- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Meeting the Gorilla's and seeing them interact with each other, being so close without bars
The wildlife in the Masi is amazing and the guys know just where to look for them
Seeing children happy to play with a hoop and stick and walk 4 miles to school, not a play station in sight
- What did you think of your group leader?
Chris the group leader was great, he was sociable and knowledgable and kept us informed all the time
the guides and staff at all the places we went were professional and competant - totally safe
Joanas the cook and Julias the driver also did a wonderful job, the food was great (and I'm a fussy eater!) the tents were up as soon as we arrived so there was no waiting around
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Dont get too worried about having to go behind bushes and not being able to wash for days as some warn you. The guys always made every attempt to get you to a proper toilet and even the weakest bladder didnt have too much of a problem. The showers at most of the sites were HOT HOT HOT and if not, it was never for 2 nights in a row, and you had been warned the night before that they may not be hot, so take advantage of the ones you had. The 3 guys were hygiene crazy all the time, to make sure that no one was ill, food was plenty but not very varied, but he did have to shop for a week at a time sometimes, but I am very fussy, and still brought some of my "emergency food" back
Take snacks for on the bus if you are a big eater, sometimes it is 4 or 5 hours between breakfast and lunch
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
dont over pack. The bus is dusty so clean clothes are a waste, and in lots of places you can wash them out and re use. Girls dont show too much flesh, they dont like it in the towns, but its fine on the bus of course!
You only have a small locker to store stuff, and some times you need to take an overnight bag, so make sure you have a small pack to take enough for 2 days with you from the vehicle. 2 smaller bags rather than one large one would be more practical
the bus is bumpy the roads are not too good, so its difficult to play games or read when you are bouncing about - I took ITunes books to listen to - worked great
GREAT ADVENTURE - Highly recommend - the walk up to the gorillas was hard for an overweight 50 year old, but I had a porter who held my hand all the way, and 3 friends to keep me going. They insisted that we went at my pace. Getting there made it ALL worthwhile - I still fill up when I think of them, they were fantastic
I shall be booking another Exodus trip soon - thanks to everyone for a great 2 weeks, I shall never forget