Gorillas and Masai Mara camping

June and July gorillas and Masai Mara trip anyone on this one?

Have been looking forward to doing this for years as been once, but always wanted to see the gorillas again

Heading down from Manchester airport June - Jul trip

Hi Phill 

I'm on this trip. It sounds like a great adventure. I'm really looking forward to it 

Hi, 

I’m on this trip too. Really looking forward to it, can’t wait to see the gorillas and all the other wildlife.

Laura 

Hi Laura 

So what are you two thinking of doing for the optional extras. I probably won't do the second day with the gorillas but I'm thinking the hot air balloon safari sound great and the white water rafting.

Hi Andy & Laura

Pleased to hear you are both on the trip - am already down for a second gorilla day ( this is my 2nd time with gorillas as I'm a wildlife nut and adventurer).

Rafting might be cool was rafting out in Zimbabwe after Zambezi trip last November. Will see how things go though and how group pans out as likely minimum numbers.

I take it you guys are seasoned travellers too, going to be an epic and may wear out my camera on this years trips.

I probably won’t do the 2nd day with the gorillas either. Not sure about the white water rafting at the moment, not that comfortable with water but I have done it before in Costa Rica though so I might see what the advice is when we get there. The balloon flight is very tempting! 

I have done a bit of traveling, never been to  Africa though so I can’t wait!

Are you both on the group flights? 

I'm out of Manchester to Heathrow then on KLM flights via Amsterdam to Nairobi so might be meeting you there.

Laura I have done Africa lots - once it is seen it gets under your skin and puts the hook in you - you'll come back I gurantee it.

Last time the young gorillas crash tackled and lay on me - that is why 2nd trek day was worth the money to me, even after that I'll want more as that hr flies by but is magical.

Hopefully have some nice pics of their ginger relatives on my return to Borneo in April too. Going to be an epic year

Was your Zambezi trip, the canoeing and wild camping one with exodus? I did that a few years back. I'm tempted to do the second day but it is a lot of money. I'm Into wildlife photography to. I saw orangutans last year in Indonesia. I've done quite a lot of trips now.

Yes, I'm on the group flight. One of my friends has been on safari and had the opportunity to do the balloon safaris but didn't. He said he wished he did it.

That sounds great with the gorillas. One of my friends has a twig in her hair and a gorilla picked it out on this trip.

I'm going to look into the visas for all 3 countries at the weekend. I read something about you can send your passport to the embassy or just do it at the airport. Have you looked into this yet?

Yep it was, cracking trip and plenty of lions and elephants. Excellent conditions and the island camps and river swims after a days paddle were lush

My Nikon was used almost as much as the paddle, was just stunning. Have done Okavango before in canoes and mokoros and thoroughly recommend it ( was in Botswans and Zim again start of last year) and up Kili in Sept. I was mostly in Africa on hols last year feels like.

Balloon if we have numbers I think it will get done unless we have something even better on offer. Done bush flights and sat on side doors of helos and you would not believe how incredible the views are / herds of animals seen.

Visas as need passport end of Feb and then for Borneo in April I will do at airport. 

Andy you Nikon or Canon man? 

This will be first time in the big overland wagons, normally I'm travelling in land rovers or land cruisers - this will seem like air-conditioned luxury so might have to not look like the vagabond I normally am.

Cool, that was a great trip, I really enjoyed that.

Ahhhh I'm canon man so I guess we can't be friends lol I'm going to take my DSLR, compact, gopro and I use my phone for photos and videos to.

Haha I use Canons underwater diving, though now tend to be G7x as they are more than good enough.

I only ask about camera brand is I had a trip where someone kicked a woman's DSLR off a seat getting in a Land Cruiser - lens autofocus stopped working. I only had two lenses with me that didn't work with her older model so couldn't help. I have a few lenses so if someone wanted to borrow one I'd have brought a spare / spare batteries, etc...

That Zambezi was indeed a special trip - including a yellow bellied sand snake that tried to hide in my mates hat, he's terrified of snakes

 

Oh no, the poor lady. I always get carried away with the amount of batteries and have my compact as a spare incase anything goes wrong and sometimes it's easy to take that instead of a big dslr.

Haha I bet that was a shock for him.

 

I am also on June/July Gorilla and Masai Mara trip!:)

I am  super excited and nervous at the same time! Have not done a safari trip before, neither camping; nevertheless I am looking forward to it soo much! 

It is great that we can chat and exchange few ideas:)  and hopefully on the trip it should feel like at least we know each other just a bit :)

In terms of visa, I emailed Marta (the Operations Executive for our trip) and this is what she recommended 

“ As a British passport holder, you will obtain an East African Visa on arrival at Nairobi airport. This visa costs 100USD, covers all three countries, and you only need your passport to obtain it.”

What are guys planning? 

I am thinking of just taking the visa upon arrival at Nairobi.  

I am based in London and flying from  Heathrow too on the group flight to Amsterdam then connective flight to Nairobi so I think we will be on the same flight. 

If anyone is from London and would like to meet up befire the trip give a shout 👌🏻 

are you guys paking any extra “protein bars” for the “journey” or anything like that?  

looking forward to hear from any one of You!

violeta 

 

 

Hi Violeta

Im sure we will all be a bit nervous but Its going to be a great trip.

I think that's what I'm going to do. When I went to Zambia it was really easy to get the Visa at the airport.

I think it would be good if we all meet up at the airport. I've done that before on trips and it's a nice start to the trip.

I don't normally take extra food. I may get a bottle of something though 

Hi Violeta,

I will probably get my visa when we get there too, sounds like the easiest option. 

You don‘t need to be nervous, I did my first solo trip with Exodus last September to Peru and was apprehensive at first but everyone was lovely so it didn’t last long.  Would be great to meet up at the airport.

I probably won’t take extra food, If we get fed like I did in Peru you definitely won’t go hungry! 

Laura 

Thank you for your reply! Meeting at the airport would be awesom.

Great way to start the trip! 

Any tips on what’s essential to bring ( stuff may not be listed on the trip notes) in terms of camping? What’s it’s a must?!:) As you gusy have done this before ..

thanks so much for your responses!! 

Hi Violetta

Don't be nervous or worry there is nothing to be apprehensive about.

I wouldn't bring much in the line of snacks as depending on campsites a bushcamp they don't like food in tents - may be different here but animals like elephants will investigate if something smells good - so most stuff is secured in the trucks.

Am getting Visa on arrival and have done this lots in Africa. Generally no worries and we'll no doubt all be in the same queue.

I would suggest something to cover your neck / face on dusty game drives. An Arabic shemagh is best travel tool ever as does millions of jobs. I have a couple and use them everywhere from Himalayas to Northern Territories in Oz.

Also bring your own toilet roll in a drybag - happiness is not walking to a camp toilet in a rainstorm to find a matted clump of paper.

Best thing though is bring a sense of adventure and practice smiling for long periods as you will be doing it a lot on these trips.

You are going to have an amazing time, trust me been doing this a lot and Exodus are a fantastic company and their camping will be quite luxurious.

You probably won't have to put up a tent yourself, and if do they are simple clip to pole things that are up in 10 mins. 

Definitely bring a headtorch with spare batteries.

A soap bar you can wash clothes and yourself with in case need to. Earplugs are good ( but can take from a flight) and an airplane style pillow can be handy on loooong drives but not essential.

The kitlist is pretty good and often there is a quick stop at a supermarket near the airport for any last minute things ( normally to buy crisps and water).

Thank you for your responses and for the tips!👌🏻 

I am soo looking forward to the trip and meeting you and no doubt the trip will be amazing! 

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