Great introduction to this part of the world. You see lots of wildlife, and the walks are beautiful and varied. You do spend quite a lot of time travelling in the minibus, but perhaps this is to be expected to get to so many different places
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Sitting in the hide at the waterhole in the Mkuze game reserve and seeing white rhino, blue wildebeest, warthogs (whose young had a head-butting play fight while we were there), zebra, nyala, impala, woolly-necked stork, vervet monkeys, swallows and plovers, all in the space of less than an hour.
Seeing wild dogs in the Kruger.
Approaching two cheetah on foot.
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Very far above expectations. Bongani and Patrick were very friendly, outstanding at spotting wildlife in places where we would have overlooked it, told us lots about the animals and birds and also about the culture, life and politics of the region ... oh, and they cook great food too. They worked very hard to make sure we had a great time. Exceptional.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You do a lot of unpacking and re-packing while moving from place to place, so it's a good idea to work out a system for packing things to find them easily, for example using stuff bags or even plastic bags.
I get mild vertigo but found that the ladders didn't bring it on. Unless you get it very badly, I wouldn't worry about it on this trip. If push comes to shove, you can miss out the ladders and still not miss too much.
Get "tick twisters" from your local vet. They are easier to use and safer than tweezers for removing ticks.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The booking process was easy and Exodus were willing to hunt down some pre-travel advice that we asked for. I'll gladly use Exodus again.