This was a great wildlife trip with the gorillas providing a huge added bonus to what would have already been a wonderful safari trip
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Unexpectedly stumbling across a family of gorillas, even the trackers were taken by surprise as they came bounding down the path towards us.
Watching a family of 5 rhinos in the middle distance grazing and moving slowly towards us until they passed right beside our truck completely unconcerned by our presence.
The beatiful warm light of the evening sun on the grassland of the Masai Mara and the thousands of wilderbeast and zebra sedately walking by.
- What did you think of your group leader?
A young Kenyan who, given her age, was a very impressive leader. However she was patriotically Kenyan and tribal and didn't as a result always give a balanced view of the other countries we were in. We definately were given more information about Kenya than about Uganda and Rwanda and there was a definate sence that the 4 members of our crew who were all Kenyan were much more relaxed once they were back in their own country.
We had left Rwanda and were a couple of days into Kenya before a tips kitty was mentioned and so we'd probably offended numerous very nice, helpful and very friendly people by not offering tips during the first part of the trip which made me want to find some way of apologising to them all.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
- Don't be put off by travelling from west to east, I understand it's not as popular as going from east to west and leaving the gorillas until last. The gorillas are a good way of bonding the group early. There are numerous other places and animals to marvel at and the variety keeps the trip interesting throughout and with the Masai Mara to look forward to there's no possible sense of anti climax.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I enjoyed the smaller group size, although I appreciate that's not good for profits it was a bonus for the traveller to have so much room on the truck.
It might have been good to have a city tour of Nairobi at the end, although some of us did manage to guide ourselves on the final day.
Clara our cook was an absolute star, her meals were varied and delicious and she even listened to requests where possible.