It is difficult to pick out just one inspirational moment so here's a few :-
1. Having hiked an hour up the mountain and 45 minutes into the forest, we found the large majority of the 40 strong gorilla family that we had visited, sitting and playing in a clearing. Mothers were nursing their babies, teenagers were wrestling with each other and the silverbacks were keeping an eye on things. After about twenty minutes the gorillas all started moving into the forest and after a few minutes hesitation our guides suggested that we followed. Standing in the forest with gorillas both on the ground and in the trees either side of you was definitely inspirational.
2. Having joked with our driver in the Mara and told him that we expecetd to see lion cubs on our last game drive it was inspirational when within ten minutes he pulled up in front of two lionesses and four cubs!
3. Riding some of the rapids on the white water rafting day and coming out the other side in one piece has to rate as a third inspirational moment
1. Waterproof trousers and a jacket proved useful in the forest to stop the nettles stinging (yes the 'plants that sting' turned out to be nettles and nothing too exotic). However, don't wear your waterproofs to walk up the mountain as after an hour of going uphill, wearing full kit, in the heat, you will know about it!
2. The guides were great when it came to changing money, advising us on how much to change and when, helping us change uganada shillings into kenyan and ensuring we had enough opportunities to do all of this. Although for most of us the amounts recommended were sufficient, if you're a heavy drinker you may want to change a little more each time.
3. The walking safari from Nakuru (optional on this trip but supposedly a highlight of a different trip) wasn't as good as advertised! We were told we would be able to get very close to the animals but this wasn't the case - the 10m was more like 100m! The safari took place at a horse ranch meaning that there were fences to prevent horses escaping, which also prevented other animals moving around freely. I would give this optional extra a miss as it wasn't worth the $25
4. The white water rafting was excellent although more expensive than advertised in the trip notes. The 'free' beer at the end of the day was very welcome and refreshing during the ride back to camp. You are able to pay for the rafting and bungee jumping on credit card which helped with cash management!
5. Only a few of our group went to the Masai village and none of them gave favourable reports. Some felt quite intimidated by the pressure they were placed under to buy handicrafts from the Masai particularly after being split up from the rest of the group. Think carefully before doing this optional extra.
6. Showers and toilet facilities varied between camp sites. When you find a hot shower make the most of it as you don't know when the next one will be. The ones in Jinga were probably the best, although dark! You will need to take toilet paper with you to nearly all the camp sites as it is a luxory to find it. We loved the toilets in the posh lodge in the Mara as they had seats, toilet paper and flushed and there was also clean sinks, soap and hand driers!