This was an amazing trip and far exceeded my expectations. This will be a trip that I will never forget. It was packed full of many fantastic adventures with lovely group leaders and fellow travellers. There were so many highlights that we were struggling at the end of the trip to remember them all!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were so many but...
1. antelope park: walking the lion cubs, elephant safari's and spending time in the lions enclosures with the park staff (learning about the good work and research they do), and canoeing on the river (hoping not to spot a crocodile!).
2. day boat trip from Vilanculos to an Island for snorkelling, lunch (this was amazing and cooked on the boat) and generally enjoying a stunning island. Just a warning though - the weather changes quickly so expect a more exhilerating experience (to the say the least!) if the wind gets up - however this only added to the fun!
3. Kruger national park and Hwange national park - some amazing game viewing with so many highlights, great opportunity to get some fantastic photos.
4. Victoria falls - just amazing!
- What did you think of your group leader?
They were truely amazing and couldnt help us enough! They aimed to ensure that we had an amazing holiday and were happy when we were all smiling! I felt they went beyond their duties to help us - they were quick to come and help pitch out tents, prepare and cook food, set up camp, carry our luggage, provide us with knowledge of the country and places we were visiting, ensured our safety (and warned us of any potential issues we may encounter) and provide us with entertainment around the camp fire (African TV)!! (I'm still laughing at the Springbok dance!). I particularly enjoyed hearing about their lives in zimbabwe, this really helped us to experience Africa and get to know them.
Crispen - was an amazing leader, happy to provide us with information throughout the journey, kept us entertained on the longer journeys and ensure that everything ran smoothly.
Kelvin - a fantastic cook (even as a trainee!), extremely helpful and always seemed to be running around the camp doing something!
J.B - probably the best driver, navigating around the small, bumpy and challenging roads without any problems. Always happy to help and ensure we were smiling!
Also, I was really touched by the amazing birthday cake they decorated (at the campsite!). I thought this was a lovely thing to do since they were so busy. To take the time to do this was really appreciated and made my birthday an extra special occasion.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
A few points...
Expect early starts (i.e. 5-6 am was the norm, 7am was a lie in!)
Pack your luggage in a suitable bag - i.e one which is easy to pack and easy to carry. I took a backpackers rucksack this time and found it much easy to lug around the campsites then the big sports holdalls (which I struggled with on my last trip!)
Have a head torch - a must have when pitching tents in the dark and using the toilets/showers etc
One campsite was particularly cold (i.e. we had frost) so ensure you do have a few items of warm clothing to layer up
Obtain visa's for mozambique before you go (this was actually quite easy), and if possible get one for zimbabwe. Although I was advised not to get the zimbabwe visa, it would save a lot of time at the border (although if you dont have one it wasnt a problem)
At Barra Lodge bar - try and pay in Mozambique currency, otherwise it can become very costly for a round of drinks when they dont have change for rand/dollars etc.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
- I was lucky enough to have only 11 fellow travellers (not the max number of 18 which I personally feel is too many) plus the leaders. This was a lovely number giving extra space in the truck which was especially welcomed on the long journeys. I had an amazing group which made the experience enjoyable and extra special. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, and would jump at the chance of doing it all again.