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Anyone else booked this trip?

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 12:41


Just booked this trip and so excited! Anyone else going on these dates?

 Rachel and Matthew 

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 18:14

I've just booked for the one starting Fri 9th Sept... is this the same date you go?

 Susan :-)

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 20:19

Hello all,

I'm booked on the trip that flies from Heathrow on Wed 7th Sept and so starts in Nairobi on Thursday 8th. Does that sound like either of your trips...???

I booked last year and can't believe how quickly it's coming round!



Wed, 03/23/2011 - 07:32


 mine flies out on fri 9th from the UK and starts in Kigali so not the same one...

 Susan :-)

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 13:47

Hello again,

Have just checked with Exodus and the departure dates on the Departure Lounge forums are dated as at the day that the land only part of the trip starts. So it looks like I'm on the same trip as Rachel and Matthew. 

Am getting a bit nervous about being fit enough for our gorilla mountain trek - but s'pose there's 5 months to go still :) Am enjoying buying all the gear though, although wearing my new superdooper pretzl headtorch is freaking my dogs out!

Anyone else on the group flights?  




Hi Susan - we (Jools and Mike) are flying out from Manchester on 9th September to Kigali as we have got to go a day earlier to get a flight - wondered if you are booked on the same one i.e KLM1072 at 0600hrs from Manchester to Amsterdam then on KLM563 to Kigali at 1010hrs. Really looking forward to the trip and need to make sure all our innoculations are up to date next month. Anyone got their antimalarials yet? Just wondered what kind they are currently recommending as I don't really want to 'start the day the Larium way' again.

Would be good to hear from you or anyone else on the same trip.


Mon, 07/18/2011 - 19:57

Hi all, Looks like some of you are on the same trip as mine. I'm flying from Glasgow to Heathrow on 8th and staying with friends. ....hopefully we'll all join up somewhere. I've got malarone (almost everyone had that last year in Peru and they were fine..we all took them during eveing meal). Taking lots of bird photos for practice and really looking forward to the trip. Must get in some hillwalking in August and sort out what clothes to take. Any hints on plug adaptors for camera/phone?


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 22:40

Hi Susan  - cannot believe that its only a short while to go. We have had our yellow fever - yes we did have to pay for that one £25 each but the doxcycline was pretty cheap. We are also taking the oral vaccine for cholera as my daughters friend came back from Kenya with it so we thought better to be safe than sorry - we are having to pay for this but have not had the bill yet.

Yes shorts and strappy tops and high factor sun cream for daytime sound good - the tips re the Masa are good especially for what to wear in the evening. I am taking a couple of light fleeces and also my North Face quilted gilet - very light, warm and used it last year in Nepal as a pillow while trekking. Maybe even a light cagoule incase its cool early mornings /late night safaris.

Have got a new 8GB card for my camera so hopefully have enough Gb's now - your 'power money' sounds interesting  - will have to have a look for one. Went up to the South Lakes Wildlife park the other weekend to get in some practice with with my 1.4 converter and was very pleased with the results. Looking forward to getting out there for real now

See you all very soon now.




Thu, 08/25/2011 - 18:35

well, can't belive it's 2 weeks tomorrow. Yeah the power monkey is pretty good but i think mine is knackered so going to rely on lots of spare batteries. don't think i'llbe using the mobile much - not going to be much signal out in the masai mara!

i've got a light waterproof jacket and have got some waterproof over trousers in case it rains whilst we're trekking to see the gorillas - somone recommended taking them on a thread i looked at on trip advisor.... at this rate there's going to be no room to pack any "normal" clothes.

 looking forward to it, shame there's nobody else from our trip on this thread but i guess we'll meet soon enough

Susan :-)

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:02

Hi Susan, Jools,

yes...shame no-one else has logged in. maybe because we're all flying different flights. Did some photographing at Edinburgh Zoo yesterday, some good results. I have a 2.0 convertor but was a mistake as I get better results from 70-300 lens thrn zoom in, as long as I get a steady shot. I'm taking 4 batteries and 5x 8gb cards which should allow for bits of video too. David

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 11:00

Hi all
So helpful to read all your comments, especially about what clothes to pack. I have 2 pairs of trousers that zip into shorts and a pair of linen trousers, fleece, vest tops and long-sleeved tops.
Can't believe it's only just over a week away!!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 22:25

Hi Susan - you mentioned waterproof trousers - I asked Tom if he thought gaiters may be a good idea for the trek and he thought they would - so we are going to take those instead of the trousers but I guess either will do.

Hi David - just wondered what camera you have and do you shoot on RAW as that seems like a hell of a lot of GBs.

Hi Rachel - good to hear from you. Just wondered what flight you are on as we all seem to be on different ones so far. We are having to leave Manchester in the early hours of the 9th and arrive in Kigali in their evening so have an extra night there before the main body of the trip are due to arrive on the 10th. C U soon! Jools

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 22:48

hya, I have a nikon D5000 but I don't use RAW. I had 3 x 8gb in Peru and used most of it...just erring on the safe side and allowing for losing something. I usually forget that the camera can do movies, and there may be more opportunity for movies in Africa (ballon flight etc).

Good idea about waterproof trousers....will help in keeping creepie crawlies out.


Mon, 08/29/2011 - 19:28

Jools - we're on 8pm flight from Heathrow on Wednesday 7th. See you soon!

Rachel and Matt 

Sat, 09/03/2011 - 22:56


Sat, 09/03/2011 - 23:00

Hi guys, looks like I will be joining Rachel, Elaine and Joanne flying from Heathrow Wednesday night.

Can't wait, looking forward to meeting you all






Sat, 09/03/2011 - 23:23

Hi Susan - Thanks for that link - definitely good to know these details in advance - will take my camera for a walk in the woods and get Mike to pose gorilla like to test out these tips. Have just spent a stressful day "helping" my daughter who was the photographer at the wedding. Thought I would just be carrying her equipment but NO ....I was having to photograph the groom being picked up in a Lambourgini, the guests arriving at the church and was sat on the steps of the pulpit through the ceremony taking photos at the appropriate moments .....No pressure then! Well I took alot of shots but I reckon the gorillas will be a piece of cake after that...not!

See you soon and anyone else booked to start Kigali on the 10th Sept.


Mon, 09/05/2011 - 16:12

glad you found it helpful. some useful info for me on there about the walk as I badly sprained my ankle last week whislt at boot camp. not good timing:-(  it's healing ok but i've ordered myself a walking pole to be on the safe side in case i struggle in the muddy/uphill terrain with my weak ankle!!

 see you later this week Jules, Mike & David (and anyone else reading who starts in Kigali too)

Susan :-)

Tue, 09/06/2011 - 12:18
Hi, probably a bit late for most of us, but more info i found...
US dollars are definitely the way to go. Something Exodus doesn't say, is to take larger notes to exchange, because you get a better exchange rate. We spent £600, including the £300 for the balloon flight. I made the mistake for taking some travellers cheques, which I couldn't change anywhere. I was able to use them to pay for the balloon flight though. Most places charge between 5 & 10% for using your credit card.


Susan :-)

Tue, 09/06/2011 - 12:39

Hi, got US dollars plus got some kenyan shillings at the bank. I usually then have debit and credit card for backup. Susan hope the ankle is ok. If its any consolation I've done something to my knee and taking a knee support thingy. See you all somewhere in Africa. David

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