Absolutely fantastic holiday and one i will never forget. I couldn't have asked for a better group and the wildlife was amazing.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Being chased by a Vervet monkey was hilarious but the Baboons weren't so nice. Seeing a Hyena make a kill was so unexpected. Camping in the Serengeti...hearing the wild animals so close to the tent at night was the experience of a life time.
The crater was unbelievable!! The thought that there was an elephant in the campsite was a bit scary but made it even more memorable. I would spend a week there if i could, there is so much wildlife to see. Walking to the first camp on Kilimanjaro was hard work but an amazing experience...
- What did you think of your group leader?
All 3 were very good.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take some warm clothes!!! Many of us on our trip under-estimated how cold it could get whilst travelling on the truck. (Some sensible people took warm hats and gloves). It is worth taking a couple of fleeces.
Travellers Cheques are a nightmare to change. There are opportunities to change them but you will get a very poor exchange rate/charged per cheque. Dollars are definitely the preferred currency.
Be prepared for lots of optional extras. When you are not on game drives there are optional extra excursions most days and the only alternative is to stay in the camp site if you choose not to go.
Take a spare camera battery. Most people in our group had rechargeable batteries but there was only one plug socket on the truck, which meant we had to rotate charging between us.
Whilst you are there you get the option to walk to the first camp on Kilimanjaro. You MUST be fit to do it.... I am really glad i did it but is highly priced for what it is $130 ($60 of this is the entry fee to the park). You need to take some food with you as the lunch you are given isn't great.
The Masai market is not the cheapest place to by souvenirs. We found that if you are prepared to barter you get a much better deal in Zanzibar.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
This holiday was the best!!
Camping is definitely the best way to experience Africa and what it has to offer.
You are on the go a lot of the time so some of us chose to do our own thing in Zanzibar and stayed at the beach for an extra day before making our way to Stone Town that evening. One day in the town was plenty to get around and do some souvenir shopping.
Brush up on your bargaining skills before you go and leave some room in your bag for souvenirs..
When you fly back to Nairobi from Zanzibar everyone trys to sit on the left side of the plane to get views of Kili but i was suprised that you can also see the Ngorogoro crater out to the right which noone mentioned to us..keep a look out.