you to damage your ankle at this stage, but it doesn't sound too serious. The fact that your colleague was laughing their head off at your predicament is a good sign, as it means that you must be popular at work.
I take it you work shifts. I don't know what you think but I believe working shifts for over 30 years has been the reason that I have never suffered jetlag. Occasionally I'd be called out in the middle of the night and that has also helped. Another thing I do is as soon as I get on board the plane at this end, I set my watch to the local time at the other end, and so my mind immediately starts thinking in local time. I don't believe jetlag will be a big issue on this trip though, as there is only a 2-hour time difference. But even on trips to Australia or India I've never had jetlag. Very lucky really as I know some people can take days adjusting.
Pouring rain today here (Inverness) so it looks like a day of housework.
Hi Hev & Munch, Sorry I haven't kept up with your exchange of messages here. Life just seems to get in the way or simply fly by. Anyway, my boss is out of the office this afternoon so, while the cat is away .... Any advice on insect repellant? Jungle Formula say it must be their "Extra" strength (50%), but Poundland do a 30% DEET rollon for just £1! From what I've gathered the lower strength just needs applying more often. Have you any idea what sort of quanity will be needed for the tour? I'm going to risk picking up the visa on arrival. As I fly in a day earlier, it shouldn't have any impact on you even if it does take 3 hours. Exodus have arranged for me to stay overnight in a hotel near the airport, then I'll be picked up and taken back to the airport the following morning to meet your flight when it arrives. I've expressed an interest in the optional tour of Arusha National Park on the day or your arrival. Apparently these excursions are booked locally. The tour is dependent on a minimum of two people. As I'm travelling on my own, I hope you may join me so that the tour can go ahead. I'm also very interested in the optional Spice tour in Zanzibar. Again that tour has a minimum requirement of two people. Oh well, not long now. See you soon. Jim
I have to say Jim, that I'm no use at giving you advice about insect repellant. I've never used the stuff. But however much you decide you need, then double it. Make sure you pack it in your checked-on baggage that goes in the plane's hold, and not in your cabin baggage. I've found in the past that there is usually a supply on board the trucks that we used. However I don't think we are using the Mercedes 12-ton safari-adapted trucks that I've been on with Exodus previously, so best bring your own (insect-repellant that is, not a 12-ton truck!) The Australian hats with dangling corks may look a bit daft, but they were excellent at keeping flies away. However the flies in Oz weren't malarial and it didn't bother me if they landed on arms or legs - as long as they were kept out my face.
I intend to go on the optional excursions that you have mentioned, but hoping I can just book them at the other end. I went snorkelling when I was in Tanzania 10 years ago - well worth a try. Beautiful warm water and colourful marinelife. I have a snorkel & mask in the house somewhere, but buggared if I can find them. We never made it to Zanzibar on that occasion because of political unrest on the island. We diverted to a place called Pangani Beach on the mainland - absolutely stunning and peaceful setting - very beautiful. No problems now. Hope you and everyone has a safe journey. Derek
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