A fantastic trip even better than expected in most respects. This was down to the itinerary, Moses and the crew, and our travelling companions.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Spending an hour with the mountain gorillas - incredible! Seeing them so close and watching their behaviour we could see how much like humans they are.
But the following come a close second:
How the people of Rwanda are putting the genocide behind them and rebuilding their relationships with each other in order to move forward to a better future.
Seeing the great wildebeest migration from a balloon over the Masai Mara.
Sightings of leopard, lions, cheetahs and a huge range of other wildlife in magnificent scenery.
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Moses was a very good leader. He was well-informed and informative, friendly and helpful, and his sense of humour helped create the sort of atmospehere that made the trip so good.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The advice on tipping on the Exodus trip notes was unclear and, once briefed by Moses in Nairobi, turned out to be misleading. As a result we took far too much cash.
The optional excursions as set out in the trip notes and final joining instructions were also misleading. We were looking forward to being able to cycle through Hells Gate National Park, do the Crater Lake walk, and see the golden monkeys at Ruhengeri. But none of these were feasible in terms of time within the very tight schedule of the overall trip. The reference to such optional excursions created an impression of more free time available and of 'other exciting things to do' than was the reality. We came armed with loads of US$ ready to pay for these optional excursions so in the end this contributed to us carrying far too much money with us.
We understand that Exodus will be amending the details of the trip and relevant trip notes. But we would advise potential travellers to check to ensure the information provided by Exodus reflects their own expectations.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
There were so many highlights in this trip. None of our 'criticisms' take away from the fact that overall we had fantastic experience. Being part of such a wonderful group of fellow travellers enhanced our experience - fun and laughter, extra eyes for wildlife spotting and sharing of photos afterwards.