Classic Kenya Safari

Hi I am Angela it would be good to hear from anyone booked up for this safari in Kenya. I am so excited.

Maling

Hi Angela. This will be my first safari and am a bit uncertain what I should be taking and wearing other than my camera and, probably iPad. Excitement is building.

markav

Hi Angela and Anthony, my name's Mark.I shall be joining you on this trip too and certainly looking forward to it .Have done several trips with Exodus and Explore but like you both , my first safari...either of you from Kent?

ps Angela have you got the Departure date wrong...i think its the 26th, not 27th Jan

Maling

Hi Angela and Mark. An interesting article in the Sunday Times about packing the minimum amount of clothing as the volume will increase with each repacking, also avoid white as this may scare off the animals and blue attracts the tsetse flie -a bit of a problem as most of my clothes seem to be blue. The article was by Deb Tittle who is a guide of 16yrs experience living and working in Zambia. I'm not sure how much of her guidance translates to Kenya. Do you have any views about how much Kenyan and US or Sterling currency to take? (I live in Buckinghamshire) Anthony

markav

I did see the Suday Times article funnily enough and kept it.... keep away from blue clothing it seems or else you'll be 'sleeping ' the whole holiday !!odd...

re the money , i'm not sure how much we should take as you say but I can't imagine we'll need much in the Mara.Biggest expense is the balloon trip but i guess I'll be taking a few dollars and getting some local currency at Nairobi airport.What are you guys doing about the visa  and malaria prophylaxis by the way?

Maling

It is very important to take some protection.  My doctor recommends Malarone which has the advantage that you don't have to start taking it two weeks before you leave. I was able to get mine from Tescos pharmacy on a private prescription from my Doctor's surgery. Tesco was a bit cheaper.

Anthony 

Maling

It is very important to take some protection.  My doctor recommends Malarone which has the advantage that you don't have to start taking it two weeks before you leave. I was able to get mine from Tescos pharmacy on a private prescription from my Doctor's surgery. Tesco was a bit cheaper.

Anthony 

markav

thanks Anthony...yes,I've been doing some research too and like you , have a prescription for Malarone . Was also persuaded to have a Yellow Fever jab (apparently high risk in the Mara).Not cheap either!

must rememeber to have a look at the website Angela recommended

Maling

Hopefully not that common as jab not recommended for the elderly which I'm afraid includes me. Anthony

Chuckles

Read somewhere that it is only essential if entering the country from an area infected with Yellow fever.  Counting down the days :). 

d0thomas

hello, all just wanted to introduce myself, im Tom and i pressume i'm travelling with you all very soon?! - cannot wait, theres an unoficial count down at work (just to rub it in) 

so far my docs have suggested that i have my twin rix (hep A&B) final booster to finish off my occupational health treatment and to mostly protect against hepA?
i have also started and completed a 3 tablet / 6 day course of vivotif (typhoid)
i have yet to start my malarone but have heard mixed reviews of these for mixed reactions?
 

also wondering what others are planning to do for the travel visa? - ive read that this can be purchased from nairobi airport? 

Maling

My inf.has been that the Visa is available on arrival at a charge of US$50 so I am taking that and probably a bit more to save hassle.

Maling

Sorry, I meant to say taking US$50 + in cash. 

Chuckles

I will be doing the same buy Visa on arrival.  Will meet you all very soon, excitement levels are going off the scale. :)

markav

anybody interested in meeting up for a coffee tomorrow, say around 5.15? We could do some sort of chain call...if so,my mobile is 07812 344467

mark

markav

ps   just checked in online..very easy but leg room all gone !

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