Wow I've done a safari and road trip - 2400 kilometres - in Africa. Zanzibar is a brilliant place for a beach holiday - loads of white sand and turquoise ,warm sea. The African sunsets and night skys were worth the trip in themselves. And that's before you get to the animals. And Kilimanjaro. I walked up the first stage of the mountain. Through rainforest. Uphill. Over very rough ground. Nearly killed me but I got there. We had to leave Kenya in a bit of a hurry because of fears of post election troubles. In the event nothing materialised but good to know that Exodus was looking after our wellbeing. Camping wasn't much of a hardship though I'd definitely recommend paying the single supplement. The campsites ranged from well organised with a bar, to a fenced field with a guard with an AK47, to a night in the wilderness in the Serengetti where you have to have your wits about when you get up in the night. Erecting and dismantling the tents was hard work at first but we soon got the hang of it, helping each other. There were 6 of us. The group worked well and we had lots of fun. The transport was fit for purpose with cool box, freezer, power sockets for UK plugs. It was comfortable enough. If group numbers meant you were restricted to just one locker each, there wouldn't be much storage space. The food is fine , given that it's cooked on just a couple of gas rings. There's plenty of opportunity to buy booze, though do plan ahead.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Close encounters with the animals.
Camping in the wilderness under the night sky.
Cocktails on the beach in Zanzibar
- What did you think of your group leader?
All the crew were first rate at their jobs. Many thanks to Ben the driver, Ken the cook and Lelei the guide.
Local guides were used from time to time and these were all professional quality
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
There were relatively few mosquitoes during early March. No one was badly bitten.
Pay the single supplement. 2 people in a tent would be a squeeze.
Contrary to Exodus paperwork ,you don't need a photo for a Tanzanian visa. It costs $50 and they don't take other currencies.
Apart from that ,you could take your cash in Sterling. That saves changing your money twice, into dollars and then into Kenyan and Tanzanian currency. An ATM card would be handy for when exchange places aren't available. - e.g sundays or where there's a huge queue in the only bank in town.
The beach hotel in Zanzibar gave a poor exchange rate. Change your money in Stone Town before you leave for the beach.
There are opportunities to do a bit of handwashing, now and again. Give clothes away as you go. They'll be gratefully received.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
This is an exciting trip. An adventure. Quite leisurely, apart from Kilimanjaro, but you know you've put in some long hours on the bus. Don't bring too much stuff.
I'd echo other comments on these pages about the apparently needless, and very lengthy journey, to Tanga on the penultimate day on the mainland. A flight from Moshi to Zanzibar is available for not a lot more than the Tanga - Zanzibar fare.